If you’re looking for this week’s” Caption This” contest, you don’t need to worry. This week it’s being posted on Thursday. For now, kick back with some popcorn, enjoy this post and I’ll see you tomorrow for the contest.
Not too long ago I posted my dilemma of juggling time to get things done each day. As a reminder, this is how I try to schedule my time:
Hours in a day – 24 hours
Sleep Time – 7 hours
Novel Writing – 5 hours
Blog Surfing – 2 hours
Reading – 2 hours
Miscellaneous Time Left – 8 hours
In that post I said I did not have enough time to get all things done in a day even though I felt I had a realistic, flexible schedule. Now it’s worse than before. Reading all the blogs I subscribe to was easy to handle since not everyone blogs every day. Whoa! That has changed. I can only presume it’s because summer is over, but suddenly the blogs I follow have exploded in my face. It’s frustrating because there are so many talented bloggers out there, but in no way am I able to handle it. If I read them all, it would probably take me a minimum of 4 hours a day. Based on my schedule above, it would appear that I have that much time in my day to read them all, but let’s be realistic here, I might be able to read that many, but it’s highly unlikely I could comprehend them all for that amount of time.
Here is how I currently organize the blogs I read.
List #1 – I want to make it clear that for every blog I subscribe to, I have no expectation that the other blogger will subscribe to me. However, those bloggers that I enjoy daily and those who seem to enjoy reading my blog daily go here. Yes, those bloggers get priority and therefore go on this list.
List #2 – This list is similar to list #1. I enjoy reading their posts and they enjoy reading mine, but they read and post sporadically.
List #3 – This list is for blogs I subscribe to, but they don’t subscribe to mine. A good example would be a blog I read regarding writing and mystery writing. I enjoy their blog, but they may have no need or interest in reading a blog about someone with mental illness.
List #4 – Finally, my last category. Again, this list is for those blogs I subscribe to, but they don’t subscribe to mine. In addition, their blogs do not have a subject matter that impacts or interests me as much as a blog about writing. Blogs in this list may be about politics and humor.
So there are the lists I created and felt rather smug at how I categorized them to fit my needs. They don’t fit anymore and that’s my dilemma. There is no way I can possibly read all the blog posts in List #1 and #2, which means there’s no reason to even bother having Lists #3 and #4.
I’m reaching out to those of you, bloggers and non-bloggers, who I know have lists far larger than mine. Do you have a system in place that allows you to not read each blog every day, but ensures you get to most of them on a regular basis? That’s what this somewhat long winded explanation is all about. I need your help.