Often I start reading an article which I saved to read later, and I think “yeah this is good stuff, I know it all, but it’s good stuff” and then I stop.
Why am I still reading this?
Who am I reading this for?
Typically, I find the answer is that it is for you, my readers, and that you are why I am still reading. Why? So I can link to it, since I won’t link to anything I haven’t entirely read, and I wouldn’t want my site feeling stale from a lack of posts.
But that just wasted both of our time in the end.
So lately I’ve just stopped reading at the point where I find myself questioning whether to keep going.
I don’t need to read it.
You probably don’t need to read it.
And my time is better spent doing something else like writing or reading things I don’t know or understand as well. Your time is better spent than seeing a half assed link about a topic which I’ve linked to half a dozen times. You’re smart, you get it. I’m smart, I get it too.
And right there I’ve saved a ton of my free time to write more. Yes, the site seems more stale, but who gives a shit?
I don’t. And I doubt you, my readers, notice it either.