Saturday, February 24, 2007

Mark All As Read

For the past several months I've been using Google Reader to aggregate the loose pieces of the day into a readable list. I was a fairly dedicated Bloglines user before that. Both systems seem to skip certain feeds occasionally. That said, I'm not quite prepared to pass around any glowing recommendations for Google Reader. It's especially lacking in its handling of feeds. For that reason alone, I've considered switching back to Bloglines. I also like Bloglines' Keep New check-box better than Google's Add Star option, but before I go too far with a critique of Google, I should experiment a bit more with the settings. To be fair, I haven't spent all that much time checking out the full range of options and settings.

I have, however, noticed that I am more and more frequently taking small delight in clicking "Mark all as Read."

As a reader, I'm generally true to what's collected in association with the blogroll. I mean that if it's listed in the blogroll, I'm less likely to use the Mark All method to dump it. But I still have a fair number of feeds (±70) beyond the blogroll whose churnings are beginning to seem like grist from the mill. Exceedingly mealy. ("If you love something, let it go; if it turns up a second time in your feed reader...") I'd probably do myself a big favor to clean house and begin agg-ain, eh? Just a thought. And I offer it because I'm sensing a change in the rhythms of reading whatever aggregates, whatever the tired old net drags in, day after day. Could be that I'll switch back to Bloglines and part with many of the feed beyond the blogroll. Could be that I'll stick with Google and still drop some of the hangers-on and clutter. Whatever can be said of it, I probably shouldn't be taking so much pleasure in releasing 100+ unread entries to the ether with a single click most days, as if clearing my feed-reader is the same as clearing my mind.

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