What To Do About All the Changes On the Internet


What movie is that from? Please, somebody tell me. I’ve been trying to figure it out for two days and it’s on the tip of my brain but that’s just not close enough. HELP ME.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not but there’s been some changes on the internets recently and I thought maybe I’d hold your hand a bit and speak soothing words while we face the horrible transition together.

In other words, Google Reader is going to die.

I know, not everybody uses Google Reader, but along with Google Reader, my old friend Feedburner is being slaughtered as well. And don’t even get me started on the Β killing of Tweetdeck.

What does all of this mean for you?

I shall tell you.

First, you have until July to move all the blogs you love into another reader. The two best choices out there are Feedly and Bloglovin’. I chose Feedly and, even though it’s different, it’s definitely prettier than Google.

The transition to either option should be seamless. They’re both set up to slurp in your Google Reader subscriptions, so just follow the directions on their site and you won’t miss a single word of the your internet.

PLEASE NOTE: If in the past you subscribed to this blog using Feedburner (and most people probably did and don’t know it), that handy little feature is also kicking the bucket. This means that, whenever Feedburner joins the Choir Invisible, you will no longer see any new posts from us.

NO NEED TO PANIC. We’ve turned the Feedburner link off so if you just go ahead and resubscribe (see below) in the reader of your choice, you’ll have uninterrupted installments of Vitafam fodder.

And if, for awhile, your favorite blog appears twice in your Reader, ENJOY! (Or, you can delete the old subscription, if you feel like using common sense.)

This seems like an opportune time to mention you can subscribe to Vitafam words two ways: via RSS or via email.

If you like to read blogs through a reader, click on the orange and white button up in the sidebar. Depending on which browser you use, it will either give you a choice of which reader you want to subscribe in or, if you’re using Chrome like me, you’ll see a bunch of gibberish. DON’T PANIC. Just log into your reader of choice and then subscribe to Vitafamiliae from there.

If, like some of my friends, you prefer to get the Vitafam delivered to your email inbox, click on that white envelope up in the sidebar. Enter your email address and you’ll get a pretty little email from us every time a new post goes up.

Or, if you fear commitment, you can just like Vitafamiliae on Facebook and then, assuming evil Zuckerberg cooperates, you’ll see new links as I post them.

(Please forgive my bitterness against the internet today. It’s all the changes. I can’t take it.)

I hope this clears up some things for y’all. Rest assured, the Vitafam will still be here offering the same brand of mediocrity as always. Thanks for sticking with us…




  1. I’ve been using Feedly for a while now and I really do love it…it’s so much prettier! <3

  2. Can you access your Feedly account from any computer or mobile device (like Google Reader) or is it specific to one computer?

  3. Thanks for the info! When I saw that my Google Reader was going away, I was equally mad at the internet. πŸ™‚

  4. Jen M. – They have a free mobile app and you can log in from any computer.

  5. I am so sad about google reader. They have this awesome little feature called the “next” button that goes right up in my toolbar, and all I have to do is click it and it takes me right into my next blog– directly to it, not to its page in a reader. I love it. And I’m so sad to know I’m not going to be able to keep using it. I’m in denial and haven’t even really looked at my other options. πŸ˜›

  6. Who knew the internet was such a deadly killer? πŸ˜‰

  7. LoraLynn says:

    Erin – I think Feedly has something similar, although I don’t think it takes you directly to the web page. It will show me a preview, which I love, because I’m too impatient to wait for pages to load. πŸ™‚

  8. I’m so old fashioned. I have one bookmark folder with all my daily read blogs in it. I open it up and while I wait for the entire top tabs to open I go make my coffee.

  9. LoraLynn says:

    Tara – With all these changes to my favorite tools, I’m starting to think your way may have been better. πŸ™‚

  10. I downloaded Feedly on my phone per your suggestion and it is pretty BUT . . . I don’t get it/I don’t like it/I don’t get it/I don’t like it! This mantra just kept repeating as I hyperventilate and accidently mark things as “read” that I have not in fact read or listen subscriptions that I haven’t heard. I don’t get it/I don’t like it . . . Help!!!

  11. LoraLynn says:

    Katie – I haven’t loaded it on my phone yet, I’m a computer reader usually. Try this tutorial and see if it helps: http://robincarlisle.info/feedly-iphone-app-tutorial/

  12. I know this is gonna sound totally crazy…..but I want to follow your blog(I guess that’s what this is), I just don’t know how. I’m not even totally sure how I found it. One minute I was looking for info on the NV-then “boom”, I found you. I have been reading furiously…trying to catch up on all of them..I admit I’m a little old school-I don’t know too much about the internet,blogs,and such. I can surf for info-but that’s about it. I would really like to continue reading all your posts. But again….I’m not sure how. I’m a single mom of 8 young children,and knowing that their are “others” that struggle with some of the same issues I do….kinda gives me hope to press on. I do pray-A LOT. But,its just nice to know that their are folks here that are walking in similar “mommy shoes”.
    I’m gonna try to book mark this,so I can find it again-and figure out how to get to it easier.

  13. Monique – The easiest way for you to keep up would be to subscribe via email. Follow the instructions above to click on the white envelope up in the sidebar. Give it your email address and every time I post something new, it will email you! Welcome!

  14. Hehehe.. I’m still here. πŸ˜‰ In reference to your shouted question at the top of the post. *grin*

  15. Love the detailed instructions. πŸ™‚ That is love!

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