So Google Reader is leaving you in July. Sure, you had a good 8 years together, but usage declined over time, updates became more of a chore than a pleasure and when Reader sat down and rationally thought about all the unread items piling up in your Fitness and Finance folders, it became clear that if you weren't going to at least make an effort, there was no future for the two of you.
But life goes on. Think of this as a step forward, another door opening. There are endless possibilities for you without Reader holding you back. Here are 5 ways to fill that gaping hole left in your heart.
Also, if you drink enough to seriously impair your vision, you'll find that that the blurry layout of Google Reader's less attractive sibling, Gmail can look pretty damn similar. Just sayin' dude. Think about it.
One Night Trials
You were with one RSS reader for a long time though, so don't go immediately importing your XML file into the very next one that comes along. Have some meaningless trial and evaluation periods, subscribe to a couple new feeds, figure out what's attractive to you. Do you like the visual stimulation from the massive pictures of Flipboard's magazine format? Or do you enjoy the quick response time of Newsblur? Do you just want a few minutes of hot, random, anonymous content? Or do you want an intimate connection with an RSS reader that gets to know your tastes and proclivities? Always remember: you have plenty of options.
And maybe you'll realize you didn't even really love Google Reader either by the end of it. It might be that you were just going through the motions, you liked it what it symbolized about you, or you liked things being simple and comfortable.
Now is the perfect time for reflection. Re-evaluate your interests and goals. Take the time to learn about you.
Before you know it, an accidentally tossed cigarette ignites a bush, which in turn, sets the enter Google headquarters ablaze. It's a tragic and glorious sight, a symbol of your passion that burned too brightly and burned out all too quickly.
Also, be sure to plan for your car to run out of gas just outside the headquarters, so you'll have an explanation for the gas can the police find you holding.