Readers Donating TimeWednesday, April 28, 2010
I thought this idea was worth passing along. Each day, I get hundreds of emails from readers – the good, the great, the bad, & the ugly.
One thing I get a lot of is … articles off the web that readers think I may be interested in for purposes of blogging or writing. This great piece was one that came to me yesterday. The longer I have been doing this (12 years) and the more readers I have, the more articles I get. The network becomes huge. There is not enough time in the day to spend a huge amount of time on wading through them all, so I very quickly flip through them and absorb the ones I think are unique, or perhaps they are very much along my lines of special interest.
However, without this “service,” I’d never, ever have the time to see, read, and be aware of as much information as I currently absorb. I am an information hog – I suck up things very quickly, multi-task constantly, and thus I think I have a fairly high level of information efficiency. I love knowledge and constantly seek information. My readers allow me to see and read far more than I ever could on my own. Often, they are like front line filters. They may not blog or write, so they are joining the mission to inform and educate in a way that works best for them. I can’t look at every news site, every blog, and every article on hundreds of great websites. But my email box, no matter how overwhelmed, is sometimes this great station where all of this summarized info just lands and waits for me to review it. I find that I can wade through it all by making efficient use of time with my BlackBerry and/or iTouch, both of which assist me in multi-tasking or using dead time productively and keeping my email box organized.
Some people send me too much stuff and get off-base a bit, without thinking of how they should narrow down the amount of material they send me. However, I am usually hesitant to tell them to stop sending stuff because somewhere down the line, I wonder if perhaps they will take my pointers the wrong way and stop sending me interesting news articles, causing me to lose one of my front line warriors.
My point is that I appreciate these efforts on the part of readers, and I still encourage people to send me the important stuff they have been sending me over the years. Without them, I wouldn’t have timely access to all of the issues that matter so much to me, and all of us. My readers are a great network to have, and I wanted them to know that their services are welcome, encouraged, and appreciated.