I’ve succumbed: I now have a “link blog”

For a long time I’ve talked about how the best blogging techinques involved less, longer postings rather than lots and lots of one-liners, but all the time I’ve been tracking over 200 sources and bumping into a variety of business and industry stories that were darn interesting, just not interesting enough to turn into long articles on my weblog.
So I have succumbed and have created a separate blog with the help of the slick Bloglines toolkit:
  Dave Taylor’s Blog Clippings
It doesn’t work perfectly – I wrote an entry this afternoon that somehow vanished into the nether regions of Bloglines after I saved it – but as I bump into interesting material, I’ll do my best to pop out a sentence or two along with a link.


Also worthy of note is that I am showing some of my “blogroll”, though nowadays that should be more properly called an “rssroll” I suppose, since at least 30% of the information sources I list are RSS feeds from non-weblogs.
Nonetheless, I hope some few people will find this of sufficient interest to pop over occasionally and see what’s catching my attention and what news and information sources I’m tracking at that given day.
If you have a source that you think would be a nice adjunct to those I already read (including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BBC World Service, BusinessWeek, Wired, The Washington Post, and Reuters) or have a suggestion for a better RSS-search-subscription service than Bloglines miserable solution, I’d love to hear about it.
Indeed, I really want to be able to do “Google style” searches across the RSS/blog space and subscribe to the results, so I can, for example, subscribe to all entries that point to this site, intuitive.com, but aren’t from one of my other weblogs, or want to subscribe to mentions of “Dave Taylor” but aren’t about hockey (there’s also a Dave Taylor who is manager of the LA Kings hockey team and I bump into articles about the Kings far too often with rudimentary search systems).
It’s also unfortunate that you can’t leave comments on my new linkblog, but perhaps that’s just as well. I don’t really need yet another stream of comments to moderate and, yes, fix spelling errors within. 🙂 If you have a reaction to what I’ve written or want to engage me in a discussion about something, why not just send me a quick email instead? You can always find me on Gmail (which is gmail.com for those of you who haven’t drunk the proverbial koolaid) as “d1taylor”.

2 comments on “I’ve succumbed: I now have a “link blog”

  1. Cool, Dave. Glad you’re doing the linkblog thing.
    I started doing this too a few months ago, but I took a different approach: I use del.icio.us as a link blog. But rather than have it on a separate site, I use that in a few different ways.
    For Contentious, I use RSS-to-Javascript (a free tool) to run my feed into my sidebar, always showing th 5 most recent items as my recommended reading list.
    I also use del.icio.us to track comments I leave around the web, and I run a feed from that into my sidebar on my other blog, The Right Conversation (http://rightconversation.com). I figured that would be appropriate since the focus of that blog is conversational media.
    Finally, I use del.icio.us to feed linkblog-style postings to The Right Conversation and to my citizen journalism venture, I, Reporter (http://ireporter.org).
    Personally I like integrating the linkblog into my main blog this way, it works for me and it seems to work for my audience.
    So why did you decided to sequester it all in a separate site? I’m not second-guessing you, I’m just curious about your reasoning.
    – Amy Gahran

  2. Great! Amy I agree: Del.icio.us is indeed a good way to add a linkblog… very easy. It even lets you filter the links. I personally have it set up to only show links tagged ‘publish’, so whenever I add a link to my del.icio.us account, I can choose to have it show up on my blog by adding ‘publish’ as a tag. A good way to keep certain bookmarks for ‘private’ use.

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