How I Work: Reading Part 2

As I mentioned in my previous post, Feedly is great, but sometimes I just want to skim through articles and I don’t have the time (or the desire) to actually read them.

[Time for a random story]

Growing up our microwave was on the counter a few feet away from the sink. It sat at an angle, and behind it was an organizer of sorts. Now that I think about it, it was actually a napkin holder, like this. Ours didn’t hold napkins, it held papers. Very important papers. Anything from school permission slips to medical bills could be found “behind the microwave”.

For years this was a running gag in my family that if you’re looking for something it’s most likely “behind the microwave”.

Then one day we got a rolling stand, like this, and put the microwave on it. Now the microwave was sitting with it’s back up against a wall. “Behind the microwave” ceased to exist.

Or did it?

The napkin holder filled with papers was still there on the counter. For years when we were looking for something we would still refer to it as “behind the microwave”.

My mom now lives in a completely different house, and she still has an area we refer to as “behind the microwave”.

[End random story]

Enter Pocket!

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Pocket, just like Feedly, is pretty much available for any platform.

Pocket is my digital “behind the microwave”. It’s not a junk-drawer, because the things that go in it are important and will eventually be used. Pocket is where I send articles that I want to read later, and guess what? Feedly can send directly to Pocket!

Pocket does a wonderful job at taking an article from a website and cleaning the clutter. I’d say it does an even better job than Feedly, but not by much.

Oh, and did I mention it makes the articles available offline? Yeah. Awesomesauce.

It also takes advantage of iOS7’s background app refresh, so it downloads them automagically. Yeah. Awesomesaucer.

Next up I think I’ll talk about how I Twitter. Twitter is also considered a verb now, right?

I guess I should be more worried about using the word awesomesaucer.

How I Work: Reading Part 2

How I Work: Reading

I have an extreme dislike for reading. I can count on one hand the books I have actually read.

  1. Matilda
  2. Night
  3. The Scarlet Letter
  4. Hunger Games
  5. Some book about orcs.

Seriously, I hate reading. I have such an addiction to multitasking and I can’t do multiple things while reading a book, therefore I don’t read.

Then I started using Google Reader about 6 years ago and I discovered that I liked reading if it taught me something new. I became obsessed with subscribing to blogs and keeping up with the news, technology trends and ways to improve my life.

Then I bought an iPad and that passion was rekindled. Sadly, shortly after getting my first iPad Google Reader was shut down.

Enter Feedly.

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Feedly quickly became the go-to replacement for Google Reader for pretty much everyone. As soon as the creators of Feedly announced that you could import all of your Google Reader feeds onto their servers before Google Reader bit the dust, everyone flocked to their app.

Come to find out, Feedly (in my opinion) is far better than Google Reader ever was. The design and interface is much nicer, and the sharing options are more robust. The main selling point to me however was that they made a reading service that doesn’t make me feel like I have to read every single article in my feed.

Seriously, the design is beautifully minimal.

Thanks to their default “Today” view, you can just read the most important posts of the day. It’s not a big deal if you don’t have time to read every unread article, just read the most important posts.

I almost forgot to mention another key feature; Feedly is available on every platform you can think of. You have no excuse to not keep up with your favorite blogs anymore, thanks to Feedly.

Feedly is also able to share articles with a plethora of other services, and is compatible with IFTTT.

In my next post I’ll tell you about Feedly’s cousin, the second part to my reading app arsenal.

How I Work: Reading