Awesome Github Readme

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GitHub profiles always seemed a bit impersonal to me. Generally, you would pin some repositories and give some information like employer, location and website. To give developers more control, GitHub released the possibility for a profile README. Let's have a quick look.

You start by creating a public repository with the same name as your GitHub username. In my case, I create a repository called 'DaveBitter'. In that repository, you add a That's it. From here on you can use MarkDown to tell more about yourself, highlight skills, share social media links and anything you can think of. The README will now be used to display this content on your GitHub profile.

My GitHub profile README

As you can see, my README is fairly brief, but it does allow me to tell a bit more about myself, share a link to my articles and plug some social media channels. As always, some developers take full advantage and push for the limit. A collection with several of these examples can be found in this collection repository.

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The biggest reason I like this feature is how it converts a 'dry' profile page into a more human and personal page. Looking at some of the above-linked examples makes me reminiscent of pages on an old and retired Dutch social media platform called Hyves.

That's all. Make sure to add one of these README files to make the web more personalized, fun and awesome!

TLDR; subscribe to master commits on github with /commits/master.atom

Github Lists

There exist a lot of ‘lists’ and ‘notes’ on github, not just source code.


I would like to be able to be notified when these lists change.

Monitoring Repos

Awesome Github Readme

There are official ways of watching repositories on github:

I primarily use news feeds through

Sims 4 winrar. The newsfeeds officially documented provides a bit too much information for me.
I really just want to know when new commits are pushed to master.

But the personal news feed functionality requires me to ‘watch’ a repo and then I’ll receive changes for:

  • issues
  • pull request actions
  • branch actions
  • comments
  • and all push commits

Monitoring via RSS

Awesome github readme templates

All I really care about are push commits to master.

I wanted to know when changes are made to:


The approach I take is to subscribe to the commits feed on

  • /commits/master.atom

And therefore subscribe to the RSS Atom feed at:


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If you find any good testing resources on github then please let me know, either via a comment or contact me.

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