One of the things I’ve realized is that I do a tremendous amount of reading, but very little of it is quantifiable. How many blog posts do I read a day? Maybe 20-30? This translates to what I’m guessing is about 4,000 words (20 x 200) or about 12 pages of double-spaced prose. Seeing that novels range around the 90,000 word mark, I’m guessing (and these are total guesses here) that in my spare browsing time, I read about a novel’s worth of blog posts every 22 days. Honestly, I think that’s probably low-balling it, but who knows?
There are three major things that facilitate this type of reading:
1. There is an iMac on my kitchen counter. I am easily distracted.
2. My Android phone is ideal for reading short things.
3. With two kids underfoot, I have lots of 3-4 minute interludes. If I start reading something longer, I won’t want to look away to make sure the toddler isn’t headed up the stairs.
4. I am not very ordered in my life, but I am committed to “inbox zero” in my Google feed reader.
How much are you reading online?