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Declutter Your RSS Reader

Do you feel like your RSS reader is becoming overloaded? Noise-to-value ratio is too high? Then you are ready for this exercise! Read on.

If you’re like me, you follow this cycle: I find somebody new (via Hacker News, Twitter, dzone, etc) and I add the blog to a RSS reader (Google Reader, in my case).

However, if you’re like me, again, :) , you find it hard to remove people. So the list grows…

Up to the point where you feel overwhelmed, overloaded…

Not a good feeling.

Want a simple solution that works?

This technique utilizes folders. So if you don’t have any, create one and put all RSS feeds into it.

At the beginning of the year, you append a year to the folder and create a new folder with the same name as before.  So if I have a “New” folder, or a “Good Stuff” folder, I rename it to “Good Stuff – 2012.” I create a new “Good Stuff” folder. New blogs go to the “Good Stuff” folder. If I see something interesting in the “Good Stuff – 2012″ folder, I move it to “Good Stuff.” After a few months, you’ve essentially filtered the old folder and extracted the feeds that are of interest to you. You then drop the folder and all it’s feeds.

I just went through the exercise and removed all folders with a “2011″ tag on it. I feel much lighter now. With room to grow. It’s a much better feeling than being overloaded.

2 Responses to “Declutter Your RSS Reader”

  1. Mikola says:

    Thanks for your advice.
    But what to do if I use folders already to group blogs by topics?

    • Stanley says:

      Same thing, append a year to the topic (at least those that you feel you too much noise) and re-create the topic. Filter as you go. Then delete. Hope this helps.

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