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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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