Wednesday 13 July 2005

so where did you see me go? It's not the right way you know.....

So much internet, so little time.

I like reading blogs. According to my feed on bloglines, I regularly read over 30 of them. I read them pretty voraciously: you update it, and there's a good chance I'll read it on the same day. I also like to comment - not always, but pretty regularly I think (and feel free at this point to chastise me if I stop round at yours and never say anything, and by the same token, please also feel free to let me know if I'm *always* leaving comments and you'd like me to stop....)

I feel a bit guilty though. There must be literally millions of blogs out there, and I read just the tiniest fraction of them. It's not as though I want to read them all or anything (jesus, can you imagine? all those knitting blogs, all those right-wing crazies, all tHoSE maDDenInG teEnaGeRs aND tHeIR ecCenTrIc TyPIng....). I just feel like I'd like to discover a few more. There must be loads of other brilliant stuff out there. If I could discover one really good one a week, I think I'd be happy.

How the hell do you find the time though?

Okay. I'm going to try an experiment.

Most of the blogs linked off here have links to other blogs that they read. I reckon that's probably a good place to start, but I don't think it will take me far enough away from here and the "circle" of blogs I frequent. I want to get out to somewhere I won't see all the same commentators... nothing personal.... I just want to explore a bit. Mummy still loves Daddy....

Here's what I'm going to do:
  1. Choose a link from my sidebar
  2. choose a link from the sidebar of that blog
  3. choose a link from the sidebar of that blog
  4. and repeat until I am 6 clicks away from here
  5. have a look at where I've ended up....
Of course, if I see anything I like on the way through, I'll leave a comment or something....

Let's see what happens shall we?
  1. Where to begin? Where to begin? OK. At the top. Retro-Boy. We have a few links in common, but there are lots to choose from. Hmmmmm.
  2. Okay. Katya Coldheart. Chosen pretty much at random, except that I've never been there before. She's British but in America. She seems nice, but it's hard to get into when they're on part 6 of their holiday journal. Time to move on (although for reference, I put my right shoe on first, I have a tattoo and I twirl my spaghetti).
  3. Again, we have a couple of links in common, and I'm familiar with a couple of other ones, so I'll avoid them and head over to Steve's Nude Memphis Blog. He owns a pickup truck but isn't a redneck apparently, which is nice. Apparently 48 people have hit this blog with the search term "nude child", which must be a worry for a normal blogger... but with a blog name like that, your random hits from google are never really going to be finding what they're looking for, are they? (says me, who gets hits for people looking for pictures of people pissing in sinks) I hope the 5 who came in looking for "nude marines" left disappointed, but I don't think I'm sticking around to find out. What I will say though, is that "fabulous breasts" is a wonderfully optimistic search term, isn't it?
  4. The Incurable Savant has a great beard, but otherwise could be the Milk Tray man. I was about to make a remark about his spelling, but then he makes a joke about it, and I am charmed into silence. He seems nice, but there are a lot of photos here about fireworks and parades. Onwards....
  5. The Peanut Queen's Lair. I've stumbled into a little circle here. She has links to Katya Coldheart, Steve from Memphis AND the Incurable Savant. That's not a bad thing, but I haven't been inspired yet. Ah. Trouble at home, trouble at work.... blogging gold dust... but she doesn't really want to talk about it. Fair enough. Hope it all works out.
  6. Okay then. Still we have blogs in common (albeit not ones I have a link to). How about Rainy Pete's Unbalanced World? You're my 6th click man.... what have you got? Oh shit. Is that a picture of a teddy bear? He doesn't like Bono & Bob Geldof though, so I think you'd like him Fox....
So. That's it. What have I learnt?

Hm. That I should hit the "next blog" button more often? (after all, that's how I found Charlie, the first blog I ever read regularly and I still go there all the time...)

How do you find the good stuff?

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