It suddenly struck me that reading blogs is a big old waste of time. It struck me even further that having access to all my favorite blogs via an RSS feed is an even bigger waste of time.
In a matter of 10 seconds I went from perusing my feed reader, to completely disgusted with how useless blogs are, to total annihilation of all blogs in my feed reader.
Good goddamn riddance.
I didn’t count but I’ll bet it was in the neighborhood of 50 blogs.
For the unaware, a feed reader (or RSS Feed) is a way to get keep track of all your favorite blogs and to read those blog posts in one spot rather than visiting the blog.
It sounds great, being able to read all your favorite blogs in one spot. Well, it is great if your mission is to be lazy and read blogs. If your mission is to kick some ass then a feed reader is just another obstacle getting in your way. Light that bitch on fire and burn it up.
Now, a feed reader is an excellent way to keep track of relevant data. I did leave a few blogs in my RSS Feed that are industry specific and useful. I killed all the other blogs. Most blogs are not really useful in any way.
I used to be a very big proponent of RSS feeds. I thought they were great. I have realized they are just one more way to be lazy. If a blog is good enough I will not need a reminder to go and check it every once in a while. Heck, having all your blogs in an RSS feed takes all the excitement out of it. Sure, you know the exact moment a new blog post is made. Big fucking deal. I’d rather go check it out on my time.
Another downfall of keeping an RSS feed active is that you will add substandard blogs to it. Blogs you would never go visit again will somehow end up on your feed reader and you’ll get all the new posts that you really don’t care about. If a blog isn’t good enough for you to remember it, and not need reminder via RSS, then maybe it isn’t good enough to be on your RSS feed. And if it is good enough to remember and to be on your RSS feed then it is good enough to visit the actual site to read it the way the author intended it to be read.
One big secret about blogs:
You will never learn anything on 99.99% of blogs. The authors who have something of value to teach are smart enough to sell it to you and not give it to you for free. I am in no way condemning this method, I am simply stating that learning via blogs is less than ideal.
Of course, there are some blogs who bypass this and give you phenomenal information for free. These types of blogs I will never need to add to my RSS feed in case I forget, I will always remember to check these blogs.
But, frankly, there aren’t enough ass-kicking blogs around to need to keep track of them all via RSS feeds. All the good blogs I know the name of and if I want to check for new material I’ll type that sucker up into the address box and go have a visit.
If you really want to learn something via the internet then you have two ideal avenues to do so:
1) Read books – This can and does include E-books that bloggers and other internet types write. If information is good enough to be sought after it is good enough to be sold.
2) Read relevant forums – A very excellent place to start learning an industry or trade. But remember, all the best information is sold so internet forums will never be 100% complete.
Extra method #3) Read blogs – There are some blogs that are packed full of information and kick-assness. There are a whole bunch more blogs that are pretty goddamn useless in the grand scheme. Remember the rule : Learn, Earn, or Burn.
If it doesn’t have a purpose light it on fire and burn it up. Don’t let it burn you up.