A few weeks ago I finally cancelled my Facebook account and I haven’t had a personal Twitter account for more than a year. Social media in that sense isn’t anything that I want to be involved in.
Although I hadn’t been using Facebook, cancelling it got me thinking about how we used to operate online before it existed and I remembered RSS.
If you’re not aware of it, RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. Basically, it’s a way to get the contents of a blog sent to you when it’s updated. You need a feed reader (I am currently testing out Feedbin but there are plenty of others just a search away) and then you just tell it which websites you want to follow. So you don’t have to visit them to see if there is new content.
I stopped using RSS years ago because I was obsessively checking for updates. I had an app on my phone and it was easy to constantly refresh it throughout the day. Which isn’t really how it should be used. This time I will not add any kind of app on my phone. I will also block access to the site on my computer (which I’ll write more about another time) outside certain hours, so it won’t impact my work.
What I hope it will do, is kill that urge to waste time online and also help me to stop feeling as if I am missing out.
RSS is an old technology, but like CDs and like paper notebooks, maybe the old things are better things.
P.S. if you’re interested, the RSS feed for this site is http://jloscombe.com/feed/