One of the great things about the Internet are blogs.
One of the worst things about the Internet are blogs.
For some, blogs are the perfect procrastination–a quick read. I once got stuck on a plot point and thought, oh, I’ll just catch up on a friend’s blog–and then of course, thirty minutes later, I’m reading blogs and I haven’t solved my writing problem.
So–here’s my solution.
I realized I really don’t need to read my favorite blogs each and every day. I really don’t. Often they’re not updated each day; and even if they are, that doesn’t mean I need to read them every day. And it’s a better and more effective use of my time to scan them maybe once or twice a week. I don’t necessarily want a blog feed to be alerting me every time there’s a new posting.
I made a tab in the bookmark bar for each day of the week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and so on. I put two-three bookmarks under each day. On Sunday, it’s Facebook, and a couple of blogs I read to stay abreast of developments in international crime and foreign policy. On Monday, it’s a couple of writer blogs. And so on. And on Monday–wait for it–those under the Monday tab are the only blogs I read. No others. I’m not tempted to go read another blog that I know I’ll read on Thursday–Thursday’s the day for that blog. I am really not missing much if I don’t read it today. All the juicy goodness will still be there on Thursday. I think this might also help me drop a couple that are borderline on keeping my interest.
So far, this is really working well for me. Simple and self-limiting.