January 10, 2010

TSS: Organizing


I was going through Google Reader yesterday and I was just overwhelmed by how many blogs there are that I want to read. I have organized my subscriptions somewhat:
  • all my book blogs are together
  • I have a folder for my absolute must-visit book blogs
  • I even have a separate folder to keep track of Amanda's blogs :)

The problem is I look at that long, long list of book blogs and I get overwhelmed. I need an organizational system to break them down into manageable chunks so my ADD brain doesn't spaz out and shut down.

The question is: What is a good way to organize the book blogs in Google Reader?


Here are some ideas I came up with:

  • a folder for all of the Historical Fiction blogs I love
  • a folder for all the mainly YA book blogs
  • a folder for new-to-me book blogs
  • a folder for blogs that follow me so I can be sure to comment on them weekly


How do you break your folders down? Is there a system that makes more sense to you than another one? What are your suggestions?

26 comments:

  1. I added folders with book blogs, authors, etc, but have found that the folders really don't help me all that much. If you come up with a great system, please let me know!

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  2. Right now, I have folders for my favorite book blogs (2 actually, titled faves 1 and faves 2) - these are my MUST reads, then I have a commentors folder, so I can remember the people who comment on my blog faithfully, then I have a maybes folder, blogs I'm still deciding whether or not I want to follow permanently, and then I have folders for non-book blogs, like "real life" friends, cooking blogs, feminist blogs, etc. But then the rest of my book blogs just kinda sit there, in a huge folder, and I hadn't thought of organizing them by category. But maybe I'll do that too. :)

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  3. You have a separate folder for ME? I'm flattered. :)

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  4. I have one folder for book blogs and one for creative blogs. I like to comment more on the book blogs than I do on the creative ones. The creative ones are more there for ideas.

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  5. I have folders for different categories too, but then as I add new blogs, I forget to put them in categories. And I seem to have a problem getting blogs I follow through blogger to hang out in the category folders. I think I'm going to have to do a little housecleaning at some point. :)

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  6. These are great ideas. Mine is totally unorganized :(

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  7. This is hard! I went through and looked at my reader to see if there were blogs that I didn't remember having posts very often at all. And I removed those that hadn't posted in a long time. Then I often just look at the main home window to see if there are posts there that don't interest me, and then I go get rid of those from my reader (I know I'm strange, but I never really read people's "In My Mailbox" or "Waiting on Wednesday" posts or anything like that). I save the blogs I like most for last.

    However, this is a flawed system as I still feel overwhelmed.

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  8. I just alphabetize them all. Folders didn't help. Nothing helps. I'm always overwhelmed.

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  9. I keep meaning to organize my Google Reader, but I don't have any ideas about how to do it. :-\ One of these days I'll figure something out...

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  10. I have absolutely no organization in my Google reader which is probably why I'm so darn cranky sometimes. I appreciate organization and streamlining these days, especially with baby Greyson on the way, so this is actually a great idea for me. I often get overwhelmed and end up emptying my reader in hopes of just starting over the next day and actually keeping up!

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  11. I think your way to organize is great. Having a folder for those that follow you is a fantastic idea. I think I'll *steal* it if you don't mind...LOL.

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  12. I must confess, it never occurred to me to organize my Google Reader subscriptions. :-D

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  13. I have categories by blog genre, geographic location (since sometimes I have a need to reach out to bloggers in a specific state or country), and then whether they are Followers or Just Because I Love Them. I read the Love Them blogs daily and try to peruse the Followers once or twice a week. But I only comment when I feel I have something to add to the conversation.

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  14. Great job with the clean up. Nice to feel refreshed and ready go to blog in 2010.

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  15. I have wonderful well thought out folder names that I totally ignore! What really helps me is using the List view. That way I can scan in a hurry and just go to those that I want to read that day.

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  16. If I had high speed I would probably use my Google reader but right now I just visit the ones on my blog and then venture out every once in awhile into a new blog.

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  17. The never-ending question. Hey, you changed your header! I like it!

    I organize my reader by tiered favorites, or the blogs I most want to visit. The rest of them are just there. The good thing about the system is, I visit the blogs I love almost every day. The bad thing is, if I subscribe to new blogs, the chances that I visit them on a regular basis are pretty small. And if I want to switch around the order of the favorites folders, then it gets to be somewhat of a mess.

    I don't think there's any perfect way to organize a reader. I should probably subscribe to less blogs, then I would be more organized. :(

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  18. I organize them by what kind of blogs they are. I don't really expect this blogs that I subscribe to, to subscribe back.

    My subscriptions get lesser every few months if I think this blog is getting a bit boring.. or unhelpful.

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  19. I just have a 'Fave' folder and then an everyone else folder, lol. I'm too lazy to divide them more, but I'm definitely interested in whatever you end up deciding on!

    (Oh, and I kind of have a new-to-me folder, in that I keep the blogs outside of any folder for a few weeks, until I decide whether I want to stay subscribed to them.)

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  20. I have a folder for favorites so I make sure I always read those first. If I go back later to catch up on the rest of the blogs and there are more favorites, I read the favorites first again. I don't categorize by what type of blog, so I have some author blogs in there, some non-bookish ones, etc. but now that I've seen other ideas, I may separate those. Something to think about...

    Then I have the "like" folder which aren't the ones I MUST read but that I like to if I have more time. I used to have a folder for new ones, but I found I NEVER went to it so this weekend I deleted the ones I don't like/don't remember and the ones I like I put in the like folder. I figure I can delete from that one periodically if I decide I don't like a new one.

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  21. I just organized my blogs into folders for the first time yesterday. I went through my comments and figured out who commented the most on my blog. The top 25 went into an Everyday folder. I then made a M-W-F folder, a T-R folder, and a S folder. So, everyday of the week I just open 2 folders. No idea how it will work since I just started it, but it did make me waste less time this morning, just by having a ready made list for today.

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  22. I just organized my blogs into folders for the first time yesterday. I went through my comments and figured out who commented the most on my blog. The top 25 went into an Everyday folder. I then made a M-W-F folder, a T-R folder, and a S folder. So, everyday of the week I just open 2 folders. No idea how it will work since I just started it, but it did make me waste less time this morning, just by having a ready made list for today.

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  23. I'm an organizational disaster on Google Reader. maybe one of these days I'll get it together. Actually, I should go through and see what blogs I just don't match up with on taste and do a purge. That might help some. Then again, since my taste is all over the map, it's not likely to do much at all.

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  24. I break mine down along genre lines in seperate folder. I am however, contemplating creating a "must read" folder and moving a few of my favorites into it so that I stop there first. I tend to be pretty OCD so I just start at the top and work my way down through folders and threads -- what ends up happening is those at the bottom of the list get neglected more often because I just don't have the kind of time or really the attention span by that point to give them what they deserve. I think I'm missing out.

    In the end I think how you organize needs to fit your own style.

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  25. I just did some organizing during Bloggiesta. I have my favorites, 2nd favorites, possible favorites, authors, publicists, publishers, iffy (ones I skip if my reader gets out of hand), my new finds and then a long list of ones I haven't figured out how to categorize yet. It's still hard to keep up though since I'm a little obsessive and hate marking anything read without going through the posts.

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  26. When you find the perfect system, let me know!! I'm still struggling!!

    However, I have found a way that is better than I was doing. I have separated my subscriptions into different categories. I read more than just book blogs, so I have some that are friends personal blogs, then there are craft blogs, cause blogs, medical blogs, etc. My book ones I double categorize . . . a general folder and then those that I love to read on a more regular basis. That way I can at least try to stay up-to-date on my faves. I'm learning to let go of the general category. It's probably always going to have high numbers, but I've been trying to go through it every so often (I'm shooting for once a week). I just can't find it in my heart to delete them completely!!

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