My first six months using blogger found me bookmarking quite a few blogs. I sorted them under my favorites tab on my piece o' crap HP and checked in on each blog every day. Then I heard about Google Reader, and it seriously changed my life. No longer did I have to go to each blog - instead, their RSS feeds came straight to me! Genius, I tell you.
With my use of Google Reader, the amount of blogs I was reading exploded. Before I knew it, I was so overwhelmed with RSS feeds that I had to sort them into folders. I was still able to read them all, though. And as I read, I was starring all the posts I liked. I'm a person that likes a lot of things, so if you click on my starred items folder, then you probably won't be surprised to see at least a thousand posts that I like or that contain some element (like a link) that I want to reference again.
But seriously, if you asked me to list some of the things I've starred (without referencing the starred items themselves), at this moment I can only tell you two. One is the very first blog post I ever starred. The second is a recipe for granola. (I actually made that granola last week, and let me tell you - it was tasty!) I am insane with the hoarding of cool blog posts. It's a sickness, I tell you.
Anyway, being the completely obsessive headcase that I am, I quickly found myself with too many RSS feeds in my reader. (A lot of this is due to discovering flickr - did you know that you can subscribe to photostreams? And that there are so many talented photographers on flickr that it makes my head spin? Which is basically a recipe for disaster.) Every once in awhile, I'd do a great big purge and unsubscribe from thirty or so blogs. But still, for at least the last year, I've had 1000+ unread items in my Google Reader. Obviously I just cannot keep up with everything that I want to. And that sucks. Because there's so much good stuff out there.
(And that is what I love about this blogging thing. People are writing. And reading. And taking photos. And being crafty. And making friends and contacts. It's great. I truly love it.)
But like I said, I can't keep up with everyone. So I do have a hierarchy I follow when reading blogs. I start off by reading and commenting on my friends' blogs. And that's usually as far as I get. Everything else seems to fall by the wayside, including some blogs that I adore. So this morning I made a "Favorites" folder. I moved all of my favorite blogs (excluding the blogs I regularly comment on) into that folder, so once I'm done reading my friends' blogs, I can read some other blogs that I happen to love, even though I haven't really connected with the bloggers writing them.
But I still haven't unsubscribed from all the other blogs. And I've never dared to "mark all as read." Because I'm afraid I might miss something. I wish that I had the time and energy to keep up with all 400+ of my RSS feeds. Yes, 400+. I told you I was obsessive! Can you imagine if I was commenting on each post? I'd love to, but I'm a big time lurker.
So, tell me, how many blogs do you read? Do you comment on all of them?