What feeds them? Michael L. Martin Jr., fantasy author


Michael L. Martin Jr.

First of all, could you introduce yourself?
My name is Michael L. Martin Jr. and I’m an author of fantasy. Currently, I’m writing a fantasy series called The Darker Side of Light Saga. The first book of that series is titled Burn in Hades. It is about a deceased man on a quest across the underworld in search of a river that will erase the terrible memories of his past (more info on mlmjr.com).

How does feedly help you get inspired?
I use Feedly for inspiration. As a storyteller, paying attention to the world around me is one way to invite stories to find me, and subscribing to feeds is a great tool to stimulate ideas. Inspiration doesn’t always come to us. Which is why I expose myself to as many different things as I can, feeding my subconscious. All the content I absorb is locked away and stored somewhere in the archives of my mind and referred to when I need it.

Inspiration can come in a variety of forms and my eclectic set of subscriptions reflects that. Music blogs, design blogs, photography, filmmaking, fashion, technology–I’m a devourer of stuff. I subscribe to 460 sources in 26 categories (and growing). My eyes are always open for films, images and words that excite my creativity.

I usually start my feedly inspiration sessions with the “Today” section. The featured articles are like the front page of a newspaper. Remember those? Yeah, me neither. (I’m kidding!). I scan through the Today section and “mark as read” articles I’m not interested in, reading a few of the intriguing ones as I go along, saving others for later. After I browse through the featured articles in Today, I tend to choose categories at random. Whatever I’m feeling in the moment, I’ll just go with it.

What are your 5 top tips to help other people getting inspired from such a wide range of topics?

  • Follow a lot of feeds on a lot of various topics and include topics you had no previous knowledge of.

  • Ignore the unread count. Never feel like you’ve missed anything because there’s always a shiny new something waiting to inspire!

  • Every time you open feedly, mark as read all the articles older than one day.

  • Use save for later as an “article limbo” for those times when you’re uncertain whether or not you want to archive an article, or if an article doesn’t clearly fall into a specific category. But don’t archive anything in there.

  • Tag articles you want to archive and do so as soon as possible. I hate going back to organize a bunch of stuff, so I try to immediately tag things I want to refer back to later. For example, here are two good tags I use:

    • Words of Wisdom – Sometimes I come across a post that speaks to me in a way that sparks a new way of seeing something or reinforces my personal philosophy in a profound way. Stuff like that goes in this tag.

    • Watch Later – I subscribe to a lot of feeds of filmmakers. It would be impossible to watch everything they publish. And even when it comes to the films I want to watch, there are just too many to watch in one sitting. So, I have a “Watch Later” tag. As new videos appear in my feed, I scan through them, picking out the ones that strike me as interesting, and tagging them. Sometimes I may watch one or two in that moment but the rest get tagged for later viewing. And I remove the tag from watched videos.

 

What would be some great feeds to subscribe to to start an inspiring feedly?

Some great categories to start with:

Apps & Co.
Feedly’s blog – Subscribe
Google’s Official blog – Subscribe
Evernote – Subscribe
Dropbox – Subscribe

Geeky
io9 – Subscribe
Red Letter Media – Subscribe
MAKE – Subscribe
Geeks Are Sexy – Subscribe
How-to-Geek – Subscribe

Thinkers
kottke – Subscribe
Ill Doctrine – Subscribe
Freakonomics – Subscribe
Tweetage Wasteland – Subscribe
Co.Exist – Subscribe

Philosophy
Talking Philosophy – Subscribe
PEA Soup – Subscribe
Leiter Reports – Subscribe

Science
Bad Astronomy – Subscribe
Seriously Science? – Subscribe
Universe Today – Subscribe
Scientific American – Subscribe
National Geographic News – Subscribe

Art & Visuals
FFFFOUND! – Subscribe
500px – Subscribe
BOOOOOOOM! – Subscribe
Colossal – Subscribe
Fonts In Use – Subscribe

Interesting
Boing Boing – Subscribe
Likecool – Subscribe
The Curious Brain – Subscribe
Co.Create – Subscribe
ANIMAL – Subscribe
Flavorwire – Subscribe
Fubiz – Subscribe

Filmmakers

Red Giant Subscribe
The visual effects team behind the clever science fiction short-films Plot Device, Order Up, and the hilarious Form 17.

Vimeo Staff PicksSubscribe
The majority of the filmmaker feeds I subscribe to were introduced to me by Vimeo’s very own staff. A must follow feed for video nerds like me.

Daniel AblinSubscribe
Daniel Ablin is a french film director behind the poetic science fiction short-film series “•363” (Check out Episode 1 and Episode 2).

 

What feeds them? Daniel DiPiazza, Writer

Daniel Di Piazza
What is your passion?

I am a digital entrepreneur and the founder of Rich20Something, where I teach young people how to break out of the boring 9-5 and create income doing what things they love. I have a passion for productivity and I use writing as a medium. I am a freelance writer for various blogs and journals and a writer at Huffington Post. You can follow me on @Rich20Something.

What do you use feedly for?

As a writer, I have to read in order to write great posts. I use feedly as part of a 90 minute reading session in the morning to inspire and inform my writing. I start by reading my “Blogs to comment on” category where I have listed all the blogs I want to be active on. My goal there is to leave comments on as many articles as possible — that’s an important aspect of establishing my presence and giving back to the community. When it’s time to write an article for my Huffington column, another site or my personal blog, I scan through the “Things I want to teach” category where I’ve developed a customized list of blogs and sites about marketing, persuasion, freelancing and negotiation. After an idea is sparked, I head over to my Omnifocus app on my desktop to jot notes down. I don’t always use the notes right away, but they serve as a pool of ideas to pull from later. With this method, I never have “writer’s block”.

Do you have any tips you would like to share with the feedly community?

Create a category that reflects personal or professional goals. In my case, I want to be really active in my space. So I have created a category called “Blogs to comment on” with all the relevant blogs. Every time I go in this category my goal is to leave as much valuable feedback as I can and build relationships with other authors and readers.

Try this segmentation strategy out for yourself.

For instance, if you are about to get married, try creating a “Ideas for wedding” category. Alternately, if you want to work on making your garden more beautiful create a category called “Tips on gardening”. Then use the categories you’ve made to systematically parse information that you’re looking for.

The biggest benefit of this method is that it is much easier to focus on the topic at hand when all the information is pre-selected for you. If you’re anything like me, it’s very easy for you to start reading a business article and end up looking at cat memes. Short circuit that tendency before it happens!

What are your favorite feeds?

I Will Teach You To Be Rich  Subscribe
Ramit Sethi’s blog on finance and negotiation

Study Hacks – Subscribe
Cal Newport’s blog on study hacks and performance

Scott H. Young – Subscribe
Scott Young’s blog on learning methodology

Social Triggers Subscribe
Derek Halpern’s blog on persuasion and negotiation

James Clear – Subscribe
James Clear’s blog on personal performance and habit creation

James AltucherSubscribe
James Altucher’s blog on….everything

Seth GodinSubscribe
Seth Godin’s blog on marketing and being amazing

If you too want to share to the feedly community how you feed your mind please reach out to Arthur at arthur@feedly.com

What feeds them? Daniel DiPiazza, Writer

Daniel Di Piazza
What is your passion?

I am a digital entrepreneur and the founder of Rich20Something, where I teach young people how to break out of the boring 9-5 and create income doing what things they love. I have a passion for productivity and I use writing as a medium. I am a freelance writer for various blogs and journals and a writer at Huffington Post. You can follow me on @Rich20Something.

What do you use feedly for?

As a writer, I have to read in order to write great posts. I use feedly as part of a 90 minute reading session in the morning to inspire and inform my writing. I start by reading my “Blogs to comment on” category where I have listed all the blogs I want to be active on. My goal there is to leave comments on as many articles as possible — that’s an important aspect of establishing my presence and giving back to the community. When it’s time to write an article for my Huffington column, another site or my personal blog, I scan through the “Things I want to teach” category where I’ve developed a customized list of blogs and sites about marketing, persuasion, freelancing and negotiation. After an idea is sparked, I head over to my Omnifocus app on my desktop to jot notes down. I don’t always use the notes right away, but they serve as a pool of ideas to pull from later. With this method, I never have “writer’s block”.

Do you have any tips you would like to share with the feedly community?

Create a category that reflects personal or professional goals. In my case, I want to be really active in my space. So I have created a category called “Blogs to comment on” with all the relevant blogs. Every time I go in this category my goal is to leave as much valuable feedback as I can and build relationships with other authors and readers.

Try this segmentation strategy out for yourself.

For instance, if you are about to get married, try creating a “Ideas for wedding” category. Alternately, if you want to work on making your garden more beautiful create a category called “Tips on gardening”. Then use the categories you’ve made to systematically parse information that you’re looking for.

The biggest benefit of this method is that it is much easier to focus on the topic at hand when all the information is pre-selected for you. If you’re anything like me, it’s very easy for you to start reading a business article and end up looking at cat memes. Short circuit that tendency before it happens!

What are your favorite feeds?

I Will Teach You To Be Rich  Subscribe
Ramit Sethi’s blog on finance and negotiation

Study Hacks – Subscribe
Cal Newport’s blog on study hacks and performance

Scott H. Young – Subscribe
Scott Young’s blog on learning methodology

Social Triggers Subscribe
Derek Halpern’s blog on persuasion and negotiation

James Clear – Subscribe
James Clear’s blog on personal performance and habit creation

James AltucherSubscribe
James Altucher’s blog on….everything

Seth GodinSubscribe
Seth Godin’s blog on marketing and being amazing

If you too want to share to the feedly community how you feed your mind please reach out to Arthur at arthur@feedly.com