Organizing My RSS Feeds

My RSS newsfeeds in Google ReaderLifeHacker asks, How Do You Organize Your RSS Feeds? I’ve been meaning to blog about this very topic for some time now. (It’s that inner librarian thing again.) So here it is….

First, after happily using FeedDemon for a year or so, and then switching to PulpFiction on a Mac, eventually I migrated to Google Reader because it’s so easy to access from machine to machine — including my iPhone.

Within Google Reader, I always put a new subscription into a folder. If it’s a topic I think important to monitor daily (or close to it) then I put it in one of my top five folders, which are cleverly numbered 1 to 5, with short explanations afterwards. The “1priority” folder is a peculiar mix of blogs I maintain and news from my host (e.g. server X is down). The “2vu-cancer-news” is the news I most need to monitor (“vu” meaning Vanderbilt) and the rest is self-explanatory.

It’s not a panacea, but it does help tame the monster that my RSS feeds inevitably become.

2 Responses

  1. I found your blog after reading the article about you in the VICC magazine! Now I have learned something. I have never really understood what RSS feeds were, or how to use them. I think I will go ahead and try the Google Reader!
    P.S. I sort of know you from FUUN but I never realized that you design our website. I also work at Vanderbilt, but over in A&S.
    P.P.S. I have put a link to the only website I have ever designed above… please don’t laugh! Or, rather, I hope you laugh with me and not at me.

  2. Dear Anastasia,

    Thank you so much. I was so honored to be included in the most recent issue of “Momentum.”

    Not to worry: your website is dandy. I love pets too. And good for you trying Google Sites!

    Let me know how it goes with trying Google Reader. You can get the FUUN blogs (event and sermon) that way. Cool, huh? Give me a yell if you need help with it.