Moving from Google Reader (back) to Bloglines: How-to

GRtoBLUnless another service (that works the way I need it to work) suddenly appears in front of me, with the death of Google Reader, it looks like I’m moving back to Bloglines which I left for Google Reader back in 2009. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

Anyway, for those looking to Bloglines to replace Google Reader, here are some basic instructions for moving your feeds from one to the other.

  1. Log into your Google account and head on over to Google Takeout.
  2. Click the “Choose services” button at the top of the page.
  3. Click the “Reader” button.
  4. Wait for the gray box to turn read and say 100%.
  5. Click “CREATE ARCHIVE” at the bottom of the page.
  6. Wait on the next screen for the process to finish. It should only take a minute or two.
  7. Click “Download” and save the .zip file.
  8. The important file in this case is “subscriptions.xml”. Extract that form the .zip file.
  9. Log in to Bloglines and go to your Dashboard.
  10. Switch to the reader view. (Upper-left)
  11. Click “+ Add content”
  12. Find “OPML: Import” and click “Import”
  13. Browse & select your “subscriptions.xml” file
  14. Click the “Import” button.

I successfully did this earlier this morning and it worked for me. In my case I already had feeds still left in my account from when I moved to Google Reader so there has been some de-duping to do. Bloglines kept all of my folders but any imported feeds that weren’t in a folder in Google Reader are now in an “uncategorized” folder in Bloglines.

March 14th, 2013 by