Happy 2018. We flew back from the UK yesterday and on the flight back, I attempted to “reset” my Pocket
. Just as I did last year
. Not get to “Pocket Zero”, mind you – I was up to 1,700+
articles saved that I had yet to get to on December 31 – but just go through the remaining ones and filter the must-reads from the time-has-passeds (while reading what I could along the way).
10 hours later, my list of 1,700 was down to about 1,400. Yikes.
I may declare “Pocket Bankruptcy” and simply start anew in 2018. But I know I have so many gems in there that I’d hate to just archive. So instead I’ll probably go through as many as I can each day throughout this month, manually whittling things down (while, of course, still saving new things to read).
Part of me – a big part – thinks such work isn’t worth it. Why not just let the list get ever bigger and get to what you get to? The issue is two-fold. First, those saved article lists get quite large, space-wise. Several gigabytes, in fact. Second, if Pocket was better at serving up content beyond simply the most-recently saved, this would make more sense. I know they’re working on this – some of the stuff in the beta version of the app is quite interesting. But it’s not quite where it needs to be. And so I whittle.
One thing I’m doing this year to try to avoid this issue at the end of the year is using tags to categorize what I save. I find it easier to say, plow through a bunch of articles about Amazon, versus trying to read an article about Amazon, then one about Bitcoin, then one about the Browns
. The context switching leaves me weary.
Fittingly, all my links today – still playing catch-up – share a theme…