Last night I got pretty brutal in eliminating many of my BlogLines feeds to cut down on the distractions. My feeds had grown to over 220, and well, it’s just not possible to fit that many blogs into my life whether I want to or not.
I think I’ve spent too much time in blog land lately, as opposed to in the pages of books, or with the newsletters and periodicals I subscribe to for more focused learning and personal development, and I am feeling the loss.
More importantly, I am not as deep into the Ho‘ohana Community blogs as I once was, and as I’d like to be in supporting them, and I feel that loss most of all. The clincher for me last night was probably this line I’d written in my previous 3by3 post on Mahalo and Appreciation: Take nothing in this day of your life for granted.
I do appreciate all of you so much, and I cannot, and will not allow myself to otherwise divert my attentions when it’s about my own self-discipline and focus.
As you can see from this screenshot, the other thing I did was go back to using folders (on BlogLines). Over the past year’s time, I lose count of the number of times I’ve gone back and forth with this, from Folders to a purely alpha listing, and I’ve finally settled on folders for two key reasons:
1. Bloggers are too prolific. For sanity’s sake you have to stop the overwhelm, just give up, and mark all as read every so often. For me, this is much easier to do folder by folder. For instance, when all my News Feeds are in one folder I feel absolutely no remorse about not reading them unless I feel like it or am completely desperate for something to read. Okay, needless justification there ”that last thing about being desperate for new reading never happens to me.
2. The other way that folders help me is that once I get past 150 feeds or so, I can’t remember why I initially subscribed to some blogs unless the folder classification clues me in. Some of my folder names are only logical to me, for instance in a folder I call “Online magazines” you’ll find blogs that aren’t really magazines but I read them as if they are, like only when a current issue is of interest. I’ll mark these off as read with only a fraction more hesitation and qualification than I will the news media feeds.
I know I still have more work to do on BlogLines. As you can see I cut back to 160 feeds, and that’s still too much: it’ll be a continual weaning process. The numbers add up to 3,431 unread posts on those I kept, with 157 more marked to keep after I had read them. Those News Feeds are probably going back to my browser’s bookmarks and that’ll be the end of it.
Perhaps later this weekend. Last night’s edit was more emotional for me than I’d anticipated.
Writer’s Rewards: about the positive feedback loop in blogging.
Shortcuts in using what you’ve read: on how Blogsville has helped me find shortcuts to immediately start practicing some of the really good stuff I read about.
Where is the power in this blogging thing? In public service, suggests Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal.
Pointer to her article.
Blogs and online friendships: Just as the title says. The honey in the pot.
Time to read blogs anyone? An earlier chapter in this saga of blog overwhelm, with more on BlogLines — Todd and Bren help out in the comments.
How this coach (me) reads a blog: This was from January, and I’ll warn you I probably need to go back and check that all the links in it still work. Talks about my campaign for About Pages on all blogs.