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How I Caught Up on an Entire Notification List at Persona Paper Without Going (Too) Crazy

Getting through one's notification list can be rather daunting, especially if one has not been around for a few days. I have found it difficult to know how to catch up, and I get confused and flustered with the list having all the notifications listed together. Today, however, I found an easier system that worked for me.

I worked for seven hours non-stop getting caught up with all the notifications. I have spent a couple more hours today reading and interacting more, and staying on top of things all day from time-to-time. I think that this system will make it easier for me to support my fellow contributors, as I won't miss as much again, if I pop in every few days. It worked for today.

I noticed:

  • On the Recent Activity page where all the notifications are listed it lists everything together, but...
  • On the right hand side of page, there is a list called Activity Breakdown--New Followers; New Posts; New Polls; Comment Responses; Post Comments; Profile Comments; Tagged. The number in the parenthesis indicates how many of each you have in the notification list for the period that the system follows it.

I went in this order:

  • New followers -- to make sure I had checked out to see if I was following, and to read a bit to make sure before adding.
  • New Posts --I started from the bottom of the list and I opened up six pages at a time in new tabs. When I read my follower's piece, I clicked the "Like" button to indicate (to me) that I had visited. I then added a comment, as I know that building a connection/relationship takes that effort. Once I did that and it refreshed, I closed the tab, and worked through remainder of the six I opened. I toggled back to the tab for the new posts notification and moved upward through the next six new posts, doing the same thing, until I was finished.
  • New Polls --I had none in the list today, but would treat these just as I did the posts. Perhaps, I would have started here because there would have been fewer and it would have felt less daunting to get through.
  • Post Comments --These are the comments others have left recently on what I have written. I started from the bottom of my list, and as I did with the new posts, opening up new tabs. If the comments were on the same article, I only opened one tab per article, so I had six up at a time. Then I went through each of my articles, reading the comments, and replying, as appropriate. If I did not respond, I "liked" the comment to indicate (to me) that I had read the comment. When I was finished with the article's comments, I closed the tab, and moved on, as described above. I went back to the notification and made my way up the page until I was finished with this category.
  • Comment Responses --These are the responses made on comments I have left for others. I worked from the bottom up, as I did for the other categories, and replied, or liked the responses, as I did in the Post Comment section.
  • Profile Comments --If I had any in the list, I would go to read them, and then click through to the commentator's profile page to respond, as necessary.

I am not sure how many days notifications are maintained on the system, but I believe this was the best way for me to manage it. I need to make sure that I pay attention to what the time was when I last do this to keep up, so that I do not waste time going back over things already read. Once I get used to this system of doing things, it will be a breeze, as it shows how long ago things were posted on the left side of the recent activity page.

There might also be an easier way to manage this that I have not yet discovered, but this gave me a tracking system that seems to be somewhat logical. It was time-consuming, as I had minimal personal activity due to my work schedule in the last few days. However, the reward that it gave me was feeling a sense of accomplishment and connection to a community that I have unintentionally neglected in the past.

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lexiconlover wrote on July 10, 2015, 11:41 PM

Love how detailed you got in this post. Glad you got to go through all your notifications. :) You rock!.

CoralLevang wrote on July 10, 2015, 11:42 PM

Thanks, lexi!

lexiconlover wrote on July 10, 2015, 11:46 PM

You're most welcome. And haha, that's a great nickname. Lol. How's your evening going?

Paulie wrote on July 10, 2015, 11:54 PM

This is a very good system for getting caught up. I just don't think I could spend seven straight hours on PP. I'm beat after two hours.

RonElFran wrote on July 11, 2015, 12:12 AM

I'm sure working your notifications list as you did will pay off for you. But I just don't have that kind of time to spend on PP. I salute you for your diligence!

valmnz wrote on July 11, 2015, 12:13 AM

You've been rather busy there, all sounds exhausting emoticon :smile:

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 12:18 AM

Thank you, Paulie . I am exhausted. emoticon :winking: G'night.

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 12:19 AM

RonElFran I don't usually, but I had the day off and neglected all else.

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 12:21 AM

valmnz What's the Maori word for "crazy out of my frikkin' mind"? emoticon :winking:

valmnz wrote on July 11, 2015, 1:14 AM

How does Waitangi sound, meaning crazy, or porowairangi which loosely translates to lunatic emoticon :smile:

MegL wrote on July 11, 2015, 1:35 AM

That's a useful way of dealing with the activity list. I hadn't paid much attention to it previously. Must take a closer look.

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 2:39 AM

valmnz Yeppers. Sounds pretty accurate to me. LOL

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 2:40 AM

MegL Thanks. Hope it makes sense. If not, let me know and I may need to edit. This was written after the mega-day. LOL

AliCanary wrote on July 11, 2015, 4:51 AM

Nice step-by-step accounting of your system. It will probably be a lot of help for new members!

bestwriter wrote on July 11, 2015, 6:55 AM

Wake up wake up emoticon :grin: That has been there for ages and atleast I have been following that for days now.

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 8:13 AM

Thanks, AliCanary . I just wish I would have looked for it sooner. emoticon :winking:

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 8:17 AM

bestwriter Thank you for pointing out that I have been stupid and unobservant for the last year. You are, at least, days smarter.

bestwriter wrote on July 11, 2015, 8:23 AM

May be I am smart but that does not make you stupid. emoticon :tongue:

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 11, 2015, 10:48 AM

I love that idea if I have to miss a few days online I hope to remember to try it. I usually just go straight down my list opening in new tabs as I go. This way I dont forget where I am at

CoralLevang wrote on July 11, 2015, 11:13 AM

I have done it the same way today and it took me just about 45 minutes to get caught up with what's happened in 5 hours while I was sleeping. Now I'm on the site on my 3rd hour because I got sucked into the interaction that is almost instant messaging. LOL I said two. I have one more article to write and then need to be out of here before noon.

Kasman wrote on July 11, 2015, 1:03 PM

I don't have time to do all that. I first check those posts which have a photograph or other image on them and then I pick a few others which don't. That's as close to a system as I've come!

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 11, 2015, 2:28 PM

You have put a good system in place. It is very similar to the one I use here. It definitely helps keep me from getting lost.

CoralLevang wrote on July 12, 2015, 12:54 PM

I'm trying to get through it here today after relatively no time spent in 24 hours. We'll see how good it is. LOL

CoralLevang wrote on July 12, 2015, 12:55 PM

Kasman Oh, I may tire of it, or find it doesn't work. We'll see.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 13, 2015, 3:03 PM

Sounds like a good system you have going for you. I am working on tweaking mine so that I can manage it all.

CoralLevang wrote on July 14, 2015, 12:41 PM

Thanks, Shellyann36 . I am trying, but not sure how successful I can be to maintain this, the busier we get around here.

Shellyann36 wrote on July 14, 2015, 11:08 PM

Yes as more and more people become active it will be hard to keep up. I am going to try my best though.