The Tyee recently started this project called Blog Roller. Each month they ask a BC blogger to write a short piece about five our their favourite blogs. This month, they kindly asked me. The piece got, uh, kind of an unfortunate headline:
I subscribe to the RSS feeds for about 175 blogs. I skim most of those, and ignore a few completely. However, I read every post from the following five blogs — they’ve earned my complete attention. While writing this piece, I observed a trend: in one way or another, I want to be all of these people. Is envy a good metre-stick for favourite blogs?
It was hard to pick just five. I would have liked to select some less popular ones, but I couldn’t think of any that I really loved. Either popular blogs get popular because they’re good, or I’m not trying hard enough to find new, unpopular stand-outs. I tend to add and subtract a few blogs each month on my reading list, but maybe that’s not enough. Good also tends to equal original and creative for me, so that can be a tall order.
On a related, self-promotional note, I’m apparently quoted in this month’s Wired magazine. I haven’t seen the physical edition yet, but it’s in a little sidebar to Clive Thompson’s (one of my favourite bloggers from The Tyee, coincidentally) story about transparency (scroll way down to the bottom of the page). As a long time reader of Wired (I have their second ever issue around here somewhere–it’s got Douglas Coupland on the cover), I’m pretty psyched about that one. Next stop: actually write a whole article for the magazine.