Monday, September 8, 2008

The Global Blogging Community

I started this blog essentially for myself - to keep track of all the people who came in and out of our lives by gracing our Shabbos table. It quickly evolved though into something more than I ever imagined. Part recordkeeping, part venting, part emotional cleansing....
It also connected me to many new faces in the blogging community, and for this I am very grateful.
There has been a bit of criticism lately of this new "digital intimacy" but I strongly disagree. I love the new "global community" and I do feel concern for, celebrate with, mourn for and generally support my fellow bloggers. Sometimes I have/make the time to post a comment of sympathy, support and concern and sometimes I just feel it in my heart. Perhaps I should make more of an effort to do so in writing and to thank you all for contributing more than you know to my life. THIS STORY really hit me hard.
So I'm going to respond by mentioning feloow bloggers in my posts once in a while.
I don't know if you've noticed this or not, but my blog does not really have a true "blogroll". This is intentional, because I feel a bit of implied responsibility for what other people say if I list them on my site.
I would like however to mention frumcollegegirl in this post because I find her witty, entertaining, clever and she seems to behave {grin}. I have never met her but she has a beautiful writing style and I'd like to have her for Friday night dinner sometime {wink}. Now please bear in mind that a precedent has been set for guests at my table to end up marrying one of my children, but rest assured that my next son is too young to date at at the moment, lol.


rickismom said...

The reason you gave for not having a blogroll is the same one I have... the possibility of implied consent.
Also, if someone adds me to their blog roll, and I also have a blog-roll, it would be "good manners" to add their blog to my roll. But if I disagree with them, or even if they simply don't write well (making the blog a waste of time), I feel that it would not be fair to my readers to have them on the blog roll. So not having a blog roll at all saves me from that predicament.
In addition, , when I see bloggers with a blog roll of 35 blogs or more, I wonder if they really keep up with them, and recomend them, or if they just add all the people who have added them?

With the new "follow" feature of blogger, I hope to be able to keep up with about 20 blogs (10 Jewish and 10 special-needs), as I will not need to "check" for posting, just go to newly-posted ones.But even that is time consuming, and I am paring slowly the list to the better ones. I will try new ones (which I run into from comments, or posts like your on Frum college girl). This type of post, in my mind (a linking post, is a much bigger better way of telling people what you like without implied endorsement. (I have even posted links, saying specifically that this article is good even tho'I disagree with them on some issues...)

G6 said...

I haven't yet tried the "follow" feature because I'm a HUGE fan of google reader. I'm not sure how it's different - it seems to do the same thing kinda/sorta, no?
Without my reader, I'd NEVER keep up with all my blogs and you know I love you guys, right? ;)

Rebecca said...

Where Go The Boats?


Dark brown is the river,

Golden is the sand.

It floats along forever,

With trees on either hand.

Green leaves a-floating,

Castles of the foam,

Boats of mine a-floating

Where will all come home?

On goes the river

And out past the mill,

Away down the valley,

Away down the hill.

Away down the river,

A hundred miles or more,

Other little children

Shall bring my boats ashore.

-----by aoc powerlevewling