I am trimming my blogs again. So many of them offer so little and take up so much time. I go through this every few months, so I’ve learned some rules that may be useful:
- Create folders. Organize. Create a folder called New and one called Maybe. Always put new blogs in new. Always move blogs you are not really sure you are interested in keeping (be they a new blog, or one you’ve been reading a while and not getting much out of) to the Maybe folder.
- Read the new and maybe folders first – before you hit friends or family, or tech, whatever. Are they still interesting? If they are the first things you read, and they aren’t interesting, delete them! Every now and them switch and read them last. Not interesting? Delete them!
- Don’t settle for partial posts. Ever. Delete them.
- I have read the Joel on Software blog for years. Not any more. Why? Because he doesn’t have comments threaded to his blog. He must not want the conversation. Delete it!
- Reading a blog that doesn’t allow comments, or makes it too freaking hard to comment? This isn’t a blog – it’s a lazy Web 1.x Web site owner that is too lazy to actually write HTML. They want to tell you all about them, but they don’t really give a crap about you. Delete them!
- Reading blogs that interest you, allow comments, yet the author NEVER seems to respond to anyone in the comments? Delete them! They aren’t interesting to you unless they are interested IN you. And I don’t mean you personally – but at least you as a person – as a reader, and as someone that takes the time to comment on what they have written.
- Blogs that only post once in a blue moon? Unless it’s Ray Ozzie, or someone similar, Delete them! It’s a waste of time waiting for pearls of wisdom unless you really, really respect the source (besides, all them packets going out to look for new material takes up bandwidth and really slows my ability to get my InBox filled with Porn Spam).
- I accidentally deleted #8.Ã‚Â instead of remembering it, I decide to let wou come up with another one.Ã‚Â See the comments.
That’s eight. I planned on ten. But after going back through my own feeds and applying the previous 8 to my own feedlist, I had deleted 26 blogs, and moved 11 to Maybe. And I realized I was out of rules for the rest. How about you – can you add two more rules?
(Oh – and I almost included rules for feeds you should NOT delete, and rule #1 was “Do not delete anyone you violently disagree with – you have a better chance of learning from them than from anyone.” But I decided that might be a whole different post)