That's right, as of 1st July 2013 it will be defunct :(
Not surprisingly here has been a lot of uproar and angst on the interwebs since this news was released, some users have likened it to getting a "Dear John" letter, others are questioning the mind set behind it (you can read more about Google's reasoning behind GR's "retirement" on the official Google Reader blog here ) and most everyone who has been a user is wondering what to do now?
If like me you read and follow lots of different blogs via Google Reader you'll be looking for a new way to keep track of them all and NOT lose all your subscription information (which in my case has been gained from way too many hours starting at the computer screen until the wee hours of dawn in my pre-kids life, not something I can redo over these days).
Trawling the net/social media has thrown up two likely contenders for a free replacement reader- Bloglovin and Feedly.
So far Feedly is my favourite- I like it's "clean" look and the different layout options for viewing individual blog feeds (you have an option of titles only like GR or more picture focused ones such as "magazine" and cards").
Bloglovin appears to be very popular within the crafting/sewing blogoshere, many blogs that I visit frequently often sport a "Bloglovin" button/image in their sidebar. For this reason I'm also subscribing to Bloglovin to check it out (so many users can't be wrong can they?) but so far I find its screen view not as appealing as Feedly's...maybe it'll grow on me?
Either way IF you chose one of these two to fill in the void that will be left by Google Reader's demise you will be glad to know that signing up and transferring all my subscription info from GR to each was relatively easy and pain free!
BTW I did have some neat-o screen shots lined up to show you the difference between Feedly/Bloglovin however computer gremlins haves made me need to remove them boo :(