Saturday, June 21, 2003

I realize my leave of absense was rather sudden and unannounced. I thought of leaving a post saying how long it would be - but I did not know myself. I could have left a message, but since I didn't know if it would be days or months, I I wasn't even quite ready to articulate the reasons it was necessary, it wouldn't have been very informative.

I have been thinking about this blog rather hard, wondering if it was worth continuing in objective terms. I think it's a great idea for everyone who enjoys it to blog, but I somehow can't muster enthusiasm for it myself unless there's at least the potential it will serve some purpose beyond that.

For awhile, I looked at the headlines of ten or twelve English language online newspapers published in non English language speaking places around the world, to find news that didn't make it into the mainstream news outlets. I still consider this a worthwhile endeavor, and my sidebar still has a special place for blogs which do those things. So far though, I don't think I've found anything major which the mainstream press didn't pick up eventually. I still tend to glance at the headlines of the New York Times online to see what's happening in the world, and the Washington Times to see what conservatives consider worth talking baout that liberals don't.

I still strongly agree with most of the political views I've espoused over the past few months, but I honestly can't say I'm the best exponent available for any of them.

If blogging or the web are ever going to lead us closer to froming a global brain, there are some great blogs written by people who know a lot more about the technology than I do. Joi Ito of Joi Ito's web and Flemming Fyunch of PN - The Political Network
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Blogs I read most frequently

This Fucking War

Oliver Willis

The Sideshow

Amnesty Rebels

These are all links to blog posts about the so-called Blogroll Amnesty Day. I wasn't on any of the blogrolls involved, but somehow feel no interest in linking to the huge blogs that have no interest in searching for new talent. I'll leave the links to the blogs where I first discovered what happened during my hiatus here as a sort of memorial.

No great loss for my blogroll. Atrios was less readable than Instapundit, Daily Kos is a stereotype of the angry left wing.


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