How to: Sort Your RSS Feeds

When I started subscribing to RSS feeds I had an annoying system service/program, SharpReader. Generally, it was a decent program–with a pain in the ass installation. It certainly didn’t help me in first year Torts class because it was popping RSS alerts every 15 seconds. I only read a few feeds at the time, but Instapundit was one of them hence the problem with paying attention.

After a brief fling with newsgator, I decided to try out Bloglines and have been with it ever since. I have always used a topical organization of my feeds, but over time my subs grew and now with 91 feeds and more than 2000 unread articles on a regular basis, I need a different solution.

In response, I have decided to have 3 categories: (1) Daily, (2) Weekend, and (3) Leisure. In my daily subs, I am going to include subscriptions that are relevant to my daily life such as Future of Real Estate Marketing, News, Seth, Friends, Family, and for the difficult decision Engadget or Gizmodo.  Then for my weekend subs I will put my pleasure reads, and for my leisure subs, I will add the remainder of my subscriptions.

I am curious whether others have found better ways to organize their feeds.  Please comment.

Jeremy Floyd

Jeremy Floyd is the President at FUNYL Commerce. Formerly, he was the CEO and President of Lirio, Bluegill Creative, a marketing and communications firm in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition to managing the digital strategies, Floyd was an adjunct professor for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga MBA program teaching digital strategies and social media. Floyd blogs at and tweets under the name @jfloyd. Jeremy is licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee and holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from MTSU in English and Philosophy.

  • I like your organization scheme. Mine is much simpler. I have my feeds in folders by topic. To reduce the amount of unread items, I simply mark all as read if I don’t have time to read them. There is nothing online that is so important that it should make me stress about whether or not I read it. 🙂

    Also, have you given Google Reader a try. I don’t personally use (I use NetNewsWire), but the latest version is pretty hot. Way, way, better that Bloglines.

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