New link over in Reading – http://itkitchen.info – which I spotted over at weblogtools.
This blogging malarkey is an odd thing. There are some people that seem to take it so seriously (I don’t), some blogs that it seems everyone wants to link to (Zeldman, Meyer, Boing Boing), some blogs that if they post something ever so many people link to it or jump onto the same bandwagon (I think many people just blogged and trackbacked about the MT licensing so they could generate traffic to their blog for instance) and also many myths about blogging – what you should write, who you should or should not write about, what makes ‘good’ blogging and this project is something I’ll certainly be reading, if nothing else to find out what the opinions of others really are. (The part that interests me in particular is blogging and the law – did what I posted break the law ? Do I care ?)
What will be interesting to watch is how, if certain ideas are put forward whether blogs take such ideas on and change accordingly. I do think that no matter how many blogs we have links to, how many blogs we have bookmarked in our browser or how many blogs we pull the feeds from that we tend to stay inside our own little circle – a circle we have defined for ourselves. That’s not a bad thing, and we all do it, but then in terms of this vast amount of information that this thing called the internet has, it means that we are taking a very parochial view of it and such a view is nearly always a bad thing.
I wonder how people do choose their links ? Or not ? Do they choose them because they have a genuine interest in what the person has to say ? Do they link to them so they can be seen to be doing so ? Do they hope for some sort of ‘link kudos’ ? Do they just like very long sidebars ? Is it to do with Technorati ? Blogshares ? Something similar ?
Still on blog linkage, it’ll be interesting to see other’s thoughts about removing links. No-one minds their site being linked by another blog do they ? (or very few), yet I’d bet a lot would have something to say if their link was removed – I know I’ve had a vicious email about it before. For what it’s worth, when I rejigged my sidebar the other day, I left all the blog links visible, but all the sites I link to are now in a collapsible menu. Two reasons – I can see which blogs have been updated and they are personal pages. The sites are just that – sites -generally (but not always) impersonal.
http://itkitchen.info : should be a good read!
In other news, I sat down last night to do a wodge of WP work, got a few pages set up and then got hit with a humungous headache. No dehydration issues, no obvious cause, but it was one of my good (read very bad) ones. Darkened room didn’t help, so took myself off to bed at 10pm. Woke this morning, still there. Walked to the bathroom, then back to the bedroom. Still there. Came downstairs. Gone. Completely gone. Wierd ….. I feel like crap mind, but no pain is good, and I’ve got some of that work done which is cool.