I use RSS to trigger an email for new posts (via Zapier or IFTTT). I save to Pocket, from email, the ones I’m interested in.
In high school and uni, I used Google Reader. And then others.
I had to keep switching because products were sunset, or I changed what I wanted from the UX, or my hardware was just not supported.
I decided to split up the features － modularize what I was asking a single tool to do for me.
- One tool to collect content from sources.
- The second displays the collected content to me.
- The last lets me consume the content.
I don’t talk about notes or annotating. That was never the job of the RSS reader.
This is what the set up looks like now.
- IFTTT and Zapier to collect content from sources. I rely on blogs, magazines, podcasts, whatever, making available an RSS feed.
- My email client displays the collected content to me. Both IFTTT and Zapier send me RSS feed content via an email. I don’t read in my email (except for the CBC’s What On Earth, an exceptionally well-made newsletter, which I ironically like to leave in my inbox for future reading if I have a flight coming up)
- Pocket is where I consume the content. From the email, I save to Pocket. If it’s text content, Pocket remembers where I stop reading.
I know, this is more steps than a one-stop shop reader. But I don’t read everything from a feed and the endless stream can deter me from reading. In Pocket, I have a self-curated shortlist. I also love email newsletters, and this set up lets me filter from both RSS feeds and newsletters into Pocket.