So, it’s probably a great blinding flash of the obvious that I love blogs and web comics. The internet in general, but these two things in particular. I love them, and I read a lot of them. I’ve got some for creative writing, some for publishing news, some for home care, and some for geek news. I read a lot of them on WordPress, including some of yours.
What I don’t love, and this is a total first world problem, is going back to my favorites list and going to each and every page separately to see who’s updated that day and who hasn’t. Which is why I don’t understand why it took me so long to get an RSS feed reader.
Now there are a lot of them out there, but the one I use is Feedly. Plain and simple, no frills. It just updates when my websites do.
I love this for a lot of reasons. In fact, all the reasons I usually love things for.
It saves me time, because I’m not checking every website. You don’t realize how much time you spend flipping from site to site until you don’t have to do it any more, and your normal hour long new time in the morning only takes twenty minutes.
It means I won’t miss an update. This is important, because I don’t read all the sites I do just for fun. They’re all entertaining, but I try to keep up with the Publishing industry, and my personal writing education. I also read blogs that inspire me, and keep my writing fresh. Many of these I’ve shared with you during the Check This Out post every week. Any that I haven’t are on my list. Also, having a feed of blogs devoted to the publishing industry makes me feel like a professional, someone who really knows what they’re doing. That’s one of those fake it ’till you make it things right there.
So this week, check out Feedly. Stock it with any blogs you already follow, (like this one) and then add some that will help you get the motivation and inspiration you need to reach your writing goals.