Readers Donating Time

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
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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.

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7 Responses to Readers Donating Time

  1. Ymbel Diaz says:

    April 29th, 2010 at 12:27 am


    “we’re all in it together”-Harry Tuttle

  2. Iluvatar says:

    April 29th, 2010 at 2:08 am

    @ The Moderator:

    Got it! Will STFU. Sorry for diffusing the limited time you have. I did not appreciate the sheer volume of work that is on your plate. Also, appreciate the service that you do. Thanks so much for all that you do.

    Perhaps will focus on things you don’t catch to be more helpful.

  3. Dagny says:

    April 29th, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Hello; I read your articles almost daily. Love your website and the information you provide. The one you have today, thanking your news contributors, was about the nicest thing I have seen someone do in a long time. I used to contribute articles to a favored website and they never once thanked their contributors. For you do do so publicly says a lot about your good character. Thank you

  4. Michael says:

    April 29th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    And all the while I thought I was getting ignored over after posting my .45 ACP preference. ;)

  5. Tom Osborne says:

    April 29th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Karen, it is a definite testament to your communicative power and kindred spirit that people share these things with you and it is wonderful to read that it helps you, too!

  6. Jeannie Queenie says:

    April 30th, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Karen, I know that you don’t see yourself as a teacher, but in many ways you are, by way of instructing your readership on a myriad of topics. Thought of you when I saw this saying from Kahlil Gibran….”The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” The beauty of your writing is your attempt to make people think, and that can only be done by one possessing critical thinking skills and sharing them. Thanks!

  7. AA says:

    April 30th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Blogs like yours, Karen, are to many of us a light shining in the darkness that is the mainstream media. We appreciate the discipline and focus that must be required to hold down a full-time job, go to graduate school, take care of daily business, and still be able to share some much valuable information with so many people!

    Perhaps your could farm out some of the “sifting” to a few of your most trusted contributors/online colleagues?

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