On her blog, Librarian by Day, Bobbi L. Newman gives some very practical advice regarding how to keep your Google Reader RSS feeds manageable. She gives some practical tips in her post Be the Master of Your Domain, How to Conquer Your Feed Reader .
One thing she suggests is exactly what I have been doing lately and that is - when my Google reader gets too full and I'm feeling guilty about not reading all the posts, I hit "Mark all as read." What feeling of relief!
But Bobbi also offers some tips on weeding your Google Reader. For example, she suggests:
1. Ask yourself if you are getting the information somewhere else, like Twitter or Facebook. Do you prefer that method? Unsubscribe.
2. Look at what you are reading. Under “All Stuff” is a “Trends” link. When you look at your own trends:
- First weed anything under Inactive.
- Then take a look at Frequently Updated. Maybe if it (the blog)updates too frequently you should consider unsubscribing.
Bobbi says she has unsubscribed from some really popular tech sites because the authors just post too much information. I've done the same, although it's always with a pang of remorse at losing a good connection.
Today I'm suffering from information overload again, so I'm going to follow Bobbi's advice. I "pruned" earlier this week, so I think it's time for "Mark all as read" until I can do some serious weeding!