I’ve been busy. I’ve been working on the blanket eBook, buying fabrics for new spring tops, getting a haircut, crocheting a Spring sweater, and even doing a wee bit of housework. And last night, I wasted valuable time that could have been spent blogging, looking for a new home for my feeds.
Neil introduced me to RSS something like eight years ago. Maybe longer. And since then, I’ve been quite the devotee. So you can imagine the tiny lurch I felt in my stomach when I read that google reader was going away. When I shared this news with Neil, he shrugged and said, “nobody uses RSS anymore.”
What?? How is that even possible? What is more handy than having new content just pop up in a reader? I don’t want email subscriptions to a million feeds, and I don’t want to visit a million blogs individually. Yikes. The idea of such inbox clutter, or of having to make the time to visit all of those sites gives me a headache. With RSS, all the new posts are collected in one place, and I read them when (and if ) I have time.
But the thing is, Neil usually knows what he’s talking about when it comes to this stuff. So I really had to turn my thoughts from, “what feed reader can I substitute for Google Reader?” to, “what are all the cool kids doing, if they’re not using readers, and how can I get me some of that?”
I spent a lot of time last night culling my feed list down. I used to have well over 200, but so many of them were inactive, or things I didn’t really care about. And a lot of them were also things that I see often on Twitter, and there’s no point in being notified twice about stuff. I’ve got it down to just about 100 feeds now, and I can probably knock that down even more if I feel like it.
I will admit I *am* finding more of my reading via places like Twitter these days, but there are still some blogs where the best way is through a feed.
Unless I am wrong. What do you do? How do you keep up with your favorite blogs?