A few weeks ago I had a wide ranging and varied conversation with Mark Dahlby, a principle of writers.com, and Jeff Meyer an old friend from my Borland Tech Support days, where we discussed writing, music and Tuvan throat singing among numerous other topics. During the conversation I mentioned one of the main reason’s I blog is the habit of regular writing outside the context status updates, instant messages and email none of which I view as “writing”. We discussed the immediacy of content on the web and that much of our communication is breaking down to twitteresque snippets and how our consumption of content isn’t much deeper as skimming now rules the day. In fact, I’ve trimmed my blog reading dramatically and I’m no longer keeping up with the river of posts as evidenced by my Google Reader Trends which isn’t a bad thing.
Back to Basics
At the beginning of the year, not that I’m a subscriber to resolutions, I decided I’d gotten too far away from reading books and started a ten-page-a-day commitment. Each day I work to set aside time for at least ten pages from whatever book I’m reading and so far it’s working. In fact, I’ve been working on a reading list post but I’ve been too darn busy and have slowed down on blogging. Ah, the trade offs!
Do you have any reading goals or find this to be a problem too?