I’m always searching for new blogs to read, constantly adjusting my Google Reader to maximize relevant content and minimize wasteful feeds. Everyday, my Google Reader fills with 200 articles. I only read about 25%–it’s mosly irrelevent.
No service exists for feeding me relevent content. I subscibe to a ton of blogs/news sites that I believe are interesting. Maybe 10% of posts/articles are worth fully reading. I even hate the 0.5 seconds I spend browsing each headline.
What if I could find someone that has my exact interests, sending me articles that are completly relevent?
It doesn’t exist, but here’s a hack.
Find a Person with Similar Content Preferences
2. Yes, click the number next to the bookmark. 4 people bookmarked the article as well; four individuals share my similar interests. Miishi, particularly, does not blog, but bookmarks some pretty great content. By subscribing to Miishi’s delicious bookmarks, I have a great new content feed!
Finding Bloggers’ Inspiration
I wish I could hack into my favorite writers’ RSS feeds to find all of the great blogs I’m missing. Plus, it would be great to see where they are getting their inspiration.
I want to immerse myself in the design world, but I have no idea who writes the great content. There’s one designer’s blog I enjoy: Jesse Thomas. If only I could read all of the design content to which he is subscribed.
1. Jesse is on Delicious. By subscribing to his bookmarks, I am now better informed about the industry. He is, effectively, finding important, relevent content for me.
2. Click on “Network.” There’s a list of people that Jesse “subscribes” to. This isn’t a list of his RSS subscriptions, but it’s damn close.
3. Backtype: search for a person; see where they are commenting. If your favorite blogger is engaged enough to write a comment, I bet the site is worth reading.
Find people similar to you. Use Delicious and Backtype to find what your favorite writers are reading. Keep your RSS at <20 blogs and ~20 delicious/backtype feeds. Google Reader Zen.