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Bookmarking is Evil

I am an avid reader. I go through scores if not hundreds of articles every day. Most of these articles are about technology. Why technology? Because it makes for interesting reading. You see, once you read the headline of a tech article, you’ve kind of gained enough insight to know what the article is about. The rest of the article is usually for your pleasure, to learn a little bit more about the topic. But you don’t really have to read the whole thing, you can just leave it in between and you wouldn’t have lost much. That’s also where the problem lies. I’ve been getting lazy. I read the headline and a couple of lines of the article to decide if it’s interesting enough. If it isn’t, I just move on to the next article. But if it is, I bookmark it to read it later.

I have about Seven Hundred and fifty unread articles in my favorite read later service – Pocket. That’s a big problem. Because a lot of those articles are really good ones. Also, because a lot of those articles date back a couple of months and all those articles are each a promise I made to myself to take out the time and sit down and read the entire thing, a promise I’ve broken many times. What I need to do is to cut back on current reading and get back to my read-it-laters. But that’s tough because I’m a news junkie and I just realized that while writing this article.

So what am I going to do about it? Well, I’m going to start opening my Pocket apps a little more over the course of the next few days. Also, to appease my addiction of current tech news, I’m going to stop going to all the news sources that I use and instead focus on reading from just one – LaunchTicker. Why? Because its concise, quick and no-nonsense.

My advice to fellow news junkies – stop reading the headlines. If you think an article is worth reading, keep at it till you read the entire thing. You’ll either come out of it completely enlightened or you’ll realize how stupid you think the blogger writing those articles is and you’ll remove your subscription to that service. Either ways, don’t just move on to the next article and under no circumstances should you bookmark it. Bookmarking is evil!

Stay sane!