Working at Reclaim means I get to interact with people who do incredible work within the Ed Tech community. I was first exposed to this at #domains17 and I remember thinking that I wanted to keep up with all of these wonderful folks and the work their doing.
At first, I had no idea how I could keep up with all the blog posts except through twitter. I didn’t really like that idea though because I could lose tweets within my feed. I wanted a place where I could keep them all together. I don’t know too much about RSS feeds but I knew that’s where I needed to start. I a little bit of experience using FeedWordPress to syndicate blog posts to the main class hub but I knew that would chew right through my storage limit.
Then I came across Feedly. Feedly is a freemium service (you can use it for free up to a certain threshold, I believe it’s up to 100 feeds) where you can ‘follow’ RSS feeds to different blogs. I’m enjoying it so far! The interface is simple and I had my feeds set up in a matter of minutes.
You’ll do most of your navigation through the left-hand sidebar. There’s an option to see what’s been posted today, what you want to read later, and filters you can set up to view the content more easily. From here you can do most of your feed’s organization. You can set up multiple feeds. Right now I have two feeds going, Ed Tech and Fashion/Lifestyle. These are both topics I wanted to curate within Feedly
Setting up these feeds were super easy. I searched for each person using their URL like http://meredithfierro.com/feed or http://meredithfierro.com/rss. These will bring up a feed of the website’s content. Then within Feedly, I searched that URL.
From here you have the option to follow this feed. Feedly also shows you how many followers this feed has, and how many posts they have per week/per month. In the case of my feed, it shows that I post one article per week (definitely not true, I don’t post that often).
Once you have the specific feeds you’d like to follow set up, you’ll see the posts you haven’t read yet. Currently, these are the ones I didn’t get the chance to read this weekend:
So setting up a feed through Feedly is as simple as that! I’m really liking Feedly so far. It makes reading people’s blog posts so much easier and is a great tool to keep everything in place.