I enjoy technology. Probably too much at times. It can be a distraction for me, but I have also found ways to use it in my personal life and my ministry. Every now and again, I would like to share a piece of technology that has been helpful for me.
Posts in the Series
- Fighter Verse App - For Scripture Memorization
- Feedly - A Blog Reader
- PrayerMate App - An App for Prayer
What is Feedly?
Do you read blogs? Do you wish you read them more? Feedly helps you keep up with your favorite blogs, all in one place. It has a slick and clean format which makes reading within the application very easy. It also gives you the ability to create custom categories to organize the blogs you follow. This has allowed me to follow about 70 blogs, while only having six in my "favorites" category.
Feedly is available on multiple platforms. It can be downloaded for iOS and Android, or it can be run through a web browser. I personally use it on my iPhone and through my chrome browser. It also has a built in ability to share a post through facebook, twitter, email, etc. It even has an Evernote integration, but that requires you to upgrade to one of their paid versions, which I have not done.
Why I use it
I use Feedly because there is far too much great content on the web for me to keep track of without a blog reader. I used to use Google Reader, but when Google discontinued their own reader I switched over to Feedly, with the approximately 500,000 other people in under 48 hours.
I go through phases when I keep up with my Feedly more or less often, but it is always there when I come back. It keeps my content ready to read and remains a great resource to see what others are writing. I read blogs about leadership, faith, ministry, books, finance, blogging, family, marriage, missions, etc, and they help me grow in my faith, ministry and life.
There is so much out there to read. If I find a blog that contains high quality content, I usually add it to Feedly to see if they post anything else worth reading. And with Feedly, it is really easy to do!
You might be asking, what are some of my favorite blogs? Allow me to share a some with you:
This is a blog by Justin Taylor. He will sometimes post some of his own material, but he is often a curator of content and other happenings within Christianity. I appreciate his insights and he often shares very pertinent and important information.
This is the online home of Tim Challies, a pastor, blogger and reviewer of books. Tim often has great articles to read about a variety of topics. He also reviews books and displays great discernment when it comes to reading. Each fall he hosts an online reading group that reads classic Christian books, he posts a daily thread with links to other blogs he found interesting and every Friday he does a giveaway to the people who sign-up.
This is a compilation blog with many different writers. The content is always very Biblical and points its readers toward a glorious view of God. I have a deep appreciation for the ministry of John Piper and he also writes for this blog on a fairly regular basis.
This is the blog of Kevin DeYoung. He is a pastor and author in East Lansing, MI. One day, I think he may be regarded as one of the greatest writers of our generation. I wish I could write as well as him. He writes with deep insight and does it in a way that captures the reader.
Michael Hyatt is the former CEO of Tomas Nelson Publishers. He blogs twice a week and produces a podcast once a week. He covers topics about leadership, productivity, intentionality, platform building, etc. If you are an aspiring leader, blogger or author, I think you would enjoy his content.
This blog is primarily about communication, specifically about writing and preaching. I have really enjoyed the content on this blog, but it has not been updated much lately. The old content is still worth exploring, and if he begins to update more often, you will likely enjoy the new content as well.
There are multiple authors that write for this blog out of England, but I have particularly enjoyed the writings of Andrew Wilson. He is a bit cheeky, but has a high intellect and gives great insights. This is one of my newer favorites.
How to get started?
Getting started with Feedly is fairly easy. I would encourage you to head over to www.feedly.com and get yourself an account today. It would be a great way to keep up with the blogs you follow, including mine. Here is a short video tutorial about how to get it set-up.