How I manage my RSS subscriptions manually across devices using NetNewsWire

Since making the decision to engage less in social media I’ve become a big fan of RSS again and have my reader of choice NetNewsWire installed across all of my iOS devices.

I started curating my feed on my iPhone only. Once I was happy I then used the export option to save to my iCloud.

On my iPad I then use this export to sync my feed. When I add new feeds I export and reimport again. The only issue with this is that when you reimport you’ll need to remove all of your subscriptions first or you’ll have duplicates.

I know this isn’t perfect but is free and saves a sign up to an RSS management app.

How to quickly move between stories in NetNewsWire on iOS

NetNewsWire continues to be my RSS reader of choice now I’m back on a current generation iPad Mini. I love it’s clean look and speed but I’ve only just discovered that you can quickly move between the stories by swiping left and right.

Whilst you’re reading a story you can simply swipe to move to the next or previous in your queue.

NetNewsWire for iOS mini review

Just a quick few thoughts on the new to iOS NetNewsWire RSS reader. I’ve been using Reeder for a little while and was a little unsure about testing out NetNewsWire but I I’m switching to it. The main reason is the performance and starred feature. Wow it’s quick and I found that with the Today and Starred article lists it helped me to engage more in reading blog posts.

The way that I’ve been using the app is to periodically check in with the Today view to see if anything is new and if there is something I want to go back to I’ll mark as starred and then pop into the starred view later to give it a read.

You can simply tap the star at the bottom to mark something to read later and then tap the arrows on the top right to move through your feed.

I don’t hook into a reader service but have an OPML export that contains all of my feeds, this can be imported into NetNewsWire.

For me this is now the default RSS reader you should be using on iOS. It’s free and you should do what you can to promote the open web and share your favourite blogs. (Note to self, I need to share more links!).

Rediscovering RSS

I’ve flirted with RSS in the past, well before Twitter came along. I got to rely on getting my news from there instead of reading the sites directly or their RSS feed. Now I’m pulling back on Twitter I rediscovered reading sites directly via Safari. This was all well and good but time consuming, I don’t like Apple News particularly either so thought hey I remember you, you’re RSS.

I had a look at the apps out there and chose to use FieryFeeds.

It took me a few minutes to figure it all out but I keep it pretty simple. I simply added the sites I visit one at a time, the app finds their RSS. I can now either go to the RSS direct or see a compiled view of what’s been going on using the Today section. I paid £9.99 (yearly) to the developer to support the app and get iCloud sync of my feeds for more than ten sites.