Yeah, I do it manually. Subscribing to a feed means you get a narrowed list of "articles of interest to you".
And I'm sorry, but no fucking algorithm is smart enough to know what is going to "interest" me. My interests are broad-ranging. Wide and deep.
So yeah, page through 6 or 7 key sites' front pages. Look for articles written by certain names. Do it 2-3 times a day, and it takes maybe 10 minutes to get through and maintain on top of stuff. Practice. Habit. Etc.