Managing my RSS feeds - Potential Adds and About To Miss The Cut
I'm as guilty as everyone else when it comes to RSS feeds for blogs. Show me a new bright shiny object, and pretty soon my subscription list is over 200. Granted, since I'm not visiting each of those sites every day, it's not as if I'm spending hours searching out new info. But still, monitoring 200+ RSS feeds somehow doesn't seem healthy (regardless of what Scoble may do).
I recently implemented a couple new categories to my Google Reader site. They are labeled Potential Adds and About To Miss The Cut. These two categories serve as my input and output filters.
Potential Adds are where all the new bright shiny objects go. By putting them "on probation", I can monitor how well they hold my interest past the first few entries that caused me to add them in the first place. If I find that I really like the content over time, they get moved into one of my other permanent categories.
About To Miss The Cut is the group that either doesn't post consistently, has started to lose steam, or just plain ticked me off. I realize that RSS means you can still monitor someone who only posts once every three months, but I just don't like those types of entries cluttering up my regular categories. Then there are the "writers" that I *should* follow, but that are never more than one post away from pushing past my tolerance level. Surprisingly, it's not all made up of Microsoft bloggers, though there are a couple of irregulars that reside there. :) I really do have a permanent "Microsoft" category...
Anyway, I thought I'd share my experience with RSS feed management... What are your favorite tips and hints to avoid RSS overload?