Hello, my name is Lisa, and I am subscribed to too many blog feeds. There, I said it. I’m a Google Reader fan, and I’m embarassed to tell you how many feeds I have taking up residence there. Years ago, I adopted a hierarchical structure using labels:
- The read-me-first category, which contains my five favorite feeds of the moment
- A series of read-me categories, with my very favorite feeds of certain types: crafty, food, podcasts, etc. These are second on my list to read.
- Everything else, also split into relevant categories. These are the feeds I read when there are no more unread read-me categories.
This has been an excellent system, but it’s been failing me lately, and I can think of two reasons why:
- I’ve got too many feeds with read-me status. There’s not enough time in the day to read them all. I am routinely a week behind.
- A few of the more technical feeds I’ve been reading lately are leading me into time-wasting territory.
That first problem, I can solve with less than 30 minutes of prioritization and honest evaluation.
The second is more tricky. Yesterday I read something (I don’t even remember what!) on some productivity site, followed a link, which led to another, and another and another, until I found myself switching around some plugins to improve my blog’s load time, and making my blog pretty for mobile phone users (go ahead – try it!). I won’t tell you how many hours I spent playing with that stuff, but I will tell you that it cut significantly into time I had set aside for something else, and I will probably regret it deeply when I’m scrambling to get this other thing finished.
I love waking up in the morning, bringing up Google Reader on my Palm, and reading a few blogs before officially starting my day, but man! am I ever going to have to cull the feed herd! Some things I’ve been reading lately are dangerous for the easily distracted…
How about you? Do you have a blog-reading system that works for you, or are you starting to feel the effects of feed clutter?