Getting content delivered to me

So, it used to be, I had an RSS-feed aggregator. I put URLs of websites whose content I mostly wanted to follow into it, and every time they updated, the link would show up in my account. When I had time, and felt like, I would go look at that page and see what was available. I would read the things that looked interesting, and delete the rest.

Then almost all of the RSS-feed aggregators either got sucky and terrible to use, or were disbanded, or stopped being supported, or stopped talking to the rest of the internet. So I stopped using them.

These days I get my information from a cumbersome work-around. I follow the Twitter accounts of blogs and people whose content I enjoy reading. When I see that they have posted a link, I save that link to Instapaper. When I have time and energy, I go open my Instapaper account and read the things that catch my eye, then delete them. Y’all can probably tell when this happens, because I tend to tweet a whole bunch of links.

Note the weak point in this plan: “when I see that they have posted a link.”

I don’t always catch when folks post links on Twitter.

So, OTHER THAN going to each website eight or nine times a day to see if they have posted new content, how do you all get the content you enjoy reading? What are the current alert systems or notification systems, or content-delivery systems out there? For Windows, I should add. Windows 8. :heavy sigh at using Windows 8:

What I’m looking for is something that replicates that old RSS-feed system, in which I do almost no work and the content I want sits patiently waiting for me until I have some free time. Like a DVR for blog posts.



8 Responses

  1. I use, which is an rss aggregator and it’s still going strong and I love it. I used to use the Google feed reader and loved it too, but had to find something new when it went down. There’s no way I could keep up with stuff I want to read on Twitter alone, but I do find new feeds through that source every once in a while.

  2. I’m pretty happy with Feedly. I moved over to them when Google Reader disappeared.

  3. Feedly does seem to be the consensus …

  4. I’m also a very happy Feedly user. Once it’s in the budget, I plan to upgrade to Feedly Pro, just because they make a very handy tool.

  5. I use Newsblur–it’s a paid service, but it replicates the basic functionality of Google Reader in a way that I like. Feedly was confusing (I forget why, it’s been a while since Reader shut down and I researched all this.) Newsblur also has an iOS app. Totally worth the the $20/year.

  6. Livejournal and Dreamwidth both do RSS aggregation. They’re what I use.

  7. Feedly has been a decent, without the friend-sharing feature, replacement for Google Reader. The pro version of Feedly has a lot more features too.

  8. I’ve tried out Digg Reader but found it too stripped down for my tastes, and Bloglovin depends too much on each site’s owner making sure their feed works in Bloglovin. So I’ve ended up using Feedly and I don’t mind it.

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