RSS

Although I unsubscribed from all YouTube channels and removed the app from my phone, I now try to consume videos in a more controlled way. I now subscribe to channels using my feed reader Miniflux. It seems like each YouTube channel has a channel ID, consisting of a random string, and an optional username. I found the following methods to work to subscribe to a channel: If the YouTube channel has a custom username (the URL of the channel is https://www.
Of course I still use RSS. RSS offers me the possibility to consume news in the way I want. No algorithms that think they have to decide for me what interests me and what not. No algorithms that withhold news from me. Only the feeds I have subscribed to, all news from these feeds and no advertising between the news. I'm done when I'm done and don't have to look at any more suggested articles.

Last month I wrote about my problem with newsletters. Today I discovered the service Kill the Newsletter!. It let's you subscribe to newsletters by RSS. Therefor it creates a private email address and converts all emails received by this address into an Atom feed to which you can subscribe with any Atom-feed compatible news reader. That's especially useful for newsletters that don't provide an archive or RSS feed.

It seems like there's a new trend popping up: Newsletters and paid newsletters. I prefer to read content using a news reader, with which I can subscribe to countless RSS (or JSON) feeds. I can also decide when to consume new content and am not bothered with reminders etc. that there is new content available. Full freedom on my side. Newsletters however popup in your email inbox and create pressure. The newsletter stays in your inbox, always reminding you, you haven't looked at it yet.

According to this article by John Naughton on The Guardian, the first serious blog, Dave Winer's blog Scripting News1, was born 25 years ago.

I want to highlight two things from this article (but you should read the whole article, everything not highlighted is interesting too):

1. Blogging doesn't need monetization. Although I didn't sell a company to Symantec, like Dave Winer did, I blog without showing ads on my site. I'm blogging to share my voice:

And despite its wide readership, it has never run ads. This may be partly because Dave doesn’t need the money […] but it’s mainly because he didn’t want to compete for the attention of his readers.

2. It's nice that the Guardian recommends using RSS readers:

The blogosphere continues to be one of our greatest information resources. So why not log off social media, get yourself an RSS reader and wise up?


  1. I never heard of his blog before, to be honest. And the shaky train, I sit in, and the bad WiFi in this train don't allow me inspect it further at the moment. It also seems to load somewhat slow and doesn't have https. 🤔 ↩︎

I never thought being featured in a website that hits the Hacker News frontpage, results in so many pageviews. Thanks for sharing my blog, Kev! Kev Quirk mentioned my blog and especially my blogroll in his article “Please Add RSS Support To Your Site” (on Hacker News), where he asks blog owners to please provide an RSS feed. I already blogged, that RSS is still alive and it's actually an integral part of the open web.

Too much news?

I'm currently on vacation and spend less time than usual on things like news and blog articles. A result of this is my news reader is collecting more and more news articles, but too many to read them all. I am currently subscribed to around 75 news feeds (blogs, but news sites too), and every now and then I go through the list of all new articles and save those that seem to be interesting.
I hope I don't have to explain why Google is bad, but just to give a few reasons to switch to alternatives: You'll probably get better privacy because those alternatives collect less data about you, your data won't get sold to advertisers or government organizations that easily and you help to prevent a monopoly. Sometimes alternatives are also just better than the Google product and don't lock you in so much.

RSS is still alive

I just found this article from Gizmodo about RSS while going through the list of new items in my feed reader (Miniflux) because it was on the front page of Hacker News, to which I subscribed using RSS. The article says that RSS is a better alternative to consuming news through social media (especially Twitter). I really agree with this. Since I consume my news primarily via RSS, I can avoid click-bait much better and don't spend useless hours reading uninteresting articles.
Like two or three weeks ago, I was a little bored and thought about installing something new on my server again. Yes, I really like installing “things” (it's actually just adding some lines of configuration to a file), especially when those things improve my life in some way. I installed Miniflux and using it really opened my eyes about the way I consume news. If you don't want to host Miniflux yourself, like I do (which allows me to tweak the configuration), there's also a very cheap hosted version for just some bucks a year.
Jan-Lukas Else
20 years old student who writes about everything he cares about.