I've been a saver of things all my life. I save letters, magazines, old clothes. And I have a lot of trouble letting go of these "things" when I know it's really time. This past summer I started the daunting task of clearing out my basement. My momentum halted when I came across a box of clothes that belonged to my father. I didn't know what to do with it. He passed away over sixteen years ago and yet I couldn't make up my mind what to do with his things. They are nothing special...a hat, a cheap overcoat, some plaid pants that made me laugh...but they are reminders of him and I am having trouble parting with them. Yet, they don't even carry his smell anymore. What's the point. So what did I do? I closed up the box and walked away from it and haven't returned to my basement project since.
So when bloglines announced they were shutting down (November 1st for those who still aren't aware) I went into a bit of a panic. I dare not admit how many dozens and dozens and dozens of blog posts I had saved there. Patterns, tutorials, craft ideas for kids, beautiful photos, meaningful poems, teaching lessons...you name it...I saved it....and I began to wonder how I was going to filter through everything in a timely manner, without losing anything that must have been of great importance at one time. So, I've been making the slow transition from bloglines to google reader (aren't there ANY other options?) and I've been quite over-whelmed I must admit, so I've just been staying away from the blog world all together these days.
But it was time. I decided I just had to start letting go...and that's just what I did. I went to bloglines and looked at all the feeds and all the saved posts and just deleted them all. Gone. The weight was lifted. Hey, it's a start, right?
Google reader here I come.