The feed count for 40 “A-list” bloggers just dropped by 1



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.

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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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6 Responses to “The feed count for 40 “A-list” bloggers just dropped by 1”

  1. Jim Minatel: ASP.NET, XML, CSS, Ajax Book Editor Says:

    Adrian Kingsley-Hughes on dropping A-List Bloggers...

    Adrian has an interesting post about dropping some A-list bloggers from his reader. I have to say that I agree, there are very few A-listers who blog about much that I care about. Thinking about this got me considering this...

  2. A leaner, meaner feed list | Ed Bott’s Windows Expertise | Says:

    [...] Adrian just cut down the list of RSS feeds he reads by about 5%. Of course, he was starting at a crazy high total of 950 feeds. Yow! [...]

  3. Cleaning My RSS « Andys Techie Blog Says:

    [...] Ed Bott blogged about tidying up his feed list after inspiration from Adrian [...]

  4. Speedlinking - 31 October 2006 Says:

    [...] Adrian wrote a post on how he’s culled his RSS News Reader list by 40. It’s interesting to get an insight into how people decide who to subscribe to (and unsubscribe) - how do you make those sorts of decisions? [...]

  5. inaminuteago - the blog » Pruning the RSS feeds Says:

    [...] I thought I was bad with having a feed loaded with 309 blogs until I read that Adrian Kingsley-Hughes pruned his feeds down to a mere 950!Admittedly he is in the IT industry so I can understand how you would have that many feeds in order to keep up with what is happening. In that area, the interesting news items and opinion are on the blogs and often it is the little quirky ponderings of the not so well known blogs that are interesting. So I can imagine that subscriptions to the major sites then subscriptions to some lesser known sites would easily grow to that number. It’s not the number of subscriptions read that is interesting but why he culled the blogs he did. [...]

  6. Pruning the RSS feeds « In a Minute Ago Says:

    [...] 7, 2006 Pruning the RSS feeds Posted by sharonb under Blogging  I thought I was bad with having a feed loaded with 309blogs until I read that Adrian Kingsley-Hughes pruned his feeds down to a mere 950! Admittedly he is in the IT industry so I can understand how you would have that many feeds in order to keep up with what is happening. In that area, the interesting news items and opinion are on the blogs and often it is the little quirky ponderings of the not so well known blogs that are interesting. So I can imagine that subscriptions to the major sites then subscriptions to some lesser known sites would easily grow to that number. It’s not the number of subscriptions read that is interesting but why he culled the blogs he did. [...]