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October 24, 2005
What Blogs Say

Low on the Hog gets a nod for his pithy explanation of how the MSM continues to misunderstand blogs. He says the popular sites aren't for the most part, reporting the news. They're trying to make sense of it.

Both that site and Ahistoricality are bragging on how much their blogs are worth, which is the new blogger game. Before you go and look, I'm willing to admit this one isn't worth a cent. ("Who cares," she grumbled. "Stupid Technorati, anyhow.)

I hate the specter of unemployment and poverty. I hate that I can't donate to NPR at my usual level. That I can't buy any new books. That I can't kick in a few bucks to someone whose opinions I respect and who needs a little assistance.

We're rapidly approaching the season of giving, goodwill, and charity. Make a list, and check it twice. You need to know who not to to hand a dollar to. (The first commenter has a good point, but the fact that the Bush Administration is funding a homophobic Christian organization at 95% but pitching a fit over funding the non-partisan news at NPR at more than about 15% says a lot for the priorities of the Bush Administration...and I don't approve.)

Hypocrisy, thy name is Hutchison.

Pondering the 96 feeds in my Bloglines list, I think I really need to cut down. And where I think I'll start is with a lot of those "group" blogs with six or fifteen people posting on them. I just don't have time to read all of that every day. Or even every week. Most of the time I enjoy individual blogs so much more anyhow. I like the unique voice and perspective of following an individual's point of view. (Obviously, some group blogs are immune from such action.)

Today's worthiest entry. Even if Tyler Florence isn't quite that big of a stud. And even if he (Res Publica) didn't have enough sympathy for Marc Summers who must be facing some ugly blackmail for continuing to participate in, "Unwrapped" except that sometimes he (Marc Summers) does actually visit independent producers or small companies. Which might save him (Marc Summers) from going straight to hell. But his (Res Publica) entry was pretty funny, so you should read it.

Where's the.... Maybe LabKat has the right idea? You want to attract traffic...show 'em the beef(cake)? At the moment, I'm torn between the awareness of my largely male reading audience and my desire to improve upon LabKat's parade of Ubersexuality.

And, more seriously, Brad R., at Sadly, No, explains to someone named "Justin Darr" why he...well, blows.

Posted by AnneZook at 03:54 PM


As I am the Baltic Avenue of the blogosphere, my post was not so much a boast as the shocking realization at how overinflated real estate has gotten!

Based on your inbound links (78), I'd guessyour site would be worth about $44k. Now who should be bragging?


Posted by: Jeff at October 24, 2005 04:51 PM


Thanks for the exemption! I have hardly any group blogs on my reading list anymore. Even individual blogs with more than about two posts a day (present company excepted!) get tiresome.

My own blogging has slowed to a crawl (if it weren't for Ralph, Cliopatria would be a ghost town) because I just don't feel obligated to dash off stuff about everything anymore. I want to have something substantial to say, or I want to avoid cluttering up my life and other people's.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at October 25, 2005 02:12 AM

Awww, Jeff. :) That's the nicest thing anyone has said to me all week!

As it happens, I think your blog is worth that and more.

Posted by: Anne at October 25, 2005 08:03 AM

Jonathan - It's been a problem I've been puzzling over for some time.

People talk of the world o'blog as a "conversation" but I have trouble having a conversation with a group of twelve people all at once. :)

There are only so many hours in the day and there are many days when I have to choose between commenting on other blogs (that "conversation") and blogging myself. (I've been thinking that I'll stop making the "blog round-up" posts where I just point folks to other blogs. Maybe that energy would be better spent actually talking to the authors of those blogs.)

One thing for sure. After having seen how much time it takes to just follow the news (forget about writing about it), I no longer wonder why "most people" pay so little attention to anything but the top headlines.

Posted by: Anne at October 25, 2005 08:21 AM