To me the Internet is like the biggest magazine and resource one could wish for…….no matter what one’s interests, there is always something new, to enjoy, to use as a source for inspiration or for information. Real letters are being replaced by emails and SMS, if we are sick, we can find out more details of our medical condition or planned operation: if we want to make something, we can find recipes, ideas or patterns; if we want to purchase something, there is a world wide market from which to shop; if we have technical problems with computers, cameras, phones or whatever, there is probably a forum where one can obtain advice and assistance..etc etc – the usefulness of the Internet is wonderful and unending. One can hardly remember what it was like before all this took place, and its influence on our daily life continues to grow…… but it is a trap and huge time waster too!
Blogs are like pages in this huge magazine, each different and reflecting the loves and passions of its author, and now there are many ways of keeping track of new postings, using feed-readers such as Bloglines, Google Reader, Blog Navigator and many others. They are great – no more checking individual blogs, one is advised when there are new posts, and all at one site. They make it easy too, to subscribe to sites, or search for others that might appeal, while some sites even give suggestions for additional ones…. but they are a trap and a huge time waster too!
I have been using Google Reader, and to date have subscribed to over 180 blogs – most of them are to do with needlework, quilting or gardening and more recently, photography.. I have really enjoyed them but they just take too much time….this morning when I logged on there were over 350 new posts that I had not read!
The time has come to get a grip – to rationalize this ridiculous list, to take some action and to actually do more rather than just read about great ideas and think “I wish I had time to try that!” I spend far too much time sitting in front of this screen, and consequently I am going to begin culling sites from Google Reader, not all by any means…..and shall keep those favourites I read regularly, but I am aware that for some time there have been many that have been “marked as read” but not – perhaps because they are less relevant to me these days, and I need to better manage my time…..I hope my resolve holds!
Perhaps I should just research productivity and time management skills to begin………