This is a great guide, I ordered my list of feeds and it definitely helped.
How to get the most of your blog reading
? Group your feeds by order of importance. You know, like ?Must Read?, ?Not So Important?, etc. This helps so much. If you group things by topic, re-group them by importance within your topic group. This makes the less important easier to ignore.
? Set aside a time (or times) during your day to read. Try and stick to those times as strictly as possible.
? Use ?mark all as read? liberally.
? Weed your reading list on a regular basis. Unsubscribe to anything you consider ?noise? as soon as you realize it?s not being read.
? Set your newsreader to check only a few times a day, or if you use an online service, be sure and resist the urge to interrupt what you are doing and check for updates. Maybe to coincide with your reading times.
? Make use of services like Del.icio.us, Digg and Technorati to find those diamonds in the rough.
? Slow down and read. Spend some time with those sites you really enjoy or those that you find real value in. I?ve found that if I spend more time reading and less time browsing I absorb more.
? Ditch a few link blogs. There are so many blogs out there that are just pointers to original content. These serve a great purpose, but try and find those that offer a unique point of view, or can bring items to the table that you can?t find elsewhere. I tend to follow the link lists of individuals I trust more than actual blogs devoted to linking.
? Keep in mind that if you read lots of blogs in the same space you?ll see things repeated and will be unlikely to miss anything you really should be reading.
? Understand that a day not paying attention to blogs is a day you can spend doing something productive. They?ll be there when you get back.