My Google Reader has become for all intent and purposes, my front line of attack when dealing with the massive flow of filtered information that comes across my screen. Listen! There is no doubt that time slips away from us all while we are navigating our way through the limitless links of cyberspace. Literally within minutes I can easily forget the reason I sat down to the computer in the first place. So, in essence my G-Reader has become my virtual anchor.
I have come to a place where I am o.k. with unsubscribing to some and subscribing to others. It wasn’t always like that. There was a time when I had subscribed to so many incredibly interesting people that every time I opened my G-Reader I was blasted with a tsunami of info that I simply could not keep up with. However, I have now found b-a-l-a-n-c-e.
I have also become the master scanner as I navigate through the plethora of links in the ole aggregator and can very quickly determine if it’s worth my time or not. Look it. It really comes down to that…time and what we choose to spend it on. It’s basic economics ~ there is an infinite number of amazing websites but a finite number of minutes in a day so therefor we must choose. As I write this I am reminded of Jeff Utecht’s wonderful illustration of the Stages of PLN Adoption and I suppose I am knocking on the door of stage 5.
Ultimately I am search of that one blog post that challenges my thinking within the world of education. The inspirational post that illustrates how one teacher, one student, one principal beat the odds. At any rate, the ability to use My Google Reader effectively has freed up time for me and has allowed me to have a life.