I’m an absolute Instapaper fan
So much of what I’m about to write feels a bit like betrayal. Betrayal to Instapaper, betrayal to Marco Arment, whose 5by5 podcast I try to listen to weekly.
Still, I’ve recently integrated Pocket into my workflow, where it replaced a function I intended Instapaper for, but I never figured out how to make it work. So Mr. Arment, it is not your fault. It’s mine.
I’ve not abandoned Instapaper. On the contrary, the way in which I use it now makes it, in my view, more what is has always excelled at. A calm place for long reads. Instapaper has always been a learning tool for me, as bizarre as it may seem. And much like University books, I cannot delete stuff from my Instapaper queue. The content of what ends up in Instapaper feels too sacred. And the fact that I cannot delete it means that I get frustrated by the fact that I have so much unfinished reading to do. Some of those articles are really no longer relevant.
Which is why I like Pocket. I don’t feel bad at all about eliminating stuff from Pocket. The interface is good, but it doesn’t make me feel like I’m committing a sacrilege by not reading all the articles that I find. don’t get me wrong, Pocket is a great tool which allows me to quickly scan through selected articles and review whether or not I want to read them. But although the interface looks wonderful does not invite me as much as Instapaper does.
So what’s my workflow? First I identify articles in Reeder or when searching the web. I use Pocket to put them in a single place where I can revisit later. If an article is relevant to actually read it more in detail I will send it to Instapaper where it will be waiting in the queue for me to read it later.
The bottom line? I actually use Instapaper to “read it later”. And Read It Later, now Pocket, as a capture device for new information which I need to review or process.