[Eric](http://www.9to5andotherwise.com) both enjoy our feed readers. He uses [NetNewsWire](http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/) on his iBook, I tend to use [FeedDemon](http://feeddemon.com/feeddemon/) on my PC. Another difference is the urgency we attach to keeping up with our feeds. I have a lot of feeds. 652 at last count. But truth is I don’t think I spend any more time reading feeds than the person who has 50. Many are “dinosaurs”….old dead feeds that never update and I haven’t bothered taking the time to remove them from the list. FeedDemon does have a way to find them, but it’s slow going so I do a few at a time.
Anyway, Eric has that dock icon in NNW that tells him how many unread articles he has. As a result, he feels unfinished when that number gets out of hand. “I have 365 unread articles! Have to catch up!” Me, I love that FD doesn’t tell me the total. [NewsGator Online](http://www.newsgator.com) does, but I have to go searching to see that I have 3605 unread articles. Here’s the thing…I don’t feel any pressure to “catch up” and read/skim each one. I read what I can read when I can read, and the rest just fade away. If it’s important enough, it’ll be talked about on multiple blogs and I’ll catch it. I only get close to catching up on Sunday evenings…then I fall way back on Monday morning and the cycle repeats.
I was chatting about this very thing with a friend, and he said something that is so right-on I asked permission to repeat as long as I didn’t mention his name:
>I turned off the alerts a long time ago. RSS is so different from email. I don’t need to know each time I get an update. There’s *always* updates. It’s like someone telling me “the sun is up” every 15 minutes. The only time that’s news is at night!