The web is an ocean, and I'm drowning
Recently, I opened up Pocket on my iPhone and realized something that kind of troubled me: I had 112 unread items, all added to my Pocket within a week or so. Now, before we get in a pissing contest about who has more, I'm sure some of you do, but that's exactly my point. The internet is moving at an incredible pace. My Google Reader gets backed up with thousands of posts, 75% of which I have very little interest in reading. The items I actually save to read later, generally get cast aside to make room for the biggest and best news of the day, hidden away for another day. Suddenly, it's 2 weeks later, and the post about what Apple will reveal at WWDC is useless, and just taking up space.
At first I was thirsty for information, but now I'm drowning.
This all feels a bit like a joke told by comedian Demitri Martin, in which he imagines drowning just after being really thirsty. At first you're like, "wow, that's great," and then you're like, "WOAH, too much!" At first I was thirsty for information, but now I'm drowning.
I thought I had everything in order; boy was I wrong.
I tried my best to narrow down the little corner of the internet I live in, into something manageable and did pretty well for a little while. Instead of trying to get my news from the countless blogs, sites, etc that I was trying to follow along with, I sent them all to my Google Reader to wait for me when I was ready. I picked a few favorites, put them in my browser's bookmark bar and relied on them for my daily news intake. I also threw a few sites like Techmeme and Buzzfeed up there to let someone else do the curating for me. I also spent quite a bit of time on Reddit, but it quickly became clear to me that Reddit is not somewhere you go when you're looking to cut down on content flow. So, I joined Stellar.io, a great service provided by Jason Kottke which allows you to follow your friends "favorites" and "likes" from a variety of sites. Also, I began following websites' Facebook pages, and sorted through my Twitter following with a fine toothed comb. I thought I had everything in order; boy was I wrong.
Every few weeks I go through this same dilemma, and the same thoughts go through my head: "What 'read it later' service should I use?" ... "What if I just stopped using my Google Reader, and just followed all of the sites' Twitter accounts?" ... "Do I really even need to read this many articles anyway?" ...
...my self inflicted drowning is still occurring, with no life raft in sight.
So here I sit, typing away at something that perhaps will end up in some of your read it later queues, or fade away, not commented on into the depths of The Verge forums. And despite my best efforts, my Google Reader is busting at the seams, my bookmark bar is filled with what I had found to be the best sources to get me through the day, Reddit is still digging up great content faster than I can handle, and my self inflicted drowning is still occurring, with no life raft in sight.