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Get out of the feed trough…

I rarely look at the blogs I read regularly. How weird is that? But it’s true. I read them on my iPhone in Feeddler Pro, and more recently in Feedly (in preparation for the inevitable demise of Google Reader). I’m usually surprised when I do look at sites on my laptop – blogs have been redesigned, there are new layouts…

I am in this half-life. I love design, new ideas, colour combinations…but I’m too tired to appreciate them. So I console myself with the writing, immersing myself in the existences of people in cyber-space. Blogging, of course, is just a selective window that people open into their lives – and that’s both good and bad. I like it when occasionally people throw off the cloaks and admit real life – like the posts on Wednesdays at Picklebums and when Rebecca at Girl’s Gone Child posted ‘Help is (not) a four letter word‘. Endless positivity and shiny happy homes end up chipping away at me after a while…which is no doubt why this post got so much attention a while ago…

I frequently find it so frustrating, as well as incomprehensible, how people have these blingy blogs where they post almost every day. Everyone has different lives, everybody manages in different ways, but sometimes it is a little demoralising. Then again – I would be (I fondly imagine) far more prolific if I didn’t have to write two full days a week to earn a crust…and be running on interrupted sleep.

Where do I go on my feed-reader when I’m lying there at night, the Smalls breathing quietly, gently frying my eyeballs in the light of my phone? Usually to Edenland, Sleepless Nights, askmoxie, renegade mama, Whiskey In My Sippy Cup, owlet, Imagine Lovely, Little Earth Stories…and Clover Lane. That’s just some of them… And I haven’t mentioned the non-kid focussed ones that I dip into…

While typing about the interweb – I will mention that I have fallen out of love with delicious. My affair has been a long one, but the redesign, the logging in, the time it took for them to get an app together – all equal one thing. A big, fat Y-A-W-N. I have ONE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTY bookmarks on delicious (here’s my tag-cloud).

Yes. The site introduced me to tagging as a concept. And it was good. But I am unrepentant and am now outsourcing my brain to Evernote – something I’m growing to love the more I use it. It is on my laptop, in the ether and on my iPhone. I continue to debate, however, whether I will pull in the 1,650 links I have sitting in my delicious account or whether I’ll just start fresh…


Jump off right here


Small Z’s first book.

1 Comment

  1. Sam

    Wow. You are too kind to link to my very neglected blog (which I am conscious is very much just a record of the boy these days). I lament the same stuff in the blogosphere. You are doing a better job at keeping your blog ticking than you probably think! I never quite ‘got’ Evernote… maybe I should persist?

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