I don’t watch broadcast TV, and I don’t subscribe to any major news publications. What I know about the world I learn through reading blogs, and listening to podcasts. I appreciate the timely delivery of RSS subscriptions, but value the ability to consume them according to my schedule. Blogs and podcasts allow me to pick out what I want to read and watch and have that content automatically delivered to my computer screen, mobile phone, and iPad. RSS subscriptions offer me something very few major news publication can, a look into the authors, designers, and developers I admire most on the internet. It is because I am able to read these people’s thoughts that I feel inclined to share my own.
I started reading RSS feeds back in 2002 with the debut of NetNewsWire. Brent Simmons did something very smart with that first version of NetNewsWire, he shared his favorite RSS subscriptions with the world and built a library of noteworthy RSS feeds to follow. Knowing what someone else reads says a lot about a person, and by reading the default feeds in NetNewsWire 1.0 I learned to admire Brent Simmons. I wish every author I read would publish a list of feeds he or she follows, but since I am only one man here is my list and what it says about me.
43 Folders 456 Berea Street 512 Pixels 52 Tiger A List Apart AaronMahnke Apple II History Apple Outsider Big Bucket Bridging the Nerd Gap Call Me Fishmeal. Cameron Moll Christian Ross Colin Devroe Daring Fireball David Smith Egg Freckles Fraser Speirs Geek & Mild Gus’s weblog, adventures in Flying Meat. Hivelogic Hog Bay Software I Bought a Mac i love typography, the typography and fonts blog ignorethecode.net inessential.com Instapaper Blog InterfaceLIFT Jason Santa Maria | Articles Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report John Battelle’s Searchblog John Nack on Adobe Jorge Quinteros log.chrisbowler.com lonelysandwich Manton Reece Marco.org Max Design Michael Tsai Mike Davidson Minimal Mac My Apple Newton Neven Mrgan’s tumbl Newton Poetry Noah Stokes | Es Bueno Ordered List by Steve Smith – Home Other World Computing Blog Panic Blog parislemon Pat Dryburgh patrickrhone PaulStamatiou.com Pixelmator | Weblog Rands In Repose Red Sweater Blog Revert to Saved ShaunInman.com // plus Elsewhere Shawn Blanc Signal vs. Noise SimpleBits Steven Frank Subtraction System Folder The Brooks Review The Joy of Tech The Omni Group The Setup The Shape of Everything TidBITS TightWind – Kyle Baxter Tweetage Wasteland Twitter Blog Waxy.org
I started listening to podcasts with the debut of Leo Leporte’s This WEEK in TECH during the Macworld of 2005. The first podcasts I listened to were mostly from his TWiT network, but as I became tired with some of the hosts my tastes changed to other shows, and other networks. The beauty of a good podcast is that you can listen to it while doing other things, running, coding, photoshoping, etc. Therefore you will not find a single video podcast on my list.
The list of blogs I read and podcasts I listen to is dynamic. My minimalist nature prevents me from listing a feed which has not been updated in over a month. If I have forgotten you it may be because I am always checking your site through Twitter and have forgotten to subscribe. No hard feelings and check back often for updates.