Today while on spring break I am home resting in a dimly lit room. I had an annual eye exam and so I am still dilated in my eyes, making it impossible to travel about–even with my sunglasses. The little lighting I am using is causing some discomfort, but not enough to keep me from my reader today, which is full to the brim. You would think with all the time I have during Spring Break, it would be fully read and anxiously awaiting a new post from someone or somewhere.
My reader is organized by many folders. I like rss feeds for both new content from the author and comments from the readers–responses to that author. That way right from the comfort of my reader (Google reader by choice) I can see what new insights there are to share, and what others think or how they react to said insights. This generally works well for me. Accept for Will Richardson. (Apologies, Will, for adding the link post publishing. I do know better.) I can’t believe this, but I am dabbling with putting Will in a folder all by himself.
Time Out Will
Will is BAD. (Bad in a good sense though.) He needs a time out folder–some time alone. He’s not really bad, and he really doesn’t anger me though. You see, Will has pulled away a bit from the blogosphere. He posts one or twice a month–sometimes more, sometimes less. But it’s not his posts that are at the root of my problem. No, it’s his fan club of commenters. They fill my folder where Will resides too full. Now granted occasionally, I’ll pop over there and comment too. But mostly I like to enjoy Will from afar–in my reader. And having many readers is a bonus, and then to have folks to comment, to mash up these insights, to challenge my own thoughts, well that is another added bonus. But sometimes I just don’t have time to read them all. And when that folder is so full, I am so tempted to “mark all as read,” missing out on some great conversations going on about my passion–education. So don’t take this as a punishment, but instead as a reward. I wish all my subscriptions had great conversations going on in them. The conversations here are generally balanced, with the author jumping in the mix enough to keep me interested (not like some where the author NEVER mixes up the conversation or responds to the readers.) I recognize my folder system in my reader is flawed.
So to manage this problem, Will is moving to a new folder. Any suggestions for the name of this folder? Will & Fan Club? Will Converse? Will read when time permits? I enjoy reading them, and they are easy to skim though in the reader, but c’mon people. I need a management tool for one blog. So–any suggestions?