Time spent reading blogs... Where do *you* draw the line?
Via the wonder of RSS, it's now possible to subscribe to hundreds (if not thousands) of blogs and receive all the content in one central location without visiting each site. And of course, it's no big deal to add "just a couple more blogs" to your RSS reader. But pretty soon, you've got far too many on your list, and you're spending increasing amounts of time trying to keep up.
Robert Scoble has stated (bragged?) that he has over 2000 blogs he follows and it takes over 3.5 hours to read them all. Does he do that every day? Does he do this on his own time or is it part of his job? And if it *is* done on his own time, isn't that just about as compulsive and deranged as the nearly 180 books I read a year?
I use Awazu as my RSS reader, and I keep the feed list around 85 to 90. If someone hasn't posted in a month or two, I consider them dead bloggers and remove the entry. I realize it's no big deal just to leave it waiting for them to come around later, but I don't like facing hundreds of potential reads each day. Between my RSS feeds and the handful of sites I visit "in person", I probably spend 20 - 30 minutes following things, and at times I consider even *that* excessive.
Is there any possible *good* reason (and I get to be the judge, as it's my blog) why someone would be spending hours a day reading what other people blogged? Is there a benefit you get out of it that balances out the cost of time and a life? I know some question me in the same way about my book reviewing, but at least I get to keep the book. :-)