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<time datetime="2009-06-06T00:00:00-07:00" pubdate><span class='month'>Jun</span> <span class='day'>06</span> <span class='year'>2009</span></time>
<h1 class="entry-title"><a href="/analysing-my-information-consumption.html">Analysing my Information Consumption</a></h1>
<div class="entry-content"><p>I had <a href="">tweeted</a> about wanting to analyse my feed reading activity &mdash; mainly to track what different topics I followed over the years. Neither Google Reader trends nor NetNewsWire stats charted that kind of data. Luckily, the list of blogs I was subscribed to, in 2006 and in 2007, are still online (<a href="">list for 2006</a>, <a href="/files/google-reader-subscriptions.xml">list for 2007 [.xml file]</a>). </p>
<p>Here is what number crunching turns up:</p>
<li>My web design follow list hasn&rsquo;t changed over the last 3.5 years. It is, more or less, the same.</li>
<li>In 2008, I discovered a topic outside my usual interests: Africa. This led to devouring <a href="">books</a>, <a href="">music</a>, news, twitter updates about various countries of Africa.</li>
<li>In 2009, I stopped tracking freelance jobs altogether (though I rarely ever read those feeds after 2006) as I started working full-time at <a href="">Microgroove</a></li>
<li>In 2006, I was giving equal attention to graphic design / illustrations / decor. This changed in 2007, when I started devoting most of my attention to illustrations. This interest waned somewhat in 2008/09 where my attention was taken up by Africa.</li>
<li>In 06/07, I had a lot of interest in decor (which led to <a href="">this</a>). <a href="">Recently</a>, I have become more convinced of the benefits of leading a spartan life and lost interest in hoarding stuff (however nice!).</li>
The number of feeds I read seems to be reducing steadily &mdash; though they keep fluctuating every month. The main cause of this reduction, I suspect, is the increased use of twitter. Since I follow some of these bloggers on twitter, I don&#8217;t feel the need to subscribe to their blog.
<p>Here are the graphs for comparison:</p>
<p><img src="" alt="Divya Manian Feed Subscriptions by Topics in 2006" /></p>
<p><img src="" alt="Divya Manian Feed Subscriptions by Topics in 2007" /></p>
<p><img src="" alt="Divya Manian Feed Subscriptions by Topics in 2008-09" /></p>
<p>Enough about my activities! I am very curious to know how your information consumption trend is like?</p>
<p><small>(Charts were generated using <a href="">Google Chart Generator</a>)</small></p>
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