To make our niche in Reading + Lifestyle a bit more obvious, I hereby present you our new series You Are What You Read. With it, we wish to encourage, challenge or even inspire you to find your reading style and let you own it. Running the risk of being called lame, I am just gonna go ahead and say it: Let’s make reading sexy again.
For the first post of the series, we are reading something other than a book. You, my friend, are not reading this on printed pages. Like most people, there are so much to read everywhere, especially online. I can’t be the only one getting stressed out by my growing number of 'unread’ tabs, so here are some tricks I picked up along the way to minimise information hoarding.
Not gonna lie, this is the only RSS (Rich Site Summary) app I have ever used, so there isn’t much for me to compare it with. However seeing its major competition Flipboard, which you can curate your feed and display it like Instagram, Feedly saves me from the anxiety of having to impress others with what I read. I organise my feed under different collections (e.g. motivation, food, current issues..) and tag some articles by topics (feminism, environment..) for later reference. The app keeps it quite personal and reading is personal to me, so it works.
Keep a reading log…
with good ol' pen and paper. After going through so much digital heartbreak with gadgets failing, crashing, self-destrucing after updates... ironically, paper goods seem to be a safe bet. I keep a reading log in my Bullet Journal (which I wrote about HERE) to keep track of things I have read and time I spend on reading. It’s as good as screen-capturing, if not better.
Make notes of authors, instead of topics
As an amateur writer-type creative, I take notes from good writing. Good writing often has a style, a voice and that’s usually what catches my attention. I didn’t come up with this trick deliberately, it kind of develop after saving a few articles by the same authors. Coincidentally, I managed to make collections on Feedly going by contributors for The New Yorker, major score.
Subscribe to newsletters
If personalising a news feed seems too much of a faff to you, have someone else do it for you. Newsletters seem to be a nice way to go about it, sign up and you shall receive. Few of my favourites are Lenny Letters curated by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, The Daily Good by Good.is showcasing articles on human rights and doing good, Semaine. for Wes Anderson-ish storytelling and window-shopping.
Just putting it out there, you are not going to like everything you read and that’s okay. Be picky with what you actually want to know. Be your own judge with things. If you’ve tried out some newsletters and realised it’s not what you’ve hoped for or things changed (which happens all the time), let it go. Sometimes compartmentalising doesn’t work, de-cluttering and making space for new things might be more worthwhile.
Hope these tips help and be sure to let me know what are some of your tips, too!