My Aggregator’s on a New Diet

I have been struggling with my RSS feeds lately as have others in light of new tools like Twitter. My feeds have become a beast that I do not want to face. Just now I’ve pressed the “mark all read” button on many of my feeds as well as unsubscribed to others. To commit to reading the posts is too overwhelming a task to even think about. Yes, I’m worried (just a little) about missing some important blog posts, but if it’s truly important, I’m sure I’ll get wind of it in my network. Here’s what I’m going to do… significantly cut down the number of blog feeds to which I subscribe. Reasons for this are:

  1. My network is active. Using Twitter has brought me up to speed on a variety of topics and new technologies being used in education. Twitter is often my first choice for connections lately.
  2. Narrowing my focus. I have the need to narrow my focus of what I access online. I’ve come to realize that I won’t really miss anything online. It will always be there. If I want to know something, I’ll search for it. I plan to subscribe to more blog searches based on specific areas of interest, work related topics, conference tags and, of course, the edubloggers that I read often.
  3. Balance. I remember a blogger (not sure who) asking one time whether or not readers read blogs that were contrary to their beliefs. I found this very interesting to think about. I love a good debate and usually come out of it having learned something. So, I’ll start looking to read more blogs and feeds that are from “the other side” to help push my thinking further.

I know at least another in my aggregator feeling similar due to some new tools, but the value of blogging is still there.

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4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I know how full my Google Reader can get, but I can’t Twitter from school, so it keeps me in touch. I do, however, go through my Reader and delete the blogs that I never comment on or that I don’t seem to find applies to me.

    Maybe because I am still relatively new to the blogging world, I still find it to be exciting to read other’s blogs and to know that I can comment on them.

    If I had Twitter at school (where I spend the most hours in a week), I might feel differently.

  2. Do you think your reaction may be that you get more and faster response from your thoughts…so it is more like a conversation versus a post of a thought and others comments?

  3. Mmmmm now after putting in mmm I just see my site in your blog roll so maybe should remove mmmm. Nope will keep it in.

    Brian I can understand totally the information overload – and I myself have removed blogs that I am not reading. I did subscribe to feeds from both Technorati and Google Blog Searches which uncovered some great blogs that I would not have found otherwise. However found that is was extremely time consuming to sort through the good from the bad in the feeds from these tags. There is a lot of clutter with the few gems. So I would personally recommend sticking with reading really good blogs.

    Probably the only other concern I have is that some bloggers are finding twitter impacting on their own ability to blog – which I think is a real shame because so many of our readers aren’t in our twitter stream. If we don’t write it who will?

  4. A site that does a good job of blending the best things about a reader and a network driven sharing tool like twitter is – It also doesn’t intimidate you with oppressive un-read counts like Google Reader. Keeps things light.

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