A few minutes, here and there. ⋆ Amanda Hawkins | Ahhh Design

A few weeks ago I deleted the Facebook application from my iPhone. I found that without even thinking about it I would open my phone, tap into fb and be thumbing through without really reading or paying attention – or I’d click on links and read things that I had absolutely no interest in – just because it was there. I’m actually not a Facebook hater, if you haven’t read ‘How to Not Hate Facebook‘ by Jessica Hische you should. I love catching up with family that I wouldn’t otherwise, and it’s such an easy way to share sweet photos of my babygirl.

I do think there’s a time and place for it though. And it’s not 24/7 in my pocket.

A phone without Facebook

I’d have a free minute and open the phone and have nothing to look at. I ended up looking at Twitter more, which isn’t much better but at least the links I’d follow and read were focused more in my own personal interests – and not that of my extended family who I don’t really have anything in common with at all. I still wasn’t satisfied with how I was spending my phone surfing time though.

Enter Feedly

I had installed Feedly and transferred all my feeds over a while back but hadn’t spent much time on it. I went through a big RSS purge a year or two back and never really added anything back in – so I’d just get occasional updates. Thanks to my short stint in Twitter I had discovered a few new blogs and am starting to build my reading list back up. Which has been awesome.

Now, instead of blindly wasting time on uninteresting (to me) things when I have a minute to waste on my phone I’m reading about the latest WordPress, CSS, Crafty news instead. Fabulous.

What I’m reading/following* these days:
Planet WordPress (WordPress)
The WordPress News Core (WordPress)
Post Status (WordPress)
CSS-Tricks (CSS)
Pigtail Pals and Ballcap Buddies (parenting, raising girls, fighting stereotypes)
Kim Werker (creativity, business, crafts)
Manhattan Nest (interior design- currently demoing a mess of a house built in 1895 in upstate New York – beautiful before/after photography)
– Plus a few other friends, family and crafter blogs of course.

Now if I could only find a way to curb my Pinterest usage, I’d be set!

What are you guys reading?

Amanda Hawkins

Amanda Hawkins

Take care of little humans,
stare at tiny computer,
scribble on paper,
daydream.
Maker of DIY Planners and 🎨 artist; front-end web developer and designer well-versed in CSS & WordPress. Make music with RBK & as Love Morris. Check out ahhh.co or send an email if you're interested in hiring me for WordPress dev. Subscribe to a newsletter I rarely send out. Connect on Instagram & Twitter.

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