Luckily, recommendations for replacements have poured in from bloggers (and my concerned fiance). So, like the good reporting blogger I am, I did some research for ya. And by research, I mean I signed up for all of the contenders and played around for a few minutes before condemning them to a harsh and swift judgement. See below:
1. Blogger: I already use it to blog, so why not to read blogs? Well, because it sucks. It doesn't show you what has new content and it makes you open the posts in a new window to view. The point is that I DON'T want a ton of conspicuous windows open showing that I'm reading blogs. Just the one will do fine, thanks. Bloglovin' ? Same issue.
2. Pulse: Recommended by techies, I thought this might be a contender. The layout is really flashy and pretty and it recommends things you'd like to read by subject. BUT I think it was designed for smart phones, and since I'm still using the dumb version, that doesn't help me much. And I can't figure out how to import the blogs I already do read.
3. Fever and Newsblur both COST to use. WTF?
4. Feedly: Look out folks, we've got a winner! After some playing around, I got it to have about the same functionality as our old, dear Google Reader.
Hope this helps you deal with your grief over google reader!! Happy Weekend :)