I have been a bad blogger for longer than I can remember.
Unfortunately, but if you know me personally, perhaps inevitably, I forgot to put my blogroll back up. This means that with the exception of linking to blogs within specific posts, I’ve not been linking to other blogs.
Part of the whole reason why blogging is such a breath of fresh air is that it fosters a community. Without links each blog is an island. When I gave my talk about using your blog as a measure of your identity I neglected to mention that the blogs that you read/link to are part of that assessment that a reader makes of you. As an example – if I were to link to the BNP, Combat18 or other far right/racist sites you’d have a different view of me than if I were to link to www.cuteoverload.com.
Kent Newsome writes extremely well on linking within blogging, talking about people who really should know better who have decided to stop linking. These people want to ‘wall off’ their section of the ‘blogosphere’* in order to protect their power.
So the Blogroll is back up – I’m going to try and limit it to twenty entries (otherwise I think it just gets unwieldy) – it’s a subsection of my Bloglines subscriptions.
Now – despite my head feeling like it is going to explode and some rather worrying sudden deafness, I’m going to take a look at the report on the July 7th bombings.