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What I read to stay up-to-date

Some time ago I have published a post about tools I use in front-end development, and it had a bigger response than I expected (in a positive manner 😊). And quite a few people ask me how do I stay up-to-date with modern web dev. So I decided to share another list. This time it’s about blogs and other resources I watch and read to keep myself up-to-date with ever-evolving web development.

What is my workflow #

I use Feedly to aggregate RSS feeds from the blogs listed below. Many people seem surprised by the fact I use RSS, but honestly, it’s a great way how to keep an eye on many resources without losing time and valuable stuff. Of course, I don’t read every article published on the sites listed below. If I did, I would be reading 24/7, not exactly what I want. So I’m quite picky what to read (but still have a huge buffer).

I usually keep interesting articles unread and dismiss the articles I don’t found relevant to me. Then from time to time, I open a bunch of articles and either read them if I have the time or save them to Pocket and read them later. I usually read them offline when I’m commuting to work. Feedly and Pocket are a great combo and work very well for me and save me a lot of time.

So without any more talking, here is the list of web sites and other resources I keep an eye on (in no particular order):

Blogs #

Personal sites #

Other #

Recently I started to follow the blogs of W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) and WHATWG (The Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group) to keep an overview of specification updates for HTML and CSS.

Newsletters #

Aside from following many websites and blogs, I have also signup for plenty of newsletters (more than I like actually 😅). I have already unsubscribed from some I don’t read and I send the rest to a special folder in Gmail which I check from time to time. Below you can found a list of newsletters I still receive and check regularly. Again I do not read all the articles listed inside, but only a few which seem relevant or interested to me. My flow for newsletters is similar to the one I use for blog articles.

Twitter #

I also follow a bunch of smart and amazing people on Twitter, so I get some gems and new ideas from here as well. But because of Twitter’s nature and my attempt to limit my time there, it’s not an extra reliable source to keep up to date with front-end dev. Never the less if you want to who I follow, check my Twitter profile (I mostly follow people whos blog I read).

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Tomas Pustelnik

Front-end developer with focus on semantic HTML, CSS, performance and accessibility. Fan of great and clever design, tooling addict and neverending learner. Building Qjub in my free time and writing on this blog.