One of my all-time favorite applications is Instapaper by Marco Arment. I initially used this service as only a bookmarking tool. When I got an iPad I realized the true utility of Instapaper with the native app and began hitting the “Read Later” bookmarklet in my browser rabidly.
Now, after a couple years of Instapaper use, a pattern has emerged in what I “Read Later”. I’ve also noticed that I send a large number of articles into my Instapaper queue, and it takes a while before being read. But, that’s why I’m reading it later, right?1
This pattern I’ve discovered is that the articles I tend to save can be categorized into my passions and major interests. Me? I’m a Jesus-following, technology-intrigued, social-justice wannabe, web designer.2 The articles I virtually throw into Instapaper follow a similar flow.
The five latest additions to the queue are as follows:
Regarding the above, I’ve only read the first article. It’s good. I very much enjoy The Amish Jihadist’s writing style, whether or not I agree with what he opines.
Concerning the remaining four, I’ll probably only skim the second and third articles. I’m interested in the topics, but not so much to read every word.3 As far as articles four and five. I’ll read four…at some point. Article five though, that’s going to be read next. That could just be a link-bait title, but they’ve got me hooked.4
While the latest five articles are not entirely indicative of what I read, it is a good glimpse. There are certainly articles missing that fall in the realm of my profession, but they are there. Although I certainly have articles well outside the pattern identified, this is an observation of the majority.
Two things I would like to note. One, although there may be commonalities in topics many articles contain opposing viewpoints or opinions. Two, a vast majority of the links that land in my Instapaper queue stem from Twitter, especially these folks.