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Andy Lu
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How do you keep up with all of your favorite blogs?

Do you sign up for every mailing list you can? Use a RSS feed? Bookmark each blog and just visit them all? I'm curious to see everyone's strategy!

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Kirill Shirinkin

Ok, so if we are talking about tech content.

I used to have lots of RSS subscriptions.. Then I switched to reading a lot of E-mail newsletters - Ruby Weekly, DevOps Weekly etc.

But around 2-3 years ago I stopped doing both of it and unsubscribed from anything. Now I do not have any constant flow of tech content coming from anywhere.

Basically it's a switch from "just in case" information consumption to "just in time". Or I could also say that it's a switch from push to pull model.

When I have a task where I feel like I lack some research, I do the research - compare approaches, technologies, different case studies.

If I feel like I lack some general knowledge (let's say, networks), I dive deep into the topic, find best resources to learn more about it and really put effort into becoming better in this particular topic - and I also produce content on this topic, because that's the best way for me to really internalize new things.

Reading lots of great articles might make one feel smarter, but essentially it just clutters the brain with things that do not really help to progress with existing tasks, responsibilities and areas of knowledge.

It takes some discipline though, as you also have to carefully assess your skills and understand what you really need to read and learn next.

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Adam

Hey, Andy!

I've personally used Pocket to keep track of things I plan to read. It's an app that lets you save articles from most sources on your phone to keep in one place and read offline if you wish!

I will mention too that some people on here have mentioned accounts being lost so use at your own risk! Lol βœŒπŸ»πŸ™‚

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juankOrtiz

I'm subscribed to some newsletter by email, mainly webdev related. I work from monday to friday, saturday are my resting days. So at sunday, I open some of my favorite blogs and the newsletters and open only the articles I'm interested in. Right now, my main concern are improving my CSS skills and keep on learning Vue.js. If I see a really good article, I add that with a bookmark to read on another ocassion.

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John Alcher

I read dev.to every now and then in the office and mess around random programming subreddits at home. That's my strategy lol.

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Andy Lu Author

So dev.to is your main source of programming related articles?

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John Alcher

For straight up articles, yes. I really like that we're still a small community. It really adds to the experience. But for a hybrid of articles, discussions, and memes, I'm a fan of Reddit especially β€” r/programming, r/webdev, and r/php.

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ItsASine (Kayla)

I have one blog I keep in a pinned tab in Chrome and refresh it daily, otherwise I also try to open dev.to daily to bookmark things to read later (like this! And 113 other things!)

I do agree with Reddit for general tech news. And the android app "reddit is fun golden platinum" for reading it on my phone while tests are running.

I tried keeping dev.to on an RSS feed reader, but I never remembered to open it. And then all the posts were overwhelming. My workflow of checking for new posts daily and queuing them up for later reading seems to be most effective lately.