Change your feed reader, change your life.

Change your feed reader, change your life.

It’s January: the time for lofty ideals and fresh starts.

Like many of you, I love dreaming of possibilities for the New Year, but I have a mixed track record for the follow through.

As an INFP, I am easily distracted by the shiny and new. Meeting goals and forming habits requires focus.

You know I love to read. Long-term focus doesn’t come easy to me, but I use a little tool that helps me harness my love of reading to meet my resolutions.

It’s called a feed reader, and you probably have one too.

A feed reader—like Feedly or Bloglovin’—gathers all the blogs you read in one place. It allows you to create your own custom, curated collection of blogs, easily and for free.

(I’m a long-term Feedly fan and I still prefer it on my phone. For desktop I prefer Bloglovin’ these days: it’s prettier. Here’s my look at the options.)

Like most people, I subscribe to blogs I’m interested in. Obviously. But I discovered a few years ago that attention is a two-way street: if I want to be interested a topic—like organizing, or fitness, or personal finance—I’ll subscribe to blogs on those topics. Reading about the topic increases my interest and keeps my focus.

Gretchen Rubin just published 13 suggestions for keeping your resolutions. Tip #3 is to review your resolution constantly. Reading blogs about your resolutions is an excellent way to keep your goals front of mind.

Every January I go through my feed reader and add blogs on topics I want to focus on in the coming year. This year that means reading and writing, fitness and parenting, simplifying and organizing.

I’d encourage you to do the same: find a few blogs on topics that you want to stay focused on in the coming year and add them to your reader. (If you prefer to subscribe to your blogs by email, that serves the same purpose.)

To keep your resolution, review it constantly. Blog reading can be a fun way to do just that.

What blogs are you following to help you meet your New Year’s resolutions? Any other tips and tricks for staying focused on your goals? Please share in comments!

P.S. You can follow Modern Mrs Darcy on feedly here or on Bloglovin’ here. If you prefer to get new posts by email, subscribe here. Thanks!

Change your feed reader, change your life. How to use a feed reader (like Bloglovin' or Feedly) as an inspirational tool that will help you keep your New Year's resolutions. An easy and free way to stay motivated all year.

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62 comments

  1. Maryalene says:

    I love feedly!

    My regular reading list (found many of these through your site actually…from when you were sharing survey results):

    Modern Mrs. Darcy
    Money Saving Mom
    Art of Simple
    Carrots for Michaelmas
    Cup of Jo
    Mom Advice
    The Mom Edit

  2. Stacey says:

    Thank you for this reminder. I have tried both Bloglovin’ and Feedly in the past and just couldn’t quite wrap my head around them. I have relied on e-mail subscriptions (talk about old school!) and this is really not a great plan. For example, yours will periodically land in my spam folder. Not a good place for you to be at all! Thanks for the motivation to re-visit these organizational tools!

  3. Anne says:

    A Slob Comes Clean is a funny, real look at the thinking behind forming habits/cleaning/simplifying/or as she says deslobification, though I don’t think you have to be a slob to appreciate her thoughts.

  4. Amy says:

    Anne,
    This is such a great encouragement! Now maybe you could share your favorites with us in the categories that you follow? That might be a great follow-up. ALSO: have you heard of unroll.me? If your inbox is just clogged with emails and you’ve signed up for more lists than you can keep up with, this is a great service to sort through them all, delete the ones you no longer need (or even remember!) and keep the ones you value. THEN it will send you a daily digest of the new posts every day from the lists that you stay on. It’s awesome! I went from 488 lists I was subscribed to (yikes, I know, crazy!!) to only 40. It’s a time-saver! Much easier than manually unsubscribing from one list after another.

  5. Frances says:

    This was an lightbulb moment for me. All of the blogs I read except for yours are specifically geared towards home decorating. So I have really been focused on getting my house looking good over the past year. That’s great and all but I do have other interests that I have let slide over the past several months since I was focusing my time on the house. I really want/need to get back into exercise especially running. I am now on the hunt for those type of blogs to add to my list.

  6. Danita Sullivan says:

    Love your blog !!! Thanks for the new addiction! I love bloglovin, its awesome to go to one place to read all of my blogs( I have more than a few)!!! Thanks again for the reccomend!

  7. I totally did this at the start of the year! My mom got me an AncestryDNA test for Christmas, so I’ve been working on our family tree while I wait for the DNA results to come back. I don’t know a whole lot about genealogy, but I’m a good researcher, and one of the first things I did was add a bunch of genealogy blogs to my feed reader this year. I also subscribed to a bunch of digital-themed podcasts for similar reasons – something I want to be more intentional about this year.

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