I sat down at the computer this morning around 8:30, read my mail and thought to read my blog list. A break for coffee and it's now 11:30. I'm seriously considering giving up reading blogs. I find them amusing, informative, interesting - the full gamut of possibilities but... the main thing I'm noticing is how much time it takes to even skim them! I read 89 feeds. I think I'm quite ruthless at removing feeds I no longer find interesting enough (compared), but I'm still spending far too much time. This morning for instance. engadget. Nice site, interesting kit. Nice to keep up to date. The sheer volume of entries makes it a big read, even when skimming. popsci is another. This morning it was a home video of a three way fight between lionesses, water buffalo and an enterprising croc. Absolutely fascinating. Another ten minutes gone. I could go on. I'm in a bit of a dilemma. The real time wasters are the non personal ones such as slashdot, engadget etc. I need a way of filtering them. Very few personal ones take up as much time. They are far easier to filter. When XXX hits a photographic spell, I just skip them. I have similar experience based filters for most of that class of feed. Others are just intriguing, but I can mark as read without missing much. O'Reilly is a bugger. They have splurged in terms of feeds. I count at least four that I subscribe to. Each seems to have something just a little different. Many are feeds that contain interesting stuff once in a blue moon.
I need a solution, or a stop watch and allow myself no more than x minutes per day reading blogs.
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