Take this Blog and Shove It
I’ve had enough geek blogging.
I’ve had enough news blogging.
I’ve had enough political blogging.
I’ve had QUITE enough blogging about blogging.
And I have most certainly had enough “me too” and “can you believe that asshole” blogging. (Since they’re really the same thing.)
Understand that when I say “I’ve had enough” I mean exactly two things:
- I’ve read enough
- I’ve written enough
It’s poisoning my head.
The problem is that I’ve become addicted to the aggregator. Between being a geek, and getting all my news online, syndication has become a very attractive way to stay in touch. But everything I’ve been aggregating comes in one giant soup and usually I’m not interested in most of it. I’m not going to go into too much detail about the aggregator I want, because I’m considering writing it.
I had a great phone call this afternoon which reminded me of the possibilities of this medium. There are people out there doing real thinking, making real observations. There are connections worth making, and it’s wrong, objectively wrong to distill it down to “generating fresh content.”
I don’t care what people think. That’s not important. What IS important is THAT they think and that their approach with regards to other thinkers is fundamentally an open one. Somewhere I lost sight, after however minor a fashion.
So the winnowing has commenced. As of this writing my Radio aggregator rips 50 streams. The goal, and I expect it will be an incredibly easy one, is to get it down to 5, maybe 3. I’ll continue to use NetNewsWire to rip the other 45, because that’s really an application that makes a great ticker.
The list I’ve got in my head is:
From there I’m going to start looking around for other sites that are interesting by whatever nebulous standard of the moment I have.
But if it’s not stretching my head, it doesn’t belong. There’s enough out there in the world that will stretch my head to go looking for it.
“But your mind, like this teacup, is already full.”