Saturday, May 23, 2009

Google Reader, I just can't quit you baby

About a week ago, I decided that I was spending far, far too much time obsessively checking my Google Reader RSS feed. On days that I spent working from home, I would click and check the feeds every 30 minutes or so. And of course, because I subscribe to roughly 154 blogs and other misc. websites, there were always at least 30 new posts to sort through.

Realizing that this was totally ludicrous, I decided to scrap RSS feeds altogether, and start actually visiting websites again. I took all (well, most) of the blogs to which I subscribed, and neatly categorized each one into a folder like "News" or "Sports" that sat in my Firefox bookmarks toolbar. The idea is that I would only spend time checking up on the blogs I really cared about, and the ones I didn't I would just click on when I was really bored.

It wasn't a bad idea I guess, but I just don't think it was meant to be. Instead of lazily browsing through RSS feeds on Reader, I spent time lazily clicking around to a bunch of different websites, not completely sure of what I had read already. It also made my bookmarks toolbar look very ugly, with a bunch of folders sitting up there.

So anyway, I'm back on Google Reader, though now with a greatly reduced number of feeds to read through. I am going to scrap the little Google Reader Notifier that sits in my status bar, with the hopes that I won't feel the need to obsessively click every single time there is a new feed that shows up (about every 45 seconds, in other words).

And there is your quarterly update of my blog. Hope you enjoyed reading!