Friday Notes #46 โ€” Reading More Often

A possible long term solution for reading more often and a useful tool for bloggers.

Friday Notes #46 โ€” Reading More Often

In this world of easy content consumption, reading is not the easiest way to consume, for me at least. Reading requires attention, is a slow process, and information retention is not guaranteed. Yet, reading is an essential way to acquire knowledge and learn new things, enlarge our horizon. So how do I make sure that I keep reading or, even better, that I read more often?

Recently, I started (or restarted) using Matter, a read-later service. Think of it as a Pocket competitor, another service I use sporadically (you can look at my profile page). There is something to Matter that entices me to read more often. There is a social side to Matter that I find interesting. I love seeing what others are reading, what passage they are highlighting, what thoughts their readings are stimulating. I feel that Iโ€™m part of a network of readers. Some are very active readers, others much less. But there is one more thing that I like even more about Matter.

The way Matter is presenting itself is a bit different than Pocket. As my use of Matter increased, I found out that Matter is a great tool to write link posts. I used to post them here and there on my blogs, but putting them together requires some work. Matter helps me do it effortlessly. While reading an article, I highlight what I find interesting, what could be takeaways. Then, after I'm done with an article, I like to post a comment about it, a summarizing thought. So it looks like this.

The more I read, the more I write, the more I participate in this network of readers, and the more I find content to write about in link posts.

I know that many people donโ€™t like or even use read later services. If they donโ€™t read an article on the spot, thatโ€™s because itโ€™s not essential. There is no reason to save it in a read-later queue. My goal is not to read everything I keep in Matter (or Pocket, for that matter). Itโ€™s a way to get back to content, as I see fit, and find something to read.

I donโ€™t know where my Matter adventure will take me. But, for now, I enjoy my experience because it makes me read more and write a bit more.

My Matter profile page