Sunday, April 24, 2011

4613

I have 4613 unread posts on my feed-reader (the Flock sidebar). I gave up my feed-reader, along with Twitter and Facebook, for Lent. My mind is boggled by how much stuff I was reading before! That's well over a hundred posts a day. It's been a good break - not a total break from reading every blog, just about 95% of them - although it would have been even better if life hadn't been so busy. Had the strangest holy week ever - but that is a story for another time.

4613!! (blooming 'eck, I didn't quite say)

UPDATE: I thought I'd say a bit more on this, following a Facebook question from Archdruid Eileen about how much time it takes up. Bear in mind that a) I read very fast, b) I skim-read vast swathes of posts and c) some of it I only access on my day off. So my concern about it wasn't about the amount of time it was taking up (maybe an hour a day) it was more about the 'crowding out' effect, which I mean in two senses. The first is that by consuming so much information, I wasn't digesting what I was reading, and I felt that this was unbalanced. The second, linked point is that the time that I was reading blogs was time that I wasn't reading books. In other words, I don't think that my time reading adjusted very much between discovering a feed-reader and not, it's just that what I was reading shifted - away from books and towards the internet. I feel that this is a lower quality diet, so I'm going to change my reading habits - and a great number of blogs (a lot of them church-related) I'm going to quietly drop...

3 comments:

  1. Aye, I know what you mean. I'm restricting my PC usage to the weekends because nothing else gets done after I turn laptop on. The TV was banished three years ago and I've never looked back.

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  2. You have made me think about what I do... I largely don't read blogs when I'm off.

    I have also started a temp/part time job in a school for 2 days a week. I leave at c7.15 and get back at 6- some days I feel I have more mental space there as I am not tempted to graze.

    Don't follow as many blogs though...

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  3. Perhaps it's time to give cannabis a try, Sam.

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