Too much content in your life?
As Russel Case (AKA Randy Quaid) says to the aliens in the movie Independence Day, “Hello boys, I’m back!” Yes, I haven’t been writing here while I was working on Carts & Tools. Funny thing is, you need a lot of start-up money to start-up a light scale manufacturing business these days. So, I don’t need a lot of capital to write here and I hope you will find a few things of value.
In this 3-part series, I want to give you some insight into the tools I use to follow a big old load of blog content. “A big old load” is about 25 just to attempt to keep current on social media, branding, content creation and management plus emerging technology. Then on the personal side, I follow a number of food sites, gardening sites, health sites and more. There are a lot.
So how do I keep up to date without hours at the computer? I use 3 tools. Feedly, Pocket and Evernote. You might be thinking that is a lot of tools but let me explain what each one is and how I use them. Also, there are of course competitors to all these so the process can work even if you use a different hammer or saw.
I switched over to Feedly when Google Reader was discontinued. Feedly is a news aggregator that I use to follow about 100 blogs. It has iPhone and Android apps and integrates with over 100 services. Check it out at www.feedly.com and if you start using it, let me know how you like it.
What I like about Feedly is that I can quickly save or share an article in a number of ways. I don’t use Feedly Pro but it has addtional features and gives you even more ways to save and share. I typically save articles to Pocket (which used to be called Read it Later) but I also share some articles on social media either at once or using Buffer. With the Pro subscription you can save directly to Evernote but more on that in a minute.
I consider Feedly to be my unsorted inbox. As I scan through the articles, I make one of 4 decisions. Read/delete, read/save, save/read later, or delete. The great thing with Feedly is you don’t have to “delete’ as once you open an article up, it will no longer show in the feed unless you take action to “keep unread.” There are a lot of actions you can take with an article you just read. If I want to keep it for future use I simply send it to Pocket. If I had the Pro version of Feedly, I could save to Evernote instead but I’ll explain in parts 2 and 3 why I don’t need the Pro version and why even if I had it, I wouldn’t save much from Feedly directly to Evernote anyways.
So Read/Save and Save/Read Later both go to Pocket. In part 2 I’ll tell you how I use Pocket but meanwhile, get yourself set up…and save this post first.
Thanks for reading!