October 19th, 2006
Update: This post generated a bit of buzz and I got a number of questions so I created a quick FAQ on how I handle 1,000 RSS feeds here.
I've just gone through the 950 or so RSS feeds that I'm subscribed to and I've culled it down by 40. Now normally I wouldn't blog about such things but there's an interesting pattern to the 40 that I dropped (and, before you ask, no, I'm not going to list the ones I dropped):
- They're almost all considered "A-list" bloggers
- All have been blogging for 3 years or over
- I've been reading their blogs for over 18 months
- Almost all talk about themselves or other A-listers
- They were interesting ... once ... yawn ...
- All have a huge following (so losing one reader isn't going to make them cry!)
So why did I give them the boot?
- In the last month or so I've added well over a hundred new, quality blogs to my RSS reader
- All the blogs I dropped had become a soap box that the blogger used to prattle on about stuff that I really don't have the time to read about
- All of the bloggers were coming across as fading, jaded stars
- Life is too short
- There are plenty of bloggers out there who really know how to blog (such as Darren Rowse, Ed Bott and Guy Kawasaki, to name but a few)
- There are a load of other good blogs out there waiting to be found
If this blog ever turns into a soap box that I use to prattle on about myself, tell you what I took to cure my headache or list the exciting new power tools I found at the store, I'll be taking it round the back and putting a few bullets through it.
Don't get me wrong, like most things in life, in moderation I don't mind those off topic posts, but when the signal to noise ratio is close to or noisier than, say 3:1, that's way too much noise and not enough of the good stuff. Too many of the "A-listers" have forgotten about the reader. As my feed reader tops 1,000 feeds, I expect to become far harsher when it comes to deleting dead wood.
If you know of a new and interesting tech/security/hardware related blog out there, drop me a note!
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