Cognitive Connection November 13

Cognitive Connection. Thinking. Image courtesy of stock.xchng®Google has me hooked. From gmail to Google Voice to Google Reader, I am a fan. One thing I love the most about Google Reader is that I can access it on my Blackberry—which means I always have something to read right at my fingertips. But when I recently returned from my brief vacation, I found nearly 300 new posts waiting for me.

Now, that’s obviously my own fault even though I could say Google is my enabler. How can I manage my blog reading addition? How do you do it? Do you limit the number of blogs that you subscribe to? I would love for you to share your tips in the comments!

  • Chip Macgregor Creating a Critique Group Having a trusted critique group is one of the best tools any writer can have. Since moving from Seattle to Denver, I’ve relied on a small, dispersed collection of writers and editors to give me honest, real feedback. Chip Macgregor offers some straightforward tips on building a tribe of your own.
  • Freelancedom Coworking: The Cure for What Ails Me? Steph Auteri’s pondering of a debate that seems to be growing more common in the freelance community. At this week’s Denver Indie Arsenal meeting, several long-time independent creatives mentioned coworking spaces as keys to keeping themselves motivated.
  • Freelance Folder Four Guaranteed Ways to Keep Freelance Work Coming I enjoy blogger Ritu’s posts on Freelance Folder and this one is especially good. In addition to marketing tips, he shares his personal freelancing and blogging story. Definitely worth a read!
  • Nathan Bransford Moving the Needle An insightful piece on making an impact in the publishing industry by one of my favorite agents-who-blogs.
  • Paige Bowers Pumpkinpalooza I don’t usually post food-related links here, but Paige (a writer who can really cook) had me at “pumpkin” and made me drool with the pumpkin risotto recipe. I know what I’m cooking this weekend!

Did you read anything that particularly stuck with you this week? Got any tips to help me manage my blog reading mania? Share, please! The floor is yours.

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3 thoughts on “Cognitive Connection November 13

  1. @Susan ~ Thank you for the excellent tips. I’ve already started organizing some reader folder. And your “reader bankruptcy” reference is just brilliant!

    @Paige ~ Anyone who can cook for a week with a blue pumpkin deserves a pingback. :)

  2. Sometimes you just have to declare reader bankruptcy, mark everything as read, and start fresh. Otherwise, it’s very hard to keep up! Alternatively, you could set up folders/categories in Google Reader so you’d have a “must read” folder and a folder of stuff that you don’t mind missing if you’re on vacation and don’t have time to read everything.

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