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Getting to know you

Getting to know you,
Getting to feel free and easy
When I am with you,
Getting to know what to say

Haven't you noticed
Suddenly I'm bright and breezy?
Because of all the beautiful and new
Things I'm learning about you
Day by day. - from The King and I

Screen shot of a recent Blue Skunk blog post displayed in the soon-to-be-defunct GoogleReader:


A screen shot of the same blog post when viewed in Feedly:


You've got to admit, there can be some aesthetic benefit to changes now and then. I am increasingly glad that i was "forced" to this new RSS reader. I may never have this far more pleasant reading experiece had I not.


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Reader Comments (10)

I'd LOVE to know how many of your readers can sing those verses you posted from the King and I!

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVivian

...forgot to say that I CAN and that melody is going to be with me for the remainder of the day.

Ah...when life was simpler!

~Vivian, with nostalgia

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVivian

Vivian, I'm humming along with you....

And, I'm enjoying Feedly (for the most part) too....

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

I agree. I would never have moved from Google Reader because I didn't know how plain it was. Besides, I'm less enchanted daily of being part of the Google Industrial Complex.

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFloyd Pentlin

Hi Vivian,

Gee, I thought EVERYBODY knows this one. Maybe only of my generation. It can be a real ear worm!


Hi Floyd,

Biodiversity is a healthy thing. Why not techno-diversity as well. I love Google but my dependence on it scares me as well.

Thanks for the note,


March 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterDoug Johnson

Actually, I enjoy that song. It "reminds" me of a simpler time, even though it was BEFORE my time. I don't think my contemporaries would have a clue what those lyrics at the top of your blog referred to. I do because I was a music geek all through school and paid attention to "old fashioned" musicals and remember singing a song from that musical in my voice lessons. Don't feel bad. Twenty years ago, my teenage nephews and nieces did NOT know Star Wars. I about fell over when they gave me blank stares. This was before Star Wars made a come-back this past decade. Everything comes back eventually. Full-circle. Your choice of lyrics might be considered very avant-garde, you never know!

~Vivian, still humming along happily

March 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVivian

Hooray! Since the Google Reader announcement, I have had "find a new feed reader" on the to-do list at the back of my head, but it's just been sitting there and would have probably sat there until the day before Reader was taken off-line. So good to have a recommendation! Thank you!

March 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLibby

Hi Libby,

So far, so good for me. Don't hold me responsible if it all goes bad some day!


March 28, 2013 | Registered CommenterDoug Johnson

Whenever I've heard "This will only hurt for a moment" from the needle-wielding nurse I've never been inclined to run, but I was NOT happy about GR going away. Now that I'm truly enjoying the Feedly experience, I find myself annoyed that Google let it become so old, you know?

It's given me an appreciation for what we put our educator clients through when we change information systems, gradebooks, web providers, etc., and expect them to celebrate along with us. GR was part of my "system," changing the system takes energy, and how dare someone tell me I need to expend that precious resource just because they say it's good for me?

April 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBill Storm

Hi Bill,

I feel your pain. I hope these changes make all of "tech leaders" a bit more empathetic. I'm enjoying Feedly myself more and more.

Thanks for the comment,


April 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterDoug Johnson

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