Staying on Top of Blog Reading

I could easily spend hours every day reading other people’s blog posts. Plus, I’m always finding new blogs, often through interesting links I’m given on Twitter or LiveJournal. After a long weekend, where I may or may not have gone online, it gets worse.

I add links to my blog reader probably a lot more often than is good for me. Luckily, not every blog has a new post every day, or even every week. And I have a few strategies for staying ahead of my blogroll.

1. If a blog loses my interest for several posts in a row, I ruthlessly cut it from my regular list.

2. I try not to read too many blogs on the same topic. This is tricky for some categories, such as book review blogs. But for, say, blogs about World War One, I stick to two or three of my favorites that seem to offer the best content the most often.

3. Of the blogs I follow, I skim before I read. That way, if a blog is reviewing a book for which I want to avoid spoilers, I can skip the post until I’ve read the book. Or I can skip reviews of books I read but don’t care to hear further opinions about. Or I can skip posts about news items that I’ve been hearing about all day.

Got any good blogs I should follow?

Does anyone follow blogs on their e-reader? How does that work for you?

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.

4 replies on “Staying on Top of Blog Reading”

  1. I hear ya on #3. I'm a champion skimmer. The skimming then helps me decide if I need to go back and do a proper read, leave a comment etc.

    And I really, really need to follow your advice in regards to #1. I follow countless blogs on my Google Reader that I never read, never comment on, and frankly don't particularly "move" me. So why am I still following them? The ol' fear of "missing out" I guess? Gah.

  2. This is one reason I love Google Reader. It makes it so easy to skim your favorite blogs, then either skip or reply to those you want. Every once in a while I review the blogs in my queue and gt rid of those that have gone inactive, or which I no longer really follow.

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