Thing 2 is to read around some of the other blogs. I have wandered through more than few today making comments here and there. I found some from the health tag in the delicious set, some from the CDP23 tag on wordpress and others from browsing through.
One thing I found interesting was putting names to blogs to twitter feeds. It was not always terrible clear where you were going to end up. Being part of a group blog here may well also mean I am somewhat tucked away.
An interesting discussion broke out over at Libraries the Universe and Everything and I thought I would bring my next comment over here as the meat in this post.
We were discussing how many blogs you follow via RSS (I realise as I type that I follow non blog things via RSS also) and how people manage large numbers. I was reminded of this article by Cory Doctorow. In it he talks about how his information consumption methods/habits have changed over time as initial high signal sources / venues have become swamped as they grow in popularity. He identifies a pattern:
Once I could read every item in my list of RSS feeds; now I periodically mark them all as read without looking at any of them, just to clear the decks: if there’s something good in the missed material, someone will repost it and I’ll see it then.”
I was also put in mind of Michael Gorman (see also the “blog people” farrago) in his book “The Enduring Library” (well worth a read) which amongst other things proposes dealing with information overload through the use of a very ecommunication light diet.
Striking a balance is always the challenge.