The Death of Google Reader

On March 13, 2013, while the Roman Catholic Church witnessed white smoke billowing out of the Sistine Chapel chimney (or smoke stack), Google announced that it was doing away with its popular RSS Reader (Google Reader). It came as a shock to me and I panicked for about two seconds.

Why, you ask, am I writing about this on a ministry blog? It’s simple. If you are reading this blog post, the likelihood of you reading it on an RSS Reader, like Google’s, is high.

The fact is I use Google Reader as one of my main tools for personal growth. I follow about two dozen blogs, all on Google Reader to keep up with trends in ministry, learn how to improve my ministry and leadership, and increase my productivity.

In short, I learn a ton by reading blogs. Google Reader has been an important tool in my toolbox.

But now, Google Reader is disappearing forever on July 1, 2013. What that means is that you and I need to find another RSS Reader to put in our toolbox.

And, thanks to Jonathan Sullivan, I have found that tool.

Feedly.com is my new tool.

What I like about it:

  • It seamlessly transferred all my data from Google Reader. In less than 60 seconds (literally), all the blogs I follow were transferred to Feedly. It was simple and intuitive.
  • They have an app for both the Apple operating system and the Android operating system. I can continue to read the blogs I love most from any device I have.

What I don’t like about it:

  • It’s taking some getting used to. Having to navigate a new system is always difficult at first. I imagine in a couple more weeks, I’ll be totally used to it and forget that Google Reader ever existed.

If you are an avid reader of blogs and want an easy way to follow the blogs that your ministry, then switch over to Feedly now.

And please do me a favor: add REALministry.org to your feed! Thanks!

Question: Have you made the switch to Feedly? What do you think?

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.


John Rinaldo


As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.



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