Feed Bankrupcy

There have been a reasonable number of people around 'the net' claiming email bankruptcy. They simply get too much email and have fallen so far behind that they just delete it all and start over.

Well, luckily for me I'm not nearly popular enough to have that issue. However, I've created a similar issue for myself.

I checked my Google Reader earlier this week and it listed over 900 unread posts. While I was tempted to simply declare feed bankruptcy, I instead spent much of an evening powering through most of them. In the end, I'm pretty sure I'd have been better off just skipping them. Reading that many posts at once was very draining and I'm pretty sure my comprehension level was low by the end, but I didn't want to miss anything!

What I do need to to is continue to trim down my feeds. However, it's hard to prune them as each feed I added had some value (at least when I added it).

So for now I'm mostly caught up, but I know I need to do some pruning to avoid regular repeats.

This also explains why I haven't posted here for a couple weeks.


  1. A while ago, I reorg'ed my feed layout and moved away from regular feed categories ( Software, News, Sports, etc.. ). Instead, I've organized my feeds according to the regularity in which tend to read their posts. So I have:

    - I read every post
    - I scan every post
    - Daily news feeds
    - My personal feeds

    Really helps cut down my feed reading time. Also, my RSS reader has some nice metrics that indicate feed dinosaurs that haven't been updated in a while, feeds i spend most / least of the time with, etc...

  2. I do what Griffin does, plus I also use www.feedrinse.com for sites that post way too often and I only read a subset of their posts.

    I also don't worry about not reading everything. As long as I know what feeds I want to be caught up on, I'm ok.

  3. Good ideas. Luckily you guys are not as compulsive as I am. I need to work on 'being OK' with skipping stuff.

  4. I'm on a MAC (as you know ;) ), and use Vienna (blatant plug).

    It let's me create "smart folders" for key search criteria. So if I am that far behind (I have 672 today), I will always search through my folders for "key" posts/feeds that I want to read.

    Once I am done with those, I will choose the key "feeds".

    Finally, I may or may not burn the rest or save them for later...