One of the best ways to grow as a business person, a writer, and a person is to read. Now there are many things out there to read but where do you start – books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, or other great reads? What can provide you with the most information in the most time-effective manner?
One way to save some time is to read RSS feeds. These are feeds that gather all of the updates, particularly blogs, that a website posts. These can be good tools for a busy person because the feeds automatically update so that you do not have to keep checking the website everyday for a new blog. RSS feeds are great because they can save you time and we all know that means you can get back to work and be more productive.
Everyday I like to start my day with a visit to feedly. What exactly is feedly? Feedly is a time-saving tool that gathers all of your favorite RSS feeds into one easy-to-read feed. You can organize all of your feeds into categories as well. For example, I have a social media category, one for marketing, analytics, entrepreneurs, and I even have a feed for some of the podcast feeds I follow for fun.
Here are the top five RSS feeds I follow:
- Buffer Social Blog. Buffer is my go-to read every morning. They approach their blog with an open manner by letting the reader know what they are doing in their own social campaigns.
- Hootsuite Social Blog. Hootsuite is a social media scheduling app and their blog focuses on anything and everything social media. I love this blog because while it is similar to the Buffer blog it offers a different perspective on the topics. This provides us with a couple of ways to approach and solve any social media problems or questions we face.
- Social Media Examiner. The Social Media Examiner is another good read for all things social media. Again, it provides a different perspective on the social media side and I really enjoy their infographics.
- Copyblogger. Copyblogger is a great place to receive all of your marketing information. Not only do they have written blogs but they also have a podcast series, Hack the Entrepreneur. I like this because sometimes reading articles can become monotonous and listening to a podcast can liven up the way you consume your media.
- Google Analytics Blog. I like the Google Analytics blog because we use Google Analytics to track our website stats. What better way to learn how to effectively use a tool than by reading a blog written for and dedicated to that tool. Be warned the blog can be a little dry but it does provide good information for you to learn about using analytics.
So those are the top five RSS feeds I follow on feedly. There are several others I follow and many, many more you can follow. What are some of the best RSS feeds you follow and why?