When skimming trumps reading

I skim articles all day via RSS. I’d bet I look at over 1,000 articles per day, five days a week. I’ll give something a quick look, searching for certain terms. If I see them, I’ll read a little more. If I like what I’m seeing I’ll read the whole thing and identify that article as something to write about. Then I move on to the next one. Repeat.

This is how I use RSS. I don’t have a thousand unread articles in my RSS inbox because none of them sit there that long. In, read, out.

The problem is that I’m now skimming everything. I have to force myself to stop and read something word for word, even if it’s casual, fun reading. That’s not a good thing.