As most of you are aware, I have had my fair share of blog problems lately. The latest of these has nothing to do with me and is nothing I can fix. My feed is still not updating in Google Reader.
I have been searching around the their forums and what do I discover? I discover that I am not alone. Many people are having the very problem I have. Either their own blogs are not updating, or blogs they are following are not getting updated. This is a Google Reader problem and it’s been cropping up for some years, according to the forums. The problem has never been addressed by Google and there has never been a solution offered up on any of the forum posts.
I stopped using Google Reader some years back. Well I didn’t really get started with it if I’m honest. Being a Mac girl, I like user friendly applications and I found it to be too cumbersome for me. I use a Firefox extension called ‘Brief’. It uses a sidebar and my browser window. It’s so quick and easy. I’m not suggesting you all change over to Brief but as most people use Google Reader, it does leave me with a massive problem.
With the best will in the world I don’t want to spend my time writing posts if most of you will never read them. It’s one thing when you are a new blogger, but once you have built up a readership, to lose them because of Google is very disappointing.
There is only one thing I can think of to do, but I will have to think hard about the value of doing this before I decide. I was going to change my ISP before this happened. I could still do that and at the same time change my domain name, therefore getting a new feed link. Hopefully Google won’t mess that one up. It’s either do that or stop blogging. When I stop blogging I want it to be my decision and not something forced upon me by Google. I must admit, with all my recent problems, it has knocked the blog stuffing out of me a bit. I am wondering if a simple life, without all this stress would be the way to go.
Once I have given this some serious thought I will post an update and hope that you actually see it. In fact, I hope that you actually see this post!