Today I did something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. Like two years. OK, I’m slow to act on some things. But I just couldn’t justify spending time doing what I did when there are so many other things I need to do (like answering comments on Facebook). [Note the sarcasm, please.]
Today I tidied up and organized my . . . feed reader.
I use My Yahoo as my reader of choice, but I’d simply been dumping blog after blog into one page. So, my political blogs were mixed with my news blogs, which competed for space with my business blogs, which – you get the picture. It was a mess. It also meant I’d usually forget I had a specific blog captured for future enjoyment. I did, in fact, say, “Oh, forgot I had that” more than once as I moved things around. I also found duplication. Oh good. My feed reader looked like my spice shelf. Oy.
My reason for doing this was simple. I finally admitted that I’ve been organizationally challenged – and it’s cost me in more ways than one. Organizing this one part of my online life has reminded me of all the amazing, wonderful, controversial and humorous sites I’ve been drawn to that can serve as fodder for things I may decide to blog about. After all, there are no new ideas, just new ways of presenting information from our own unique viewpoints.
Another reason I took the time to do this (which, all told took about one lousy hour), was my desire to keep up with the many new bloggers I’ve gotten to know or are just getting to know through the 31 Days Blog Challenge, the Blogging Mastermind Comment Tribe, the T.L.C. Club for Bloggers, on Twitter, from live events, etc. Now when I find a blogger I want to follow, I can just add their blog RSS feed to My Yahoo under the appropriate tab and they’ll always be there until I take them off. In this way, I can keep up with what they’re writing about and be a better commenter, too.
Now when I visit My Yahoo, it’s nice and tidy. I even added a Google Alerts tab. No more email alerts for me! Aaahhh.
After doing this, I got to thinking about other things I can do to tidy up my blogging life and become a better, more organized and frequent blogger. This post officially kicks off my discussions about Organizing for a Better Blog. I’ll be blogging about those things that I think are important to consider. You may disagree, or you may want to add to the list. And maybe, you’ll read something and thing, “Hmmm. Never thought of that.” For me, that’s the best compliment.
*Note: Blogging Mastermind Comment Tribe and T.L.C. Club for Bloggers are on Facebook and you must request to be added.