I personally am sad to see it going away. It seems like when you've learned how to use something in blogshere, they take it away or change it. I've been doing a little research since the announcement and found this article about some options to use in place of Google Reader.
I have decided I'll be following my favorite blogs using Bloglovin, since I've followed a few fellow bloggers there already, and I'm already a little familiar with the site. I just went to this page and did an import from my Google Reader account to Bloglovin.
If you currently follow Thrifty Parsonage Living
via Google reader.
I hope you'll still follow along via Bloglovin or
you can also follow me using Linky or another feed source.
You can find my buttons over on the right side of this page,
Have you found another way to follow along? I'd love to hear from you.
Have a great day!