This post is part of a series called Your Questions Answered that highlights questions that readers like yourself have asked of me over the last few years.
It was posted by a reader after reading this post here on Piano Pantry: Managing Internet Content the Easy Way.
I’m trying to set up my RSS reader so I can get my email under control.
If I add Piano Pantry to my RSS reader and unsubscribe my email, will I still get the Secret Letters? I don’t want to mess everything up!
Yea for RSS! You’re going to love it. I’m also glad to hear you’re enjoying the Secret Letters and don’t want to miss them! 🙂
That being said, if you unsubscribe from my email list, you will NOT get the Secret Letters. That’s why they’re called “Secret.” 😉 They’re not available to find anywhere online and only go to those on the email list.
RSS is about feeding new blog posts into one spot so you can visit one website and see all the new content from your favorite websites at one time.
I still stay subscribed to a lot of email lists because most of them nowadays send more than just blog post updates. To keep all of those subscriptions out of my inbox I use Unroll.me which I then set up to send me a Daily Digest.
It’s all so confusing! How does one know if it’s an email list or a blog post update? I suppose I will have to figure it out! I’ll take a look at Unroll.me. My inbox is out of control at the moment. I was doing well in the email department but somehow I got behind and now it’s a MESS!
One more question for you – how do you remember where to find something later? It might be in the RSS reader, it might be in an email, it might have been in a Facebook group.
Do you have a way to put what you glean all in one place so you aren’t trying to remember where you saw it? No way do I have enough brainpower to remember all that! (I’m guessing you might say Evernote, but I still thought I’d ask!)
Great question and yes, it CAN be confusing!
You can’t always know until you sign up for a list, what types of emails they will be sending. If you notice a subscription is only sending you posts to your inbox (and you’re already seeing new posts in your RSS reader), then you can unsubscribe.
RSS isn’t so much about completely getting rid of all of your newsletter subscriptions as it is giving you a place to read website content in one location rather than relying on your time in your email to be when you see and read new content.
As far as saving and retrieving your favorite articles for later, Feedly (my RSS Reader), allows you to save (and search) articles – so that’s one good option. You can also send articles from Feedly directly into Evernote.
I try to be very picky about saving too many blog articles, but if I do, you are correct – I save them into Evernote then tag that note by whatever it’s about such as “group lessons” “apps” “lesson planning” etc.
The search function of programs like Feedly and Evernote is really great so you really don’t have to get super caught up in labeling and tagging articles too much. Just type a keyword into the search box and it will usually find it.
I hope this helps!
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