How Pocket rekindled my love to read

During a day I come across a lot of interesting blog posts, websites, tweets and links. But I’ll also be the first to admit I don’t have time to read them all. I’m subscribing to a lot of RSS feeds, and frankly, just opening my RSS reader made me feel dejected.

Add to that all the cool stuff people post on Twitter that I don’t want to miss out on. Because basically it boils down to that, the fear of missing out. Missing out on great tips, a nice write-up, a new innovation or a review.

In fact, it came to a point where I was simply just de-bolding links to ease my anxiety over a couple of hundred unread items.

Actions speak volumes

Armed with my iPhone and my Mac I was already using Tweetbot instead of Twitter’s own app. And I had only just heard of an app called Pocket, which turned out to be just perfect to save articles I found through Twitter during the day.

Here is how it works, in all its simple glory:

 

Click and hold down the link you wish to pocket (see what I did there?) and a menu in Tweetbot appears:

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Then simply click “Send to Pocket” to save it. Hey presto!

Make sure you install Pocket in your browser as well. Available as an extension for Chrome and add-on for Firefox. Whenever you stumble upon something worth reading, just click the Pocket icon.

Roll with the changes

Next on the agenda was RSS. I started by throwing out Net News Wire as my RSS reader. I had used, and loved that app, for years but it lacked functionality I needed. As a replacement I got myself a copy of Reeder from the App Store for just $5.

I set up its service so that I can send posts to both Pocket and Evernote if I want to. No time spent in the RSS reader during the day, save anything interesting for later in Pocket.

Between saving articles and tweets I come across during the day, as well as sending stuff from Reeder, my reading is curated automagical in Pocket. Come evenings and weekends, I open the Pocket app on my laptop or iPad and get reading.

From inside Pocket I can share my reading with friends via Twitter, Facebook, e-mail and whole range of other ways. I can tag articles if I want, archive them or simply delete them when I am done reading.

For me this is a much relaxed way of reading. A bit like your own magazine, with the content of your choice.

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I think being realistic about how much you can consume is paramount. It probably mean deleting or filtering out a large portion of your feeds to find the right balance. But if you’re frustrated with your reading, this might be a good way to go.

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Jonas Strandell

Västerås, Sweden

Designer, copywriter and one-time Urban Dictionary contributor. Fueled by rage and bacon. Don’t ask me to resize your logo it’s not an extension of your penis.