How To Limit Your Feeding. RSS Feeding, That Is.

I updated the main blog with a fresh new layout.

For those of you RSS Feeding my site, come by and check it out πŸ™‚

I hope you love it as much as I do, and let me know if you run into any problems with it. I think I’ve worked out most of the kinks.

Shane Walker did an amazing job re-designing the front page to my (picky) specifications.

He was patient, professional and extremely supportive through any hiccups we had along the way.

I couldn’t have asked for a better designer and person to work with, and he comes highly recommended by yours truly πŸ™‚

Okay, now on to today’s topic: RSS FEEDING!

I subscribe to a lot of blogs. About 800+ at the moment. Perhaps more.Β Then put on top of that all the people I’m following who share their items?

You’re looking at 500 posts a day, easily.

Granted, all the top sites tend to post multiple times in a day, so I just click Mark All Read on them, but how about the rest of the blogs?

That said, it has to be done, and my new rules are as follows:

1) 50 feeds or less in the following categories

  1. minimalism
  2. money*
  3. style/beauty
  4. food
  5. technology/design
  6. other — random sites like LOLcats, Cute Overload or The Oatmeal

That should limit my reading. I’m aiming for 20 for every category except money. I think in the money category it will be more like 50.

2) Keep a “Mainstream Blogs” Folder

These sites post 3-5 times or more a day. I can just click “Mark all Read” on them. Or if I find I keep doing the “Mark all Read”, I’ll just unsubscribe from all of them.

3) Keep a “Trial” Folder

New blogs I like go here until I decide otherwise.

4) Employ a One-In One-Out rule

One RSS Feed goes in, another goes out

5) No super short RSS feeds

Sorry. If I can’t read at least 3 paragraphs in my RSS Reader, I might as well just go to the site.

I don’t like RSS feeds that only spit out one or two lines. What’s the point?

6) No blogs that don’t regularly post

I consider once a week regular. If you haven’t posted in at least 2 months, what’s the point?

TIPS ON FIGURING OUT WHICH SITES TO FOLLOW

Mainstream blogs repeat themselves.

You can just subscribe to one and you’ll get the news for everything. They just like to copy and repeat each other, so it’s a waste to subscribe to 3 or 4 of the same thing.

Read 15-20 posts of theirs at once.

Let your Google Reader pile up like I did, and then start reading en masse.

If you skip 80% of what they’re saying, they’re not worth subscribing to.

Be ruthless.

BENEFITS OF LESS RSS FEEDING

  • You only read what you want to read
  • Higher quality blogs stay, lesser get thrown out
  • You don’t get overloaded with data
  • You can always just put a website on “Trial”

UPDATE: THIS IS MY NEW RSS READER

Sorry. I didn’t think of taking pictures of my last one, but it was 1000+ posts a day at the very least.

Getting rid of those tech sites really helped πŸ™‚

The really large sites like LifeHacker that post 5-10 times a day, are just on their own at the bottom so I can click on each and decide to “Mark all Read” or to go through each one.

You will notice I added more folders like splitting out Money & Investing, but other than that, it has worked out quite well for me.

LET THE CULLING BEGIN!

What are your RSS Feed rules?

About the Author

I'm a 20-something year old girl who lived out of a single suitcase in 2007, and now I'm living with less, but only with the best. You don't have to get rid of everything to become a minimalist! Minimalism can help simplify and organize your life, career, & physical surroundings. You can read more about me as a minimalist. Or come and visit my other blog Fabulously Broke in the City where I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months, earning $65,000 gross/year.