Ladies and Gentlemen! As the semester closes, I realize that my <90 subscriptions aren’t going to be enough to keep me warm during the winter. So, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Blogosphere: I humbly request you to post, and update your blogs.
I will be taking this opportunity to clean up my Blogroll that you see to your right (I’ll still subscribe!). I cannot keep giving you that undeserved privilege of being in the Arnie Almighty Blogroll if you do not post. I will remove you from my Blogroll if you fail to entertain me before the New Year. Please, I’m begging you.
And if you don’t own a blog, create one. Now. Do it. And send me the link.
Now I know there are avid blog readers out there, who have a good collection of blogs in their reading list. When I go through my subscriptions, I can’t find a blog that I can compare to a comic (comic-blog!) like xkcd. I love personal blogs, and as I have remarked in the past: personal blogs are like movies that advertise “Based on a true story.” But can I, point out a blog that can be a close comparison to webcomics like xkcd? Ok, maybe xkcd is a class apart—but atleast Sinfest, or pfsc, or any other comic I follow.
Does one really need to know how to draw to be able to make intelligent, thought-provoking humor?
Or is it just that I’m just missing out on the right blogs because a blog doesn’t get as much publicity as a comic?
And so now, to keep myself warm in the winter, I’m trying to find these blogs that I haven’t found yet: please recommend me blogs to follow, down in the comments. Or mail me privately if required. Preferably, also pointers to few of the blog’s best posts.
For blogs of people I don’t know (2-hop and 3-hop friend neighborhood), I do have the following criteria:
- Not a political discussion blog, with prejudiced debates.
- Not a tech blog. I’m a techie already, I don’t need to subscribe to a tech blog. Yes, you’re doing a great job with the content, it’s just that I can find you over google when I need you.
- Not a blog dedicated to movie and book and any other reviews. I don’t mind reading reviews, but usually I can only accept reviews from people I know (since I know how they think, so the review is more valuable to me). I can accept a blog which does reviews once in a while, if other content makes up for it.
- Not another Theory blog please. I’ve seen most of them, and I’m not interested in reading about P and NP and … Oh, except Scott Aaronson’s which I can recommend even to those who haven’t heard of him before. ;-)
Another point: in my random walks on the Blogosphere, I’ve seen some excellently well-written blogs: but I couldn’t associate myself with the content — I guess you know what I mean. I often get into this dilemma of whether or not I should be subscribing to such a blog, just because they can write well.
I love it when a blogger—but most often I see comic authors do it, and Seinfeld did it brilliantly—can bring out those subtle, and seemingly insignificant thoughts in my (your’s, everybody’s) mind with brilliant precision. With Humor. And somehow allows me to understand myself better. The “Get out of my head Randall” moments aren’t just freakish coincidences—Randall doesn’t “accidently” end up thinking like me. People like Randall and Seinfeld, IMO, are among the most brilliant of philosophers. For one thing: they understand themselves. They understand people. And they make effective use of their medium (comics, stand-up comedy) to convey their thoughts.
And so, where are the Randalls and Seinfelds of the Blogosphere? Where is that one flawless blog that I’ve been looking for? I’m pretty sure it’s there, just that I don’t know enough of the internet to find it.