2016 will be here in a matter of hours, so a lot of people are looking back and looking forward at this point in time. There are a lot of “best of 2015” posts flying around the internet, and there is some seriously interesting stuff in there. But the thing that I’ve noticed is that I barely have any time to read those lists.
I’m a hackernews junkie and frequently read it when I log in at work and everything is still booting. Today I found this gem:
Crap, I still have a tab open in my browser at home for the best things and stuff of 2013 that I haven’t made it though, and I first opened it when it was posted in late 2013! I really need to devote some time to that, since I’ve bothered to make sure that tab survived for two years. Source
I used to be this guy and had TONS of tabs open in firefox. Just starting firefox would take a minute and eat up all my memory because I was loading over 100 tabs, and I just added more and more every day. At work a colleague of mine introduced me to Pocket, and I’ve used it a lot in 2015. It keeps my tab-count down and my PC fast, because I can just save everything to pocket and read it later.
Except I don’t.
Last time I checked I had over 832 links in my Pocket account, and that’s just for this year alone! I assure you, that number is not going to go down soon.
The problem is that there’s just too much content out there. Using a search engine gets you half way to finding the good bits, but for reading the news, I still spend a lot of time filtering the stuff I want to read rather than actually reading them. Every time I’m confronted with this, I know I’m on the right track with developing filteresting. It’s just a ton of work and I’m lacking in the time/energy department. 2016 is more promising in that regard.
Filtering out the good stuff is a pain and hard to optimise, but as for optimising my reading: I’ve treated myself to a Kindle and I’ve actually finished my first book within a week. I’ve wanted to read more often for a long time, but for some reason using my iPad just wasn’t it. I was really torn between a Kobo Glo HD and a Kindle Paperwhite, but went with the latter. After testing them in the store, the Kindle was a lot more responsive, even though the Kobo Glo HD had an amazing screen and font legibility. Going low-tech really cuts out the crap and now I can use a machine solely for reading, and I’m suddenly tearing through pages. I would definitely recommend it to avid readers.
So at least I’ve made and I’m already sticking to one resolution: Reading more often. Coding, running and writing more often are also in the same list, but we’ll see. I’m off to a good start at least.
Happy new year everybody