Dear The Hindu, it’s the 21st century

It is a pity that the only newspaper I trust (and read) in India, The Hindu, is notoriously difficult to consume in any but the most ancient format. Being made available in digital media is not an empty trend and need not divert from good journalism. It also need not — and should not — be second to it. And as our style of news consumption evolves, it will (as sad as this truth may be) take more than good journalism to stay relavant.

In this age the news and the medium we consume it in go hand-in-hand, and this fine newspaper seems to be letting things slip.  Continue reading

Unread

There was once a time when Google Reader was the top dog in RSS aggregators. And then Google shut it down, much to the dismay of its million-strong user-base, like it almost habitually shuts down services (Knol, iGoogle, Google Talk, Buzz, Answers etc.) In fact, there exists something called a “Google graveyard”. In any case, while some got replacement services, Reader never did.

That was when a lot of us moved to Feedly, but soon Feedly (which was fully free up to that point) created a pro subscription with all the good stuff. It did not make sense to me to pay monthly fees for the convenience of reading a bunch of articles when the articles themselves were free. Continue reading

Feedly: the best Google reader alternative and replacement

It is hard on many that Google is burying Reader forever; it is even more so for those of us who absorb hundreds of pages of textual content from a hundred different sources everyday. But, with Google burying so many products I have grown indifferent to these deaths. In fact soon after I learnt Google Reader was being thrown out the window, I switched completely to a new service, Feedly — in my opinion, and in many others’, this is the best Google reader alternative.

Right now — and for quite some time, by the look of things — Feedly promises to be the best alternative to Google Reader and quite a product of its own once you get to know it. Continue reading

Three elements your blog can’t live without

Special thanks go to Angie Bowen of Pro Blog Design and Mark Thompson of 1st Web Designer for most of the resources cited in this article.

Blog design and beginner tips for blogging are a dime a dozen; so why would you want to read this? Because it is different.

Years ago, as a newbie blogger myself, it was certainly very hard to analyse and come to a conclusion as to what the most important elements in a blog design were. Indeed it was not until now, close to five years later, that I believe I am in a position to give a judgement on this topic and guide other bloggers, like yourself, in the process. Continue reading