Maybe a year ago, I added FreshRSS to my self-hosted tools. I was a longtime Fever user, and used Google Reader and NetNewsWire before that. Sadly the moden web pushed RSS to a background function, and the few sites that actually made their feeds public would often only publish spammy headline feeds.

Lately it seems the pendulum may have begun to swing in the opposite direction, and I think we’re all better for it. More feeds are being published again and increasingly, again, with full article content. The main difference seems to be that these full-text feeds tend to be paywalled if they exist at all1.

Hoping to see this trend continue. I want to rely less on content aggregators, and more on direct relationships with trusted news and writing sources. RSS could once again provide that in a way that is respectful to both sides of those relationships.

  1. I don’t think this is a bad thing: paying for the writing you like is key to a healthy ecosystem. ↩︎

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