Taking my finger off the pulse

I'm an inveterate blog reader, which must come as a surprise to precisely nobody. I read blogs by authors, programmers, and random joes who seem to have something interesting to day. To augment that, I also read community weblogs (Metafilter being the most prominent of that lot).

I read these blogs... too much. I've traced this down to a desire to always be abreast of the latest developments in the part of the world that interests me. I don't want to miss anything. And, what ends up happening is that I miss a lot... just nothing online. What I miss most is being a reader of books. I rarely read books any more because, well, where would I find the time?

To that end, I'm going to try scale back my consumption of blog content. Specifically, MetaFilter and Slashdot -- which I don't follow much any more. I'm not going to stop reading them, but I'm going to avoid discussion threads, and stick to reading the articles. I'm going to pick up more books. And hopefully I'll find the version of myself that loves reading again. We have a nice back yard coming to us... It'd be a shame to waste it.

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