I can haz Google Reader halp?

My Google Reader is a mess:

My messy Google Reader inbox

My messy Google Reader inbox

Over 600 posts from Birmingham bloggers unread and goodness knows how many posts from journalism blogs.

So, taking inspiration from Stef Lewandowski’s email blitz, I have decided to attack my RSS feeds in a similar merciless style.

I want to hack back, which means being more selective about the blogs that I read on a daily basis.

So my plan at the moment is to keep three main areas of interest “Journalism”, “Birmingham” and “Technology”.

Within each category there will be two folders. One folder for the “must read” stuff to check daily, the other for me to check when I’ve got more time on my hands.

In the “must read” category I suspect I want no more than ten blogs per folder.

Journalism: Buzzmachine, Online Journalism Blog and Greenslade.

Technology: Mashable, Paid Content and TechCrunch.

Birmingham: Created in Birmingham

… I find the Birmingham section difficult because it’s like getting rid of friends! I think I could take more blogs if they are from individuals that don’t update that regularly. Yet, I know I’m going to have to bite the bullet and streamline Google Reader, so any suggestions would be most gratefully received.