Every 6 months or so, I end up spending some time at this coffee shop up on the mountain where I live while Phil has minor back surgery. There are a lot of reasons, of course, why he has the same sort of surgery over and over, but they’re dumb and uninteresting. The thing is, though, the type of procedure and how quickly they do it varies between two different sorts each time, and I can never keep them straight in my mind, nor can Phil be relied upon to give entirely accurate information. So I can’t get wrapped up in my normal rambling garbage post about nothing today, because a nurse could call me at any second to tell me to come across the street and collect my doped up husband. Instead, I’m going to tell you about three small things, but knowing myself, I will probably tell you about them at great length, entirely negating my own intention of being brief.
1. I have really enjoyed everyone’s thoughts and comments on yesterday’s post. A lot of people have the same kind of angst and a lot of people have some good thoughts on how to handle it, how they are handling it, or how they might handle it in the future. If you have stuff to say on the topic, I am still interested in hearing, even if you feel like it’s repeating what’s already been said or that I wouldn’t be interested because you don’t have kids or I don’t know what else. I’m deeply into this topic right now and am into whatever you’ve got. Even if you don’t have anything to add, there’s a lot of good stuff in the comments you might find helpful in the future.
In fact, Meredith actually wrote a whole post of her own on the topic, about how she feels about the whole weight and body image topic with her own young daughter, and some situations she’s already encountered. You should check that out here. And if you feel like writing your own post about it, make sure to send me a link so I can check yours out as well.
2. Something I said a thousand years ago when it first started happening pretty commonly is that I would never have a Facebook page for my blog, because, what? My blog is not a person. That is dumb. I will never do that. And yet, here I am, proving past me to be an asshole idiot once again. I did make a Facebook page for this new site, and it’s linked over in the sidebar if liking blog Facebook pages is your thing. I didn’t used to see any usefulness of it, but now I do, since apparently the entire world isn’t on Twitter? And it does seem like a better arena for some of the stuff I like to share. And, I don’t know. Past me is an asshole idiot who says dumb shit and should be stopped, but what can you do. If it’s your thing, the link is over there. If not, well, sorry you read this whole paragraph. Past me was the one who wrote it and we all know she’s an idiot.
3. Okay, everyone had a total fit and tried to hold their breath until everything was returned to normal when Google Reader shut down, right? Not just me? That was INFURIATING. Especially because it seemed to be a move designed to try to force people to use Google+, and I WILL NOT. You can quote past me on this, I WILL NOT DO IT. At first because I hated it and now out of spite, because Google demolished Google Reader and NOTHING has equaled up since. I’ve tried a lot of stuff. I exported my feeds from Google Reader and I tried Feedly, but couldn’t stick with it. I’ve tried Bloglovin, and I do seem some value in that service, but it doesn’t work the way I want it to. I used Old Reader at first, but that one didn’t stick, either. What ended up happening was that I would only end up reading blogs if I ended up being in front of Twitter with time to spare right when someone happened to tweet a link to her newest post, or if it was Swistle, because of course I always read Swistle no matter what. Actually, I usually am alerted to her new posts via Facebook. Take that, past asshole idiot me.
It’s been a couple years now, and while I’ve never believed the whole “blogging is dead” crowd, because blogging isn’t dead until Miss Zoot hangs up her blog, which will never happen because I won’t have it. But I do admit I wasn’t reading nearly as much as I had been, and of course anything I believe of myself, I believe must be a fairly common phenomenon. WELL. The other day, BMayzie on Twitter asked if I’d heard of Bazqux. I hadn’t, and I went and checked it out (link here) and, well, it looked a lot like Google Reader.
Since I’ve always held out a sad pathetic hope that one day Google would see the error of its ways and bring reader back, I still had my exported feeds file on my computer. I loaded it up in Bazqux and it IS just like Google Reader. It’s fast and intuitive and works just like you feel like it should with nothing extra. The only thing I see that’s missing is the ability to share articles and posts with people you follow, but I don’t know if it actually exists or not because I admittedly haven’t looked around too much yet. But even without looking around all that much, I already know I’m sticking with it. I knew it within 5 minutes of using it. I am SO PLEASED.
Now, there is a catch – it’s not free. There’s a 30 day trial, and then you can choose from $29/year, $19/year, or $99 for life. I’m not sure if there are other options, because like I said, I haven’t looked around a ton. Too busy actually reading blogs. I decided I’d happily pay for it immediately.
I’m not at all associated with Bazqux and there’s no referral links or anything involved here. I just wanted you to know that if you’ve been lamenting the loss of Google Reader this whole time, this is the absolute best replacement I’ve found and I am REALLY EXCITED that BMayzie brought it up.
It does have kind of a dumb name, but I’ve decided to be okay with that.
All right, bye!