For a while, RSS Feeds appeared to be in decline as email newsletters and podcasts came to the fore in recent years, but it seems to me they are making a bit of a resurgence. I still find them quite useful, often more so than email newsletters. They certainly are less tedious than manually going to various websites regularly to check for updated information.
Years ago, I started using Google Reader for all my RSS Feeds. When Google discontinued it, I needed to find something else, so I went in search of other options. I tried MANY! The then most prominent one was Feedly, but for some reason I just could not get used to it. I began using igHome in place of the Google home page because igHome also has RSS feed capabilities. Then I found NewsBlur and for quite a while that fit all of my needs.
Right now, I use two feed readers regularly and a third one, NewsBlur, only for sports. The two regulars are Feedbro and Brief, both extensions in Firefox. I have settled on using these since Firefox discontinued its own RSS Feed extension. There are some subtle differences between the two, each with some advantages, but the primary reason I use both is to make the many feeds I’m subscribed to a bit more manageable. Brief is the one I use for gaming and tech related feeds.
Now, on to discussion of some feeds themselves. For the purposes of this blog, I will only discuss the ones that are gaming or tech related, although I am subscribed to many more for other content.
Not surprisingly, I follow Minecraft and Civ VI via RSS feeds, but the most active tech related one is The Verge. A few months ago, I ran across it again and subscribed to all their articles. For several years I followed Casey Newton, who wrote for The Verge at the time, so I was aware of The Verge, but did not follow everything they posted. Lately the many articles on The Verge about Windows 11 have been helpful for me.
Casey Newton has since gone independent – his site is Platformer on Substack. I continue to follow him somewhat, but am generally less interested in his stuff due to his primary focus on Facebook, so I have not paid for a membership and therefore only see the free articles.
A few other tech related feeds, Discord Blog, Mozilla Blog, and Pocket Blog, are not as prolific, but still interesting to me. Since I use all three – Discord, Firefox, and Pocket – daily – I like keeping up to date with their work.
The one gamer I follow, Marbozir, has been my favorite for his YouTube play-throughs of various strategy games. I particularly enjoy the Civ V and Civ VI content and, although I follow many channels on his Discord server as well, it is convenient to get a post via RSS feed to know when he has a new episode to view.
In summary, I find RSS feeds to be time-savers and easy to use. Very recently I’ve begun to explore a few podcasts and am now following a few of their feeds, but that is for another day and another post.