Allow me to explain.
My main project during this Bloggiesta was, as I said here, to clean up the blogroll. I wanted to keep it because I've found so many wonderful blogs through others' blogrolls, especially right in the beginning when I was new to all of this. I knew it was long and unwieldy, but I also knew I could not pick and choose which blogs were "worthy" enough for the blogroll. It was all or nothing.
So I started making a comparison list - which blogs were in the blogroll and which were in Google Reader, because I needed it to be synchronized, I needed it to be completely up to date.
And that's when, thanks to Bloggiesta, I learned the cold hard truth.
I subscribe to 571 blogs. That means there are 571 blogs in my Google Reader.
Five hundred. And. Seventy one. Blogs.
I knew I had a lot of subscriptions, but I didn't know it was pushing 600, for goodness sake. No wonder my unread posts don't budge from 1000+. I probably should talk to a professional about this.
There was no way that I could have 571 blogs in a blogroll. That would just be ridiculous. But, I couldn't just hit delete ... what, and have no blogroll?
I was also, I realized, putting a lot more thought into this than was called for. (I tend to do this, as The Dean will readily confirm, particularly for trivial matters. Major things that need my attention - cancelling a cell phone that's racking up charges each month, getting a mammogram, the fact that we've lived in this house for two years and STILL have at least one unpacked cardboard box in each room - those things? Pffft. But agonizing about how one can succinctly list 571 blogs in a blogroll ... this I will spend three hours of my life on.)
The end result is that the blogroll is gone. Deleted.
And so are 11 blogs in my Reader that haven't posted in several months (there was one that hadn't posted since 2007!) or that I'm losing interest in, for whatever reason.
For now, I'm heading to bed with plans to tackle some of the other to-do's tomorrow. (And who knows? Maybe I'll find it in me to unpack a box - and most likely, delete its contents - from two years ago.)