Dealing with RSS overload
Unsubscribe from as many high volume feeds as you can stand to. If any remain, hit “mark all as read” and don’t even try to catch up. I have about 60 feeds in my aggregator, but they’re almost exclusively slow-moving weblogs and low-volume article-oriented sites, so I’m never more than two or three dozen items behind. Following just three high-volume neewsfeeds was 10× as stressful as following 60 low-volume weblogs is.
And the great thing is all these people in my blogroll work for me as filters – I still don’t miss the really cool stuff worth noticing, because it will pop up on someone’s weblog anyway! I just don’t waste so much time with all the chaff anymore. I see a greater diversity of cool stuff, and it’s usually delivered with an opinion piece or pithy remark. That makes it much more interesting than constantly absorbing a tidal wave of raw information. Occasionally I peek into some of those high-volume sites and randomly pick things that pique my interest to see if I can contribute some preprocessing back to the pool.