Last week I finally switched my primary email account over to one with my new last name. Yes, it took me almost a year, but I receive a lot of emails from various places and I didn't want to deal with the hassle of switching everything. I recently updated my resume, however, and thought it looked unprofessional to have my former last name on my email address.
Funnily enough, I'd already created the new email account. I did it shortly after MM and I got back from our honeymoon. I even set it up so all my emails were forwarded to that account, so I could begin making the transition. But then I spaced it out and got lazy and didn't want to deal with it, so I let it go. When I opened the new account for the first time in almost a year earlier this week, I almost fell over. There were over 24,000 unread emails in there. 0_o Yikes! It took me almost 4 hours to get them all sorted and cleared. About 3/4 of the way there I thought to myself, "Self, WTF are you doing? You already have all these emails saved in your other account!" Uh, yeah..sometimes I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed. *facepalm*
Anyway, the biggest concern for me when switching accounts was my Google Reader. For those of you not familiar (and I hope there aren't many of you, since I think GReader is like the greatest invention ever) Google Reader is a free service offered through Google where you can subscribe to various links. I have more than 400 subscriptions in mine, ranging from blogs to news sites. Almost all websites now have an RSS feed, and GReader keeps them nice and organized and all in one place. It's grand. Or it was. But wait, I'm getting ahead of myself...
After snooping around a bit I realized you can now import/export your feeds. This made me very happy, because I wasn't looking forward to manually transferring all my feeds over. All I had to do was export my feed list and import it into the new account. Easy Peasy. Except there's an issue. For those of you who haven't used GReader before and aren't familiar, here's what it looks like:
Recently, thanks to a suggestion by Marg, I organized all my subscriptions into different folders. I think I have a total of 12 different folders, and I classify my subscriptions by type and how I often I read them. Anyway, as you can see, there are thousands of unread messages in there. What I want to direct your attention to, however, is the sidebar. See how each blog is highlighted and bold? That tells me there are unread items. In this account, the only blogs that show are ones that have unread messages in them. So my sidebar isn't cluttered up by a bunch of links that haven't been updated.
In my new account, however, that isn't the case. Now all of my subscriptions are listed on the sidebar, including the ones that haven't updated. So now it looks like this:
See how there are subscriptions in there now links that aren't highlighted? It's freaking annoying, because now I have to scroll through numerous links just to find the ones that are updated. It really disturbs my sense of order. There used to be a button that would allow you to see only the updated subscriptions, but that button is missing now. I tried going through the account settings to find a place that would allow me to fix the problem, but I've found nothing.
I realize this isn't a major issue in the grand scheme of life, but it's frustrating and annoying. It's gotten to the point now where I don't even want to open my GReader. Which means I'm not keeping up with all of you. Which pisses me off. I have blog-hopped some lately, but I don't have a lot of extra online time right now, so I'm not visiting as many of you as I would if I could read all your posts in one place. Grr.
I posted yesterday on the help board, but so far I haven't gotten a response. I really hope this is just a me issue and something that can be easily resolved. If not I may have to dump GReader all together and move to Bloglines or something.
Did you hear that, Google? I just might defect to the enemy camp! *shakes fist*
Any of you know a fix for this? I'd really appreciate any help you can offer. Or maybe you know of a better program? Bloglines or something?