I have a blogroll page, and each of the websites there has an RSS feed that is in my Google Reader. Most are atheist sites, though there are some Christian sites and others that are purely science-related.
I also check out a number of other sites that have nothing to do with religion — ones written by friends, or local blogs, or others that are just amusing or fascinating in their own right.
That’s a hell of a lot of postings to check out on a daily basis.
At one point several months ago, there were several hundred postings in the Reader each day. Fine over the summer; not so fine when school is in session and teaching becomes my top priority.
So I organized them. Now, I can get through everything I “need” to get through in a relatively short amount of time.
I essentially sort my Reader into three categories: Must Reads, Others, and Good If I Have Time.
The Must Reads include a number of atheist sites that provide interesting commentary/opinions. I read through postings in this category much more carefully than I do others. Some sites post several times a day while others post once a week.
The Others category includes sites that rarely provide me with new or interesting information. They *might* have something worth reading, but not all that often. I usually don’t link to these sites, so if I’m in a time crunch, these posts get pushed back on my reading list. When I do read them, I check out the post title and the first couple sentences to see if it’s worth reading any further. It sounds remarkably superficial, but it’s worked pretty well.
The Good If I Have Time category (which contains the bulk of the postings in the Reader) includes a handful of sites that post 3298423 times a day. Sometimes they’re useful. Usually, it’s just fluff. I tend not to read them even if I do have time, but they’re nice to include in a search if I need information.
Also useful? The “j” key which lets me skip to the next post in a particular folder. I’ll spend less than a second looking at a posting unless it strikes me as worth reading.
I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions that will allow me to read through posts more efficiently.
And if you’re not already on my blogroll, feel free to send a message or leave a link to your site in the comments so I can check it out 🙂
[tags]atheist, atheism, organization[/tags]