Photobucket had recently changed their policy and now all the images from my 650+ blog posts are disabled. I am slowly editing them by moving my images to my own server at AWS, but it will take time. In case there is a particular old post you want to see the images of, kindly drop me a mail at mizohican@gmail.com and I'll keep that at a high priority. Thank you.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Chp 318. Bye bye Bloglines

So I just took a short Blogging break – for almost a month (not that anyone would have noticed. lolz). And by Blog break, I don’t mean just my blog alone. I stopped visiting all my favorite blogs. A breather, if I may say so. A much needed breather.

There were a couple of things I needed to be serious about when it came to work. And some of the hard work paid off too! Though I’m not allowed to talk about new accounts and projects on my blog, let’s just say my CV got a little bit longer

Came back to the blogging world only to read a shocking news – My favorite RSS feed aggregator bloglines.com is closing down!!!

Today, Ask.com let our users know that we will shut down Bloglines on October 1. Not an easy decision, especially considering our loyal and supportive (not to mention patient) user base, but, ultimately, the right one given business reasons simply too hard to ignore.

I’ve been using bloglines for around 5 years now. Five years may not mean much to most of us, but in terms of online technological progress, that’s a lot. Barely 10 years ago, how many of us even had email ids?

Although many “better” feed aggregators have come up since then, I’m one of those fanatical loyalists when it comes to technology. Unless there’s a really good reason for me to change, I don’t. I’m still using the same yahoo mail id I’ve been using since 1998, and have only recently opened a new gmail account.

I’ll finally be shifting to Google Reader after I export my OPML file from bloglines. With over 1000 feed subscriptions carefully selected through the sands of time, my bloglines feeds are what made me what I am today.

Bloglines was there for me when I was down and depressed, lent me a shoulder to cry on when I learnt one of my favorite speed metal guitarists had passed away, gave me company during troubled times of curfew and “shoot on sight” order, partied with me during spells of uninhibited binge, showered me with hope when I dropped out from B-School, helped me discover new friends, like-minded individuals and even a job, and assisted me in updating the “Zo bloggers latest blog update” section @ misual.com every week.

In fact, had bloglines been a woman, I would have already married it, divorced it, and then remarried it just to renew the wedding vows and find an excuse to go on a second honeymoon.

But alas. Now the time has come to say goodbye.

Bloglines.com. You will always have a special place in my heart.

Here is my special song dedicated to you, bloglines. “Broken” by Seether, featuring Amy Lee.

'Cause I'm broken when I'm lonesome
And I don't feel right when you're gone away

Oh yeah. Let’s hope Google Reader knows how to mend the broken. [Geek Alert!]




One last screen shot of my bloglines feed before the fat lady sings.

Bye Bye Bloglines

The numbers in bracket are unread blog posts. Yeah, a lot happened during this one month sabbatical! Found out some shocking news about a few blog friends too, but they are way too personal to be mentioned here.

Cheers.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Blogline.com te a lo om elo? Ka lo hre re2 hleinem :D I blog update hian ka rediffmail ID hi kum 10 ka hmang ve ta tih mi hriat chhuah tir dei :D - 1dr8oi

VaiVa said...

So sad for you, my dear friend..! Though you'd introduced me, I, actually, never used it more than 6 months. Not that I didn't like it but honestly I prefer Google Reader for simplicity and my list of fav blogs are in and around hundred.

Move on to Google Reader and update Mizo blog section real soon!

sekibuhchhuak said...

Welcome back!

Mizo blogger ho pawh kan phur leh sawt dawn anih chu.Boss ber i lo kir leh tawh bawk a ;-)

ruolngulworld said...

welcome back. me too, never heard of bloglines - i basically rely on your 'zo bloggers latest' on misual.com for my dose of mizo blogs and i've been eagerly waiting for your return for updates on the latest blogs :)

chhangte_ll said...

I Blogline.com vang ani maw ilo bengvar thin em em :D Post thar i hre thei ka ti reng ani :) Blog hi chhiar a lo nuam ber mai e...Haaapi Blawgging zel le..

illusionaire said...

@ chhangte_II: hahaha ka secret i lo hre ta :D lolzzz

@ ruolngulworld: That update will be starting soon. Don't worry, and thanx for your wait :D

@ sekibuhchhuak: lolz. thank you big boss. Hmuh che pawh a nuam khawp mai :D

@ VaiVa: heh. Lets see how good Google Reader is... :)

@ wonderboy: haha va hmang rei tawh ve. rediffmail pawh chutianga rei a lo awm ve tawh a ni maw? mailcity te kha a ngaihawm reuh.

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Eveline said...

No words, my friend. You have my deepest sympathies. HUGZ Kima!

Enterprise Mobility Management said...

Have a nice day,but be quick to write a blog again..

Clio said...

Welkham Back!!!!!After a long break,I hope you are fine.

NoHiddenDepths said...

Ya, pretty sad. I never used the service but I feel that ask.com could never monetize on it. And ya, companies like Ask.com are there to make money, isn't it?

Someone said that "When services(?) like twitter and FB can give me 'real-time' and 'live' feeds on what's happening, why would I need RSS aggregators anyway?" I hope google too doesn't kill google reader. But hey, if they do you can always rely on mizobloglawrkhawmdotcom :D

illusionaire said...

@ Eveline: HUGZ to you too dear. Some day... I will get over bloglines and start leading a normal life... :D

@ no hidden: lolz... well I am starting to get the hang of GR, but I still find bloglines more user friendly, especially when there are like 200 feeds in each folder... and yup, most RSS feed aggregators are dying because of social media. But doesn't look like they will take over feed readers anytime soon.

@ Clio: hehehe... thank you :)

@ Enterprise: You look very spammy :)

@ Park Int.: You too, my friend, smell of spam :P

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