Cleaning Your Blogroll

Scoble wrote recently that he is back reading feeds and was cleaning his blogroll; actually completed the cleanup. I only have about 75 feeds, grown from a dozen or less when I started a few months ago, and that’s a lot to keep up with.
One of his criteria for removing a blog from his list is any feed that doesn’t run full text (except in his case the New York Times). That is also one of my pet peeves.

A prime example is “Between the Lines“. I have to determine from the title and the often one line lead-in whether to take the time to open the article (not really a blog). And the tiny (six point?) type is hard on the eyes.

John Roberts disagrees. Scoble responds “See I use NewsGator. It only shows me headlines in one pane and the content in another pane. So I can scan feeds very quickly — even though they are full-text feeds.” I use Sharpreader which also presents headlines in one pane and context in another. It certainly makes browsing so much easier.

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Steve Mullen has been involved in information technology for over 35 years. He is also actively involved in the music program (voice and English hand bells) and Vestry of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Damascus, MD.

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