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New Feeds Workflow

Did I mention I was a bit of a masochist?

This time I want to make some things a bit harder for myself than they have been to date. Namely, I am experimenting with text-based processing of my news feeds.

Why would I do this?

Well, I am getting tired of all the visual clutter, and the proliferation of ads and trackers and such. I am going to try to make this blog as friendly to text-based web browsers as possible, which for me also means an absolute rejection of trackers and ads. I have no idea, nor do I particularly care, what my site statistics are. If you found something useful here, great. If not, the internet is a big place, and you will undoubtedly find useful things elsewhere. But I will not resort to tracking measures to find out, so you can rest safe there. (Incidentally, if you happen to use Privacy Badger, and you ever see anything pop up as red there, do let me know.)

That brings me to a change in feed readers. I installed a local, text only news reader called Newsbeuter. While I have been using Feedly since Google Reader’s demise, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pay for it, in part because the only feature the free version lacked that I would want is search. Further, I feel I should be managing some aspects of my online life a little better. The ease of access of my feeds is a contributor to distraction, certainly, but the use of a third-party platform also leaves me just as vulnerable to the slings and arrows of outrageous market forces. So I am taking a bit more control, at least as a test.

Along the way, I decided to see if I could replicate some of the experience of Feedly. As you can see, I am comfortable using GitHub (yes, even for hosting, at least for now; at the very least I still have a good deal of control, and the contents of this blog, while subject to GitHub’s whims, are still safely backed up where I write them). And I can sync the Newsbeuter cache database to GitHub, which will then allow me to sync to other computers if I choose.

So I’ll test this out and see if it frustrates me unduly.