And so I decided to set up a system – a little organization would go a long way. Gibbs never says anything about organizing, he is all about the doing. So what are you doing he’d ask without asking.
Before I get down the nitty-gritty details, I will share the two main concepts. Not rocket science mind you, but worth saying.
1) Focus on what is meaningful, entertaining or useful.
2) Dump the rest.
Hmm, that could almost be a Gibbs rule. What do you think, Gibbs?
First, I deleted many blogs from my reader – but very few of them were written by individuals. I wanted to concentrate on blogs where I could connect to the writer in a continuing conversation back and forth. In fact I prefer blog reading to forums for just this reason. In forums (and Facebook to a lesser degree) everyone is talking at the same time to no one in particular. I know that difference isn’t based in a logical comparison, but it is the reality of my perception.
Basically anything that was a conglomeration of efforts of many contributors and/or a site solely for promoting product was abandoned. Likewise, I’ve been unsubscribing from similar type emails. I disdain the distraction of product temptation – (yeah, right, sure).
Inoreader allows me to sort blogs into folders – I use these:
- friends and followers (some from my very first days of blogging),
- fakers and forgers (the good kind related to the Counterfeit Kit Club),
- storytellers (this is a decidedly English/European group of gals – you know who you are!),
- books and reading,
- news and current events,
Also, I do a lot more blog surfing on my Nook where it is darned difficult to comment. That has imposed a natural limit on how much commenting I do. I still do most of my commenting on the desktop by choosing a folder in my reader and scroll through the blogs scanning and right click on any posts I want to comment on so that they opens in a new window. But I continue scrolling in the reader (thereby avoiding a back and forth pattern). When the top header in my browser is full (about 15 open windows), I go to those, read and post my comments. And I am done for the day. The next time I come back to read, I start in the next folder.
Generally, the first 3 folders above I usually read on the desktop to make commenting easier. The last three on my Nook. In the trials/temps folder, I let 10 posts accumulate on newly discovered blogs before I read them and make a decision to follow them or not. Now doesn’t that sound like the kind of system an ex-accountant would devise? Hmmm . . . sounds about right, he’s thinking.
I currently use Inoreader (and pay for the ad-free version), but if any of you are using another reader that could simplify the process even further, I’d love to hear your experience. This is working better for me now, I am keeping up more easily and more timely.
Now I just need to devise a system for keeping up on writing blog posts! But after I watch NCIS on CBS (thanks for the pics.)