I've realized two things recently:

  1. I'm bored of roughly 90% of the blogs that I "read"
  2. I enjoy life more when I tried to avoid computers on the weekend.


  1. I'm going to either read fewer blogs or find some new blogs to read. Any suggestions?
  2. I'm no longer blogging on the weekend. Heck, I'm generally trying to avoid the computer on the weekend. I'd rather spend the time outside or reading or... whatever. Yeah, there's the issue of the book. It's the main exception right now. Most of it happens only on the weekends. And if something really blog-worthy happens, I won't wait until Monday.

Oh, and I have an experiment I want to try on my blog. More on that soon--Monday, I guess.

Posted by jzawodn at August 15, 2003 10:37 PM

Reader Comments
# Joshua Hoover said:

Nothing special on my weblog normally, but I think you will enjoy this post with a very funny song about Barney I found. No, it's not like most of the Barney songs you've probably heard before. http://jhoover.weblogdog.com/item/489 OK, now go do something productive! ;)

on August 16, 2003 12:06 AM
# Noel D. Jackson said:

My suggestion--read fewer weblogs. You'll be happier. Find ones that you really like, avoid the one's that aren't so interesting, or that are just purely blockquotes with links.

Make a list of one's to check "every once and a while", come back to them if you find they've turned into something worthwhile.

I'd take twenty books over twenty blogs anyday. I've crushed down my regular reading list to about 20 sites.

on August 16, 2003 12:19 AM
# Bill Brown said:

I fluctuate between reading too many blogs and reading too few. I'm currently on the too many kick. I'm subscribed to 170 feeds in Shrook. However, I've got a huge variety of blogs, as indicated by my folders: Academics, A-Listers, Corante, Funny, Google, Macintosh Blogs, My Blogs, Political Blogs, Programming-General, Programming-CFML, Programming-Flash, Programming-CSS, Programming-Java, Programming-.NET, Programming-Web Services, Web Design-General, and Web-Design-Usability. Hmm, maybe there's not as much variety as I supposed!

I would suggest trimming out the blogs that aren't doing it for you. If you liked them once, I'd put them in a folder, export that list for future reference, and delete them. I found that keeping up with 80 good references was a piece of cake—170 can get a little tiring.

I think I would cut out anyone who focuses too much on the act of blogging. Those are the self-important who truly waste your time. Maybe find a couple blogs whose writing style inspires, excites, titillates, or cracks you up. Read them for their entertainment value and it won't be as tedious.

on August 16, 2003 12:33 AM
# Bill Brown said:

Or maybe you should pick a couple of topics that really interest you and subscribe to Feedster's RSS version of those search results.

on August 16, 2003 12:51 AM
# Allyn Edwards said:

I only read 3 blogs every day and have 10 in my RSS Feedreader. It's not that I don't find many other people's blogs interesting, it's just I find it takes up way too much time.

Think about it in the sense that now, you in a way know these people from viewing your mind. You want to know what exciting excapade will happen next. But this isn't like a book, it isn't going to end so you're just going to keep reading. The easiest thing to do is too just stop reading many blogs, and eventually you will stop caring about the exciting new things.

I can spend less than 5 minutes reading all the blogs in my Feedreader. Thats all groovy normally, but it really pays off when I'm on a deadline. I always feel obliged to read all the blogs I regularily read no matter how much time I have, and that can be a very bad thing.

on August 16, 2003 01:11 AM
# Peter Grigor said:

Maybe you need a change of venue? It could be that blogs you read now are more technology and news oriented, and you need to switch over or mix more opinion-type blogs. Deterministic to non-deterministic blogs if you will.

Or, perhaps as the 1970s commercial went, "maybe it's the coffee you're drinking..." :)

on August 16, 2003 05:22 AM
# BillSaysThis said:

You seem to enjoy flying, from your posts, so I would simply do more of that on the weekends while the weather is still nice for it. Come December and January, you can go search for new and interesting blogs. Or come around here (I live close enough) and watch some EPL or NFL, either way it's not a PC.

on August 16, 2003 08:43 AM
# Dan Isaacs said:

I've been bored with my own. As evidence by three postless weeks.

But Life has been better for it. It's Summer, baby. Enjoy it.

on August 16, 2003 09:38 AM
# Mike Hillyer said:

Whatever you do, don't read my blog ;)

on August 16, 2003 09:16 PM
# sarchi said:

try superfastcompter if you have'n already...............................

have yet to come in-line?

I don't do much during the week but it could change dramatically...

on August 17, 2003 06:17 AM
# Aaron said:

I would LOVE for you to visit Ensight (www.ensight.org). I wish the other authors would contribute more as there are some really great guys, but you might still find a good read now and then... ;)

on August 17, 2003 07:54 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

I already do.

I liked the gay earring poll you just setup. :-)

on August 17, 2003 08:02 PM
# Phil Ringnalda said:

Hey, Jeremy, let me know how the "absolutely no blogging on weekends" thing works out ;)

on August 17, 2003 09:14 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:


Well, my blogging queue is now flushed.

I figure it's not the weekend anymore in London, so maybe it's okay?

Seriously, I spent ALL DAY on the laptop doing stuff, so I figured I'd reward myself by publishing a bit. But over the long term, I think the "rule" will stick.

on August 17, 2003 09:26 PM
# Jeremy C. Wright said:

I'd definitely decrease the number of blogs. I've been simplifying myself of late. The last 3 months has seen me step down from leading 3 separate communities, stop doing youth work, drop my contract work, stop writing for other sites and reading less stuff.

So, yeah, simplify. Maybe your blog reading isnt' the only thing that could use it :)

on August 18, 2003 04:11 PM
# Michaela said:

I suggest sick candy's blog. Also, often people (and I am guilty of this) dribble on about what has happened in their personal lives so unless you don't know the person, it's going to be very boring.

on December 12, 2004 12:04 PM
# Rachel said:

I totally agree that most of the stuff I read is usually rubbish... or in a different language. Check out my blog if you like, it's not exactly what I'd call boring, more of a spasmodic account of a blonde ditzy gal.. Rach xx

on January 17, 2005 02:49 PM
# Loreley said:

I agree too. I read way too many blogs. I also write way too much on my blog. I just spend too much time on my blog, end of story. I think I'm going to take an example from you and avoid the computer on weekends.

It's totally true, life is so much more fun when I'm not sitting at the computer all the time.

on March 18, 2005 12:44 AM
# said:

I have a blog. I think ur sad!! BLOGS RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

on December 18, 2006 07:33 AM
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