As an alternative, I really like to follow blogs with Bloglovin'. It appears that Bloglovin' is the winner with the whole Google Reader fiasco because most people are encouraging their readers to switch to this platform. I encourage you to do so too! I find the interface a lot easier to use than Google Reader and much more aesthetically pleasing.
I have a lovely naked lady on my sidebar if you'd like to click her to start following me via Bloglovin'.
What's your favourite way to follow blogs?