Grantland starts posting articles at 9 a.m., so once that time comes, I refresh the page every half hour until 6 p.m., because many of my favorite writers happen to work there. Outside of that, I monitor what I read based on my Twitter feed. I follow all of my favorite writers and some outlets, so I tend not to miss when people have written things and let the Internet know of their postings via social media. I also pay close attention to the writers I actually know well, because I enjoy takes on culture, politics, whatever from people with whom I have a personal connection. I've got to be semi-selective, though, because I spend probably 75% of my work day (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) writing. The majority of reading comes during a quick lunch, a break between writing multiple stories, or once I'm done for the day.
I rarely go to a site and spend time looking for things. Instead, I click on articles based on what I see on my Twitter stream, which I (for better or worse) check probably every 10 to 15 minutes. Speaking of Twitter, I spend my longest stretches on there in the 15- to 20-minute period after an article goes live. I like seeing the initial reaction, be it "positive" (and thus, replying with thank yous), "you spelled that wrong in paragraph 4" (fixing it), or "i hate you, die" (in which case, I'll either retweet them or send them the Urkel GIF). Outside of that, however, I tend not to spend more than a minute on Twitter in any long chunks during the work day.
I don't really have a set routine for how I get news over the course of the day, but I do find myself winding up on some sites more than others, mainly because there are writers (some that I know, some that I wish I knew) who seem to be interested in the same type of stuff as I am. I'll always be a New York magazine fan, and Amanda Dobbins writes about the weird pop culture things I want to read and also write about. Same is true for sports and Buzzfeed, especially Kevin Lincoln, who often writes about similar stuff as I do, which makes our relationship 1 percent competitive, 99% awesome. I have very few "go-to" sites, but there are many writers I'll check out as it happens over the course of the day (Erika Ramirez and Jason Lipshutz, Billboard; Grace Wyler, Business Insider; Gene Demby, Huffington Post) and then there are people who write longer stuff I'll pause my entire life to spend 5 minutes reading (Jon Caramanica, The New York Times; Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic; Zach Baron, wherever he so pleases, to name a few). When it comes down to it, I'm a fan first, writer second. I hope it always stays that way.
I find myself reading as many, if not more, articles in fields I don't write in. So, politics, finance, and tech end up taking up a large amount of my web reading—politics because I really care about it a great deal and will probably end up jumping in that sphere at some point in my life; finance and tech because I have no idea what anything means or how to do anything. I find myself reading super well-written, accessible finance and tech articles (The Times' Jenna Wortham, Gizmodo's Sam Biddle, ReadWriteWeb's Jon Mitchell, New York's Kevin Roose) from beginning to end, paying closer attention than I would to anything else, because I'm just so clueless and want to not be so dumb. A few of these poor souls are forced to deal with my post-"just read your article" texts and Gchats and emails asking for further explanations on things, which they always seem to entertain, probably because they feel bad for me. But it's all very appreciated.