I am generally a creature of habit, especially when I find a product that works for me. In fact, once I find a product that fits my lifestyle or thought processes, my biggest frustration is having to replace it and not being able to do so with the exact same thing! So when I opened my Google Reader–where I keep all the blog feeds I browse through every day–and saw it was being discontinued as of July 1, I panicked! What to do? What to do?
After a bit of searching and testing, I discovered I could import my blog list into Feedly and that it works much the same as Google Reader. And, like Google Reader, it is free. Feedly is now on my bookmarks bar. I’m making a fairly seamless transition and the stress has subsided.
I did the same thing with my to do list app just a few weeks ago. I really liked Nozbe but it was inching toward the renewal date and I just couldn’t justify almost $100/year to a list making program! So I did some research, some testing of both web apps and phone apps and finally landed on Toodledo. I think the iphone app cost under $5 and if I later decide I want the premium features on the web, it’s under $20/year. Much more manageable and it fits the way I organize my lists, though it took a bit of experimentation to realize this. So I’ve made the switch and my to do lists are up and running again.
Of course nothing is perfect, so I’d love to hear your go-to apps for blog reading and to do lists in case I’ve missed something better!