Productivity Tips For Avid Blog Readers

This is a great guide, I ordered my list of feeds and it definitely helped.

Productivity Tips For Avid Blog Readers

How to get the most of your blog reading
• Group your feeds by order of importance. You know, like “Must Read”, “Not So Important”, etc. This helps so much. If you group things by topic, re-group them by importance within your topic group. This makes the less important easier to ignore.
• Set aside a time (or times) during your day to read. Try and stick to those times as strictly as possible.
• Use “mark all as read” liberally.
• Weed your reading list on a regular basis. Unsubscribe to anything you consider “noise” as soon as you realize it’s not being read.
• Set your newsreader to check only a few times a day, or if you use an online service, be sure and resist the urge to interrupt what you are doing and check for updates. Maybe to coincide with your reading times.
• Make use of services like
Del.icio.us, Digg and Technorati to find those diamonds in the rough.
• Slow down and
read. Spend some time with those sites you really enjoy or those that you find real value in. I’ve found that if I spend more time reading and less time browsing I absorb more.
• Ditch a few link blogs. There are so many blogs out there that are just pointers to original content. These serve a great purpose, but try and find those that offer a unique point of view, or can bring items to the table that you can’t find elsewhere. I tend to follow the link lists of individuals I trust more than actual blogs devoted to linking.
• Keep in mind that if you read lots of blogs in the same space you’ll see things repeated and will be unlikely to miss anything you really should be reading.
• Understand that a day not paying attention to blogs is a day you can spend doing something productive. They’ll be there when you get back.