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9.04.2007

I Never Sat on the Senior Lawn

I've been thinking about this entry for a few days. I explore a lot of weblogs throughout the day. In fact, one of my favorite things to do when my health nails me to my chair is to "follow my nose" through Blogsville. I'll go to one of my favorite blogs and make my way through their blogroll. Sometimes I'll wind up several blogs away exploring neighborhoods I never knew existed. When I find a blog I really like, I put it on my own blogroll. I also like wending my way through Blog Catalog, a kind of guided tour of the blogging universe.

I don't build my blogroll to act as a popularity meter. It's my working atlas through blogs that I read each and every day and as such I keep it tidy. Here is a small list that I hope will explain things:
  • Mine is not necessarily a reciprocol blogroll. Sorry.
  • If I like your blog well enough to check it out every morning, it will be linked.
  • If you do not update your blog within a couple of months, it will be deleted.
  • If you are on hiatus your blog will be deleted, but I will bookmark your feed so that I'll know when you return. I will then link to you again.
  • If I comment on your blog a number of times and you do not respond to my comments, but do respond to the comments of others, you will be deleted. It's kind of like being shunned at a party.
  • If your blog isn't exactly my cup of tea, but there is a rapport between us and you've blogrolled me, I will gladly reciprocate.
That's it, I think. I'm not into the popularity thing, I prefer a small collection of blogs that I really enjoy reading over a sidebar full of meaningless links. I see it kind of like this: just because I overhear a conversation at the store, I don't go adding that person to my address book. That requires an introduction, some conversation and the possibility of further sharing. When I find a blog that I like it's like meeting someone I'd like to get to know better. If it happens, groovy. If not, no big deal.

All this having been said, I'd like to introduce you to 4 new (to me) blogs that I think are worth checking out:

Down With Pants: Brian lives in my old town of Ventura. That alone would be good enough, but his observations about life there are spot-on and funny. His blog lessens the miles between Oklahoma and the Land of the Lotus Eaters.

Eavesdrop Writer: What a great idea! Vienne hears snips of conversation around her and retells them in a way that always encourages thought and introspection. Her writing style is sensitive and she never tells the reader what to think.

Merisi's Vienna For Beginners: Merisi doesn't consider herself a photographer, but I beg to differ. Her photos reveal the real Vienna -- not the Vienna of tourism -- the Vienna of everyday life in the most beautiful city in the world.

Miss Meliss - Escribition: Miss Meliss is a working writer who writes about writing. Always informative, always thought-provoking, always on the precipice of being snarky, but never quite flipping into pithy cynicism. Interesting writing challenges, too.

I am currently building a page of the links that do not appear on my Blogroll.

That's all, folks!

7 comments :

  1. Hey, thanks for the mention, and the link-love. I've added your blog to my roll as well (though I use blogrolling.com so it may take a day or so to show up).

    I love your take on blogrolls. I treat mine in much the same fashion.

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  2. Here I go and read your post, enjoying what I read and then, oopsiedaisy, I almost drop die maus: that's my name there!

    I am really touched about what you have written. Thank you for the honour.

    While I have never felt any pressure from anyone about wanting to be put on my blogroll, I feel badly about not having any right now. I changed my blog's outfit a couple of weeks ago and have had not enough quiet time (or energy left), to reconstruct my link list.

    I try to respond to every comment on my blog, yet do not always succeed. I love to visit the bloggers who leave a comment and comment there too, alas, there are times when I go for days without doing so.

    Have a great evening,
    Merisi

    (Any move on the apartments?)

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  3. We've decided on the building on the Ro├čauaer Lande in the 9th. It's on the Kanal and is a very short U-ban hop to Rotenturmstrasse and all of our favorite places. Since there are at least 6 of these apartments in that building, I'm hoping one will be available. If not, I'll just show the pictures to our agent and say, "See this? We one one like this."

    I'm creating a page called, "Making it Happen" that will have a tab at the top of my page. The pictures will be posted there.

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  4. I like doing that too... seeing what folks I read are reading or have "family" with. Wish I could do it more. May I recommend one on mine next time you are going through. Click ReadySteadyGo for some intelligence. You'll like.

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  5. I would have also taken that one. ;-) Good luck (let me know if they have more than one available! *g*)

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  6. Wow, I'm flattered at your description of my writing. It's my greatest hope that readers will let their imaginations finish the converstations without any prompts from me. I'm so pleased you've recognized that! I enjoy your blog, as well, and happily linked it in my 'well-written blogs with personality' sidebar. Again, thanks much. Vienne

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  7. Missmeliss: Entirely my pleasure.
    RW: I like! I like!
    Merisi: I certainly will!
    Vienne: Thanks so much. I consider it a real honor.

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