Up in the top right hand corner of this page there used to be a wee blogroll that constantly changed to show the 5 latest posts from my Google Reader RSS subscriptions. It was a doddle to set up. Google Reader automatically generated a neat piece of code that I simply had to paste into a div and add a dash of CSS to make it blend into the page's design.
This worked a treat. Whenever a new post appeared on any blog that I subscribed to, it instantly appeared at the top of the blogroll, and the older ones moved down. Simples!
However, with the unnecessary demise of the excellent Google Reader, my blogroll disappeared too. Why did they do this to a service with millions of users? Probably it just wasn't new & sexy enough for ambitious Google wannabes to take on. After all, if you want to be a rising star, you have to be associated with the new cutting edge exciting stuff. So Reader was shunted into the sidings whilst the people who could/should have kept it running went off to join the Gingerbread and Jelly Bean feast in the boss's office.
Were I using blogger simply as blogger there would be no problem - just plug in a ready made widget. Doodlecat, however, is hand crafted, and this blog has been built and styled to blend seamlessly with the rest of the Doodlecat pages. Although it uses Blogger's engine for posts, the CSS and template design is my own.