You know, I keep cutting back on the good ol' blogroll lately. Many of the people up there now have been friends for a while, but the more I look at what they say the more I don't like the way they write. Sure, I think they're all good people at heart, but most of them appear to have fallen into "the format".
Make a brief intro to an article.
Link the article
Highlight a clip of the article to pontificate on.
Foam at the mouth for a while.
I'm pretty much done with this sort of thing. Nothing gets done with it and no new ideas come to light from it. All this organizing and showing solidarity doesn't actually do anything. It just makes like minded people feel better about themselves.
So I'm now out there looking for blogs that actually build a case on facts and don't jump to conclusions about things when all the facts aren't available. It's few and far between that I can find one like that nowadays. People tend to look at what everyone else is doing and make something similar.
I am personally dissatisfied with that format. It tends to make an affront against people with differing opinions and does nothing for a dialogue of any sorts. There is either with or against. (Apologies for the Pres. Bush pun.) So what I'm vowing is to try and link only open bloggers that gather all the information to come to specific and correct conclusions, not bandwagoners and die-hards. I will also link those with ideas that come from their very own heads, not some regurgitated Dittohead/KOSsack concept. I will do my best to stick to that standard as well.
Thank you for understanding. I think these things are what has been destroying the blogosphere for me.