Here’s how I stay up to date on topics that interest me: I use Feedly.
With the demise of Google Reader, I was looking for another system that I could use to keep track of all my favorite blogs and news sources. After a fair amount of research, I decided that Feedly was the next best system. In fact, it’s probably even better than Reader ever was.
What Is Feedly?
Feedly, in their own words, is “the news you need to keep ahead.” Further, it’s “a single place for all the stories you care about.”
It’s basically an online newspaper that only has the information you’re most interested in from your favorite writers and news sources.
You tell it what topics and news sources you want to keep track of. It is completely custom for you and you alone.
How Do You Use Feedly?
I use Feedly mostly for work-related information. Being that I work in marketing and real estate, I mostly keep track of blogs in these two industries.
There are lots and lots of blogs that I follow. So, instead of keeping bookmarks of every one of those sites and going from site to site every day wondering if there’s something new (or being on all of their email lists), I just add their RSS feeds to my Feedly list and can then easily see which news sources have new information at any given time.
This saves me a ton of time and is an easy way to stay up-to-date on topics that are important to me.
How To Get Started With Feedly
Simply go over to their “Discover” page and type in any topic, keyword, or URL of a blog. As you type keywords, it will give you suggestions on blogs you might be interested in.
Of course, you can create an account and then start saving feeds as well as categorizing them. Here’s a view of how I have organized a few different topics that I’m interested in.
Every day in the morning, I check my feeds and see what articles I want to read. I think that spending a few minutes every day learning something new is a great way to start off the day before work really begins.
How Much Does Feedly Cost?
The basic version is free. That’s currently what I’m using and it’s great.
If you want to upgrade, you can get a ton more features such as faster syncing, better searching and a bunch of other improvements for only about $45/year or $5/month.
You can use Feedly on your desktop computer or your phone/tablet.
If you’re looking to stay ahead of your competition and stay current with the topics that are important to you, give Feedly a try. You’ll probably really like it and start using it daily.