March 5th, 2005


livejournal is taking over my life

I seem to spend way too much time reading livejournal. A couple of months ago I decided to quit reading livejournal at work, because it was just sucking up too much time. I had one of those tray icon notifier things and it would let me know whenever a new post appeared on my friends list. Click, read, read links, maybe comment, close... it all added up quickly.

So I'm now reading my friends page in the morning and the evening. Yesterday I caught up in the morning but didn't have a chance to read it after work. I read the new posts today. Start time: 11:10am. Finish time: 12:25pm. That was over an hour for a bit over a day worth of posts. By the time I was done, there were 8 new posts to read.

Assuming I'm nominally awake for 16 hours per day, livejournal is sucking up 6.25% of my waking time. There are 112 waking hours in a week, minus say 50 hours work-related (travel, work, lunch) leaving 62 hours of "my" time per week. If I spend an hour per day reading livejournal, that's over 11% of my time spent reading about other people.

I've had a tendency to start reading journals or communities or rss feeds that even marginally interest me. Some of them are rather high volume (eg. linguaphiles averaged 10.7 posts per day in the month of feburary). With the number of other projects I want to and have to do, I just don't have time for this stuff.

It's time to cut the crap. Let the culling commence.

cutting the crap

Ok, I've started the first pass of the culling. I'm not going to post every little detail here, but this is just to give you an idea of the kind of crap I'm getting rid of.

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As you can see, none of these are people's individual journals. Readers of this journal are unlikely to cause enough noise to be removed. But you never know, I might get ruthless.