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Content platforms worth continuous reading in 2022

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2022 is coming to an end, and in 61 days we will enter 2023. It's time to start preparing for the year-end review.

In the article "Four Software Worth the Money in 2022" on October 18th, I introduced four software/services: Heptabase, Fastmail, Readwise, and Inoreader. If you're interested, you can take a look.

In this article, I want to introduce the content platforms I have been reading this year, including websites, RSS, newsletters, mobile apps, public accounts, Telegram channels... I don't know if "platform" is the accurate term, so if you have a more accurate term, please leave a comment and let me know. Thank you in advance. 🙏j


Websites#

1. Caixin 💯#

In the early days of the pandemic in 2020, Caixin's in-depth reports demonstrated the depth and breadth that news media should have. Since April of that year, I have subscribed to "Caixin Tong".

I believe many friends have heard of Caixin, and there are also criticisms of it online. In my opinion, we cannot expect a media organization to always say what satisfies us or what we want to hear, nor can we expect it to always be true and objective. News articles are written by people, and even if AI is used for news writing in the future, the program is still set by humans. Even if journalists have good professional qualities, they may still show some value bias.

For news reading, if you don't want to be bound by a certain set of values, the best practice is to read several different news media articles on the same news event and compare how they report it.

Overall, Caixin is one of the few media organizations in China that still has a large number of investigative journalists, and there is a lot of worthwhile content to read. In addition to exclusive articles, the content quality of "Caixin Weekly" is also very high.

This year, Caixin revamped its membership system. If you think the price of "Caixin Tong" is too high at more than 600 yuan per year, you can start with "mini". In addition, Caixin still offers a newsletter subscription service, aggregating selected content daily.

Last year, I subscribed to a joint membership of "Caixin Tong" and "Southern Weekend", and this year I subscribed to a joint membership of "Caixin Tong" and "Duku". These joint memberships are very cost-effective.

2. SSPai#

SSPai is a community platform dedicated to efficient and high-quality digital life. The authors of SSPai come from various fields, and many of Martix's articles are worth reading repeatedly. The paid columns provide in-depth and easy-to-understand explanations of specialized topics. This year, I purchased "Master Simplified 2.0 in 59 Minutes," "Python Data Visualization for Beginners," and "Efficient Information Management 2.0," and have benefited greatly.

Currently, I feel that 90% of the content is free, and SSPai 2.0 provides more features for members. If you are interested in subscribing, you can click on the subscription link with a 10% discount.

3. Semafor 💯#

Semafor is a new media website that was launched on October 18th. It aims to reshape the way news is written and create a new type of global news platform.

Semafor's design uses a light yellow background color, described by the Associated Press as "like a newspaper sun-drenched in sunlight." I fell in love with it at first sight.

The CEO of the website, Justin Smith, was previously the CEO of Bloomberg Media Group and has nearly 30 years of media experience. The editor-in-chief, Ben Smith, has worked for media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Politico, BuzzFeed News, and is a columnist for The New York Times.

In addition to website content, Semafor's main product is its newsletters. Currently, eight newsletters are available for subscription.

If you want to learn more about Semafor, you can click on the link to see the introduction by Fang Kecheng, the founder of the News Lab.

4. Chan Magazine Online#

This is the online version of a bimonthly magazine founded by Master Shengyin in Baolin Temple, Zhaozhou, Hebei in 1989. The magazine aims to help readers understand and master the methods, practice, essence, and spirit of Zen through its simple and Zen-like writing.

5. Marginal Revolution University#

MRU is a free platform for learning economics through videos. After logging in and registering, you can choose the economics courses you like. The courses are comprehensive and rich, helping us to supplement our knowledge of economics.

RSS#

I have been using Inoreader to subscribe to and read RSS feeds. The number of subscriptions has been greatly reduced, but I still have over 50. Here are my daily must-reads.

Due to the trend of most internet content platforms focusing on traffic, many websites no longer provide RSS feeds. This requires us to have some technical skills to use RSS feeds happily.

I highly recommend using RSSHub, an open-source service that can generate RSS feeds for all kinds of content. It is very easy to deploy, with deployment tutorials available on its official website and detailed operation steps searchable online. If self-deployment is difficult, you can also use the subscription routes provided by RSSHub, but the refresh time and stability cannot be guaranteed effectively.

6. iDaily Global Vision#

iDaily Global Vision has gained the love of millions of users with its high-quality daily news and high-resolution images of 3000px. It sends out 7 pictures related to the global hot news of the day, accompanied by a brief introduction of about 140 characters.

7. The Atlantic 💯#

The Atlantic is one of the most respected magazines in the United States. It is a magazine about literature, politics, science, and art. The first issue was published in November 1857. It adheres to a non-partisan, unbiased principle and takes a detached, intellectual, humorous, and artistic attitude towards everything.

8. Harvard Business Review#

Harvard Business Review is a professional magazine published by Harvard Business School since 1922. It gathers experts and professors from Harvard Business School to conduct research on management affairs. At the beginning of its establishment, its mission was to improve management practices.

10. Zettelkasten#

This website focuses on introducing the Zettelkasten note-taking method. It collects introductions to the Zettelkasten method, methods used by various experts, and their experiences in using the Zettelkasten method.

11. Solidot#

Solidot is a Chinese technology news website and community under CNET China. It is known for its original news submitted by IT enthusiasts or directly adapted from foreign news.

Newsletters#

I have been reading newsletters since last year, and I have subscribed to more than ten of them. Fortunately, they don't update frequently, so I can still keep up with them. Here are my must-reads.

Now, in addition to a few subscriptions using Gmail (for easy import into DEVONthink for long-term storage), I basically subscribe to and read newsletters on Readwise Reader for easy annotation.

12. Life Odyssey 💯#

Wei Chen's writing is delicate and profound. Each piece of content brings me different emotions, knowledge, and thoughts. If I can only recommend one Chinese newsletter, it must be Wei Chen's Life Odyssey.

13. News Lab 💯#

In my opinion, this is one of the top Chinese newsletters. It is a membership program operated by media scholar Fang Kecheng since September 2016. It covers the latest hot topics in the global media industry and digital technology, as well as academic research results.

14. Product Thinking 💯#

This is another top Chinese newsletter. It is a knowledge base about products run by the developers of flomo and Fonter. In fact, the content is very rich, covering worldviews, methodologies, the latest news, and personal insights.

15. NextDraft 💯#

NextDraft is run by Silicon Valley investor Dave Pell. He reads 75 news websites every day and selects the 10 most important and high-quality news of the day, writing recommendations and comments.

16. Shyrism#

A biweekly curated newsletter covering interesting news, hot topics, cutting-edge technology, and other things about life and the future.

17. Random Fluctuations#

Random Fluctuations was originally a podcast initiated by three female media professionals. If you are a long-time listener, you should know that "Random Fluctuations" is the third name, so I admire their efforts and courage. They now also have a newsletter, with the same writing style and content as their podcast, worth savoring.

18. Aeon#

Aeon focuses on interpreting academic and philosophical ideas. The articles are deep but not dry, and the topics are important and often very interesting. In addition to written content, it also provides high-quality short videos.

19. Every#

Every is a business-focused newsletter founded in 2020. Its content mainly consists of analysis and commentary written from the perspective of practitioners. Every believes that business is an intellectually interesting endeavor, a pursuit that can benefit not only individuals but also express one's soul.

Print Books & Mobile Apps#

20. Duku 💯#

I used to buy individual issues of Duku Mook, but this year I subscribed to the joint membership of "Caixin Tong" and Duku. Mr. Zhang Lixian's efforts are not easy, and it is precious that he can still prioritize content.

Public Accounts#

I spend less and less time reading public accounts now, which is my problem. Undoubtedly, public accounts still gather the highest-quality content writers in the Chinese internet.

21. Star Think Tank 💯#

I'm sure everyone has seen the videos produced by Star Think Tank, which observe China's development from a geographical perspective, with high quality and content.

22. Guijiaoqi#

In 2015, after Master Qige temporarily became a monk, he walked more than 2,000 kilometers from Wutai Mountain to Emei Mountain, which deeply impressed me. After returning, Master Qige's realm and perspective changed, and he gained serenity and compassion.

23. Left Bank Books 💯#

Teacher Zeng has been operating and maintaining the Left Bank Books website since 2008, always insisting on selecting and sharing high-quality articles. The "Thought-Provoking Language" series is a masterpiece on the Chinese internet. When public accounts just started, I urged Teacher Zeng to open a public account, and many years have passed since then.

24. Intellectuals#

The public account of Intellectuals is dedicated to spreading scientific knowledge, promoting the spirit of science, and advancing scientific culture. They are doing it. Although the public account is relatively new, the content is full of practical knowledge.

25. Mr. Sai#

Mr. Pan Jianwei is the editor-in-chief of this public account, which is operated by the same organization as Intellectuals.

26. Yushu Zhilan#

Teacher Wang Shuyi's public account. If you are interested in efficiency, knowledge management, and data science, don't miss Teacher Wang's public account.

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