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Operation Zero Unread Feed Items

Posted: June 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: feed of the fortnight, goal | Tags: , , | No Comments »

After publishing my Feed of the Fortnight post yesterday, I started playing with feedly for desktop. Yesterday I guessed I had 5000 unread items. Nope. Would you believe, closer to 10,000?!


So, starting last night I began catching up on reading posts, and unsubscribing to anything I no longer was interested in. I’m aiming for zero unread items by end of next month. It is also a great time to tidy up my subscriptions, cull more and organise my folders. Any hot tips for feed management?


More reading: How to get the most out of feedly on your desktop

Feed of the Fortnight: come share with me

Posted: June 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: feed of the fortnight | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

If it’s OK with you, I’d like to slowly share my favourite RSS feeds. (What’s RSS? Read this.)
Every two weeks (ish) I’ll blog about my favourite feeds – and I hope you’ll share yours too.
As the tagline of this blog suggests, my feed links will be about libraries, learning & other loves.

Until next month when it is being retired, I am using Google Reader (or Greader). In preparation for the sad transition, I have just started using Feedly on my phone and Reeder on the desktop.

For the record, I subscribe to 323 feeds and I do not read them all. Currently Greader tells me I have 1000+ unread items, but this is the max Greader ever tells you. By a rough count it is closer to 5000 unread items. I think this is not unusual. (Am I right?)

feed sabonetinhos by violinha on flickr

That being said, I do read a lot of my feeds and it’s kinda cyclical depending on what is catching my interest. So sometimes I plow through music-related feeds, or check my friend’s blog feeds. A constant is my library-related feeds. My feeds are grouped by subject into folders. Grouping makes it easy to sort like-feeds, and obviously appeals to the cataloguer in me!


As an introduction I thought I’d share the folder names that I use to group my feeds:

  • Your starred items When I want to get back to something awesome, I ‘star’ it. Like flagging an email, or using a post-it.
  • Your shared items Greader users can share items with people they follow, or via email.
  • 2.0 As in Web 2.0: a vague folder for a vague term. There’s lots of stuff including library 2.0, web 3.0/semantic web and all things tech- library, social, both.
  • Art
  • Books
  • Chns & YA Translation: Children and Young Adult- meaning library stuff (collections, activities, programming ideas) that’s relevant to these groups.
  • CPD23 The excellent project I am neglecting/was doing. More info here.
  • eBks AKA eBooks.
  • Friends
  • Gong As in Wollongong, which is where I live.
  • Health
  • Jobs
  • Learning
  • Library
  • Mac As in the tech behemoth, not my Scottish connections.
  • Management
  • Me My blog feeds.
  • Music
  • Other
  • Writing How to, and novelists/others.

Apart from sharing what I deem essential with you Dear Reader, I imagine this process will help me analyse how I use RSS. I hope Feed of the Fortnight makes my favourite thing on the web work even better for me, and for you.

I would love it if these regular posts started other people sharing their fave feeds too.
So please leave a comment and tell me your essential feeds, and/or your folder names :)


Thanks to Madeline for her great post about her fave blogs which inspired me to finish this draft. Thank also to Con & all the #blogjune people for motivating me to publish this post.