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Saturday, August 9, 2008

For Those Feeling Neglected...

I switched this week from Bloglines to Google Reader (sorry Bloglines, you didn't fulfill me any longer). This means all of the posts I had marked are goodbye, along with the order I was used to for my blogs. Not the end of the world, but this means more work. Or less, I suppose, if I just completely started over fresh. (Yes, this sounds like a better plan)

Anyhow. I usually pick either the beginning or the end of my bloglist to read, then I get about a quarter of the way through my list and then its too late to write any more coherant comments, so I have to quit. Technically, if I just picked a quadrant and consistently read, I'd get through every blog at least once every four days, right?

Right?

I did try this technique, but it ends up I have a hard time remembering where I left off the night before and furthermore there are those particular blogs you like to read more frequently... and suddenly there are 14 unread posts from that blogger because I've been trying to be completely democratic and ignore everyone else until I've gotten through everyone else's blog.

So then I have to go back to playing favorites (shut up you do it too), and I still wind up with 300 unread posts. You may notice I haven't even mentioned when I actually find time to read books, the supposed reason for the existence of my blog.

This is not a complaint. The problem is that there are too many absorbing, fascinating book bloggers out there and I can't seem to keep up with it all.

The moral of this story (and you thought there wasn't one!) apparently is that I've come up with a solution. It's drastic. But necessary. Everyone must rotate postings to better suit my convenience, starting with the "Thoughts of Joy" and ending with You Can Never Have Too Many Books. No more than one or at the most two interesting posts in the given period of time. You'll be recieving your posting schedule shortly, I hope you have other hobbies besides blogging lined up.

Or I can just, you know, learn how to read faster (snort-getting book bloggers to rotate their posts is more likely).

16 comments:

Trish said...

Ha ha! I've had that same thought several times. I maybe post every 5-6 days and can't blog every day like I'd like to so I'm always feeling behind. I can't keep up with those who post every day!! Hopefully when you get your reader all figured out it will go a little more smoothly.

Seachanges said...

Oooh I so know what you mean! I think it is impossible to keep up with people who post every day. Let me know when you have sussed out your 'system'! :)

Andi said...

LOL, sounds perfectly reasonable to me. Personally, I think a schedule would do everyone good. Lord knows I'm in the same boat as you are.

Marg said...

I look forward to receiving my schedule. Of course, I can't guarantee that I will keep to my schedule but we will see how we go!

Eva said...

This post made me laugh so hard!! I have a feeling as soon as grad school starts, I'm going to need that system too. Let's make it a book blogging wide commitment...

Debi said...

Quick question...will swapping posting days now and then with a fellow blogger be permitted?

Chris said...

Yay for google reader! You'll like it so much better than bloglines...at least I do ;)

Amy said...

Well that goes against everything they teach you in blogging 101. (update daily)

but I understand. I really have to reign myself in from posting too much. i thought twitter would help but it doesn't. sigh.

Rhinoa said...

Will await my schedule :)

Megan said...

Hah! What a great post! I do exactly the same thing - starting from the top or from the bottom. I rarely think to start from the middle though, so those poor people are always getting neglected. That's not even factoring in the books that get neglected in my desperate quest to keep up with blog feeds. Bring on the book blogger schedule! ;-)

Literary Feline said...

I find myself in the same situation all too often! I like the idea of having everyone on a schedule. It would make it easier for not just you, but the rest of us too. ;-)

SuziQoregon said...

Too funny :-)

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

Wow. How I seriously relate to this one. First off, I love Google Reader. And like you felt so sorry for the people in the middle because I could never get down the list. You would not believe how much guilt I have when I hit clear all. It's gotten a little better since I adjusted my folders yesterday to reflect the blogs I visit regularly better, but still it's hard! Especially when you want to visit them all.

Alice Teh said...

Oh dear... I'm one of those who post every day. No wonder I don't see you at my blog... LOL.

I hope I'll make it into your schedule one day...

Anonymous said...

This is why I just jump around the blog world! I do have you all in googlereader but I "MarkAsRead" everything when it hits 1000 unread. (No lie!) OR... I only read the bloggers who have the highest unread and whittle it down from that.

This was very funny! and endearing. good luck to you. (and I'm perfectly happy if you only visit every third Thursday in a month with an R or something.)

tanabata said...

LOL!!!! And the fact that I'm just finally reading this today.. well I know you understand! :P