[Written while returning from a road trip to Minnesota for my father-in-law’s funeral.]
Yesterday, while sitting in the passenger seat, enjoying yet another Illinois cornfield, I passed some time with Facebook, Twitter, texting and Google maps. (Isn’t wireless data access a wonderful thing?) I was wishing I could pass some time reading news, email newsletters, and blog posts via Feedly, a wonderful desktop service that assembles all my news and blog feeds into one nice, easy to read magazine-like page. I’ve used Feedly for quite a while now and love it – it basically lives in your web browser and creates your own personalized reader’s digest for the web on one page. What more could you ask for?
But, where was Feedly now? – Sitting on my computer in my bag languishing for want of a wireless connection since my 2002 mini-van isn’t a WiFi hotspot.
Hmmm… I wonder if Feedly has an iPhone app?
It’s in the iPhone App Store. After a quick download while passing more corn (I mean quick – this thing is light) and no additional set up, I logged in and…
There’s all my news and blog feeds in my hand, on the go… through the corn (this is beginning to sound like an M. Night Shyamalan film, isn’t it?)
Feedly for iPhone does a fantastic job showing you a few easy navigation tips so you learn your way around. And it elegantly displays the content in a sans-serif font on a white background – no noise, no columns, no clutter – nothing but easy-to-read-content-goodness.
This will now be my preferred way to read, ponder, forward, save, comment, and retweet the web content I value.
If you don’t subscribe to any blogs or news sites, all you have to do is click the little orange RSS icon like the one in the top-right of this page. You’ll find it on every page of every news and blog site you visit (including AverageUs.com… hint… wink…)
Subscribing is super-duper easy to do. If you have a webmail account from Google or Yahoo! you’re already half-way there. Here’s a quick, fun YouTube video: RSS in Plain English that shows you how to subscribe to any website’s RSS feed in two easy steps.
Then get Feedly for the iPhone in the App Store, or Feedly for your computer, and enjoy your very own, personalized web magazine anywhere you go.
You’re wondering what I subscribe to? Here’s a few of them…
- Smashing Magazine – web design stuff
- A List Apart – Jeffrey Zeldman’s web design stuff
- Michael Hyatt’s Blog – Michael Hyatt’s leadership and productivity stuff
- The Simple Dollar – frugality and simplicity stuff
- The Gospel Coalition – gospel stuff
- Desiring God Blog – John Piper’s gospel stuff
- The White Horse Inn – Michael Horton’s gospel stuff
- Ligonier Ministries – R. C. Sproul’s gospel stuff
- Stuff Christians Like – Jon Acuff’s Christians laughing at ourselves stuff
- TentBlogger – blogging stuff
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