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Link blog dilemma

September 21st, 2004 · 3 Comments

Ted and I had a fiesty debate during our vacation about del.icio.us and link blogs. I don’t know what to do. On the one hand, I enjoy reading other’s link blogs and I’ve discovered some great posts and writers through these feeds. On the other hand, I need simplicity. Blogs are like living organisms, and the idea that I would add one more to my life seems complicated. I fear it might suffer neglect. I also wonder how much information is too much: how many links do I need to bookmark and save? Already I have plenty of paper information (books, files) that I don’t use as often as I thought I might. Blogging for me is mostly relational: getting to know others and sharing life. Then again, a link blog would require less work than original content posts. I do like sharing the wealth and letting others enjoy what I have enjoyed. I like linking. I read a good number of blogs and often discover posts that give me a smile or a thought or two. Some bloggers seem to incorporate links of varying sizes into their blogging style without a separate link blog. I think for now what I will do is create occasional “dump” posts with lists of links. But I’d be interested to hear from others any opinions on link blogs.

Here goes…

  • A while ago enoch and I dialogued about changes in medical school anatomy class. NPR has started a series on medical school, including a segnment on ethics and one on the first day of anatomy lab..
  • Lucy’s Top Compliments including It’s no wonder he stared at you all night. This post has encouraged me to do what I was already thinking I should do.
  • I can play guitar but I blog because I can’t dance.
  • Liz Ditz quotes Joan Ryan: We are behaving, frankly, the way people do who are under siege.
  • There’s a movement for everything including underwear tags: Women deserve to be tagfree found via Jacqueline Mackey Paisley Passey
  • Ben Hyde on Getting Things Done: The GTD system has no mention of the role of one’s honey! That can’t be right. . Anil Dash also posted on GTD: The tech community is hungry for a digital Martha Stewart.
  • While on vacation Ted and I watched an episode of The Apprentice for the first time. Afterwards we sat around talking about the dynamics, psychology and business skills. Chip Gibbons filled me in on this week’s adventures.
  • Via Anita Rowland, I discovered Craftster.org The Blog. Fun!
  • I believe blogging is, at its core, about passion and generosity. Those words came to mind when reading a post on getting noticed and a response to it. But sometimes I struggle with concise and clear expression. So I liked Doc Searls’s succinct advice: Write about stuff you care about, and link generously. Indeed, I will!
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    3 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Chris // Sep 21, 2004 at 5:29 am

      I occasionally do a link dump post too. I’ve totally gotten out of the habit of saving links or bookmarks. I tend to trust my ability to Google up what I need when I need it. It’s probably a dangerous habit…

    • 2 pops // Sep 21, 2004 at 7:45 am

      As the Monty Pythons said in the University of Wullamaloo sketch – RULE ONE – THERE IS NO RULE ONE!

      Since the medium is still up in the air to some extent think about this. How ’bout a column of just links? (Michael over at eclecticism does that) or you could have an all links post now an then. I used to do on on Tuesdays. That way the people who don’t link lkinage could skip Tuesday’s edition.

    • 3 Julie // Sep 22, 2004 at 12:21 am

      thanks Chris and pops for your comments. Pops, I like your idea of a one-day-a-week dump…maybe I’ll try that one myself…