This morning, I found myself taking a different approach to reading my RSS feeds. It wasn't intentional, it just happened.

My default view in Feedly is the "All" page with everything from every feed displayed in a chronological river - oldest first.

Even with the best of intentions, and being ruthless about who we follow, there will always be items in our feeds that we won't read. We are multi-faceted beings with myriad interests that don't always overlap.

But that's a good thing.

I would normally scan through the list (a page at a time on my phone) and open those items that seemed appealing. Thinking back, however, this always left me with a disappointing ratio of reviewed to read with the occasional saved for later.

What differed today, and I don't know why, was that I opened the first item in the list, read it and just swiped left to move on the next item rather than returning to the list.

One swipe left, became two and so on until I'd finished the lot. There were still items I didn't read but, scanning the items themselves instead of the river, I read considerably more than I normally would.

That, too, is a good thing.

It may take a little longer to parse my feeds but it's worth it. I think I'll be sticking with this and just need to see if I can replicate it on the website.

  1. Colin Walker says: #
    That’s exactly what I found, and it’s surprising the number of things you’ll read after discovering what’s in them when you might have glossed over them in a list.
  2. vasta says: #
    I use Reeder to go through my feeds, and I love the feeling of getting to the bottom of a post and then just pulling up (and feeling the very slight resistance from the app interface) to read the next one, not knowing what to expect. It introduces serendipity, and makes me at least skim everything.

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