It might sound strange for a blogger, but I’m giving up on RSS. With over 75 blogs in a Feedly queue that publish new content regularly there is just too much to keep track of.
This is part of a larger effort to streamline workflows and create some margin in my life. As a family man with two jobs and many side projects, I could use a little margin.
How about you?
Here’s the reasoning for dropping RSS in favor of Twitter:
1. No unread pile up or guilt complex
With blogs publishing daily or weekly that’s a lot of content to consume. And last I checked reading blogs doesn’t pay the bills. When I fall behind and the RSS feed starts getting clogged I feel guilty for not reading and click the “mark all as read” button. In the end, it’s not doing me or the blogger any good.
2. Stay current
The RSS queue gets outdated pretty fast, especially if you follow tech or news sites. Yesterday’s news quickly becomes last week’s news. The conversation on Twitter is constantly happening in real time. This allows you to see what people are reading and recommending right now.
3. Relevant conversation
RSS is stale because you’re not engaging in any conversation. Either in comments on a blog or live on Twitter. By constructing specific Twitter lists for bloggers and brands you can jump into the conversation that is happening in the moment. This replaces folders or categories in a RSS reader.
4. Export to Pocket/Instapaper
As you’re scanning Twitter and you see a headline that catches your eye, you might not have time to read the article on the spot. Thankfully, most Twitter apps have “read it later” integration with 3rd party services like Pocket or Instapaper. The trick is to not feel guilty when it gets clogged up.
I’m a week into this experiment and it feels so good. There is more margin in the day for writing and jumping into live conversations online. I still need to get Twitter lists built up, but freedom from RSS is energizing.
Do you use RSS?
If so, how many blogs are in your feed
If not, how do you follow your favorite blogs?