Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Blogging RSS Feeds Blues
How do you keep up with the RSS feeds and follows? I was recently asked about the blog roll on my own blog, and realized that my original list is more of a jumping off spot for me to direct others to several other bloggers that I've come to know. In NO WAY does the roll on my blog reflect the number I'm actually following. Let's just say I follow more than I think I can now possibly keep up with!
On any given day, I like to (doesn't mean it always happens) do a quick run through on any new posts people have made. This used to be an easy task, but has over the past several months grown beyond my capability and was pushed to the weekends. As with anything in life, I'm sure it just takes some sort of consistent habit or pattern; one of which I am completely lacking. As soon as that last school bell rings, it's as if I feel my brain soften into a primordial goo, leaving me barely capable of intelligent thought. I often think to myself, "What's wrong with me?!?" Thankfully, other teachers--and adults in general--have commiserated on this late afternoon shut down, so I know there isn't something completely flawed in my own nature. I'm just rather worthless throughout the work week!
Here's my question, and purpose for this meandering blog post. Now that I've graduated from the weekend perusal of my Google Reader being enough, how might I keep up better? I have so many new and wonderful book blogs that I am excited to follow, yet am falling short. Now what? I've seen discussions on Twitter talking about having things in categories, such as by genre. I've listened to others talk about simply hitting "clear" after seeing how monumentally behind they were in their reading of posts. I know there isn't a hard and fast rule on something such as this, but how often do you clear your feeds, and more importantly, what strategies do you use in keeping up with those you follow? Maybe we need a Google Reader/Feeds Challenge?!? Trust me, I've considered it...
Thanks for lending me your ear, and I look forward to hearing about your techniques and strategies (or at least a bit of commiseration)!