How to Use Fluent Reader

How to Use Fluent Reader

Good morning!

I hope you guys have had a great week!

The kittens we’ve rescued are growing and scampering about!

I’ve got a couple of pictures of them for you.

This week I learned about an RSS reader called Fluent Reader. You log the blogs you like to read in it, and it updates you in a feed when new articles are available.

If you’ve ever kept track of the blogs you visit in a spreadsheet, like me, I bet you’re really going to appreciate this!

How to Download Fluent Reader

Downloading Fluent Reader is easy. Go to your computer’s Microsoft Store and search “Fluent Reader.” Click install.

When you download the reader, it is blank. It looks like this:

How to Add Blogs

To add blogs, you click on settings or the cog wheel. This screen pops up:

  1. Where it says enter URL, you enter the blog link. For example: https://nakinalawson.com/ For some reason, copy and paste doesn’t work for me, so I’ve been using Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste blog links into this box. Just remember to include the https://
  2. At the end of the link add “rss”. So, https://nakinalawson.com/rss
  3. Alternatively, you could add “feed”. So, https://nakinalawson.com/feed

Why the difference? This is tricky. My trainer told me sometimes “rss” doesn’t work. If that happens, just type in “feed” instead. One of them should work. It has something to do with the technical backend side of things regarding blog setup. What matters to us is that if one doesn’t work, try the other.

4. Then, click Add.

5. Click on the blog you just added and it will be highlighted.

6. Click on Load full content

7. Click on back arrow to side of box.

8. The feed appears.

9. You can click on the picture to read the post. Within the post, click on the globe in the upper right to go to the article directly on the web. You have to go to the web if you want to leave a comment or read the comments. Otherwise, there’s no need to leave the reader.

10. The yellow dot you see on the articles means unread. You can right click the pic to mark as read or you can hide it when read as a way of clearing your posts.

Exploring Settings, etc.

In settings, preferences, you can set up dark mode. My eyes are very sensitive, so I like this option.

You can also delete older articles automatically.

You can click on view to change the way you see the posts.

It’s easy to click on the icons and see what’s there.

There aren’t too many things to click on. You can quickly become familiar with the app and set it up the way you prefer.

Conclusion

I’m excited about this app.

I’m not looking forward to adding all the blogs I read into the app,  but once that’s done (and it’s easy enough to do), I will be glad to use it.

I look forward to not missing anything on the blogs I follow.

I’ll be able to set aside the blog checklist I’ve created and just go to my feed to keep up. I’m super excited about it.

What do you think?

Do you think an app like this would help you? Do you already use one? Which do you prefer and why?

I’m interested in hearing about them.

I hope you found this article helpful.

Ciao for now,

Nakina

33 thoughts on “How to Use Fluent Reader”

  1. Hello Nakina – I found this information very good and helpful. I must admit, I did not know this was possible and I will now apply this for my use. Thanks for this idea and for the clear directions to set up! Have a great week!

  2. Nakina,
    Thank you for this information! I will have to check Fluent Reader out. At the present time I am using a program called Feeder.co I believe it works similar but I would Love to compare, The hardest thing I had issues with was setting the same feeds up on different computers that I use in different locations. Once that was figured out, I love having the blogs available with 1 click 😁
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  3. Nakina,
    Thank for your this information. This was very helpful. I am going to download and use this app as I currently use a spreadsheet, but this is much better.
    Sherri

  4. Your cats are so cute!!! Thank you for sharing this. I am not very familiar with RSS and appreciate the step-by-step instructions on using Fluent Reader. Great Tip, thanks!!!

    1. You’re welcome, Alison!
      I’m getting such a kick out of those kittens! I’m getting so attached, though we’re fostering them through the Humane Society.
      Nakina

    2. Hi Nakina,
      I remember Glenn mentioning something about this app months ago, so I downloaded the app. I have played around with it, but I haven’t added blogs to it yet. I will have to look into this again and get more familiar. Thank you for this post. I will bookmark it so if I’m stumped on something I can look back at this. Thanks again and have a great week!
      Meredith
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  5. Sarah Goulding

    Thank you so much for sharing this along with the REALLY clear instructions! I didn’t even know that was a possibility so I really appreciate you sharing this information. Have a great week!

  6. Hi Nakina,
    Definitely great stuff here! I was saving the blogs I usually follow to comment on in a folder that included bookmarks of the blogs.
    This will definitely help me keep tabs on who has updated their blog & follow-up with them with a comment.
    Thanks for the help on this; looking forward to trying it out as well!

    1. You’re welcome, Marc!
      I’m excited that so many are excited to try this app.
      I started using it this week. I’m also looking forward to being able to just check one place daily and keep up with updates so easily.
      Cheers, Marc! And Congrats on your first TikTok!
      Nakina

  7. Awesome post Nakina. Good step-by-step instructions.
    I am using a spreadsheet so that would be a great tool.

    I use a Mac so not sure it works for me but now I know, there may be something out there. I will look.

    1. Sure thing, Eleanor!
      I hope you find something similar to use for a Mac. Actually, I looked, and it is available at the Apple store.
      Good luck, and keep dreaming this week! I love to hear about your plans in your posts.
      Nakina

  8. Hi Nakina,
    I just wanted to let you know that Glenn spoke about this topic some time ago, and I was planning to put it into practice. But, as usual with so many things, I forgot about it. Thanks a lot for refreshing my mind. You’re a lifesaver. Wishing you all the best in your journey.

    1. Oh, yes! Glenn is how I first came across Fluent Reader.
      It is so great that I just had to share.
      You are most welcome for the reminder 🙂
      Enjoy your week!
      Nakina

  9. Nakina! What a great resource you shared! I had heard of an RSS Feed before, but I haven’t ever really understood what it was. Thank you for showing me and also providing the screenshots of how it looks. There are several blogs that I follow so I can see how incredibly helpful and useful this could be. Thank you!

  10. For a person who reads a lot of blogs, this would be incredibly helpful. It makes me think of some like apps that organize my podcasts. It’s incredibly annoying to have to go to different sites to keep up with the different feeds – very helpful to have it all in one place.

    1. Hi, Nathan!
      I’ve never heard of a podcast organizer… I’m going to have to check that out.

      It can be overwhelming to try and keep up with blogs once you have a number to keep up with. Even with my spreadsheet, I don’t know when a new post is published.

      So, this is going to be nice. I’m glad you like it!
      Nakina

  11. Thanks for the detailed guide on Fluent Reader, Nakina! As someone constantly reading multiple blogs, this tool looks very helpful.. The step-by-step instructions on setting up and using the RSS features are especially helpful. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge!

    1. You’re welcome, Tony!
      I hope the instructions help you to have no problem checking it out.

      I’m not someone who likes to figure things out on my own; I like detailed instructions 🙂 So, I hope they make it much easier.

      Speak soon,
      Nakina

  12. Hi Nakina,
    Thanks for sharing this info it was very useful! I followed your instruction and it was so simple and worked out well 🙂
    I missed a training on RSS the other week so I’m happy you shared it!
    Denny

  13. Great post, Nakina! Fluent Reader sounds like a game-changer for keeping up with blogs. I’m excited to try it out and finally retire my blog memory in my head. Your step-by-step guide is super clear and helpful. Thanks for sharing this! Atif

    1. You’re welcome, Atif!
      I’m so glad you find it helpful!
      As Sherlock Holmes describes it, you can free up some space in your “brain attic.” It is a relief not to have to remember it all!
      Nakina

  14. I had to laugh with your mention of how you’ve had to adjust the way you copy and paste in Step 1, How to Add Blogs.

    I keep forgetting there are many ways to get that copy/paste done.
    Ctrl + c, Ctrl v are what I normally use.
    Ctrl + x will cut it out completely.

    That’s a good new tip for me – rss vs. feed in the URL.

    I can also access all of an rss feed’s comments using a browser extension.

    I use an extension in my edge browser called:
    Feeder – RSS Feed Reader
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    1. That is funny, Robert!
      It just depends on how you’re used to doing things.
      I’ve heard of using the browser extension as well.
      Whatever works! I’m so glad there are multiple ways to keep up with blogging. We should be able to find a way to make it more comfortable. I’ll look into how that Feed Reader works. I’m curious 🙂
      Nakina

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