I was curious how much reading I do every week that is NOT books. As I mentioned in last week’s post, every time I see print, I can’t help but read it. How much of my reading is “unconscious”? So I tracked everything I read for a week, except for things I took in with a glance, like signs. Here’s the tally!
Sunday May 11 (busy making Mother’s Day dinner)
1 recipe, 2 food packages, 1 iPad app (downloaded e-book from library), documents for volunteer job (forms)
Monday May 12
1 recipe, skating schedule, 6 documents for volunteer job (reports and budgets)
Tuesday May 13
GoodReads updates, 5 advertising flyers, 3 newspaper articles online (The Globe and Mail and The Guardian), 2 web site articles, Exclaim magazine cover to cover (free monthly music mag), browsed through Architectural Digest at bedtime
Wednesday May 14
1 newspaper article online, personal budget
Thursday May 15
Menu at restaurant, printed placemat, local weekly “alternative” newspaper The Coast cover to cover
Friday May 16
1 newspaper article online, 1 Facebook check, rest of Architectural Digest issue
Saturday May 17
News feed on monitor at mall food court (addictive! could not look away!), lots of book jackets while choosing a gift book, the back of a DVD I watched (Portlandia Season 1)
Other (throughout week): calendars, price tags, receipts, menu plan, grocery lists, food labels, clothing labels
The real time-consumers were:
One Week of Personal Email:
- Main account 66 (43 read) – 2 personal, 21 for volunteer job, 43 from mailing lists
- Secondary account, used for interacting with commercial web sites – 44, all from businesses (2 read – both related to an online shopping transaction)
- Blog email account – 1 (new subscriber!)
- Personal emails written or replied 12 – 1 personal and 11 for volunteer job
One Week of Blog Reading
- Blog Posts Received (subscribed) 109
- Blog Posts Read 69
OK, now on to work. For a full-time work week:
- Work emails received 113 (94 read)
- Work emails written/replied 50
- Work documents consulted, read, revised or written 18
None of those three items is really “incidental” because they were significant work communication!
Personal Reading at Work at the Library during my authorized breaks, of course ;)
- WordPress visits 2 (checked for comments on my blog and read 1 post)
- Newspaper website visits: 2 (read 2 articles)
- Other web site visits: 2 (personal research)
- Personal texts received: 2, sent 1
- Browsed through travel books about London in the midst of “weeding” the travel section
- Previewed 2 books that came in on hold for me (read book jackets and a couple of pages)
So that was a week’s worth of non-book reading, and I’d say that’s a typical week.
As for books? I finished two books I had been reading – biographies of Marc Bolan and Jim Henson – and started a novel to round out the week!
Would your week in reading be anything like this?
It really gave me pause when I thought about how many adults don’t read well and find it hard to function with print.