[fr] CTTS a vécu la plus grande partie de sa vie sans blogroll. Fastidieuse à maintenir, paresse, etc. Il est temps de changer ça: les blogazines et blogs-marketing ayant pris le dessus dans l'esprit des gens quand on dit "blog", je désire mettre en avant ceux et celles qui font et ont fait mon monde. Certains bloguent depuis plus de dix ans, certains moins, mais tous ont en commun de bloguer par passion avant de bloguer pour le profit. Une invitation à se rappeler que le blog dit "personnel" a encore de beaux jours devant lui, une fois remis de la gueule de bois marketeuse qui nous pend au nez.
Look down the right column of this blog. (Yes, you need to be on the actual web page to do this.) Scroll down a bit. Further.
Do you see it?
When I started blogging, there weren’t that many bloggers around. Well, there were many, but not as many as today. There were a handful I started to read and like, and I listed them in my sidebar like everybody was doing. (At one point we learned that it was called a “blogroll”.)
Very quickly, though, my blogroll started failing me. I couldn’t put everybody in there. I also realised that once somebody was in the blogroll, it was very hard to remove them. So when I changed the design of my site to design #3 way back when (don’t ask, I’ve lost count) I just scrapped the blogroll.
Everybody had one. It didn’t really matter if I didn’t: the paths through the blogs were well-trodden.
Years have gone by, and Climb to the Stars, for most if its history, has never had a blogroll. But it’s time for that to change.
This last year or so has been coloured by my increasing frustration about what blogging has become. Blogs have now become synonymous with blogazines and blogging-by-numbers (thanks for the expression, Adam), which leads some to say that the blog is dead (are you kidding), while still others actually don’t have the slightest clue about what blogging as a medium really is.
So, I need a blogroll, you see. A blogroll to celebrate the long-lived geeky personal blog. Yes, personal and professional mix. But these are the blogs which are written for love before they are written for profit.
My blogroll will forever be incomplete, imperfect, missing people, and with the odd superfluous “what’s that one doing in there?” link. Doesn’t matter.
It’s an invitation. An invitation to discover blogs that revolve around a name, not a brand. Blogs that have been around for a couple of years or more than 10.
Blogs, and bloggers.