I used to use Google Reader all the time.

It was the most convenient application of a reader side-by-side by one of my most used applications.  I would check emails, then click a button to read my feeds.

The two were connected in a symbiotic relationship where I would consume the news from my email and then from my feeds.

It didn’t even feel like I was jumping between apps when I used them.

I still have an RSS Feed app (both on my phone and online) but I find myself visiting it once a week (or maybe less).

It’s not that I’m reading less, in fact I’m reading much more, more than I ever have.  But I am getting my information from different sources now – twitter, linkedin, direct to blogs, subscribed mail to the ones I love the most, podcasts, etc.

I can easily go a month without worrying about not checking my feeds and not feel like I have missed something.

I’m not sure if RSS feeds are Dead and I think there will always be a use for them.  Perhaps it’s the reader(s) that are slowing taking their last breath.

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  1. Hi Greg,

    I found your site when searching for info about RSS feeds.

    I’m trying to add an email subscription widget to my WordPress site for blog post updates. I see you have one, but I can’t figure out how you did it (I looked at the source code).

    Would you mind letting us know what you used for your email subscription widget?

    Thank you muchly!


    • Greg Thomas Reply

      Hi Doug – I use the “Email Posts to Subscribers” to manage this functionality. I’ve been pretty impressed with it so far.

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