A reader pleads:

I greatly enjoy reading your blog. You always have something interesting to say, and you link to interesting notes from other media and your own readers. But according to my RSS reader, you are shoving some 50 to 60 articles per day. (Yesterday was 64!) This is just too much damn volume.

I know you have a team of editors helping you out. It's nice that your blog is successful enough to hire help and shove ever more content down the pipe. But, at some point, too much content became crap crammed down the pipe.

Please, Andrew. I want to read what you write and the articles you deem most worthy of linking too. But I don't have time each day to sort out the worthy articles from the unworthy ones. Reading your blog has become too damn much work. It is just too much cool stuff. Ease off the volume and stop showing off. 20 to 30 polished posts per day is vastly better than 50 to 60. I know this might mean fewer hits on your blog, but at some point, quality is superior to quantity.

Please, turn off the firehose. 

We have indeed gone a little nuts the past couple of weeks, with over 700 posts. When the stories in the news are this fascinating, and when events which alone would merit total attention pile on top of each other (the Libyan war, Fukushima, government shutdown, the Egyptian revolution), this can happen. We're going to calm it down a bit as we approach the Beast.