July 26, 2005

To read or not to read.

I just can’t do it anymore, I can’t. After trying for 5 months now, I’m starting to go insane! My brain is starting to slide away from me and I feel that my work and family are starting to pay the price. In a last desperation attempt, I am turning to you for help. Some of you might be asking, “Why would I turn to you for help?” Well I’m glad you asked! The answer is simple; all of you are uniquely qualified to be able to provide a solution to my conundrum. There is one trait that all of share! It is upon that trait that I call upon for an answer to this enigma. By now, I’m sure you want me to explain myself.

You are all Bloggers. You read and/or have your own blogs. That is the single trait that we all share, the trait that brings us all together. Some of you may not have your own blog yet, it’s just a matter of time. You, in my book, are still a blogger. If you spend time at other people’s blogs reading, what they write and maybe even working up the nerve actually to leave a comment or two, then to me you are a blogger. You might not have taken the final step in your conversion to the fold, but the temptation is there. Go ahead and call me wrong, I won’t argue with you. Better yet, why not start a blog and post why I’m wrong? There is nothing wrong with being a blogger. No calumny intended.

Finally, that brings us to my problem. There are so many blogs I enjoy reading, I just cannot find the time to sit down and do it. Especially with the added responsibilities of my new position, I just do not have the time to read everyone daily. If I keep trying to do that, I will lose my job, my wife and my family. I’ve taken to skimming posts. Not only do I hate doing this, but also I feel I am robbing the individual that wrote it. While I get the general gist of the post, I am missing out on the quality and flavor of their words.

Right now, I feel I only have a couple of options. The first is to give up the daily reading of some blogs, and once a week read only the topics that seem like they might interest me. The other option is to eliminate blogs from my daily read and only read them when time presents itself. If I choose this route, how would I go about selecting which blogs to read or not read? Most of the blogs I read are either friends, people I find interesting or people with whom I feel I could be friends with if they lived closer. For me to quit reading any one of your blogs is not something I relish.

I enjoy my quality time getting to know you. Reading your posts is what helps to keep me from going insane. Making this decision, for me at least, would be like deciding which one of my children I would save if I could only save one from a burning building. That is why I must turn to you my gentle and kind readers, my online friends and family for assistance. One of you may have a solution that I have over looked. There is even a chance that one of you is in the same position I am in and has devised way to cope with this issue. You have yet to set me upon a path of execration and it is that knowledge with which I have faith in you.

How do you find the time to do it?

Posted by Contagion in Questions at July 26, 2005 01:01 PM | TrackBack

You don't have to read my blog, I never say anything important anyway. :)

I read the family and a select few others. Sometimes every day or so, that seems to help. Then there are days I go crazy and read everyone that I like. I like those days. Ahh, I am so going to lose my job.

Posted by: Oddybobo at July 26, 2005 01:31 PM

I genrally read the people I know will update daily on a daily basis, everyone else I hit every two or three days and read through everything they've posted since my last visit.

The sites I absolutely do not miss daily are the ones I read for news and stuff (Like Michelle Malkin).

Posted by: Graumagus at July 26, 2005 03:51 PM

Hey would you mind summarizing or bullet-pointing this post? It was awful long and I didn't really have time to read it...

Posted by: S at July 26, 2005 06:56 PM

I read the family daily. That's a given.

Others, are every few days or once a week.

I have a newsreader that I skim to make sure I'm not missing anything major out there like a birthday, birth, or anything like that.

Posted by: Sissy at July 26, 2005 08:11 PM

Grau, I tried something like that. What I discovered was I would not read a blog for 2-3 days saving time, but then I would spend 2-3 times as long reading that blog on a different day. It all balanced out.

S. No, now go get back on the phones!

Sissy, I don't even read the entire family everday. I don't have time for that.

Posted by: Contagion at July 27, 2005 07:04 AM

NewsReader. Not everyone posts every day. And it also gives you a 'highlight' of the posts as you browse through them. Some I read entirely, a lot I don't. It has cut my time down considerably. I'm not looking through my

Posted by: vw bug at July 27, 2005 07:40 AM

Had to run... not looking through every blog on my blogroll...

Posted by: VW Bug at July 27, 2005 11:08 AM

I've heard RSS feed-readers do save time.

Me, I'm having the same problem. But I find that if I only make the rounds every other day, the trip through my blogroll still takes about the same amount of time.

Posted by: Harvey at July 27, 2005 12:50 PM

I certainly don't read all of the ones I want to every day. Like Sissys, I try to read certain Core blogs every day - starting with the Castle Denizens, and then on to the Frizzen Kin and so on.

But I have to skim most of them to save time. Even RSS feeds only help somewhat - since some of my favs don't have it available.

Posted by: Barb at July 27, 2005 03:36 PM

I'm dyin' too Contagion. Since the move and a real 8-5 job I don't even have time to hit all the family. Comment? Yeah, right. It's making me crazy and it's gonna get worse. I'm going to have to do the majority of my blogging at night now as the mornings are about to get complicated.

I don't have an answer but I'll keep checking back in hopes that someone can help us!!!

Posted by: Tammi at July 27, 2005 06:32 PM

Just read what you can when you can. It doesn't mean you still don't love us if you don't read everything daily. You don't call, you don't write... but deep down... I know that you probably still wouldn't even if you had the time. :-)

Posted by: virtue at July 28, 2005 12:04 AM

p.s. I'm still a rookie though, so maybe you should feel like a horrible blogfriend if you don't read everything everyday... In fact, yes, I'm sure that's much more reasonable.

Posted by: virtue at July 28, 2005 12:07 AM

RSS reader. Hands down. Not only do some people post rarely, but you can also look at the titles of people' posts and excerpts and decide if somethings are worth reading or not...

Posted by: caltechgirl at July 28, 2005 01:46 AM