Internet Rehab

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I just marked some 3000 entries as read in Google Reader, and I feel incredibly relieved. At some point in the last few months, I allowed myself to get weighed down by a feeling of obligation to the blogosphere, and that just isn't healthy, folks. I can barely keep in touch with the handful of people I consider to be my best buds much less the thousands of bloggers I want to get to know.

How do you manage to stay involved without getting overwhelmed? Do you limit the number of blogs you read? Do you rotate through them in batches? Would you rather have the ability to fly or the ability to absorb information from Google Reader telepathically? (Okay, just kidding on that last one.)

Seriously, though. This internet addiction can be crippling at times, and I'm curious to know how y'all deal with it.

Mark Buerle

Mark Buerle

SSSSSSSSSWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPPPPP!

chris

chris

Google Reader: I use the Daily, Weekly, Occasional, and Probation folders that you mentioned in one of your tweets a while back.

Flickr (depending on how many contacts you have): Start off at http://www.flickr.com/photos/friends/ and base your explorations on how interesting you find each contact's most recent upload. You'll occasionally find someone commenting whose photos you enjoy, so you can get more contacts that way.

Email: Switch as much of it as possible to Google Reader.

Sanko

Sanko

Booze. Lots and lots of it.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Sanko: I'm telling Mom!

Nat

Nat

I don't use a reader or feeds or anything like that. I know if I did I would add so many to it that I would feel bad for not checking everyone out all the time. I have a few that I visit most days manually added to my blog for easy acess and just bookmark others that I tend to visit occasionally. There are so many blogs out there that it gets a bit overwhelming too often.

Justin

Justin

Whenever I start feeling like I need some rehab I start clearing feeds out of my reeder. I try to keep it around 45 which is about the limit of managablity for me. As for contacts, I'm bad at keeping up with real people let alone the internet ones.

Avitable

Avitable

I've got over 400 blogs in my feedreader that I have broken down into several categories. I've got the ones that I will read every single day, no matter what, the ones that I'll try to read every day, the ones that I'll read if I have free time, the bloggers I hate but I still read, the non-personal blogs that I can skim and don't feel too bad about marking read, etc.

It makes it much easier so that I don't have that obligation to read 400 posts a day if I don't want to.

Tez

Tez

I limit myself. I used to read about 25 blogs/news feeds, along with my friend's pages. Then there was all the other nonsense I did online, like a billion podcasts- It was completely overwhelming (though it wasn't too bad when I didn't have a job), I've since toned it down quite a bit and have just picked out the sites and podcasts I really want to stay up on. Balance is important, and my social skills took a ridiculously massive hit during that time to the point where I practically forgot how to behave in a social environment.

Another thing is to be less obsessive about it. When I was reading all those sites, they were refreshing every five minutes. So every five minutes, I had another 10 or so stories to read. I really like the sites that just do daily wrap-up posts at the end of the day/week so I can scan the headlines and pick them out- plenty of RSS readers can operate that way, too.

Tez

Tez

Also, take a break! I've gone a few months with no home internet at various periods, which meant I had precious few opportunities to catch up on news and friends. It was really nice in a way, gives you a lot of free time at home to do other things (you'll be amazed what fun stuff you can find to do) and definitely helps clear up what sites and things you do could be considered necessary and what is just excessive.

blaez

blaez

i just keep on those that i *really* find interesting & enjoyable.

and those that make me want to comment.

Pistol Betty

Pistol Betty

I just read your blog. If I have more time then that I read the other ones I have bookmarked.