Monday, February 23, 2009

Blogging

I think I'm subscribing to way too many blogs.

I didn't login to my computer at all on Sunday. So, I went from Saturday evening to Monday morning without checking blogs (I think that may be some sort of record for me). Anyway, my blog reader this morning said I had 62 unread blog entries.

As much as I enjoy reading the MoHo blogs - I can't keep up with all of the blogs anymore - there are just too many of them. Lately, I've been mostly skimming blog posts. And, sometimes, when a blogger has multiple posts - I just click the "Mark all read" button and move on. There just aren't enough hours in the day.

Mind you, not all of these are gay Mormon blogs - although most are. But, I do have a life and other interests - really, I do.

. . .

OK, just kidding, I don't have a life - but I do have other interests.

I wish I could read and respond to everybody's blog posts. When I've been reading a blog for a while, I start to feel a kinship with them. When I stop reading their blog, I feel like I'm abandoning a friend.


This brings something else to mind - my blogroll of family blogs has become unwieldy. Any suggestions? I like having a comprehensive list of gay Mormon blogs. I think it can be helpful to others who find their way to the queerosphere. But, when the list has grown to over 175 entries, it's usefulness becomes questionable. I've thought about starting up a new blog: A MoHo portal - a jumping point to other MoHo blogs. Sort of like the Mormon Blogosphere portal where the blogs are categorized. But, I'm not sure I'm imaginative enough nor adept enough at web programming to pull it off. Any volunteers?

6 comments:

Kengo Biddles said...

You should talk with Scott about this. He had a similar idea.

And as for reading blogs -- I find that I skim most blogs, unless the topic's interesting, or I'm particularly attached to that person, then I'll read the whole post.

Ezra said...

Well, as much as I don't think the point of our blogging is a popularity contest, I wish there was a way to rank blogs--quality of posts, frequency of posts, closeted or out, gay or ally, and maybe even perspective--IE bloggers leaning more towards living openly gay and abandoning the church vs. blogs of members who are living the celibate life/married.

Dunno, I don't want to make it segregated out, but I'm just throwing around ideas. I usually have 10 or more entries a day to read, but there are definitely some blogs that I don't miss because they are my friends in real life or I find their perspectives really interesting.

It's hard, but I think I'm going to pare down my subscription list too.

Scott said...

You should talk with Scott about this. He had a similar idea.

I'm working on it! :)

Hopefully in the not-too-distant future (maybe a week or two, maybe a month or two) I'll have a site up that will at least serve as a categorized blog aggregator, with additional features to be added as I have time and inspiration to work on them. Keep an eye on my blog for updates.

Scott said...

Oh... and re: Ezra's comment, the ranking, categorizing, indication of perspective and philosophy, etc. is all stuff that I intend to incorporate. I'm just working out the logistics and trying to figure out the best way to work things so that I can give an accurate picture of things with a minimum of misunderstanding and hurt feelings.

(I'm not naive enough to believe that I can totally eliminate misunderstanding and hurt feelings, but I'd like to minimize them as much as possible) :)

Captain Midnight said...

I do the same thing. Every time I log into google reader I have like 45 blog posts to read. I find that I usually skip the ones with an overtly religious subject matter (does that make me evil?). I do appreciate your comprehensive blog list though, that was how I found most of the blogs I read. Maybe you could just delete the blogs nobody writes on anymore.

Beck said...

Three years ago when I came into this community, there were a handful - maybe a dozen - blogs and it was simple and easy to keep up.

Now it is prohibitive, discouraging and impossible. I guess that's a "good" development, but it does discourage me from even trying to keep up.