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Sunday, September 07, 2008

I'm Back

Posted by Simon Halliday | Sunday, September 07, 2008 | Category: |

So yes, I have returned home and will return to semi-regular blogging. Various things happen when you don't have regular internet access, you miss all kinds of things on facebook and your google reader list goes ABSOLUTELY CRAZY! So, a question, what do you do when your google reader hits over several hundred items to read? I have been somewhat merciless by clicking, but not reading, on various articles and only actually reading those that interest me. I am down to 250 blog posts and articles to read. Hmm... Thoughts?

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  1. You probably have loads of news feeds from mainstream sites as well as blogs. I would click on 'all items' and 'refresh' thus purging your unread items forever. This may seem hard, but it is an important part of being on holiday - accepting that what happened while you were away is lost in the mists of time.

    If you don't want to go completely cold turkey repeat above steps but go back to your favourite sites and scroll through them to read whatever catches your eye.

    I am looking forward to seeing my own inbox bursting with Amanuensis posts.

  2. Speaking of news feeds, you should subscribe to PoliticsWeb, the SA politics site. It serves as a useful conduit for all sorts of opinion pieces, speeches and press releases in the SA media.

  3. I actually just managed to click and toss, scanning headlines for things I found interesting and getting rid of others. I generally don't use my google reader for newsfeeds though as I found that doing so clogged it up a bit. I use my google homepage for news and other stuff... Sigh. Will definitely subscribe to politicsweb though.

  4. You could just say "mark all as read". But I tend to read *everything*... I was away at a conference since Thursday, and now my Google Reader has 529 unread items in it. I'm in for a looong nite... :-)

    (Well, I'll probably mark the weekly journals in my feed as read. Missing a week of Science, Nature and PNAS won't kill me...)

  5. Yeah, I'm also a bit ambivalent about having newsfeeds on my Reader. Often it alerts me to a really interesting article but often its just a lot of fluff.

    Since adding newsfeeds I have found the usual casual enjoyment of my RSS has been replaced by frantic daily bouts of clicking and tossing. As a result, I read blog posts less substantively - which is a bad thing.