I’ve been a reader of technology news since the 1980s when I would regularly read PC Magazine. That was my first foray into technology news and I followed that up with subscriptions to PC World and a little later than that Computerworld. These magazines let me know everything that was happening in the world of computers and it was fascinating and enlightening.
With the rise of the Internet and the emergence of the technology blogs I was immediately enamored with them. Suddenly on a daily basis I could scan their headlines and find out what was happening. It was great for many years.
In the last year or two the over abundance of tech blogs has caused a shift into the tabloidization of all things tech. No longer are they concentrating on what’s important in technology but instead are concentrating on what will bring them the most links or click-throughs. Now, don’t get me wrong, I fully understand that tech blogs have been doing this for quite some time. But, what I’ve noticed, is that all the blogs that are doing this seemingly all the time. I can’t read wild speculation anymore about the latest phone, tablet, or (God forbid someone actually report on a full fledged computer) computer. I can’t read about leaks or blurry pictures of a rumored device. I just don’t care about rumor and gossip. I want to know what IS happening and where things are going.
I had a hourly habit of scanning RSS feeds of many tech blogs. More and more I found myself skipping over most of their salacious headlines. From time to time I would click on a review of a product or a story about what was learned at a conference or product announcement. But, mostly I was skipping what they were writing. So I came to an epiphany. Why bother scanning their headlines if I’m skipping most of what they’re reporting? That’s when I decided to just stop.
It started with a single week. I made a conscious effort to not look at my RSS feeds. At the end of the week I found that a burden was lifted. I was no longer a slave to the barrage of tech news. I tried a second week. And low and behold I found I didn’t miss it still. This has now stretched into a month and the urge to scan headlines is so totally out of my system that I went in to Feedly and deleted all the tech blog RSS feeds I was following. Click click and it’s done.
I still pay attention to tech news. But mostly through Leo LaPorte and his TWiT.tv network. I can get everything I want to know from This Week in Tech, This Week in Google, Windows Weekly, Mac Break Weekly, Security Now, and All About Android. These podcasts keep me up to date in a non-intrusive manner. It’s like getting my bi-weekly copy of PC Magazine poured into my ears a little at a time over the course of a week.
I’ve jumped off the tech blog treadmill and I’m a happier man because of it. I did it cold turkey because that is the only way for me to get rid of a bad habit or addiction. Enough was enough.