I have tried lots and lots of different Web applications. There are some that I think that are pretty cool but there are very few that I use often. They key is that I have to be able to integrate that Web applications or products into my life. It has to be part of some type of repetitive behavior otherwise it will slowly fade off my radar.
One thing that’s been rattling around in my brain is that I don’t do enough to stay up with what’s going on in the world. I don’t spend enough time reading the news.
The thing is… it seems like I’ve tried every way of consuming the news and none have integrated really well into my life.
I used to get the Washington Post delivered to my door or I’d pick it up at a news stand by work but all too often I’d get home or wake up the next morning and then unread paper newspaper would still be in my bag from the previous day. I’d try and get up early in the morning to read the paper… that didn’t work. I’d try reading the physical newspaper at lunch time but I do eat lunch consistently one way.
I’ve tried using the online edition of the newspaper but I keep on forgetting to check it. I could go two or three days without looking at a news Web site.
When I would look at the news sites, it always felt like I was missing something… like there was relevant news stories buried down deep in there that I wasn’t reading.
A lot of these news sites have RSS feeds but they will often update them so often that they become not useful. It’s not practical to read over 50 news items a day from one source.
I guess what I’m saying is that when I have time to read it… I really love the physical newspaper. It gives me a finite set of news. It gives the news to me at a pace which feels very palatable (only as fast as I can flip the pages.)
I just haven’t seen online news done that well.
Something feels not right about it and I can’t put my finger on it….
Any of this making sense? Thoughts?