I just opened my Google Reader to 246 updates that I have not read. Seeing that number really overwhelmed me, so I did a clean out. There were some blogs on there that have not been updated since 2009, and others whose posts I had actually read but not cleared out of the feed reader. I also added some blogs that I have been reading lately that I haven’t added to my reader before. It’s now down to zero, which makes me feel a lot better! I’m going to try really hard to open it at least once a day to make sure I keep it from reaching the hundreds again. I’ve added it to my bookmark toolbar, so it’s right there in front of me at all times.
Seeing the huge number of updates makes me feel like I’m failing at keeping up with my online friends. However, when I visited some of the blogs tonight, I realized that I actually have been keeping up with them for the most part, thanks to Twitter and message boards. This doesn’t excuse my slacking on visiting and comments on blog posts, but allows me to feel that I am still a good online friend!