Blogrolls are the best artifacts of the Early World Wide Web. Or Weird Wide Web if you like. As you would look at someone’s collection of books or vinyl, the same goes for blogrolls. It gives the reader, the digital wanderer, more avenues and alleyways (thank you Rancid) to discover.

I follow over 200 personal blogs in my RSS reader. Some people’s blogs I’ll read every post, some I’ll skim, some I keep to glance over post titles to see what is going in that person’s world.

I wish there was an easy way to keep a webpage in sync with the OPML file in my reader. The thought of manually keeping my blogroll in sync with my feed would be too time consuming. Though maybe it would be a fun project to post about 3-5 blogs I follow every week. Then again, I already share blogs and posts that interest me on my blog and it might be too redundant.

Looks like the WordPress Webmention Plugin hasn’t been working for me for some time now.  I’ve been trying for a while to troubleshoot it but I’m coming up running out of ideas.  Seems like I can send them fine manually, they won’t send when posts are published.

I don’t know if this has anything to do with it, but when I send them manually using Telegraph by Aaron Parecki they only send when I don’t include www before my domain name?

In any case, going to try and catch up on a whole bunch of Webmention sending in the next little while.

The idea of posting on your blog and cross-posting to lots of place is the right idea, no argument there, the problem is that the places you can actually cross-post to are few and far-between. The two places mentioned in the article that can peer with most other blogging software are and WordPress. Everything else as far as I know, if you want to peer with them in a POSSE-like way, requires you to remove features from your writing, and you have to decide if it’s worth it.

Even though blogging is a very singular pastime, the knowledge that there are others out there, just like you, who throw words at the web through some kind of compulsion to write and share — even if no one will read it – is profound. It reaffirms who you are and what you are doing.
Blogging is a lifeline, a connection to people and a world that might not be possible offline because of the reticence to interact and the fear doing so generates. I can’t think of a better reason to do it.

The best version of the internet is built on links between personal websites rather than for search engines or aggregators. Surf don’t search the web.

Linking to something is a deliberate choice.  Following a link from someone’s personal website is usually a guarantee that there is something worthwhile on the other end.  The internet should act as an extension of our real world connections, not supplant them.  Following links from people you know creates a network where internet only connections are second to real life connections. Using search engines or aggregators usually means you end up looking at content from people you don’t know in real life.

And with the rise of generative AI technology, the internet has become more tainted with falsehoods and filler than ever before.

Can you melt eggs? Quora’s AI says “yes,” and Google is sharing the result. Incorrect AI-generated answers are forming a feedback loop of misinformation online.

The Tragedy of Google Search

The closing of the canon