circle game

| 2 Comments | 1 TrackBack

I'm increasingly convinced that the natural affinity principle I mused about earlier this week will be a major force in helping people manage the infoglut associated with the expanding "blogosphere."

Today's example. Jill Walker linked to an interesting blog called texturl. Read through a few entries, and found that the author, Brandon Barr, (a) lives here in Rochester, and (b) attended a symposium on 'language and encoding' today in Buffalo that my mother also attended (and that I wanted to attend). [added later: can't trackback without a link to a specific post, it seems. here it is.]

So yeah, texturl's on my blogroll now. Was probably only a matter of time before I circled around to it.

For no particular reason, I've settled on 25 as about the limit for what I can put on the list. Am finding it not too difficult to jettison some to accomplish this, however. At least not yet.


<addition time="a few minutes later" context="while surfing links that seem to interconnect the nodes I'm interested in">

My first sense of blog interconnections and "circles" was that they were likely to be relatively static and impermeable. My initial experiences seem to indicate more permeability than I had suspected...I ended up linking to, and then being linked from, many of the people whose writing I most enjoyed. Hrmmm. What to think? Open? Closed? Permeable? Impermeable? Unpredictable? Inevitable? Still too early to say, I think.

</addition>

1 TrackBack

As she mentioned in some recent comments, Liz Lawley of mamamusings found this site via Jill's blog; and it turned Read More

2 Comments

I've found that blog clusters do shift. At least, the blogs I read regularly shift, quite slowly. I have a few stable blogs I've read "always", but others sort of come close to my interests and then we diverge. It always feels a bit strange to remove those ex-reads from my blogroll, and if I've had good blog conversations with them I often leave them there for a good while after I really stop reading them because it just feels so rude to take them off.

I think I find new blogs I want to read regularly several times a month - some of them always sort of fade out though, or turn out not to post much or whatever. And then there are all the blogs I only read a post of when someone links to it, but I find some of those I come back to through links from other people...

- so my circle of who I read is definitely permeable.

I don't know how many blogs I really read regularly. I guess there'd have to be several layers - the dailies, the weeklies, the occasionallies...

Btw, have a look at Mark Bernstein's artifical life experiments with simulated weblogs and how, if you set them to follow simple rules (like read X of your neighbours at random, stop reading and choose another at random if their topic is very different from yours and continue if it's close to yours - pretty realistic, I expect) - following these rules for a few cycles, they'll cluster. He also does stuff where the blogs are unhappy with few like-minded friends and happy and productive with more - after going through some cycles, almost everybody ends up in a cluster and happy :)

Rereading it, there are HEAPS of good points here - also relating to how secondary interests help combat that dystopia of right wing bloggers only reading other right wing bloggers and being blind to anything else.

http://www.markbernstein.org/alife2.html

 

Categories

Archives

Recent Photos

www.flickr.com
This is a Flickr badge showing public photos and videos from mamamusings. Make your own badge here.

Upcoming Travel

Creative Commons License
This blog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Liz Lawley published on November 9, 2002 9:56 PM.

blog appeal was the previous entry in this blog.

iBlog is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.