So don’t get me wrong…I LOVE Bloglines probably more than any other read/write Web tool out there. Frankly, I’m not sure everyone should be a blogger. But I am sure everyone should use an aggregator. Everyone. And to me, Bloglines is hands down the most convenient.
But a few months ago they added this new “Keep New” feature where if there is a post you want to get back to at some point you can click the box and it will stay in the list until you, theoretically at least, come back at a later time and unclick it. Problem is I’m having a little difficulty with the second half of that equation. So now, before I even start reading what’s come in just the EdBlogger part of my subscriptions, I have 124 messages that are “Keeping New,” just kinda waiting there for me to do something with. And it’s unnerving me to some extent, accentuating this feeling that I have that I’ll never know it or read it all.
What characterizes a “Keep New” post, you ask? (Like someone is really asking…) Well, usually it’s something I read when I might not have enough time to fully digest what it’s about and I think I might want to blog about it later, or it’s something I want to try out but it doesn’t especially look like a resource I could Furl. (Ironically, the oldest “Kept New” post I have is Lilia’s “Time in blogging: catching a moment to write” from September 27. Coincidence???) Regardless, I think I’m going to have to resolve NOT to keep things new, to figure out something to do with whatever piques my interest. But what?
On a side note, my aggregator reading has now totally evolved into something akin to throwing darts. I cannot get my little Bloglines notifier to say anything under 1,000 posts waiting to be read, and so I just go in a randomly click off a few of the bigger culprits just to get the number down. What I should do is just admit that, especially this time of year, there’s no way I can do 150 subscriptions justice. But who (or what) do I delete? Oh, the humanity!
On second thought, maybe some people shouldn’t have an aggregator either…