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So, the big news this week was that Google Reader is being killed off. I’m not exaggerating when I say this poses the biggest single upheaval to my online habits of all time.

I’ve used Google Reader ever since I started reading blogs about five years ago. It infuriates me when Flipboard, for example, is touted as an alternative. IT’S NOT.

I use Google Reader primarily to keep up with personal blogs, where I don’t want to miss any posts, as well as a few feeds for work purposes. I use Flipboard to catch up on things at the end of the day from sites like Slate, Salon, The Atlantic, The Awl, and others. I use Twitter throughout the day to keep up on news, plus blogs that I don’t want to subscribe to but occasionally post good stuff, which I see via links on Twitter.

Google Reader is for subscriptions. Twitter and Flipboard are for discovery. These are two very different things.

The two Google Reader alternatives I’m currently testing out are Feedly (which is a bit media rich and bogs my browser down) and The Old Reader, which is nice and clean, resembling GR probably as much as possible without getting sued. I’m not sure yet which will be my eventual replacement.

Aside from that, it’s been a spendy weekend so far. After a bit of a heart to heart about how bored he is with our quiet weekend routines, this week we ended up dropping a bit of cash on food and alcohol and actually going out on both Friday and Saturday.

How are your weekends going?

Blast from the past:

One year ago, I tore into three personal finance topics I’m so over (one of my most popular posts ever), the hard side of cohabiting and compromising in relationships, did a wardrobe audit, explained how we manage being a one car household and gave you all an inspirational pep talk.

Two years ago, I paid tribute to my favourite New Zealand landscapes, some jobs that I could never do in a million years and shared a few confessions – another of my top posts ever.

Three years ago, I discussed surviving on an irregular income and pondered what kind of genes I’ll pass on to my kids.

Four years ago, I gave myself a bit of a kick up the bum about walking the talk.

And now, this week’s links:

Is your dream worth it? A thought provoking post at Life After College

There are three ways to cut your budget, according to Mochi and Macarons: Trim, chop, or shave

On contributing to society and building a life of value, via Get Rich Slowly

A timely read for me: Married with Luggage on how your habits impact your relationship (and what to do about them)

Punch Debt bemoans the bad timing that’s chased him since graduation

Finally, Leslie made an epic inside out Rubik’s Cube cake for us all to marvel at. All this in a New York kitchen.

5 thoughts on “Link love (Powered by shell shock and splurges)

  • Reply Mochimac March 17, 2013 at 13:27

    Thank you thank you!

    Also, thanks for finding The Old Reader. It might be the best one for me. Feedly is driving me nuts.

    Newsify is fine on my iPod Touch but.. I need a cloud-based RSS feeder

  • Reply Tony@WeOnlyDoThisOnce March 17, 2013 at 15:05

    Great roundup, thanks for this! Have a great weekend.

  • Reply Mo' Money Mo' Houses March 18, 2013 at 07:52

    I’m bummed about Google Reader too. I hate when these things change!

  • Reply Budget and the Beach March 18, 2013 at 14:11

    Crap! Really? When is this happening? I need to start moving stuff over somewhere else. Sigh…

  • Reply KK @ Student Debt Survivor March 19, 2013 at 13:30

    I must be living under a rock, but I just found out about the google reader thing yesterday when I added a blog to my reader. I’m going to have to try out The Old Reader. Google is the only feed reader I’ve ever used.

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