I was just overwhelmed. My "system" felt organized at first, but it got to be chaos. So this weekend I made some radical changes in how I use feeds.
For a long time, I’d kept over 400 feeds organized into about 20 topic areas (environment, energy, science, women, law, etc.) bundled into my former favorite feed reader, Sage (a Firefox plugin). I figured since they were bundled neatly into folders and alphabetized within, I could find what I wanted easily.
But gradually I realized that I almost never looked at most of the feeds my topic folders. The only ones I scanned regularly were task-related — mostly search feeds based on specific topics I’m currently following, and I change these a lot.
Bearing that in mind, this weekend I ditched all my general topic folders from my feed list — about 80% of my subscriptions. But now, since my feeds are more focused on exceedingly timely and personally relevant sources, I think they’ll help me participate in online conversations — public and private.
You can read more at The Right Conversation about the changes I made…