For a few months now I’ve featured in the right-hand column of this blog links to lists of all the feeds I subscribe to. (What’s a feed?). These include:
- Feeds Amy reads: The whole monstrous list, about 400 feeds sorted into folders. I don’t check most of these daily, but I do scan most of them at least weekly or monthly.
- Top feeds: A list of the 29 feeds I currently consider “must-reads” that is, I definitely want to know about their new postings as soon as they hit the net.
- Podcasts I subscribe to: This is my fastest-changing list. I add and delete shows from this list almost daily. (What’s a podcast?)
When I first announced these lists, a lot of people downloaded them. However, my feed lists are perpetual works in progress. So if you haven’t checked out my lists for awhile, you might want to check out these updates. I’ve found many, many new gems. Here are a few highlights…
FIVE COOL NEW ADDITIONS TO MY FEED LISTS
- Global Voices Online: Most online content, especially in the blogosphere, is neither from the US nor in English. Since I happen to be linguistically limted to English, and since I haven’t traveled extensively, this blog has become my preferred way to connect with interesting and important content from all over the world. Global Voices is a global citizensâ€™ media project, sponsored by and launched from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School. Read more about it, including how to get involved. (Subscribe)
- Paul Graham’s essays: For a couple of years now my husband (a notorious ubergeek) has been excitedly reading me pieces by Paul Graham an essayist, programmer, and programming language designer. Wow, that guy can write! If you really want to understand the deep underlying issues of technology, writing, and business, don’t miss an article. Graham doesn’t post often, but when he does it’s always worth it. (Subscribe)
- On the Docket: This blog, by the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, offers weekly synopses of current cases before the US Supreme Court. I’d love to see this expanded to become a daily effort, but this is a great start. (Subscribe)
- Blogspotting: This is a new blog from Business Week, written by journalists Stephen Baker and Heather Green. It’s generally not groundbreaking, but I like it because Baker and Green (two dyed-in-the-wool mainstream media pros) are very open about their learning process as they venture into the blogosphere. I comment here often. (Subscribe)
- GLRC Weekly podcast: The downloadable online version of the weekly environmental news broadcast from the Great Lakes Radio Consortium. It’s hosted by my friend and colleague Lester Graham, and it offers a wide variety of topics and issues. Creative, lively, and thought-provoking. (Subscribe)
WHY MY FEED LISTS LOOK SO UGLY
All of these feed lists are presented in the form of OPML files which is why they look so awful when you click those links. They’re meant to be read by computers, not people. To use them, simply download the file you want and import it into your feed reader or podcatcher software. They’ll look and work much better then.
Not all feed readers allow OPML file imports. Personally, I recommend only using feed readers which allow OPML import and export. Don’t let any program trap you into sticking with it by making it hard to move your feeds elsewhere.
If you’re new to using feeds or if you don’t wish to subscibe to any of my lists in its entirety, I’ve also uploaded my full list of feed subscriptions (including podcasts) to my Bloglines account. Bloglines is a free web-based feed reader service that’s pretty easy to use a great place for beginners to start. It’s easy to poke through my feed lists there.
Bear in mind, though, that I’ll be updating my Bloglines page only once every few months. For my most current feed subscription lists, be sure to check the links in the right-hand column of CONTENTIOUS.
…So, I know many of you are downloading my feed lists. Are you importing or exploring them? What do you think? How helpful or interesting is this service? Should I keep it up?