July this year saw the well-loved Google Reader shut down, leaving many people bereft of a way to read all their favourite blogs in one place. So I decided to compare two alternatives: Bloglovin’ and Feedly. Both have free iOS and Android apps available.
With Bloglovin’, you create an account and add the blogs you want to follow, getting all their new posts in a feed. Through the site, you’re able to search for new blogs and see what’s popular in different categories. The Bloglovin’ interface is clean, minimalist and incredibly easy to navigate.
Use Bloglovin’ if you:
- Use Tumblr and/or Twitter and like their similar layouts
- Want a reader that is well-known and popular
- Primarily view your content on iOS or Android devices (the iOS app is wonderfully simple & looks great on the iPad)
- Aren’t interested in customisation options
- Don’t mind receiving a daily email with previews of unread posts
- Like to share posts across the most popular social media platforms
Like Bloglovin, you create an account & then add content by searching for your favourite sites in different categories. Upon login, you’ll see a Pinterest-like preview of all unread posts, as well as options in the left sidebar such as “Saved for Later” and “Themes”. Feedly offers more layout customisation, such as changing the background colour & viewing style. Feedly also has more sharing options, to sites such as Buffer, Evernote, Pocket and Instapaper.
Use Feedly if you:
- Want lots of customisation options
- Want to be able to read full posts in the reader itself
- Want to move between posts quickly (this is great on the iPad app as you just swipe upwards)
- Like posting comments to blogs – the “preview” option is great for this
- Want to be able to share posts to a wider range of different sites aside from Facebook, Twitter etc
Personally, I think I’ll stick with Bloglovin’ – it’s really easy to use, looks great on my iPad and – maybe this makes me lazy! – but it’s just the one I’ve always used. Feedly looks great, but the customisation is really the only main difference between the two. I don’t see any need to change over to Feedly from Bloglovin’ unless customisation is a must.