By waking ...
By waking up from the Read Later dream, I’ve made more time for reading (usually better) things. If I have time at the end of the day to read, I’d rather spend that time reading text written before Read Later was even a problem that needed solving.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been very aware of how Instapaper is modelled and how I use it, and I’ve come to the same conclusion. I’ve always found unread counts personally problematic (read: stressful), but with Instapaper in particular I think it’s more than that.
I’ve found that Instapaper doesn’t help me find the content that I really want to read, and it’s even harmed this by weakening a decision-making process every time my interest is piqued by a link.
“Will I benefit from reading this later, or ever?”
Often the answer is no, but it gets saved because why not, really, when all it takes is two taps. I’m deferring any and all overhead about a piece of writing. This reveals a lot about how I use Twitter (by far the most common source for my Instapaper) too, or heck, even the Internet, but perhaps that’s for another day.
And so I’m not going to be using Instapaper for a while. It’s been years, and was the reason I first bought an iPad (to use the web app!) but this model of reading isn’t working for me anymore.