I was sad to find out that Google is closing the Google Reader site. It' been something I've used for years to read all the blogs I follow. Having a reader is so much easier than clicking blog to blog to blog especially if you follow many blogs like I do.
I follow my friends, I follow cooking blogs, I follow scrapbooking manufacturers and designers, I follow stamping sites, and other stuff just to keep up on all the latest happenings.
So, since I operate on a Mac, and I have an IPhone, I checked apps that were available for both. I found one called MixTab which so far has been pretty cool.
First you set categories, and as you add the blogs, you add them into a particular category. I have categories for my friends, cooking, scrapbooking, etc.
Once you bring up a category, you see posts starting with the most recent, and you see a brief version of what's on the new page and even better a picture (if the page has one).
If you want to look at a particular blog up close, or if you prefer to see the whole read just click on the tab and it brings you to the full page. From here you can just hit next and it takes you to the next blog post in the category.
There are tabs at the top, where you can tweet the post, or you can email it to someone, or you can view the original to see comments. You can also "star" items as favorites which is something that google also had.
So that being said, there are a couple of things that I don't particularly like, one of which is adding the blog you want to follow to the site. You have to locate the feed link on the particular blog then add it to your category. With blogger, you just entered in the blog address and it "found"the feed. Now, finding the feed is not too terribly hard, it's on most pages as a link, however, I have had a problem finding the link on some blogs. So ... if you own a blog, and you want people to follow your blog, make sure the link to the feed is clearly visable.
The other thing that's different, but not in a bad way, is the pages, don't "disappear" or archive like with the google reader, so you just click through the blogs until you get to one you've seen.
I'm still playing around, but so far, I really like it.