Well, it's about that time again. Time to blog about blogging. If you read over the archives, you will see that blogging itself is actually one of the recurring topics of my blog, in posts such as "Blogging as a Hobby...and a Skill?!" (02-07-05) and "Metablogging" (11-10-04). And as it turns out, I have some more observations about blogging that I think may prove interesting. But before I get into that, if you have been a part of any campus ministry at all, you need to check out the comic Which Circle? that appears regularly in The Door Magazine. "Inter-Varsity Girl" is my personal favourite of the bunch, but read through them all for a good laugh. I also highly recommend the episode commentaries for a healthy dose of satire in your day. But on to the main point of this blog.
As you may have noticed, I have restructed my links yet again. Despite the fact that I seem to do this on a bi-weekly basis, there was a definite purpose in doing so this time. You see, I have struggled with the idea of the "blog roll" for some time. I had listed everyone as "friends," but then there were some really good blogs mixed in with ones that were never updated or were very personalized (ie you need to know the person in order to understand the blog). Those few good blogs were the ones that really have a voice and a clear sense of blog presence, and I struggled with how to value those blogs without devaluing the blogs of other friends. Some people I know put the blog roll in a hierarchical list, and although that works, I am not the biggest fan of that idea. As I mentioned, I tried the alphabetical everyone on the same level kind of strategy, and I don't think that works either. So I've created a new paradigm that I think will work. You will see that I have not altered the "Friends" list, and that no blogs have been removed from that list, and that the new "Favourite Blogs" list does not go by name of the author, but by title of the blog itself. That is because these are the blogs that I check most often because they are so well composed and written, and the blogs that I would most highly recommend. Most of these bloggers are my friends, though not all are. Some are just really great blogs. By the way, thanks to U2 Sermons for their mention of my blog on their site! But I digress. The point is that these "Favourite Blogs" are the ones that I recommend to you, regardless of whether you know the people or not. I do also recommend the other blogs listed in the "Friends" section, but not as emphatically. So that's the reasoning behind my thinking. I will have to weigh in some other time with my thoughts on the communities within the blogosphere, but for now, I will leave you with a quick imperative: go blog yourself!
P.S. I think I need to either write less or find a way to display more text on the screen at once. Hrm. Suggestions?