The reader found in the Dashboard of Blogger only shows posts from the newest post -- this is not helpful to me so I looked elsewhere.
It seems that most Google Reader users have chosen to go with Bloglovin or Feedly.
Bloglovin asks new users to "claim" their blog, Feedly does not.
Both Bloglovin and Feedly are free to access.
Both Bloglovin and Feedly ask for permission to access the user's Google Reader in order to copy their reading list -- too easy, especially when I have a list of over 150 blogs (which means about thirty new posts a day).
Both Bloglovin and Feedly have apps for use on iPads and can also be read in a browser on a standard computer, whether desktop or laptop.
Both Bloglovin and Feedly present new posts with a picture from the post and the first fifty or so words of the post.
Both Bloglovin and Feedly offer the option of reading the post on the reader or going to the original post in the browser of choice.
Both Bloglovin and Feedly present the information in one of two formats: by blog, or by date.
By default, both Bloglovin and Feedly present the newest post first if the user chooses to read by date.
Both Bloglovin and Feedly allow posts to be marked as read so the user only sees a list of unread posts -- well, in Bloglovin one can still see the read posts but they are faded and obviously marked as read.
And in my experience, that is all the choices that Bloglovin offers.
But Feedly has so many more options. They recognise that they have gained a large number of Google Reader users and therefore have redesigned their software (or so I understand) so that features are similar to GR.
The most important of these, for me, is the ability to read from the oldest post first. If I fall behind, as I did over the Mothers' Day weekend when I was away for three days, I want to read the older posts before the newer ones, particularly on the blogs that have new posts every day.
And so, for me, Feedly has become my Reader of choice.
Are you a Google Reader user? Which reader will you move to and why?