Blogrolls are the best artifacts of the Early World Wide Web. Or Weird Wide Web if you like. As you would look at someoneโ€™s collection of books or vinyl, the same goes for blogrolls. It gives the reader, the digital wanderer, more avenues and alleyways (thank you Rancid) to discover.

I follow over 200 personal blogs in my RSS reader. Some people’s blogs I’ll read every post, some I’ll skim, some I keep to glance over post titles to see what is going in that person’s world.

I wish there was an easy way to keep a webpage in sync with the OPML file in my reader. The thought of manually keeping my blogroll in sync with my feed would be too time consuming. Though maybe it would be a fun project to post about 3-5 blogs I follow every week. Then again, I already share blogs and posts that interest me on my blog and it might be too redundant.

Thought it would be fun to take part in this! Thought I’m not sure my list is much fun considering I mostly just use default apps unless I feel like I have a good reason not to.

One of the reasons I find myself reading a bunch of these lists is I’m not entirely satisfied with Apple Notes. I like its simplicity. I like its quick note feature. I like that it’s the default app on all my devices and it’s integrated nicely with MacOS and iOS.

But notes aren’t as portable as I’d like them to be. I have a shortcut that converts Apple Notes to markdown, so I’m not that worried about it, but it would be nice to have my notes in a more future-proofed open format.

I feel like I’ve tried almost every app at this point, but every app has made me feel like I’ve had to compromise in some other way. I’ve tried all the usual suspects, but I wonder if anyone out there has any suggestions?

(EDIT: oops forgot Raycast)

๐Ÿ“จ Mail Client: Apple Mail
๐Ÿ“ฎ Mail Server: iCloud
๐Ÿ“ Notes: Apple Notes
โœ… To-Do: Todoist (I run my entire life, work and personal, in Todoist. To call it my “To-do” app doesn’t really do it justice!)
๐ŸŸฆ Photo Management: Apple Photos
๐Ÿ“† Calendar: Apple Calendar
๐Ÿ“ Cloud File Storage: iCloud
๐Ÿ“– RSS: NetNewsWire
๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ Contacts: Apple Contacts
๐ŸŒ Browser: Safari
๐Ÿ“‘ Read It Later: Todoist
๐Ÿด Meal Planning: LoseIt!
๐Ÿ’ฐ Budgeting and Personal Finance: Intuit Mint
๐ŸŽต Music: Apple Music
๐ŸŽค Podcasts: Apple Podcasts
๐Ÿ” Password Management: Apple Passwords
๐Ÿš€ Launcher: Raycast

Even though blogging is a very singular pastime, the knowledge that there are others out there, just like you, who throw words at the web through some kind of compulsion to write and share โ€” even if no one will read it โ€“ is profound. It reaffirms who you are and what you are doing.
Blogging is a lifeline, a connection to people and a world that might not be possible offline because of the reticence to interact and the fear doing so generates. I can’t think of a better reason to do it.