said 1 year, 4 months ago:
Great question Debbie! Like Kristi I have a gazillion blogs in my Google Reader and file everything in folders created for different topics and different needs.
But I only have 2 or 3 folders that I check on a daily basis. One has all of the main social media blogs. One has the blogs from social media platforms plus the top social media news sites so that I can quickly stay current. And one has alerts for me to track online mentions. But I also have dozens of other folders.
I really like being able to glance through the article titles on a topic and then dive in quickly when I’m interested. And like to catch up on different topics at different times. This means that I probably have way too many blogs in there even if I do unsubscribe as soon as I realize I’m just not interested any more.
I’m not very loyal about which blogs I follow on a daily or weekly basis. Some I seem to outgrow. Sometimes the blogger loses my interest. And sometimes I just change preferences.
On a daily basis I glance through my folder with all of the popular social media blogs. It’s pretty comprehensive and I add new blogs to this every couple of months. So I can’t read everything, but usually do a good job in running through everything fairly regularly.
On a weekly basis I like ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch.
And on an occasional basis, I’m still reading Darren’s articles on Problogger, and this surprises me. I would have thought that I’d have outgrown it by now. But he practices what he writes about and things change, so I enjoy reading his stuff. I also like following Derek Halpern’s guest post video critiques (Social Triggers).
Plus I regularly read a few blogs about my hobbies which are totally non-social media related. And I just love watching these people learn how to use social media and online marketing. I probably learn just as much watching them grow their blogs as reading any of the other social media or business related blogs.