I just don’t have time.
I signed up for them for all the right reasons. And there are many I’m going to keep a subscription to–because they have good insights or I enjoy reading them. But there were many email subscriptions that I was hanging on to that I never even opened. I felt bad, like it would be rude to cancel them or that if I really organized my time well that I would be able to read them. But to be honest…I just didn’t care about most of them. So I cancelled them. It took me about half an hour and I felt bad, but now I don’t have to feel bad on a daily basis when I skip over them.
Am I no longer reading blogs? Of course I am. But I’m a little choosier about what I’m reading. I’m going to try new blogs out still, but I’m not going to keep hanging on to those I lose interest in.
What will I do instead to learn new things? Use Google Alerts! I find the specific content I’m interested in by setting daily alerts for it. Then I don’t have to slog through numerous blog posts to find a few educational nuggets.
Do I think blogging is dead? Absolutely not. Do I enjoy getting to know other bloggers still? Absolutely. But do I feel like I have to subscribe to every blog that might someday be of use to me? Not anymore. I can be a little choosier about my blog reading and know that I won’t miss anything of interest to me. Now I can be more social and less reluctant to find new blogs, because my basic needs are covered and there’s more time to find fun new stuff to read!