December 4, 2019

It's been a while...

James Newman @jam3sn

So I launched Enkel just over a year ago. We're almost at 500 users, with around 10 feeds read per day. I'll be honest, I've not put a great deal of work into sharing, posting or marketing the site. Neither have I really done any further development on the current version. So I'm somewhat surprised it's still being used by a small number of folks, which is awesome.

Anyway, here we are a year later and I've been working on a new build of Enkel. I started fresh from the ground up, as I feel like I'm a much better developer now than I was when I built the original Enkel. I also wanted to implement a new design and to create a more fluent experience, as well as make use of some new tech.

I realise I should just be trying to build and release something to gain traction, then improve. Having listened to many episodes of the podcast, I feel like I've been doing the opposite of what many of the guests have recommended, but for me, Enkel has been a passion project, somewhere to experiment and try new things.

My goal from the beginning was to create something to solve my own problem. I wanted a minimal, simple place to consume news from various source without popups, ads, notifications and tracking. There's already plenty of RSS readers out there, but for the most part, they're ugly, clunky and privacy is very much an after thought.

So anyway, without further ado, I have an early build I want to share to get some initial feedback. This is pre MVP, but achieves the core mission, to provide a clean and simple way to read your news. But if you have a chance to check it out, I'd love to hear your feedback!

https://staging.enkel.fyi

Some RSS feeds you can use:
http://feeds.bbci.co.uk/news/world/rss.xml
https://www.espn.com/espn/rss/news
https://news.ycombinator.com/rss

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