blogs worth re-reading

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Most blogs I read lightly. The list of blogs I find interesting is so long that I skim them, looking for nuggets of information and entertainment. Blogs tend to lend themselves to that sort of light reading--skipping from post to post (images of video games come to mind, complete with picking up useful items and "content points" along the way).

But every now and then, I stop short on a blog post, forced into a deeper level of reading and consideration than I expect. I tend to go back to the posts to read them again, trying to understand why they interrupted my breezy progress through the 'roll.

Timothy Burke's post "Living in a Historical Time" was one of those. Here's a bit from the end:

Some things cannot be cured, and must be endured. Or if not just endured, instead changed for the better and faced with responsibility and a principled understanding of what the limits and possibilities of action are. We can know, learn and grow in wisdom, and even fight back against the burdens of our time, looking for and making the miracle of progress in a world that has ceased to believe in it. But grief is grief. It is right and just that we feel loss from which there is no restoration. I can raise my daughter, and try to move back from grief. I can try to find again my sense of joy in the world and reconnect to friends and life. My father is dead and will always be, and everything that depended on the changing possibilities of his life in the world is gone. A ruin is broken stone and scattered metal forever, no matter what gets built on it later.

That's why I don't take Burke off my blogroll, despite the fact that he doesn't ping when he updates, doesn't update often enough, and doesn't allow comments. :)

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Well, I hope you still like me after today's essay. (dum da dum dum).

I need to put up a short essay about my reluctance to move to comments, pinging and the like. Because at this point it isn't just technical ineptitude...it's that I'm honestly a bit afraid of the consequences. One of the things I'm enjoying about blogging that I wasn't enjoying about the virtual community I had been a part of is that I can write whole essays (small, medium and large) that satisfy me at a pace that satisfies me and not cut them to fit an ongoing fast-paced asynchronous post-and-post dialogue, not get caught up in the issue of the day unless it suits me to.

I'm afraid that comment fields and update pings might reinsert me into some of that back-and-forth. I'll have to meditate on it a bit more. I also kind of like the technically simple, "hand-rolled" feel of a blog that's just an html document, nothing more. I wonder a little if Moveable Type wouldn't be one of those things that looks cool and simple but that ends up making something that has been cool and simple more complex than it needs to be.

Actually, I like the new essay a _lot_. And agree with most of it. Sure wish you had comments so I could respond directly. ;)

As to MT, my experience with getting my colleagues and students going on it is that the install can be a pain in the ass, but that once it's installed it's *significantly* cooler and simpler than maintaining a hand-rolled blog.

What I like about MT is that I don't have to worry at all about tags and formatting--I can just type, and MT handles everything else, including creating searchable archives. (That, perhaps, is one of the best aspects for me--being able to quickly search through past entries for fleeting thoughts that I preserved in a blog entry weeks or months ago. Or to send someone a link to an archive page that collects my various postings on a specific topic.)

Phew.

Anyway, yes, I think the most appealing thing about MT for me, and why I'll probably try to tackle moving to it in the not-too-distant future is enabling searching and also content-relevant indexing in my sidebar. I want people looking for computer game material to find it and people not looking for it to be able to ignore it, for example.

Good to see other 'connectors' (as Gladwell calls them in Tipping Point) in the KM/Social Software corner of the blogosphere. So many of the b-bloggers and technology bloggers seem to be wrapped up in their own disciplines.

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