Dear Google Reader:
I’ve had some time to think about us since I found out you were leaving. When you broke the news to me you were vague and it was so sudden. The worst part was that I had to find out in a blog post. You tried to bury the news with other mundane updates and hoped I wouldn’t notice. But I did, and I’m heartbroken.
Oh Google Reader, waking up will be so hard without you. My favorite part of the morning was skimming headlines over coffee. We’d start with world news and politics and then work through topics like content marketing, SEO, tech news and social media. I loved pouring through the RSS feeds of food blogs and making dinner plans. I guess I could turn to Pinterest for my recipes, but it won’t be same as what I had with you.
You have to understand, I can’t get through the workday without you. You give me inspiration for my writing, and even provide fun links to click-through during my lunch break. Even before I go to bed at night, I spend time with you reviewing content for the next day and catching up on what we missed while we were apart. My day begins and ends with you.
Is it me? Did I not show you enough appreciation? If I failed to fully express my gratitude, let me do so now. The only reason I didn’t do it before was because I thought you would always be there for me. I pour over the updates of Google Analytics because I try to improve myself and stay up to date with the changes. If I don’t constantly build up Google+ it will disappear. You can’t compare yourself to them, Google Reader, they need constant attention. You’re the strong, consistent one. You said over the years that usage has declined and you’re not as popular now as you were in 2008, but those who use you are loyal. They need you, I need you.
I’ll admit it, I haven’t always been faithful. But I only sought out the others to see if there was something better out there. I thought I would be happy with Feedly, but it crashed when you weren’t there to support it. Bloglines always wanted to stay local and never leave the neighborhood. Twitter lists were too cluttered, GreatNews was Windows-only and Reeder came with a price. I always came back to you. Who will I turn to when you’re gone?
Please reconsider. I’m not the only one who will miss you. There are more than 100,000 people at change.org that want you to stay. You even have fans begging the President of the United States to change your mind. You’re better than Google Voice App for Blackberry and Google Building Maker. We don’t rely on them as much as you.