So Many Blogs, So Little Time

by JL Beeken on 11-01-2012

Looking at just our small corner of the world — according to the blog roll at GeneaBloggers, there are now over 2,800 known genealogy blogs. That means there are more; add the yet-to-be-found ones.

I don’t read most of them or even 10% of them because, like everyone else, I have too much else to do and not enough time to do it.

So, I came up with a compromise. Every day I subscribe to 3 new genealogy blogs. I read enough to get a sense of what each blogger is up to …

… and … I leave a comment on at least one of them. That way I’ve taken the initiative in making our acquaintance. Someone has to do it.

2,800 blogs divided by 3 is 933 which equals 2.5 years. Sometime before the middle of 2015 look for a comment from me on your blog.

In the first week this is already not working. It’s just amazing what’s out there so I’ve changed my tactics. Set a timer for 30 minutes and see how far I get. Subscribe to ONE blog at a time. Peruse some posts, decide if it’s a keeper and if there’s anything I want to say back. If not, move on.

If I’m still reading the same blog when the bleeper goes off that’s a sign. Permanent subscription but I won’t get back to reading or commenting on you again til I hit the bottom of the list and start over and that’s going to take awhile.

Do NOT take this personally.

2,800 divided by 365 is 7 years and 8 months. Expect to hear from me sometime before 2022.

The Files

This is where JLog attains new heights of boring-ness. I’ve decided to make a change of sorts. I noticed my mind trying to do a U-turn about 3 months ago and now it really has.

Last month I showed you my computer inventory. This is the update.

Computer Inventory

Last month I forgot to include My Dropbox so that would have added another 17,000 files. Although my total for this month is larger, I’ve gotten rid of nearly 20,000 files in one month.

I’m in hoarder-recovery. This is the age of information and we think we need most of it on our personal computers. Why? I don’t know.

This can seem to be boring stuff, but it’s actually a pretty interesting experiment if you care to try it.

Rooting through my well-hidden folders is akin to stirring up the dust in my head. It’s making me look at things differently. More about that later if I have a major epiphany that’s blog-worthy.

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