Recovered from the Wayback Machine.
Herewith for fun and pleasure, but absolutely no profit: a mess o’ links. And yes, some of these posts link to me–vanity, vanity, all is vanity. But sometimes, I need to look in a mirror.
Frank Paynter brings us the first installment of answers to the question How do you blog?. Interesting our different takes on the same question. Featured in today’s post are Jeneane Sessum, Rebecca Blood, Ronni Bennett, and yours truly.
Elisa Camahort pointed out the Carnival of Computing, which I didn’t know about and appreciations to her for giving us a heads up. This is a good way of hearing the tech voices drowned out in the tech.meme.
You’ve seen his comments, now read his blog: McD’s McBlog. He’s already gotten into trouble — pretty good for a new blog.
Julie Leung has a lovely post about her husband missing her when she takes a break from her weblog:
In survival mode, I think only of the next minute. Typing seems tiresome. Naps are what I need. But as I begin to enter into health again, I find desire. I find dreams. I find creativity. I find the pieces of me that are here. And I find the ways I connect with others that don’t happen in any other aspect of daily life, perhaps even with the person who knows me most intimately.
Dave Rogers — the naughty one, not the nice one — has been writing a mess of good stuff lately. He just spent $150.00 at iTunes downloading Christmas music, but be sure to read his two posts on social hygiene.
(Juxtaposition of which is kind of ironic: Christmas has become too commercialized; ooo, look at what I downloaded from iTunes!)
From his Social Hygiene essay, the following rings true as Silver Bells (one of my favorite Christmas songs–especially with Brenda Lee or the Supremes):
My objection is that marketers are the people who are, more and more, driving every aspect of our lives. Our culture is becoming more and more commercial, with competition and consumerism being the two dimensions of commercialism. I don’t see many people objecting to this, and too many of the “authorities” on the web, high attention-earning webloggers, are little more than marketers, each with a commercial interest in advancing their own commercial message.
If we’re going to have any hope of preserving some space for purely social interactions, where someone isn’t manipulating us for the purpose of seeking a competitive advantage, we’re probably going to have to make one. But I wonder if it isn’t already too late?
No, not too late. It exists here. Unless I can convince you all to make me enough of a Successful Weblogger that I can retired from weblogging.
Seth Finkelstein who is always great about linking to other discussions on a topic in the A-Lister’s posts–thereby forcing them to look outside of their tight little circles–is feeling the pressure between life and weblog.
Phil Ringnalda summarizes his year in 12 copy and paste comments. Oddly enough, in response to my comment on this post, Phil wrote something that could be a copy-and-paste comment for me for December:
For now I’m still willing to play the hand I’ve dealt myself, but I’m thinking a lot less permanently about permanence these days.
Maybe even into January…
Dori Smith did a little matchup on the recent Backchannel discussion, with a comment something along the lines of …to be continued in March at SxSW.
I have started lifting weights; I’ll be ready.