|Completely irrelevant picture of Lucy, but she's cute and posts need pictures|
Unfortunately, my favorite thing about Google Reader was that it had a search option, to search through the posts on my reader and I that option wasn't available on Feedly or any other similar program that I could find.
I used the search feature to get my shopping organized. When I was going to CVS I'd search through all the money saving blogs I follow for the best CVS deals, which coupons go with what sale, what's free this week and how to get it, etc. Same for Publix, Target, and anywhere else I was going or anything else I was looking for - this week we ran out of toothpaste, with Google Reader I'd have searched toothpaste, found the best deal, and headed out to buy it. If I were going to a store I never go to I'd run a search on my Google Reader for it and see if anything came up. That was my #1 money saving tool. Seriously. When Google Reader went bye-bye I was at a loss. I couldn't find a good alternative to the system I was using. Yes, I could google the store and deals and see what came up, but I'd be getting deals that weren't all current. Yes, I could go to just following one blog for this information, but I wouldn't be getting all the deals. Being a creature of habit, I was a bit lost. Beyond that, I'd use it to find a quilt or craft that caught my eye. I couldn't always remember exactly what it was that I liked but I'd remember enough key words to search and find it. Very helpful.
I tried a few readers and finally settled on Feedly, with no search feature. The layout was different which initially threw me for a loop, but now I've grown to like that part of it, but no search feature. The other day I noticed a new button on Feedly, a "Search Articles" option. It might be a slight exaggeration to say I did a cartwheel, but maybe in my mind I did one. I searched for "toothpaste" and one article came up, along with an option to upgrade to more services for $5 a month or $45 a year. The reality is that I'd probably save $45 a year by being able to search the way I used to BUT I didn't know how well this upgraded program would work for me so I was hesitant and did some google searching on it (plus I hate spending money if I can avoid doing so).
After reading plenty of articles I started reading the comments below the articles. Often, that's where you find the users of the products and what they really think of it, sometimes it's a better place to go than the actual articles themselves. And often the comments lead into discussions of other similar products.
|searching for toothpaste|
**No, this is not a review ... I was just too excited to have found this to not share it.
Have you found a great way to keep up on blogs and news feeds?