As I am sure you aware Google Reader will be retiring on the 1st July. This is because of two reasons: usage of Google Reader has declined and as a company they are pouring their energy into fewer products.
With the removal of Google Reader comes the removal of Google Friends Connect and so users are having to find other ways of following blogs. I stopped using Google Reader a long time ago, after discovering Bloglovin'. It is my favourite way to read blogs and I use both the iPhone and iPad apps.
If you would like to follow my blog via Bloglovin' (and I would love that!) you can do here: