For the past few weeks I’ve been struggling to keep up with my RSS feeds. Every time I clear it out, the next morning there will be 35 new posts. Last week I was really strapped for time and I didn’t get to keep up at all, apart for quickly scanning all the cover announcements (if I’ve seen it once, I don’t have to see it in ten other posts), books that really don’t interest me at all (The Lost Gate, I’m looking at you), re-read posts at Tor.com which I’m not following (which means any but the Malazan one) and articles and giveaways that I don’t care to read. If I hadn’t done the pruning thing last week and checked off the few posts I did manage to read, the counter would probably have been at double the amount it is at the moment.
Right now I have 132 unread items in my books folder. These are all items I want to read and in an ideal situation, comment on some, if not most, of them too, if only to let someone know I’ve enjoyed their review. But if I do that, I’ll spend so much time reading my feeds, I won’t have time to read books, let alone keep up my own blog. So I was wondering, am I following too many blogs? At the moment I have about 90 blogs in my reader, some of these update once or twice a week, others update every day and sometimes several times a day. Reviews of books I have on my TBR-pile are saved to a separate folder in my favourites, so I can read them after I’ve written my own review, but that still leaves a lot of posts! And often once I do post a comment, I’ll be so late, that the blogger won’t even notice it or the discussion has already died down and the blogosphere has moved on to other things.
So here’s my question to you. How do you manage your RSS feeds? How many do you follow and how do you keep it manageable and balanced against your own reading and blogging time? Is a big prune of my feeds in order?