An ode to Google Reader: My one true love

About a month ago I was in a meeting with a client and another freelancer. The three of us were talking about the client’s blog, getting her a new WordPress theme and freshening up the site a bit.

The other freelancer made a comment about some stuff we needed to put in the sidebar, including a subscribe to this blog via email option. “I know you have RSS,” he said. “But only geeks like Jodi and I use RSS.”

“What?” I gasped, not at the statement of me being a geek (though technically call myself a nerd), but at the idea that not everyone spent everyday making sweet, sweet love to Google Reader. “I love Google Reader!”

I actually did exclaim. I did. I exclaimed so much that the client started to laugh. “I know you do,” she said. “You got me hooked on Google Reader.”

I pity the poor people who don’t use and adore Google Reader as much as I do. Have they no happiness in their life?

Okay, first I have to admit I’ve sold my soul to Google. Well, a third of my soul. The other two parts are owned by Apple and Amazon.

Yes, Google owns my shit and the minute they turn evil I’m surely fucked. I recognize this. I accept this in the name of all that is easy and convenient and fun. Spare me the lectures.

Why do I love Google Reader so much? Let me count the ways:

  • It lets me read and keep up with a lot (lot, lot, lot) of blogs easily. Currently I am subscribed to 264 blogs. That’s ridiculous. But keeping up with them is easy with all of them located right in Google Reader.
  • With Google Reader I’m not subjected to the shitty web design of bloggers. As the biggest perpetrator of foisting seriously shitty design on readers over the years (take a gander at this or this), I know of what I speak. Plus, I’m snotty if I see your blog festooned with “I’m a hip book blogging mama” awards-type crap you’re words automatically seem 43% more stupid. It’s not my fault. It’s math’s.
  • Sharing I: I once compared my compulsion to email interesting posts right from Google Reader to my friends and family with the compulsions old ladies used to have for clipping coupons for their friends and family. I can’t help it. If I find something I think you’ll be interested in, I’m going to send it. It might be annoying, but it’s a sign that I love you and think about you when you’re not around. Suck it up.
  • Sharing II: The People You Follow portion of Google Reader is my third-favorite blog on the entire internet (the top two spots are a tie between Blah. Blah. Blahler and There is no five.
  • Sharing III: Everything I share with the people who follow me also populates my oft-ignored Tumblr.
  • It’s the best cookbook on the planet. Google Reader makes it super easy to tag things, or in this case, star things. I subscribed to a ton of food blogs. Whenever I see something tasty, I just press the letter S to add a star and then when I’m hungry, need to cook, or going to the grocery store I can look at all those stars and find something new and delicious to prepare. But even better than that? I can email these recipes to my brother-in-law Ben and he can make them. I’m not subtle.
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  1. Christy 12.Apr.11 at 7:20 am

    I share your love of Google Reader. I would have forgotten about half the blogs I enjoy reading if it weren’t for following them via my reader. It also allows me to read a ton of web content at work without looking lazy (in my defense we’re in a slow period right now). Enjoying (and following) your blog on Google Reader!

  2. Bill Roehl 12.Apr.11 at 7:53 am

    Google is already evil. Been that way for quite some time now. However you are correct that Google Reader is the best thing out there for RSS.

    But, that said, your colleague was right. No one reads via RSS compared to direct bookmark and e-mail.

  3. bakiwop 12.Apr.11 at 8:17 am

    i, for one, welcome our Google overlords.

    “With Google Reader Iím not subjected to the shitty web design of bloggers. As the biggest perpetrator of foisting seriously shitty design on readers over the years (take a gander at this or this), I know of what I speak.” ooo! ooo! do me!

  4. Melissa 12.Apr.11 at 9:23 am

    I’m so with you on this. I openly mock myself for the days when I tried to keep up with blogs by visiting bookmarked sites and attempting to figure out if they had posted new things since I last checked. Google Reader is my love and I don’t care if they’re evil.

  5. bakiwop 12.Apr.11 at 9:25 am

    sheesh – that’s embarrassing enough! at least i had good taste in links, though.

  6. dainec 12.Apr.11 at 1:01 pm

    The only thing I love as much as Google Reader is Feedly, which takes Google Reader, rearranges it and makes it pretty.


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