Date: 2005-03-05 12:46:00
Tags: purge, livejournal
livejournal is taking over my life
I seem to spend way too much time reading livejournal. A couple of months ago I decided to quit reading livejournal at work, because it was just sucking up too much time. I had one of those tray icon notifier things and it would let me know whenever a new post appeared on my friends list. Click, read, read links, maybe comment, close... it all added up quickly.

So I'm now reading my friends page in the morning and the evening. Yesterday I caught up in the morning but didn't have a chance to read it after work. I read the new posts today. Start time: 11:10am. Finish time: 12:25pm. That was over an hour for a bit over a day worth of posts. By the time I was done, there were 8 new posts to read.

Assuming I'm nominally awake for 16 hours per day, livejournal is sucking up 6.25% of my waking time. There are 112 waking hours in a week, minus say 50 hours work-related (travel, work, lunch) leaving 62 hours of "my" time per week. If I spend an hour per day reading livejournal, that's over 11% of my time spent reading about other people.

I've had a tendency to start reading journals or communities or rss feeds that even marginally interest me. Some of them are rather high volume (eg. averaged 10.7 posts per day in the month of feburary). With the number of other projects I want to and have to do, I just don't have time for this stuff.

It's time to cut the crap. Let the culling commence.
Clearly you need to sleep less.
I've tried that. This week I probably averaged 6 hours of sleep per night. I'm not sure that's helping.
Did you make sure to add the time it took to type in this entry?

And your responses to comments to this entry?

"It never ends.... never, never, never !"
It's all those posts to my journal that take up all the time, I know it
Yea, you really need to stop babbling so much. We don't need to know every little detail of your zit popping days.

linguaphiles is seeming eminently cullable to me too lately...
Perhaps this isn't the best time to tell you I just created a feed [info]balzac_rss to Tony's blog which I just found out about. :)
Excellent, added. As you can see, this is not the kind of thing I was looking to cut. :)
[info]texaspatsfan : Silly Balzac
He never told me he had a blog!

Interesting to note he writes more often than I do. :)
[info]decibel45 : Re: Silly Balzac
[info]texaspatsfan : Re: Silly Balzac

I can't argue that.
[info]goulo : Re: Silly Balzac
As you know, he considers everything about his life to be utterly insignificant and beneath notice.
[info]texaspatsfan : Re: Silly Balzac
And yet, he is blogging. On his own little website!

mm hmm.
This is why I organized my friends into custom friends groups.

People that actually exist are in:

Communities I like to watch are in:

LJ-related new and what not are in:

etc etc.

Then, I only check one at a time. If I just want to see what my friends are up to, I only have to go to one place.

Maybe this is all redundant and you're already doing it, but I figured I would share.
To save me making a very similar post, I'm just going to post a link to this. Look at all the time you've saved me! 8~)
Greg Hewgill <>