This post is about the good old way to follow websites and blogs: RSS feeds. For Emacs the package elfeed provides a fully integrated feed reader. The configuration layer for Spacemacs comes with an integration of elfeed-org, so that the feeds can be managed in one or multiple Org files.
Installing the layer
I have set it up with Org integration according to the readme from the Spacemacs repository:
;; Inside of dotspacemacs-configuration-layers (elfeed :variables rmh-elfeed-org-files (list "~/n/rssfeeds.org"))
After hitting SPC f e R to sync up the configuration everything is already functional.
Adding the first feed
I created a simple Org file with only one entry pointing to my own blog to verify that everything is working. Here is the source of it:
* Blogs :elfeed: ** https://www.johbo.com/feeds/all.atom.xml
Once the file is prepared, just hit SPC a f to get the feed overview. In my case it took a few seconds until the recent posts appeared.
I found that using RET for looking into the item under the cursor is quite nice, but quite often I prefer to open the article in a browser by pressing b.