Trying to Keep Up With the Newses

For the longest time, I have been trying to keep up with current events on a regular basis. But as a man who has no TV, still uses a pay-as-you-go phone and doesn’t really use social media, it is very difficult for me to stay connected with the news. I have to literally force myself to visit various news sites in order to stay informed. Yes, this is how I spend my free time.

Of course, until very recently, it has not gone very well. At best, I would check random news and pop culture sites every two to three weeks, while being frustrated that I’m not reading articles as frequently as I should. One Sunday afternoon, I decided that enough was enough, and decided to try to come up with a routine to keep up with the news on a regular basis that wouldn’t make me feel like I’m the only person in the entire world living in a cave.

My main objective was to come up with a simple routine where I can get a lot of information in a small amount of time using as few Web sites as possible. Yes, I am well aware that this is the equivalent to all of those annoying people on House Hunters asking for hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. I’m trying to make it as simple and minimalistic as possible so, you know, I don’t have a nervous breakdown and be mentally institutionalized.

My basic plan of action was to make a list of the type of news sites and other online publications that I might need on a regular basis. This is what I came up with.

– One National News Source
– One Local News Source
– One Entertainment News Source
– One Pop Culture Web site (With TV recaps and the like)
– Any specialized publications that I’m interested in

This is what I ended up choosing:

CNN (National News)
The Orlando Sentinel (Local News)
Democracy Now (Independent News)
Deadline (Entertainment News)
Vulture (Pop Culture)
Good Magazine (Alternative Magazine)
Narrative (Literary Magazine)
Blackbird (Literary Magazine)
Geist (Literary Magazine)
Book Browse (Book Reviews and News)
Bright Lights (Film Magazine)

Yeah… I think I got a little carried away with the specialized publications, but it could’ve been a lot more. I actually tried incorporating these Web sites in my daily for about two weeks and, let’s just say, it kind of worked out, and it kind of didn’t.

In the first week, I was browsing news stories from mostly CNN and The Orlando Sentinel. All of the other news sites and publications were pretty much ignored. The second week was more or less the same, except I didn’t follow the news for a day or two. The reason why this was the case was because I didn’t want to six hours a day browsing the news. I wanted to do it as quickly as possible. Of course, I shouldn’t have chosen so many news sources/publications. I like having options. Sue me.

Still, I’m surprised I visited at least some of the news sources on an almost daily basis. I’m, of course, going to continue to keep up with the news and pop culture, but with one major change: I’m going to browse the general news sources in the morning and do the rest later on in the day. It sounds like a good plan. I hope it works, or a nervous breakdown might be in my future.

4 thoughts on “Trying to Keep Up With the Newses

  1. A few years ago, I made the same effort to stay on top of the news. I always feel out of the loop when I don’t know about the current events. I’ve been successful and read the news almost daily! I think being on Google News helps a lot because it grabs from various sources, and I’m able to customize what categories and sources I see. I recommend it!

  2. I just sort of skim through the BBC news that comes on my Feedly, but not always :/ Keeping up with the news is tough! It’s even harder when I want to try to keep up with both Korean and American and International news X____X;

  3. This is interesting, to have a plan to read and take in news, and have a plan for what types of news to consume at what time of day. I subscribe to quite a few newsletters, and I notice that a lot of the Australian pop culture related ones get sent out at lunchtime on weekdays.

    I stopped reading news a couple of years ago because I read several articles that said a lot of it did not add value to our lives, affecting us psychologically and making us paranoid about small things, helpless to things we couldn’t even help in the first place (go figure), upset about war, etc. Maybe though, I should come up with a plan of attack for the blogs and articles I read (or try to read) daily.

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