Thursday, May 29, 2008

Web 2.0, The New Brain Sucker

If anyone's interested in grabbing a copy of my feed subscriptions from Bloglines, grab 'em quick. I've decided that RSS feeds are just as insidious as television, if not more. When I started this blog, there weren't that many out there and there were definitely only a handful of security blogs. I spent a lot of time writing about topics that interested me and tried to stay out ahead (or away) from the gathering crowds.

Nowadays, I don't write much and there aren't many topics not covered by a blog. Also, you don't have to travel too far to find any two security experts willing to contradict one another.

As such, I am attempting to crawl out of the RSS sinkhole and go back to researching the more cutting edge stuff. I may blog about it, I may not. To help do this, I'm pulling the plug (unsubscribing) from all of the feeds that I read (there's over 300 of them), except for those of a few close friends and one or two high signal-to-noise feeds.

For those of you that are totally immersed in RSS feeds or other forms of social network (yeah, you guys in the Twitter pool are included), the world is passing you by. Take a look around. The time that you used to spend coding or researching a topic has now disappeared into "reading time". You're probably spending the majority of your free time following the kruft growing in other peoples' lives or watching a couple security "experts" bicker.

If you're skeptical of my intent or even just of my possible success, you can call it a blogger's mid-life crisis. Me, I'll call it an escape attempt.