2019 Hyperlink Audit
Last year, I stopped visiting websites through RSS and Twitter and chose an entirely old-school route: I made a list of bookmarks with tags in Pinboard.
I find this to be a much calmer way to browse the web. No notifications. No links to break my concentration. There’s nowhere I need to be every day. Recently, I updated it with a clearer sense of what worked (my original also had vastly uneven bookmarks per day).
This isn’t every site I go to. I definitely hit up TTC Alerts more often than I should. These are just sites I like to go to that I don’t have to go to.
Here are the rules I’ve made for myself. They work pretty well at keeping things calm.
- Try to keep each day to 5 or fewer sites.
- A site is a weekly or monthly visit, not both.
- Only visit the sites bookmarked for the day of the week/month.
- If you miss a day, don’t go backwards. They’ll come around again.
- If you wanted to be a completionist, you’d be using RSS.
Quick note: I really couldn’t have done this without Copy as Markdown, a chrome extension that makes links out of all your open tabs.
Here’s my updated list for 2019.