How many blogs would a weblog blog if a weblog could blog blogs?

from dullhunks photostream

from dullhunk's photostream

 

I’ve been writing this blog now for several years, and was doing a different one before that, and for reasons previously discussed, have retained that mild dose of social misanthropy when it comes to internet correspondence. For that reason, I rarely comment on others’ blogs, and I rarely cross-link in the same way that others do. For this reason, my visitors average out at about 50 random guests each day – I tend not to try and work out repeat offenders: I know of two or three at most that read COUTTH regularly, and that’s probably about accurate.

But I wonder if going down this self-imposed isolationist route is causing me to miss part of the joy of the Web 2.0 experience? I certainly read lots of blogs (currently 147 subscriptions on my Google Reader) but I always feel a bit silly talking to random interweb people. I went through a years-long phase of visiting music-based forums and I think I’ve got that out of my system now, but my own experience is that people from the internet are actually quite nice. 

So to link to some articles/posts I have enjoyed recently: 

I’m also adding: Unmitigated England; Ornamental Passions; Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science; and Ghost Signs to the blogroll.

Web’d feet

I’ve been creating a website (in incredibly basic fashion) and have thus been researching and boning up on things like Google page rank, and the like. It’s all a bit complicated, so I’m linking here and we’ll see what happens.

I made the website in WordPress, and you know what, it’s not bad. Hosting for a proper domain name comes to $15, and if I want to edit the CSS beyond the standard (already fine) WordPress templates then it’s just another $15, and that’ll give you a basic, but fairly pleasant-looking site. I can do everything I need to do here, including incorporating RSS/blog stuff so I can do updates. It’s all pretty cool, and much less complicated than building a standard website from scratch. I look at that sort of thing and gawp.

So PageRank me now, Google!