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Multimedia Overload: Asking for Help

As a blogger, and technology geek, I find myself having a hard time keeping up with everything going on in the blogging and technology world, and even more so thanks to the great distribution models like RSS.

In Bloglines, I have thousands of feeds I read daily, and hundreds more that I skip over. In Democracy Player, I subscribe to tons of videocasts and in iTunes, at least twenty podcasts. I am obsessed with shows like GeekBrief.TV, and InDigital, but at the end of the day, I feel completely wiped.

I am suffering from being inundated with all the media that is out there, and how easy it is to get. So really I was wondering is if anyone had some great work flow tips for someone like me.

Do I get rid of all my subscriptions and start over? How can I manage it better and still keep up on all the latest news? If anyone has any tips, tricks or suggestions, please let me know, as I am always looking for ways to increase the information I can take in, without feeling overloaded.

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  1. Armen says: 4/25/2007

    My advice would be, as you go through your feeds, etc, to ask yourself, “Do I actually learn anything beneficial from this site?”

    You may learn things from every site, but I reckon some of them don’t really make a difference to you, or help you in your own life, or spark inspiration for your blog – well, if you’re like me that’ll be the case!

    As much as some of us can get addicted to information and news, we need to exercise discipline sometimes.

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  2. Enos says: 4/25/2007

    I have been feeling this same thing.
    I think Armen’s advice is great…
    but at the same time a whole lot of whats going on with the web IS beneficial to learn and or be a part of.

    so how do you balance…???

    the good thing is that a lot of these startups and web20 sites and feeds are sometimes just clones of each other or simply recycled content

    “one at a time”,,, is all i keep telling myself….

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  3. Chris Baskind says: 4/25/2007

    Argh! It’s easy to get overwhelmed by your feeds.

    I use a local client (in my case, NewsFire). There are more feeds in there than I could ever read. NewsFire gives you the ability to construct Smart Mailboxes, and that’s how I cope.

    There’s a big ole Inbox with everything. I hardly use it: too much stuff. I have smart mailboxes for really fresh stuff (unread and posted in the last hour); posts from the last 24 hours (my primary box); and unread posts from the last three days. I also have several boxes which search by keyword.

    I peek at the Fresh box during the workday. Once or twice a day, I browse the 24-hour inbox. The keyword boxes get checked frequently, since I’m looking for specific content. I process anything interesting right away by dragging it into Journaler — you could as easily use a folder.

    Once a day, I check the unread 3-day box in case I missed something. I have a few sites I check individually.

    Saturday morning, I mark everything read and start over.

    Anyway, that’s my silly method.

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  4. jangelo says: 4/26/2007

    I was able to trim down my RSS subscriptions from about 670 to approximately 200. I wasn’t reading all of them anyway.

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  5. Anne Helmond says: 4/26/2007

    I recognize this issue. I use Netvibes to aggregate my scattered digital self and manage my RSS subscribes. Subscribing to feeds has become so easy that the list just keeps growing and growing. At one point I can’t take it anymore (the sight of so many unread messages) that I skim through my feedlist. I pretty much ask myself the same question as Armen. I just usubscribed from about fifteen feeds yesterday and it’s already pretty calming.

    What I notice is that I subscribe to a lot of feeds because of one interesting post but then after a while the feed has offered me nothing more than just that one brilliant post. So I unsubscribe. And then there are the “magazines”. I should maybe pick one day a week to read them all instead of trying to keep up with their five to ten posts a day.

    We’re all struggling :)

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  6. franky ) says: 4/26/2007

    Export all your feeds in an OPML, delete them from your feed reader and hand pick the ones you really want to read.

    I started from scratch and can’t say anymore ‘I don’t read books, only 400 pages daily anymore, but it feels that nice with only 100 feeds.

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  7. Blogger Profesional, in Spanish :-) says: 4/26/2007

    same feeling as everyone commenting here, I decided some time ago to keep only the ones I really used to be up to date with the topics I used to blog about, so I manage to reduce to about 50 feeds that I read daily, it was hard choosing, but it was worth it!

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  8. tanya says: 4/26/2007

    I keep only the ones related to blogging or my blog that I really read daily as feeds. If you publish more than a few times a day – 2 or 3 max, then you get bookmarked. I use personalized Google homepage so I can see latest feeds and display bookmark links. I also conciously do not keep a lot of feeds and if there are a few sites that say pretty much the same thing – I only subscribe to 1.

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  9. Mike says: 4/30/2007

    Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart….

    Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.

    – Carl Gustav Jung

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