Is There a ‘Mark All As Read’ Button in Life Too?

Google can't even be bothered to keep count past 1000! One thing I loosely promised myself when I decided I was going to blog is that I would try not to post about my blogging habits or blog much about my blog itself.  To me it just seems a bit disingenuous. That and oh, yeah I don’t think anybody really cares all that much about things like that.  But….

I haven’t written in a few days, just photos and video, and I do like to sprinkle in some words here and there. Add that to the fact that I saw something this morning I have never seen before and I decided promises, schomises.

You know what an RSS feed is, right?  Good.  If you don’t then that is a whole different post, and one that I don’t feel like doing right now.  But if you read the same sites regularly odds are you could benefit from subscribing to RSS feeds.  I’m no expert, but I could tell you about them a bit, or you could just look it up online.  There has got to be a tutorial about the use of RSS for beginners.I use Google Reader for my RSS feeds.

Anyway RSS feeds and a good RSS reader are wonderful tools! That is unless you let them run roughshod all over you!  Like I have recently.

I have about 130 feeds in my reader.  I don’t read every entry from ever site that winds up in my reader but I do check in on it often and usually keep up with it pretty good.    The last week or so though.  Yikes… 200 unread, 300, 400, 750… and when I opened my reader this morning 1000+.  That’s right “1000+”, not 1003 or 1054 or 1992, just 1000+. Google can’t even be bothered to keep an accurate count anymore.

Now, I’m not a total slacker. I have actually read many of the 1000+ I just didn’t mark them read.  But I also know that in that portion of 1000+ that I actually have not seen yet there is some gold.  Some great posts.  But frankly I don’t know that I have it in me to find out.  This is looking more and more inviting….

“Mark all as read”.  Fresh start, clean break.  Oh so tempting.  Wait! Is it a trap?  Will I be riddled with guilt?  Will I have missed that perfect post?  Will I be able to sleep at night?

OK, I’ve thought about it for the last 30 seconds and.  Kablooey!  Blown up.  Just did it. Marked all as read.  And so far… it feels OK.  Cool.

So if you haven’t seen me around your site and were wondering if I was still alive and well, know that I had a bad case of unreaditis, but a simple dose of “Mark all as read” has just now cleared it up.  Just don’t be mad at me if I didn’t comment on that totally awesome post you put up in the last week or so. I might not have seen it.

Now, all I have to do is tell you all about how my blogroll is a total disaster and how I need to get it in order (oh no, that’s another post about my blogging habits or about my blog….. promises schomises, right?).

0 thoughts on “Is There a ‘Mark All As Read’ Button in Life Too?

  1. “Stress By Lack Of A ‘Mark All As Read’ Button”

    Yup. That’s a post right there …..

    I’m proud of you, PG. You have unwittingly just eliminated drama and stress and worry at the click of a mouse button.

    Onward …..

    ………………………………. Ruprecht


  2. LOL ~ I wish I had one of those LIFE “mark as read” buttons today! It’s definitely a manic monday!
    Now to go check MY Google reader….I’m afraid…I’m very afraid… 😉


  3. I firmly believe that a quarterly mark all as read is good for the soul. I have done it twice since I started reader in January. Both times the counts were over 400 (I subscribe to about 63). I felt like I lost about 10 pounds that day.



  4. I find it totally cleansing to do that once in a while. And there’s no reason not to… the new posts will come right back!

    If you think about it, it’s really kind of silly to worry about the ones that got by you. After all, there’s like 100,000 other bloggers out there you AREN’T reading, and they’re publishing every day too!

    Jeffs last blog post..A Blogger Challenge!


  5. I feel guilty for not reading everything and commenting enough too. I think I have over 150 blogs in my reader though, so sometimes it’s either read or spend the day actually doing something.

    The good thing about blogger buddies is they’re always there when you’re ready to come back. Unless they’re not…then I feel like I may have missed some big news and go looking for them.

    Darrens last blog post..Sunset (Summer Photos Day 27 of 69)


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