Do you spend a lot of time on the internet reading blogs, searching for relevant articles and looking for inspiration? If yes, then here is something you will definitely want to know about and if no then this will probably encourage you to. I have recently come across Feedly, an internet programme that takes a magazine style format in which you are able to collect and organise your favourite news and blog feeds.
You will need to create a Feedly account to be able to do this, if you already have a Google account then you can create and log in to Feedly using those details. Once you have done this you are ready to get started, you can go ahead adding your favourite news feeds or searching for new ones.
If you already use certain feeds or follow certain bloggers, Feedly will allow you to copy the specific URL of your chosen feed and add it to its reader. Most news feeds will comply with Feedly, therefore once you have added the feed, it will then find all of the relevant articles and collect them in the Feedly reader. Feedly will also recognise when a new article has been written so that you are kept up to date with new posts.
You are also able to search for new feeds or articles that might be of interest to you by typing key words into the search box. For example if you type in “digital marketing” Feedly will find all relevant articles and feeds that this applies to. It is then up to you to choose which feeds you want to follow. Remember once you have followed them Feedly will recognise when any new entries or articles have been added to this feed.
I advise that if you are adding a lot of feeds to Feedly you might want to apply some form of organisation, so that you are able to list your articles and perhaps group them together in categories. For example I have organised my Feedly to include the following categories; social media, digital marketing, blogging, Google analytics and uncategorised. As far as I am aware you can chose as many categories as you want so that you can organise your blogs in a way that suits you.
Another great aspect of Feedly is its mark as read feature, so once you have finished reading a feed or article you can mark it as read so that you are aware of what you have and haven’t read.
Whenever I am looking for articles to read or inspiration for content Feedly is the first place I turn to. It might feel like a mammoth task at the beginning but once you have added the feeds you are interested in it is definitely worth it, it makes searching for relevant articles easier than it has ever been before.