In my continuing quest to simplify my life and feel less discouraged by all the things I canâ€™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 wasnâ€™t getting read.
You will find that I have tweaked my blog categories a bit. My top priorities for reading are â€˜friends,â€™ â€˜online community,â€™ and â€˜writers.â€™ These tend to be people I either know in person, or who interact with me on my blog, or whose blogs I comment on. Itâ€™s the community of blogging that interests me the most, not just blogging itself. Aside from the â€˜rockstarsâ€™ and the â€˜resource sites,â€™ I have deleted about everything else, and continue to evaluate what is left.
And Iâ€™m not the only one. Fellow BlogHer, Amy Gahran, feels the same. In her post, â€œWhy I ditched Most of My Feedsâ€¦â€ 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. Iâ€™m not going to stress out because Dooce has written 200 posts that I have not read. I donâ€™t know Dooce. She doesnâ€™t know me. I find more value in the blending of offline and online community.