I’ve been using Hey to replace my RSS reader by using The Feed to limit what I consume.

My Hey subscription will run out in a couple of months. I was not using it for a while. I thought I would give it another go so I can decide if I keep it or not.

This time, I went all in with The Feed. A simple feature in Hey where you have a single page where all your newsletter-type emails go. You can then scroll through the feed, read as much as you want, and skip the rest.

I updated all of my newsletters to go into Hey. I eventually updated all of my RSS feeds and even YouTube subscriptions to go into Hey as a daily digest using Mailbrew.

There are no read/unread flags or no message counts. In fact, can easily miss things if I don’t get to them during a reading session.

And that is okay.

One problem with a traditional RSS reader is that it feels more like another inbox that needs clearing. I’m the type to stay at Inbox Zero, so I’d be sure I didn’t miss anything.

The Feed in Hey doesn’t give me this same feeling (I think it took a couple of weeks to get over this.) I’m learning that I don’t need to read every post from every blogger I follow. Or see every video from every channel I subscribe to.

Another thing I enjoy about using The Feed is that I consume the content in the intended format. When using a traditional RSS app, everything is stripped of the formatting and presented with a clean wall of text. While this makes reading longer content pleasant, everything starts to blend, and the design many creators spend a lot of time working on is lost.

In The Feed, there is no text parsing. I read the content as it was designed. 1

A screenshot of Numeric Citizens’s weekly newsletter in Hey.

Even if I don’t use Hey forever, if I were to go back to another application for RSS Feeds, I may have different expectations.

  1. Numeric Citizen’s My Weekly Creative Summary newsletter. An example of how the format of the content makes a difference when consuming it. ↩︎

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