As Google Reader is going to disappear into the sunset, I started thinking about my inboxes and the pressure I feel to empty them.
“Read Later”, “Watch Later”, and other such buttons each create a new bucket. Since the buttons are easy to push, items get thrown in there and accumulate. They accumulate in silence. None of the buckets ever overflows, the container keeps expanding. Nothing seems to happen but unread counts go up and up. And so does pressure.
I currently have 65 items to read in my Instapaper queue, 13 videos to “watch later” on YouTube and six more on other video services. They are articles, talks and documentaries I should watch or read taking notes. They’re unwatched webseries am afraid to get sucked into. All sorts of stuff in there.
Part of me wants to declare some sort of “time-shifting” bankruptcy, delete the queues and never fill them up again. But I am curious, curious about the world we live in, how it changes and why. Too curious to shut down my tireless online explorations. So, I delete the outdated ones, the ones for which the headline makes no more sense, the ones that were irrelevant all along. I read and watch many, tweet them out and sometimes even take notes.
There may be some spring cleaning to do with my inboxes, especially the “Read Later”/“Watch Later” kind…