Are you a Reader or a Skimmer?


This thought came about after a brief conversation on Twitter with Michael Schechter. Twitter conversations generally don’t have a title, but if they did I’d call this one “How do you cope with the fact your wife likes to relax by watching crappy TV shows in bed that you, can’t stand.”

There are obviously a number of possible strategies for dealing with this including:  getting divorced, “forgetting” to pay the Comcast bill (not recommended because if Comcast disconnects the TV, your Internet access is toast too), sleeping in the spare room, etc.

My personal method of choice is to use my iPhone to listen to music and read – this is great because I can totally block out even the worst garbage on E! channel with ease.

Anyway to get to my point, Michael mentioned that he has an overloaded Google Reader and as a result had become an expert “Skimmer.”

Now this got me thinking. I would usually describe myself as a reader, not a skimmer. Although the majority of my reading in the last few years has been on various mobile devices, I used them to read some pretty big works: The six volumes of Churchill’s History of the Second World War, most of Dicken’s works, George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire (George where the heck is the next book by the way – you’re killing me here!!) – the list goes on.

But know what, even though I have a bunch of books in both Kindle and Stanza on my phone that are started, I’m not making much progress right now. Why is this? It’s because I’ve subscribed to far more blogs in Google Reader than I can ever keep up with up! So I breeze through them, looking for interesting tidbits. Aaaarrrrrgggghhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! I’ve become a Skimmer!!

What about you? How do you deal with the bedtime TV/reading issue? Are you a Reader of a Skimmer?


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