How I read blogs
I have recently gotten into the habit of reading more blogs, in particular, ones featured on HackerNews.
Reading books, personally, has been a difficult habit to cultivate over time, which I mainly attribute to the periodic feelings of being “stuck” or bored on a certain set of books. Blogs, however, offer a condensed read making them efficient and often amusing sources of information.
My typical sourcing routine would usually just consist of scrolling through HackerNews, potentially seeing something that peaked my interest and reading it, or realizing I didn’t have the time and putting the url off in a
.txt file somewhere.
Realizing the severe lack of efficiency present in this routine, I thought about how to make it better. First, by asking the question: what were the things I didn’t like?
- Having to scroll through articles myself
- Reading on mobile or desktop
- Having no effortless
Instapaper has a feature that let’s you send articles to your Kindle, which makes reading blogs much more comfortable. Moreover, the built in
archive features carryover to the Kindle as well, making it a seamless process of
archive or like ->
To solve the issue of having to scroll through articles myself and add them to Instapaper, as mentioned above, I built
hackerpaper. This tool sends HackerNews articles to Instapaper with certain filters such as type, subdomains or a specific article id.
I run a
cron job that sends the articles to Instapaper at 5:00AM and have Instapaper send those articles to my Kindle at 7:00AM.
The script is as simple as:
$ ~/path/to/python3 ~/path/to/hackerpaper -a <email> <password> -t topstories
To recap the routine:
hackerpapersend articles to Instapaper
Instapapersend those articles to Kindle
- Read and archive those articles
I am a Computer Science Student at John Abbott College currently interning as a Software Engineer at Matrox. When I'm not doing coursework, I enjoy bodybuilding, reading and programming.
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