Forget Email Subscriptions; Read Feeds!

I have seen the light.

Well, it wouldn’t be the first time that I’ve seen the light. In fact, I see the light pretty often, come to think of it. I convince myself I don’t want to do something, which usually causes me grief because that “something” is often a good thing. By the time my back’s against the wall, I’m craving a solution for a problem I’ve created for myself.

Enter my swamped inbox. For a while now, I’ve been struggling to manage my inbox more efficiently, cut down on the time I spend taking care of business, and trying to determined which email subscriptions to keep or chuck.

You seeā€¦ I refused to explore a feed reader.

For some reason, I’d convinced myself that a feed reader was a complicated affair. I knew all about feed readers and RSS feeds. There are tons of explanations about how to use a feed, how to burn a feed, how to have an effective feed.

No one tells you how to read a feed. At least, I haven’t discovered the instructions yet.

I’ve had “explore feed reader” on my to-do list for months now. Finally, it was time, and I took the plunge into the world of Google Reader. To my absolute surprise, the whole process of learning how to read feeds and subscribing to my favorite blogs took all of about 5 minutes.

No wonder no one tells you how to read a feed.

I now have wonderful, beautiful inbox freedom. Sort of. Close enough. I also have a feed reader open and at my beck and call. Everything is nicely in one place, in order, and efficiently organized for my pure benefit.

I wonder what brilliant invention (that, of course, everyone else knows about) I’ll discover next!

[tags]feed reader, RSS, how to use a feed reader[/tags]

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James Chartrand is an expert copywriter and the owner of Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words, the game-changing writing course for business owners. She loves the color blue, her kids, Nike sneakers and ice skating.