In a previous post, I talked about using Feedbin and Pocket as tools to help me stem the flow of information overload. These then allowed me to take breaks in which I could sift through the information and save what I cared about for later reading. This actually ended up being really effective for me. The biggest problem was I was paying, effectively, $10 a month for the news.
Initially, I didn’t have a problem with this. My feeds and saved articles were available everywhere. I could save from one to the other and move on with my day. Something was still nagging at me, though. I am not a heavy user of either service. I don’t have hundreds of feeds to process, nor do I save hundreds of articles to read for later. I also am knowledgeable enough to be able to set these services up on my own. I just didn’t have a platform in which to do that. Until yesterday.
It turns out, when you’re too close to a problem, you miss the obvious. In this case, I realized I could use shared hosting on pretty much any platform to, effectively, “self host”. While not the most ideal setup, it would suffice, and it would be massively cheaper that what I was doing now. So, that’s what I did. I purchased the cheapest hosting plan from Namecheap, wired up some DNS entries and pointed them at the subdomains I’d setup for the different tools. Now I was hosting TT-RSS and Wallabag on my own for less than $2 a month. I have much the same workflow (though, a little more messy), but I’m not paying through the nose for something I use maybe once or twice a day.