12 thoughts on “My save to read it later habits, visualized as an infographic”

  1. My proportion is similar – varying by how much pressure I have to catch up with the blogs I contribute to. Some days I set aside only a few interesting stories/topics and use them all. Some days, I’m drawn to a dozen tales – and end up using a couple.

    A lot reflects the “slow news day” vs “exciting stuff happening” syndromes.

    I set myself an upper number and generally once a week I look and see how much I have stored as draft topics in WordPress. If it’s too high I start with the oldest and try to cut away at least a third to half of everything.

  2. Om, I’m curious how this data translates into a personal goal for you. Do you hope to read more? Be distracted less? Efficiently search & remember everything?

    1. Lexi

      My best hope is up my reading and reducing my saving — I don’t think I ever look back into the archives past a week so I need to become selective when saving.

  3. In addition to what you’ve mentioned above, saving for later is a dopamine hit for the intellectually curious. You feel good when you save something for later. The other bit is that there is a treasure trove of great stuff buried in your queue which would be great to read if you weren’t distracted by finding the next thing to read.

    Pocket and specifically your case highlights how the Internet is amazing at discovery and terrible at allowing you to consume your discoveries (unless of course they are social objects). We ought to break the model of discovery and consumption on digital devices (particularly for long form content).

    We built Blackstrap so that you could disconnect and read the gems in your Pocket queue. I was finally able to read Peter Thiel’s CS183 class notes because I printed them into a book.

    1. “Pocket and specifically your case highlights how the Internet is amazing at discovery and terrible at allowing you to consume your discoveries (unless of course they are social objects).”

      Those are good points — thought I don’t think it is the Internet. It is also not about new software. It is about our inability to control attention and our short coming as a species to be easily distracted.

  4. (Mark from Pocket here)

    Om, great post and enjoyed discussing this with you. I followed up with a few of my own thoughts below:


    I personally don’t think we should worry so much about our “open rates” for what we save to Pocket—just whether the act of saving for later is improving our consumption habits overall.

    My personal experience is that I save A LOT of articles and videos, and then I go back to a relatively small portion of them. But overall I’m reading a lot more than I did without Pocket.

    1. Mark

      Thanks for the thoughtful response. Also, I appreciate the encouragement and no, I am not despondent, just realizing that not everything that gets saved is consumed. That said, I do agree — Pocket has made me read more and it is one service that I am happy to pay for. Ace product!

  5. Whether you read saved articles or not probably depends on how disciplined you are. I save a lot of articles to Pocket. And I read all of them, although there might be some weeks delay when I am very busy.

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