Cleaning house

I finally did what I had been meaning to do for quite some time. I cleaned up my feedreader a little. Rearranged mostly, but I removed a few as well. Mostly I removed Scoble, Dave, and Stowe. Why? Because I happen to agree with Josh. I really don’t know Robert, Dave, or Stowe but after reading Josh’s post, I realized that I don’t really like any of their blogs.

Let me break it down for you,

Robert Scoble: Seems to have an obsession with how many emails he receives in any given day. But mostly, his average post holds little to no interest for me.

Dave Winer: What an apt last name Dave has. To give him credit, he created RSS and OPML as we know it today. But if he plans on quitting anyways, why should I read him anymore? I never really liked his style anyways.

Stowe Boyd: Most of Stowe’s stuff is original, but is a little too free-spirited hippy for me. And frankly, I’m tired of my feed reader filling up with his incessant obsession with his rank on technorati.

I also think there might be a little bit of a bubble burst reaction going on with Robert and Dave at least. I personally think that their ego’s got deflated a little when the rest of the blogosphere backlashed against the A-list(or the idea of the A-list anyways). I could be wrong. Dave says he just wants to retire and take care of himself and frankly, I can’t begrudge anyone for that. And Robert seems to be “fat and happy” so, maybe I’m off base. In any case, it’s on to more streamlined feedreading from now on.

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  1. Oddly enough, I removed Winer and Stowe as well. I’d subscribed to Stowe because I liked most of what he was doing, but I’m just kind of bored with it. That and I’m also quite tired of “Day blahblah, starting from zero”. I don’t care what your rank is at Technorati. In fact, I doubt anyone does. 🙂

    Winer, I’d subscribed to because Scoble kept linking to him. Turns out I didn’t care for either of the blogs. 🙂

  2. It’s a 90 day experiment, guys. Only 26 days to go. Then I will be done with the ‘starting from zero’ meme.

  3. Stowe,

    I know it’s a 90 day experiment, and I know you want to finish it up. However, after tons of folks have basically said “okay, we get it, shuddap”, why don’t you put it elsewhere? Continue running you experiment. Keep track of what T’rati says about your incoming links. Do a giant post at the end of 90 days, outlining all of the different days, and your findings.

    It’s not the experiment that irks me. What irks me is that every other post on your blog is “hey look, I have some more links, this is going well”. So, experiment = good. Constant babbling about current experiment results = argh.

    Just my .02, obviously, which probably isn’t worth much. 🙂

  4. I honestly don’t have a problem with the experiment either. I think it’s an interesting experiment on readership and how well it sometimes follows you. I think it’s also interesting to see that indeed some of the readership isn’t necessarily active readership. That they are “dead” links that really don’t seem to account for much.
    Like Josh, I do think that the post frequency is a little much though. I’d even settle for a once a week update. Maybe every monday, here’s how far Stowe climbed.

  5. Also, it’s kind of a unintentional insult to those of us like myself that have been around for 7+ months and only have a fraction of the links that you’ve amassed in less than 90 days. I know you didn’t mean it that way.

  6. LOL Shane. While that certainly isn’t my primary complaint, that is a small factor as well. I keep blogging and blogging, and few people link to me. So it’s kind of a slap in the face that Stowe has amassed a small army of links in a few months. 🙂