I’ve been thinking a lot about ways to simplify my life during 2011. Part of that will involve getting rid of stuff in my house that I don’t want, need, or use (of which there is a shocking amount). Part of that is cutting out any unnecessary obligations. I don’t have too many of those that haven’t already been axed. Part of it is cutting out some of the online stuff that is a time suck for me. And that would be blogs.
Aye, there’s the rub.
I always did a periodic purging of blogs that I stopped reading for one reason or another. And when Bloglines announced that they were closing down back in September, I looked at all the other feedreaders and wound up at Netvibes. Well I didn’t like it either, so I kind of got out of the habit of reading stuff that way and relied mostly on Twitter or friends to say “Have you read this?” Then in early November I heard that Merchant Circle had bought Bloglines and it wasn’t going away. Huzzah! So I moved BACK. Well, then they went and changed it all. It’s now powered by Netvibes (which, if you’ll recall, I didn’t like), and I lost ALL the articles I had clipped. So not cool.
Rather than trying to find some other feedreader, I figure I’ll just use this as a sign that it’s time to cut down on my blog reading. Frankly, I’ve spent more time skimming and marking as read than actually READING with the exception of a very small handful of blogs. So I’m taking a page out of Pot‘s book and subscribing to those five or six blogs by email, and I’ll rely on everybody else to tell me to read stuff, and click on stuff on Twitter that interests me.
Will I miss interesting articles. No doubt. Will it kill me? No. Will I miss out on developments in the industry. Maybe. Twitter will keep me up to date on that. And, frankly, for the most part, since I’m indie, what’s going on in the industry doesn’t affect me all that much. I’m just going to keep on writing my books in the best way I am able. And, hey, cutting out all those blogs just might help my productivity so that I can do that faster.