In my continuing quest to simplify my life and feel less discouraged by all the things I can’t Get Done, I have been weeding through my blog feeds. I currently have 67 feeds coming in to my Bloglines account, and even that is after some serious deleting.
At first I loved the idea of a feed reader. It meant I only had to read a blog if that blogger posted something new, and as my list of blogs grew, this became important. But then, my list of blogs became so overwhelming that I soon had dozens of blogs with 100 or more posts that were unread, and all that BOLD font as I opened my account only served to remind me of what wasn’t getting read.
You will find that I have tweaked my blog categories a bit. My top priorities for reading are ‘friends,’ ‘online community,’ and ‘writers.’ These tend to be people I either know in person, or who interact with me on my blog, or whose blogs I comment on. It’s the community of blogging that interests me the most, not just blogging itself. Aside from the ‘rockstars’ and the ‘resource sites,’ I have deleted about everything else, and continue to evaluate what is left.
And I’m not the only one. Fellow BlogHer, Amy Gahran, feels the same. In her post, “Why I ditched Most of My Feeds…” she describes her need to simply. She writes, “Bearing that in mind, this weekend I ditched all my general topic folders from my feed list — about 80% of my subscriptions. But now, since my feeds are more focused on exceedingly timely and personally relevant sources, I think they’ll help me participate in online conversations — public and private.”
I, too, find that in this world of over-information, I only have so much time. I’m not going to stress out because Dooce has written 200 posts that I have not read. I don’t know Dooce. She doesn’t know me. I find more value in the blending of offline and online community.