Simple solutions

A few days back I wrote about my inability to browse the internet. In that post, I asked you about your browsing habits and a few of you suggested possible alternatives.

Let me just say that I am very grateful for that. All the answers were very interesting and it's fascinating to see how different people use the same medium in different ways. As a result of that, I first decided that maybe RSS was the best solution. So I signed up for a service to sync my RSS feeds on my laptop and phone. Why did I pay for that? Because I don't like to be the product of a free service. And neither should you but that's a topic for another time.

So I did that and that was great. I started adding feeds and a few of you even sent me lists of blogs to follow. Amazing. But then I started thinking: what if this was not the problem after all? What if the problem was not to find new content to begin with? Maybe the real problem is accepting that there are just so many hours in the day and I will miss content no matter what.

Realising that was a blessing. And it sounds obvious in retrospect. Here's what I did as a result of that: since there are a few people I like to follow online I set up hardlyeverything.com as my homepage on Safari on my Mac. That's only for new windows, not for new tabs. That means I'll see that site maybe a few times a week. On there I saved those three or four blogs I want to check somewhat regularly and I told the site to remind me about them every three weeks with an added randomness of one week. What that means is roughly once a month the site will remind me to check a site and see if something new has been published.

It's such a simple solution and I can't believe I didn't think about it before. Now, how about the new sites or new articles. I guess I'll just accept that I will miss out on that. That's just a reality. But maybe some kind soul out there will send me an email to let me know about it.