In the blog-only era of the early 2000s, folks like me had our personal site, and we also watched a set of sites that we truly followed. RSS was our Twitter, and we carefully pruned a list of other folks who we’d check each day. I let about 40 or so “voices into my brain” each day, and those voices mattered to me, a lot. Most of us even created “blogrolls” – links to folks we felt were worthy of attention (really – remember those?!). And when someone wrote something noteworthy, others in the network might write a response, always with a link back.via Writing Every So Often: The Personal Essay Makes A Comeback | John Battelle’s Search BlogJohn Battelle’s Search Blog.
This pattern still happens, of course – that’s what I’m doing now. But it happens far less regularly, and without the clear social network that used to define communities of blogs.
I am slowly diving back into Google Reader AND reblogging items. That brief spurt of G+ sharing got some nice conversations, but… I do want things on my own site.
Still a bit of schizophrenia about when to post here vs. when to post at links.bmannconsulting.com.