RSS — the need for feeds

It's about control

Social media is a productivity and privacy black hole. You are in their house looking at what they want you to see and not what you expect to see.

You are not in control — they are. You may have followed a page, but that’s no guarantee of seeing new content. Unless you specifically visit pages, the algorithms keep organic reach in single digits.

This is why I prefer RSS feeds. They tell you when new content is released. No algorithms, no black hole doom scrolling, and no social media tracking. You are in my house.

We are both in control. I know that when I create content, it will appear in a feed. And if you subscribe to it, you will see it.

So it’s not just grandpa yelling at a cloud — I have solid reasons for choosing RSS over social media. It’s got its uses, but it’s not right for everything, especially building and communicating with a niche community, especially when I start making things to sell.

The feeds:

https://djworx.com/feed — all content

https://worxlab.com/category/editorial/feed — just editorial

https://worxlab.com/category/shortform/feed — just the shortforms

https://worxlab.com/comments/feed — comments as they happen

But how?

Clicking on one of them in your browser will offer some solutions immediately. There’s a load of free RSS feed readers out there, but on Mac my goto is Reeder. It’s a paid-for app ($10/$5) that works across macOS and iOS.

Given the amount of reading I do, it’s well worth the cost and saves me having to go looking. The Internet comes to me.

Sticking with the Mac and Safari, there’s a useful extension called RSS Button. This adds an icon to the Safari window that once clicked discovers all the feeds for that page and gives you the option to add them directly into your RSS reader of choice.

On Windows and Android… well I’ll defer to people who use those platforms.

Control

You don’t have to use them of course. I’m just trying to make sure you know when things happen around here.

With RSS feeds, The Worxlab comes to you. Every time.