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:
- And It Feels Like Home visits Edmonton – the view from the Ikea window is my favourite one in London (similar to this via acb’s photostream.
- Ten Blogging Commandments via Faith & Theology (who (kudos) I first found when looking up Tom Waits)
- A rather genteel and pleasant way of introducing people to new blogs via Scott Pack’s Me & My Big Mouth. Scott promised visit everyone that commented, so I am currently awaiting discussion on the confluence between Wagner and Bukowski through the medium of Tom Waits (him again).
- Fashionable Wood Green’s Big Green Bookshop go burlesque. That looked like fun, depending on how afraid of nuns you are…
- Owen Hatherley posted about modernist petrol stations.
- Nothing To See Here is always lovely, and (just as a few weeks ago) I’m now totally fascinated with that caf near Waterloo.