18 November 2010

Reading too many blogs


It may sound weird because I'm a blogger but I think that when it comes to reading blogs on a daily basis less is more. In my RSS feed is an insane number of blogs which I try to read daily. Over the last few weeks I realized that reading all the blog posts takes so much time that there is not a lot left for reading or doing other things. 
So I looked through all the blogs and deleted about 20% from my feed. I deleted the blogs that were portraying books I'm not interested in and blogs that were full of snarky reviews. And still I'm reading posts from over 200 blogs every day - I'm definitely crazy! 
This weekend I need to go through the blogs again and delete some more. I need to be more ruthless when it comes to letting go of blogs because it's my time and the best way to spend it is not sitting in front of my mac. 
My goal is to be able to read through blog posts without being in a hurry, I want to have time to comment at length and to interact elaborately with the blogs that I read. Reading about 100 blogs daily sounds good to me, so that is my goal. 

23 comments:

  1. I agree with you. Reading as many blogs there are out there takes up a lot of my time, so I will only browse through some of their posts.

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  2. Oh yes, I have the same problem. I follow so many blogs but I'm not able to comment and read all of them.

    I try to be a good Follower for a few blogs where I either love the Blogger herself (or himself) or where I love the content.

    From the other blogs I mostly fly over the post and comment occasionally when I find a post interesting.

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  3. I agree. I have different interests apart from reading so tend to slip away from one blog to another and sometimes miss out on good posts.

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  4. I have no idea how many blogs I am following right now... I definitely don't have time to read them all every day though. I couldn't possibly. But I scroll down the list, and I read the "headline", and I'll pick and choose by that alone. (See, I picked yours this morning!) I do try to leave comments where I can though. I have dropped blogs that posted way too many times in a day - they made my head spin, and usually most of those posts had nothing to do with what I got me to follow in the first place.

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  5. Since I use google friend connect to follow most of my blogs, when I log in...I scroll through posts.

    I comment on reviews of books that interest me or posts that catch my eye.

    The sad part is..I follow friends blogs which total about 15 and then scads of book blogs and music blogs...and way too many blogs. But catching up is what weekends are for :)

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  6. I'm in the same boat. I'm going to go through my blog list too and do some weeding too.

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  7. I need to clean mine out too, BUT they always come back for some reason. Not sure if i need to deleate from blogger then google reader. I have found though that in the reader i have it set up to read blogs by the list instead of expanded. I can see the blogger name the the post title only and decide from there if its something I am interested in.

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  8. In my humble opinion, 100 is still a pretty high number. :-)

    With the coming of the new year, I've been slowly trimming down my subscriptions to only those blogs that I read daily.

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  9. I keep mine to 100 more than that just takes too long! Good luck!

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  10. I have the same problem as Rebecca; I've deleted some blogs that are more about writing than reading because that's not my interest but they just come back. And I handle it the same way-list view and only read the titles that sound interesting.

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  11. So I am not alone. I sit here, even now, hurrying thru my google feed.
    I run out of time to read books these days!
    But, I do love to keep up with other blogs. Sometimes I skip blogs that have book reviews from genres I wont read, or skip memes as this takes up so much time.

    carol

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  12. Haha! I like to read that others have this problem too. I read quite a variety of blogs; book blogs, mom blogs, craft blogs. I've started weeding mine out recently also. If someone doesn't post very often, I delete it. If all they ever post are giveaways or reviews, I delete it. I want a blog with content! =) But like someone else said... not with a million posts a day. =) Mmm...I thought 100 was a lot, but I just counted mine and I have 97! Geesh!

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  13. I have the same problem. I recently organized my blogs into three groups: authors, blogs I read every day, and blogs I read when I can. I narrowed down my daily blogs to 150. That still seems like a lot, but I don't want to lose any more!

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  14. So good to hear that I'm not alone! I will try to reach 100 blogs until Christmas but it's going to be hard.

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  15. Sabrina have found my solution to this mess that I am in no way going to ever be able to keep up with, every site that I comment on frequently is because the post is sent directly to my email.. Now that is not to say I do not go down my blogroll list to scan what all the posts are and pick and choose the ones I want to read in full and comment on, I do... However like everyone else have my books to read, my own blog to keep updated and other chores that need to be done so reading blogs is now something that has to wait for a few moments here and a few moments there!

    It hurts to do this but there are only so many hours in a day1


    jackie >_<

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  16. You are not alone with this problem. I am so far behind with commenting that it's not funny. It's hard to keep up sometimes.

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  17. Is RSS feed the same as clicking over to my profile to see updated postings!?


    On to the subject. I dont think it realistic to read through every blog post so I get where you are coming from. I've stumbled upon this when I first began blogger regularly. However, I've decided not to unfollow any blogs via GFC. What I do is subscribe via email to those blogs that I really enjoy. That way I can return the follow when ever possible of my readers but also I will only receive updates to blogs I really want to keep up with!! Like you!=) lol!

    I read most, if not all, blog postings via email when I have to travel for work often but post my thoughts only when I am near a larger comp- laptop/ desk.


    Sounds like you found your solution. But also keep in mind that other struggle like you to keep up. I think if we remember this as blog owners we are truly appreciated for every comment but also do our best as bloggers to do the same for other blogs.

    =) Have a good one!!

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  18. Oh I know what you mean. I had over a 1000 in my reader. When I deleted all but one days worth, I still had 251 left. I think that I need to do some cleaning.

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  19. I know! I have so many and yet have a hard time figuring out which to remove. I do have my toppicks that I read first and then the rest I get to when I get to them.

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  20. Don't get me started on my list of blogs I follow through GFC - it's somewhere over 500 !!!

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  21. I did the same thing last weekend.

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  22. I am having the same problem. Oddly, it is the blogs I really like that I am letting slide. They have a lot of good reading and take long to do. I tend to hit the ones I know I can whip through and be don with. As a result, I am missing what I'd really like to read. That plus Im am not getting much done around the house or many books read. I have dropped several blogs that I was really enjoying. I always end up with hundreds of unopened emails from blogs I haven't gotten to.

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