22 Jul '13, 3pm

My Six Years of Ignorance

Six years ago, I gave up a bad habit. Since 1999 I had been using RSS then Atom as my interesting-stuff changelog. I eventually amassed a subscription collection of hundreds of feeds with subjects ranging from the obvious (tech news and software development) to religion, philosophy, language, and music. Every day, all day, new items came into my feed reader. I had gotten pretty good at culling uninteresting feeds, so lots of it was relevant and exciting to me. If a tech company was rumored to be in acquisition talks, I knew it. If Rubyists started favoring a new library for accessing relational databases or creating parsers, I knew that. And the unread items count kept growing. Along with it so did my anxiety over not being “in the know”. So six years ago, I deleted the feed reader from my computer and removed every trace of my RSS + Atom collection from the internet so it...

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