Sunday, July 11, 2010

I think I have a problem

Dear Concerned readers,

Please call an interventionist - I think I am addicted to my Google reader.

For most folks out there who utilize their reader, this post may not be new, but I just can't contain myself any more. I love it, and I cannot remember what my life was like before I added my first subscription.

As someone who is entering an industry where information is a key commodity, it is such an ingenious tool, to have pertinent/relevant/entertaining information collected in one convenient location.

However, with any addiction, their seems to be dark side associated with the reader. First, the anxiety. I have so many subscriptions, that if I don't check them at least once every day they pile up fast. And I have this weird neurosis about leaving items unread in my reader. I feel like I have to at least scroll through all of them, so when I'm done with my reader, there are no unread items. Maybe I'm afraid of missing something, or maybe it's a way to leave things neat and tidy (which I have trouble enough with in real life).

Trying to stay on top of the reader leads to the second aspect of the dark side - time suckage. I'll sit down at my computer with the intention of being productive, and the next thing I know two hours have gone by and I haven't even stared on my homework. It's a procrastinator's dream: You feel like you are being productive, without having to really do anything.

Dark side aside, I still love my reader. I get my local, national and international news there, I know what is happening in and around Portland, I subscribe to some great library blogs and I have a few comic strips come my way.

I think it's a great tool to share with library patrons, too. I know some major databases out there have RSS options, so if you are involved in major research on a particular subject, instead of searching out the information, you can have the information come to you. Or, if a patron is interested in general information on a subject, you can help set up subscriptions with relevant blogs and websites for them.

Here is a list of some of my favorite subscriptions:

http://www.mcsweeneys.net
http://www.oregonlive.com/
http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/blogs/BlogtownPDX/
http://www.postsecret.com/
http://www.swissarmylibrarian.net/
http://blog.libraryjournal.com/annoyedlibrarian/
http://www.normfeuticartoons.com/retail/
http://willmanley.com/

So, dear readers, for those of you who indulge in a "Reader," what are some of your favorite subscriptions? And if you don't use Google Reader, what service do you use?

4 comments:

  1. Just read your post in MY reader! My addiction to Google Reader is the healthiest of all my addictions, so I'm going to keep it.

    Some of my favorite subscriptions:
    http://boingboing.net/
    http://stealthissweater.blogspot.com (Lisa Anne Auerbach, one of my favorite artist's blogs)
    http://photoshopdisasters.blogspot.com/

    <3

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  2. Thanks, Renjitsu!

    I love me a photoshop disaster!

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  3. Thanks for the McSweeneys link! I've heard of it, but never checked it out. It led me to some interesting stuff -- like they run a non-profit writing center called 826 Seattle. Going to read more on this now...

    Oh, and I am so old-fashioned, I keep track of my online reading through my bookmarks, but it does seem to work for me.

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  4. I love McSweeny's! I discovered them when I was a bookseller for Borders, but really fell in love with them when I read Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian. It's written by Scott Douglas, a McSweeny's contributor.

    By the way, Sweet Ronit, your website is looking amazing!

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