I love Google Reader! I would put it way up there on the list of best web-applications to date. I used to have so much trouble keeping up with all the blogs, news sites, zines, etc. I liked to read, and Google Reader has made it so simple. No longer do I have to go down my list of favorites and wait for each page to slowly load just to see if there was a new post, or article. It all comes to one place through the magic of RSS and Google Reader.
However, with that said, I do have one complaint, and it’s not even particularly directed at Google Reader. My complaint is this, when you only read RSS feeds, you miss out on the visual of each site you used to visit. If you read this site through an RSS feed you wouldn’t know that I am constantly changing and updating the sidebar on my blog. You wouldn’t see my list of blogging buddies, or even my profile picture. You wouldn’t know that I just added a section called “Articles of Interest” where you can see some of the articles, or posts, I have recently read and deemed interesting enough to share. You, also, wouldn’t know that I have updated the way you can link to recent or old posts. You may not even be aware that I list the podcasts or music I’ve been listening to recently. So, while I truly enjoy the ease and simplicity of Google Reader, I am a little saddened that people, myself included, seem to be moving away from actually visiting blogs. Is this the way of the future; only reading the text of a website after we’ve worked so hard to move away from text based webpages?