As I’ve said in previous posts, I’m trying to reduce clutter in my life. One of the bigger distractions are my RSS feeds (News feeds from web sites so I don’t have to browse there).

I have currently 178 feeds, and get about 300 articles a day. (Yes, I know, Robert Scoble handles 622 feeds – but I don’t get paid for blogging). After taking a good look, I found out that 10 of those 178 feeds (or about 6%) produce about 50% of the volume. So I’ve decided to say goodbye to them.

I’ll share them here, complete with the reason why they didn’t make the cut – maybe some of you want to pick up some of them. And maybe someday, I’ll come back to them. The Internet really is an outboard brain.

  • Lifehacker – excellent tips on making your life easier, and the hardest choice in the entire list. But I just can’t read 20 posts a day on how to become more productive.
  • BoingBoing – Random bits of curiosities. Gets old after a while, and you have to suffer through the writings of Cory “I’m really important” Doctorow. Easiest cut on the whole list
  • CNet – yes, lots of tech news. But a bit too much for me.
  • Slashdot – used to be News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters. Now it’s just links to articles on other popular sites that have been posted weeks before. And the fact that they still claim to be a .org domain really sticks in my craw.
  • Wired News – Same as CNet. Interesting, better writing than CNet, but just too much
  • Code Project – I used to love getting their latest articles on Windows programming, just to jog my brain for new ideas. However, by now I’m generating way too many ideas. I’ve got project ideas that’ll last at least for several years. And, to top it off, I think the future of applications is on the web, not on Windows.
  • J-Walk Blog – Like BoingBoing, mostly random curiosities. With really funny writing. But just too much distraction, and not enough info for me.
  • Kottke.org – Probably the original “interesting snippets” site. I just don’t have the curiosity to follow it. Plus, Kottke and his wife just had a baby – I doubt there’s going to be much writing for some time.
  • Alice in Wonderland – Excellent article with random tidbits from the gaming world. But, again, random tidbits are only interesting to me for so long.
  • Mac Minute – Tons of Mac News, but unfortunately mostly press releases. And since the interesting ones will appear on Daring Fireball anyways, there’s no need to keep this feed.

What feeds can you cut without really losing anything? (No offense if it’s my feed, either – there are only so many things you can read in a day)

Commentary

  1. steve wrote on 10. Jul 2007

    What, no fark?

  2. simplisticton wrote on 11. Jul 2007

    Digg.com — it has way too high a signal-to-noise ratio and a really short memory. The same stories (or variations thereof) get linked repeatedly as new people discover them.

    As far as curiosity sites like BoingBoing go, I think it’s largely a matter of taste. If the editors of the site pique your interest more often than not, the value of the site goes up, but since by and large they all tend to blog close to the same things, the value comes from a) being close to your taste and b) the associated commentary.

  3. TOMAS wrote on 14. Jul 2007

    I was thinking about cutting a bunch of feeds from my reader but opted to just group the ones that distracted me in a folder entitled “feeds-that-distract-me”. If I have time to spare, I’ll browse through them and see if there’s anything interesting, else I just mark them all as read on a weekly basis.

  4. hazmat wrote on 25. Jul 2007

    So if slashdot.org gets it links from other sites, and digg.com has a too high signal-to-noise ratio – what sites are now taking the place of these two?

  5. Robert Blum wrote on 25. Jul 2007

    Hazmat, I don’t think there are any direct replacements. Instead, it is a number of sites that are more suited to my tastes (and have less frequent postings) that I use instead. My favorite Mac site, for example, is daringfireball.net. Random technews usually bubble up through some of my co-workers.

    And moving these sites off my RSS feeds doesn’t mean I don’t read them any more. It just means I don’t get them as a part of my regular diet. If I’m waiting for a long compiler run, or just bored, I’m still likely to hop over there and read a few things.

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