Okay guys and gals, I seriously am in need of some suggestions on how to manage blog reading in a more efficient manner. It seems as though as the days go by, my inbox is is filling up faster than I can keep up with. I know I’ve asked a few of you, from time to time, how you manage to keep up with blog reading, yet I’m still looking for an effective method to keep up with reading blogs and still having some semblance of a life.
I know many of you use the WordPress reader instead of having notifications come into your inboxes, but I’m wondering if I can trust WordPress these days, to show all the blogs I follow in the reader? And if I were to miss a day, will it only show me blogs from the current day?
Because I enjoy reading so many blogs, I seem to have caused myself an influx of notifications. I’d have to say that I follow at least 75 blogs! Some bloggers post several times a day, so I do have to pick and choose which of those are my favourite topics of interest, as I couldn’t possibly read 20 to 30 blogs a week from just one person.
When I open my email each night, there are typically 50 to 80 notifications of blog posts daily I receive. Those are just the ones I chose to receive daily. On Mondays and Tuesdays, I can’t even tell you how many roll in from those notifications I ticked off to receive weekly! So naturally, I’m at a point where I have to restructure my reading process. And that’s why I thought I’d ask you for suggestions how you schedule your own blog reading notifications and time.
Currently, my system is in an overwhelming state of affairs to say the least. If I don’t change things, I’m sure to lose the plot! I have an idea why things have gotten out of control. There were various times, which we’ve all encountered, when I wasn’t receiving notifications from WordPress for blogs I chose to follow. So I had gone ahead and subscribed to many blogs to receive their posts. Consequently, I now receive duplicate notifications from both WordPress notifications and from subscribed email notices. I need not tell you the math on how many emails I receive because of that. It’s madness!
Here’s what I’m thinking of doing to start the process of simplifying the mayhem. I’d appreciate your feedback on my idea and any other tips you can offer.
Please know that with this plan, I’m not abandoning any of the blogs I already love to read, merely trying to restructure.
I’d like to start using the Reader. By doing so, I can shut off the notifications request by email in ‘manage’ blogs in the Reader.
I may start out by keeping subscribed to blogs in the meantime and see how that flows. I especially don’t want to unsubscribe to those bloggers who are self-hosted. I know there are blogs I follow and some that follow me who aren’t offered to ‘follow’ from the WordPress little box that offers to do so on the bottom corner of a blog, so I’ll keep those subscriptions going.
I plan to test the waters and see if this plan works. And if any of you notice I’ve unsubscribed, do know that I’m not abandoning your blogs, it just means I chose to read them in the Reader.
I just need to clean up my shabby system I’ve created because I’m overwhelmed.
Now, I’m not going to start this cleanup until I start receiving some helpful tips from you readers. Please share in the comments, what method of following blogs works best for you. Thanks!