One good reason to make sure I write on occasion is because I don’t know how many other people like me there are out there. I like the form, and I’m old. So I have a bookmark file. A very old bookmark file. And at some point, after feed readers went the way of the dodo bird (does anyone still use a feed reader?) I categorized the blogs that I had bookmarked in the heyday of the form. And on occasion, on an idle weekend afternoon, I will roll through one or two of the categories: China, Chicago, Librarians, Tech Culture. Yesterday it was China, and soooo many are gone or haven’t had a single update. Conversely, there are some who have been active all this time that I don’t read regularly but should. If not because they are written by people I consider good friends, then because it would be good for me to read good, dense writing.
Here are people whose bookmarks got moved into the dead folder (yes, I keep a list of the dead ones):
- Tricia Wang’s Bytes of China
- Angry Chinese Blogger was amusing
- I think Autonomour Region was about a laowei in Xinjian, and frequently discussed Uighur affairs
- China Geeks
- The all too briefly lived China Bubble Watch, and now the bubble is starting its long slow burst?
- Travis in Wuhan was, if I remember, the only pre-existing English-language Wuhan blog. Do I count as a Wuhan blog? Again, all too brief
- CN Reviews. I don’t even remember what this was
- Digi-China may have been another Tricia Wang joynt.
Yeah, I know, sitting around following dead links isn’t a terribly rock-and-roll exercise. But I am listening to the descriptions of the super harrowing wildfire evacuations in Canada. Along with floods, there’s just going to be a lot more of that in the future. I don’t take a Sunday paper anymore, and I rarely go to church. What else should I be doing on a Sunday morning?
One of the original purposes of doing this was to track the development of blogs themselves. It seemed like they would persist as a glowing movement of self-expression and micro-expertise. And sure–they are totally still that. Another purpose, one that this is taking on unexpectedly, is a snapshot of what life is like. The idle scrubbing of bookmark files. Who does that?