Unsubscribe to be more productive

I’m a recovering RSS addict – I admit it.  I very recently had somewhere just north of 220 feeds in my Bloglines account.  I subscribed to every single blog that I found at least mildly interesting, whether it was a few posts, or even one that interested me.  It was getting to be ridiculous, as I was spending far more time reading than writing.  The problem with that, is that no one pays me to read – I effectively get paid to write.  So, what was I to do?

Over the past few weeks I’ve been weeding out feeds that don’t interest me anymore.  After getting rid of those, I went further and dropped feeds that I can live without reading.  I painstakingly unsubscribed from dozens of feeds that I normally like to read.  It was hard, but I did it.  Today my feed count stands at 126 feeds.  I still think this number is far too high, but it’s infinitely better than 200+.  With less to read, I have more time to write.  My income should jump accordingly, which is the effect I’m looking for. 

Do me a favor though.  When you’re busy unsubscribing from your feeds, please be sure to keep Green Llama.  And if you’re not a subscriber yet, there’s always room for one more πŸ˜‰


  1. Kyle Eslick said

    July 10 2007 @ 5:24 pm

    Doh, hope I made the cut πŸ™

    Great post though. I’ve been doing the same recently, although I track everything in my feed reader including comic strips, movie releases, favorite sports team blogs, and video game releases.

    Thats on top of the feeds I track for my favorite technology blogs and such.

    It is definitely tough. I would recommend switching from Bloglines to Google Reader, or be like me and go desktop feed reader πŸ™‚

    Makes things a LOT easier to manage and quicker to read in my opinion. I can get through 300 feeds in about a half hour or so this way and stay up to date on world news, sports news, comics, etc.!

  2. Leroy Brown said

    July 10 2007 @ 5:45 pm

    Yours actually did make the cut. I killed off most of the tech-related blogs, because I find them interesting, but not useful most of the time. Yours actually helps me find stuff that I wouldn’t find otherwise, so it sticks around. Keep up the great posts.

    I tried Google Reader once ( though I really didn’t give it an honest chance ) and didnt’ like it. I may need to try it again, since everyone always raves about it.

  3. 45n5 said

    July 12 2007 @ 10:10 am

    I found stats addiction just as bad. I recently removed the adsense plugin from firefox to get my focus back on the content πŸ˜‰

  4. Leroy Brown said

    July 12 2007 @ 6:44 pm

    Ahh you touched on my next post. I have tried to remove Adsense Notifier, but I freak out without it. As much as I am an RSS addict, I’m even more of a stats junkie.

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