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March 17th, 2006

Too Many Feeds

Over the past month or two I’ve been trying to trim down the number of sites in my feedreader. It had gotten out of hand. But yesterday, even after having trimmed a couple dozen sites from the list, I still had 22,000 unread items. Fat chance I was ever going to get to those. Many of them came from content-heavy sites like Boing Boing and the Make Magazine blog. Four feeds alone had over 5,000 unread items.

So I went in with a machete and started chopping ruthlessly. Boing Boing here, Treehugger there, Gizmodo here, Kottke there. It’s not that I’m never going to read these sites again. Actually, I think that if I’m forced to actually visit the sites occasionally, I’ll read more rather than just letting unread items build up in my reader.

This morning I’ve got it down to 7,386 unread items and I’ve slashed almost 50 subscriptions since I started. There’s still more to go, though.

People just need to stop creating good content.

Posted in Technology

FROM: COD [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday March 17, 2006 -- 9:15:00 am
My feedreader has been pretty consistent at about 175 feeds for a while now. It was over 300 at one time - but I've been deleting feeds without replacing them. Really, there is no reason to subscribe to Boing Boing. If they post something interesting it'll be all over 130 other blogs - you won't miss it!

I still subscribe to Kottke - even though I can't remember the last time I was really interested in anything he had to say. However, he was one of the first blogs I read regularly - so I feel some sort of weird loyalty to his site.



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