In recognition that personal blogs are motivated by vanity—I am what I think and my thoughts and reactions, big and small, so good, must be shared—this first post will serve as a reminder that no matter how carefully I curate, I will never actually be as appealing as my carefully-curated blog-self. So even when the darkness sets in at the end of a long day in the field, and I grow warm at the thought of writing the best and most acclaimed blog on the internet, I must and shall strive to think, read, watch, listen, write, post, over, and over, and over again, until it hurts. This is my promise to you.
I am troubled, however: the link blog format has been deemed obsolete. Slate, perhaps you’ve heard of it, just ran an article on the format’s decline and on Robottke, a robot that trawls Jason Kottke’s Twitter subscriptions and favorite websites for links he’s likely to share. Says Kottke, “People tell me that what they like about my site is what I say about the links—it’s how I present the links, how I sell them in a certain sense. And [Robottke] doesn’t do a very good job of that at all.”
In his own words, Kottke has been spending more time on Stellar and has “been whittling down the discovery space of things that are going to be new and interesting.” Can The Journal of Theory restore the link blog format to its former glory [via meaningful commentary on an expanded discovery space]?