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Why organizing my RSS feeds was a bad idea

Okay, it's my turn to geek out again, so if you're still wondering why I won't shut up about RSS, you can tab to the next user on your friends page or whatever you're using to read this. But one of my goals for the summer was to write more things that arent in the format of

My stomach still won't behave. I want coffee. The walker is a pain. Why'd I do this surgery in the first place?

So I've turned my wranting powers to another subject, the curse of organizing your RSS feeds.

First, I'm not an organized person. Anyone who's ever spent much time with me knows this. Dad claims (with more validity than I care to admit), that my room would be much more organized if I took a bomb to it. I joke that half the reason I needed a guide dog was so that I could call it and not have to look for my cane anymore. So it shouldn't have been surprising that when I published my blogroll around Christmas, it was just a long list of links because that's how I had it organized in

Eventually, though, I started seeing others with cool looking blogrolls with nicely organized headings and I got jealous. So, one Saturday when I was procrastinating, I organized my multitude of feeds into folders. I have to admit that it's nice to be able to find all my faith related feeds, or RSD related feeds or even blindness related feeds.

But, and this is a huge but, I don't know how to organize stuff. Where do I draw the line between "general health" and "personal blogs,: friends and others"? Where do I classify a blog that's about guide dogs, but other things too? Will someone get mad at me for putting them in the "Stuff I don't know how to categorize" folder? Worse, will I start to overuse this folder? What do I do with a feed like
where the posts are about everything from "Food and Drink" to "Mommy and Family">? It's all so confusing!

This is why organization is such a pain! So, dear readers of mine, do you ever have this issue? Maybe with RSS, maybe with files on your computer or with actual hardcopy folders. Tell me about your woes...


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May. 27th, 2006 08:11 am (UTC)
You speak to my heart! The computer is one of the only places where I ever actually try to keep things organized.

As for my categories, I've ended up with a lot of things that don't seem to belong in just one. I have a hard time keeping all of my bookmarks straight. I've got a lot of folders now, but my Miscellaneous section is huge. As for the ones that seemed to fit a couple of different places, I actually just started putting them in both. So a particular page may be filed under Artistic Tutorials and Jewelry Supplies if it deals with both. A lot of my friends pages are under Personal and Service Dog-Related.

I still bang my head a lot trying to figure out where I could have put something, but for the most part, things seem to make some sense to me. Heaven help me if I ever have to explain to someone else how to navigate my system, but it mostly works.
May. 27th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, bloglines doesn't let me put things in more than one folder... But delicious where I put links to stuff does allow me to tag things with multiple tags which is very very nice!
May. 28th, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
I was laughing as I read your post because I deal with some of the same issues. I find that if I have too many folders, it actually takes me more time to go through stuff. I mean, you really can be too organized. I prefer to have one or two folders for the stuff I want to watch every day, and other folders where I put things that are less urgent. I've been trying hard to work on the organization issue too because I was finding that not being organized enough was messing up my life, but yeah, it is most definitely a challenge. Good luck!
May. 28th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
Organize? What's that? I get told more often than not that people think I'm very organized. Unfortunately, that's totally not true. I've threatened to organize my My Documents folder at some point, and get things into folders, but at this point I've got close to 1000 files, some of them dating back to the late 90s, and they're just sort of sitting there. Now, one thing I have learned is to be more descriptive with my file names; but I guess it's still not quite the same thing. I'm just really glad that most things are automatically alphabetized on the computer or I'd really be in a world of hurt. SMILE!
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