Warren Ellis RSS Starter Pack
December 25, 2019 11:32 PM   Subscribe

Start Your Blog Diet Famed comic writer, professional beard-wearer and all round counter-culturist Warren Ellis has compiled a list of eclectic blogs he follows, along with the relevant RSS links for each For those looking for something deeper than social media can provide this makes a great jumping off point
posted by mrbenn (33 comments total) 64 users marked this as a favorite
So many memories of 15+ years ago...
I too used to read hundreds of blogs.
Now I just follow reddit, metafilter, mltshp and blort.
It’s better this way
posted by growabrain at 1:24 AM on December 26 [8 favorites]

Also, congratulations on your first FPP, @mrbenn. It only took 14 years, so you’re in like Flynn 👋🏼
posted by growabrain at 1:27 AM on December 26 [14 favorites]

Why thank you growabrain I don’t like to rush into these things
posted by mrbenn at 2:39 AM on December 26 [26 favorites]

Aand now I see mltshp has no RSS feed - tut tut
posted by mrbenn at 3:21 AM on December 26 [4 favorites]

Mastodon will also provide RSS feeds for accounts. Just add “.rss” to the end of the URL.
posted by suetanvil at 5:44 AM on December 26 [4 favorites]

What the heck does anyone use as an RSS reader these days? I'm so badly out of the loop I wouldn't know where to start.
posted by nebulawindphone at 6:15 AM on December 26 [1 favorite]

I jumped to Feedly when Google Reader was shut down. Works great for me.
posted by blakewest at 6:42 AM on December 26 [13 favorites]

I've been using Netvibes for years because I found it clearer than Google Reader when that was still around. Netvibes continues to this day, but occasionally makes using it incrementally more annoying in an attempt to convince you to become a paying customer.
posted by hwestiii at 7:06 AM on December 26

I use the Reeder RSS client to have all the blog posts I want to read available in one Liston my phone. It’s much more convenient than visiting 50 blogs one at a time in a web browser.

Does anyone know an easy way to import every RSS feed linked in a web page into Reeder?
posted by ejs at 8:03 AM on December 26

I've been using Reeder for a while, but just last night, I decided to try out the (now open-source and rewritten from scratch) NetNewsWire, which I used before Reeder. I've been using one or the other for as long as RSS has been A Thing.

It would not be too hard to convert a list of RSS links into an OPML file, which Reeder can import, although I don't have the time to mess with it at the moment.
posted by adamrice at 8:20 AM on December 26

NewsBlur is a great RSS reader; I've been using it since the demise of Google Reader.
posted by octothorpe at 8:35 AM on December 26 [5 favorites]

I have Warren Ellis's blog in my RSS reader. I hadn't see this post, so this was a great notification that it had at some point stopped updating there. I got the problem fixed.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 8:44 AM on December 26 [1 favorite]

I use The Old Reader for RSS feeds. I prefer their web interface to the iOS apps.

Edit to add: I pay $20 a year for The Old Reader. Not sure if they have a free tier.
posted by shorstenbach at 9:44 AM on December 26

I’ve been using NewsBlur since Google killed Reader. I like the social aspects and that it has a simple paid business model which is reportedly profitable as is without needing the various adtech shenanigans to survive.
posted by adamsc at 10:00 AM on December 26 [1 favorite]

I don’t remember why I quit feed.ly, but now I run a FreshRSS server at home.
posted by bradf at 11:18 AM on December 26

I paid money for Feedly. It was the easiest transfer from Google Reader, and I still have about half my daily trawl in there, plus a million other feeds I occasionally browse.
posted by inpHilltr8r at 11:18 AM on December 26

This OPML file contains the RSS links from the article
posted by bradf at 11:40 AM on December 26 [9 favorites]

Thirding NewsBlur, well worth the modest subscription price.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 12:19 PM on December 26

I use the Feedly iPad app with a free account. It suits my needs. I also produce an RSS feed from my site. I'm not saying you should subscribe, just that it is possible.

Google was incredibly foolish to EOL Reader and are mad not to produce a replacement. They should be encouraging open, searchable blogging as much as possible. Every blog post is a small needle in the eyes of the Facebooks of the world and if I was King of Google I would be pouring money into blogger and a new, improved RSS reader built into Chrome. The analytics alone would be worth the expense.

From the article : "All Tumblr pages spit out an RSS feed – just stick /rss on the end of the URL". How did I not know this?
posted by AndrewStephens at 12:38 PM on December 26 [2 favorites]

Is this the Nick Cave-adjacent Warren Ellis? Or are there two excellent warren elli?
posted by hilberseimer at 12:49 PM on December 26 [1 favorite]

Different man. The shared name has caused much confusion at times over the years.
posted by rewil at 1:14 PM on December 26 [2 favorites]

I use The Old Reader for RSS feeds.

I used the free tier for my work-related RSS feeds but stopped visiting it.

Because fuck work.

But it was fine Google Reader replacement.
posted by srboisvert at 4:21 PM on December 26

This is the author Warren Ellis.
posted by He Is Only The Imposter at 5:09 PM on December 26 [1 favorite]

aaronsw's rss2email, same as it ever was, with 150 rss feeds.
posted by joeyh at 5:17 PM on December 26

I've been doing all right with Inoreader.
posted by doctornemo at 7:10 PM on December 26

i've recently started using feedbin and i quite like it
posted by pmv at 7:14 PM on December 26

For a great rundown of RSS tools for all purposes check this page out
posted by mrbenn at 10:56 PM on December 26 [2 favorites]

My biggest use of RSS these days is for YouTube channels, so I don't have to log in and subscribe to follow my faves. (I happily pay into patreons and such, but I avoid cooperating with ad-funded social media where possible because I think it's a toxic business model). Excited to find more text blogs to add.
posted by antinomia at 3:42 AM on December 27 [1 favorite]

My use of RSS these days is almost exclusively to keep up with videogame news. Ever since seemingly every single site covering that sort of thing went to that godawful flat-design mystery-meat infinite-scrolling trend, it's been well-nigh impossible just to find the most recent articles or reviews. Fortunately almost all of them have RSS feeds, and I can get a nice chronological list of what's new without having to sit there and try to hunt it down.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 5:20 AM on December 27 [1 favorite]

Aand now I see mltshp has no RSS feed - tut tut

I have a MLTSHP feed in my NewsBlur: mltshp.com/user/mltshp/rss (One could put a different username in that feed URL, naturally.)
posted by Karmakaze at 6:34 AM on December 27 [2 favorites]

Does this man have a life?
You know: cooking, cleaning, feeding the kids and critters?
And he does amazing graphic lit.
How does he find time to read all this?
I truly don't understand what the 21st century has wrought.
And now the geeky nerds who created and run it are saturating the sky with satellites for the fing smart phones . .
omg . . too much holiday sugar . . .
posted by Mesaverdian at 11:08 AM on December 27 [1 favorite]

As someone who's followed his online output for some time:

q) Does this man have a life?

a) Yes, but one that includes a lot of time in relative isolation.

q) You know: cooking, cleaning, feeding the kids and critters?

a) His kid's grown, I think, but otherwise yes. Posts pictures of his chickens semi-frequently.

q) How does he find time to read all this?

a) That's sort of his thing. Less so these days than in the past, I think, due to the changing nature of the projects he's working on. It's something he wants to do, but he also seems to regard it as work-related: reading voraciously and widely is the input to the process which produces his writing as the output. That and the time alone, which he also seems to regard as fairly critical.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 12:37 PM on December 27

I’ve been using Feedbin as an RSS reader for years and love it. Simple and very nice web interface. Can also be used as a back end to apps like Reeder, NetNewsWire, etc.

While I have way too many blogs to read, one great feature of Feedbin is you get a unique email address... subscribe to an email newsletter with it and the emails appear in Feedbin, as if it was an RSS feed. You can also subscribe to Twitter users, lists, hashtags, searches, etc. Or podcasts. I do love it.

I’m kind of sceptical when I hear people say “blogging is dying”, never mind “dead”. I think it’s still going strong but (a) many of the older bloggers have stopped (understandably, because everyone changes) and (b) there’s more of everything else these days. So maybe there’s less blogging as a percentage of individual online publishing and reading, but there’s still so much out there...
posted by fabius at 10:00 AM on January 2 [1 favorite]

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