My friend and co-worker, Eileen Keenan, changed my life this year. She introduced me to the world of creating my own customized e-newspaper/e-zine. I love to research and learn about anything and everything concerning photography and technology. My bookmarked sites are full of resources and inspiring stories. Prior to Eileen changing my world I had to scroll through the bazillions of blogs and e-zines to see what was new. Not anymore! She turned me on to an ‘add on’ feature in the Firefox web browser that enabled me to create something called a Feed Reader also known as a News Aggregation Website. This tool, which you set up manually by adding your favorite news feeds, alerts you every time an online resource that you are following has an update. It functions just like a newspaper.
The ‘add on’ that I am using, called Brief, also enables me to organize my personalized newspaper into categories. So while some of you may be sitting at your kitchen table in the morning reading sections like Front page, Sports, Local, Real Estate, Living and Business, I arrive to my office every morning (coffee in hand) to read sections like, Photo Industry, Technology, Visual Studies, Student Blogs, Curriculum, Business and Marketing, and one of my favorites…The Future.
Subscribing to blogs without putting into place an easy and efficient way to monitor and follow their activity hinders your learning potential. Starting my day reading about photography inspires me and fuels my day. It’s a great learning tool that keeps me in the know in an industry that changes moment by moment.
Here’s a sampling from the current list of blogs that I read in the morning with my cup-a-joe from Butterfly Herbs.
And for those of you who have been doing this for a while, please feel free to chime in using the comments section of this post. What Feed Reader do you use and why? What blogs can you not live without? And if the idea of using a Feed Reader is completely foreign to you and you would like a tutorial on how to set it up, let us know. Here we go RMSP community. Share your ideas. And thanks, Eileen, for sharing this awesome tool with me!