Category Archives: Learning

The One Thing Google Reader Users Should Do Today

Who is this for? Anyone who is yet to do anything about the imminent shutdown of Google Reader. Regardless if you plan to do nothing or aren’t sure what to do.

Google Reader goes away for good on Monday, July 1st 2013. If you’re still not sure what to do (join the club) or are yet to do anything, I’d like to offer one piece of advice: download your data.

Even if you don’t try another service, even if you are declaring RSS bankruptcy. Take five minutes, go to Google Takeout and download an archive of your data. You may be happy with your current solution, you may end up doing nothing, but if you have your archive, you have options.

Not sure how to do this? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is a step-by-step guide to download your Google Reader data.

Be sure to do this before Monday or it will be too late.

Backing Up Your Google Reader Data and RSS Subscriptions

Note: We’ve also made this guide available as a PDF with screenshots in case you’d like to print it out or forward it to a friend. Click here to download.

  1. Go to Google Takeout and login.
  2. Do not click Create Archive at the bottom of the page. Select Choose services instead.
  3. Select Reader.
  4. Click Create Archive.
  5. You will be taken to the “Downloads” page. Your data takes a little time to create (mine took about 5 minutes or so).
  6. You can either request to be emailed when the file is ready (do this by checking the box on the lower left hand side of the page) or wait until the file finishes building.
  7. Once your data is ready you will receive your email notification (if you followed the step above) or the Cancel button will change to Download.
  8. Click on Download.
  9. You will be asked to sign in again, do so.
  10. Click Download one more time to get your Google Reader data.

Click here to download this walkthrough with screenshots.

Learning Shouldn’t Be Relegated

Who is this for? Anyone trying to learn a new skill while attempting to balance the realities of a busy schedule.

From Brett Kelly:

I was deferring my learning until I had almost zero energy and practically no time to start putting my new knowledge into practice.


Trying to wrap your head around multi-variable calculus after you’ve been breaking rocks apart all day is a recipe for not learning multi-variable calculus, no-how.
> Learning shouldn’t be relegated to your leftover time and attention. The best way to give learning and improvement the best chance of sticking is to treat them like any other obligation or responsibility you have. Put them on the calendar if you have to, but trying to excise any sort of value out of the crumbs of your day is going to make learning far more challenging than it already is on its own.

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