Friday, April 4, 2008


I was taking a semi-critical look at Ye Olde Blogroll the other day (It's Eclectic, don't you know). I have a close relationship with it; almost as close as that with my site meter.

What I really like about having a blogroll is having those sites I visit regularly all in one place. It's so much easier to just get there. I have lots more blogs (milblogs, legal blogs, just plain old everyday blogs) saved in my Favourites but I rarely visit to them. Those in my blogroll on the other hand, many of them are dailies.

But, alas, some of my old friends seem to be no longer posting. Or are already gone.

First I lost nEoAuTeUr. Damn, he was a good writer.

Terabell, Legally Numb, Not A Lawyer ... the first two haven't really posted in months and I see we might have to rename that last one Not A Lawyer (Lite). Me thinks Gerri must be too busy with Absolutely True. But I must confess, personally I much prefer her legal side.

And I'm not sure what's up with Law School Blogger lately. He seems to have lost some of his ... zip, his pizazz ... since Christmas. And then he posted Tuesday that he had been emailed a 'Cease and Desist' letter from the lawyers of some dude who owns and operates and owns the right to the name “LawSchoolBlogger” too. That even though he figures he could win it, he has decided to concentrate on his last year of law school, taking the Bar Exam and promoting his new book.

April Fools joke? Hard to tell. He insisted in comments that it wasn't. But then he put up a new post the next day without any reference to it. Men. Lawyers. Boys who want to be lawyers. Who knows ...

Fortunately, I still have some of my favourites.

Pipecleaner Dreams is written by a mom with five special needs children. She's a very good writer and always has interesting disability-related topics.

Mother of Shrek ~hi, Casdock ~ now if you're looking for something out of the ordinary, that's the place to go. Where does she find that stuff?

And of course my good friend, Punky D at Take Five.

Then there's the friends I've met and made along the way though Lex's ... Reflections by Kris, Fuzzilicious Thinking and JEOPARDYINMD. And the blog friend I found through Kris, Sara at Balancing Act. Come to think of it, personally I have almost no need to actually have Neptunus Lex up there. I have Lex's set as my homepage so I'm always there!

I can't remember who actually put me on to Boobs, Injuries and Dr. Pepper but that's been quite a ride. I hadn't been a real regular reader, just checking in here and there. But then I checked in one day in early March and found The Crazy Chronicles: Part I. She's up to Part 14 now. Check it out. I'm hooked. And despite how it might seem at first, no, it's not like watching a car train wreck. Another amazing writer. Sharing some very personal stuff.

One of my favourites at the moment though is Kaboom: A Soldier's War Journal. I checked out one post the first time FbL mentioned him, thought it was interesting. But when she mentioned him a few more times, I thought maybe I needed to pay more attention. I was right.

Amazing read. Amazing stories. It's one thing to read about Iraq in the newspaper. Even to follow the issues with the help of Lex's great writing. But to read what the young LT has to say? Something else. Language warning though, it's sprinkled a little liberally with the language of soldiers. But you get use to it. And he's good. Very good. I find myself checking daily for updates. As an aside, I also like the music he has up the moment - All These Things That I've Done by The Killers.

Ah well, I suppose I might have to do some housecleaning on some of those first ones. I just hate letting people go though. Keep hoping they might change their minds or something in their lives will shift. But one thing about the blogosphere, there's an amazing variety out there, from the great to the mediocre to the downright depressing. It's a good thing I have friends to help me sift through and find the good ones. I am sure there will be more soon.


Casdok said...

I will have a look at these - thank you!

Kris, in New England said...

Awww - thank you for the mention and the linky-love. Blog-friends are a new phenom and I'm loving every minute of it myself.

I keep my blogroll updated about once a month. Funny thing is, it really doesn't get any smaller...

Anonymous said...

Hi Michelle,

I am guilty of turning you on to BIDP, along with the other Lex Babes. She is more than an Amazing writer, but they haven't yet invented a good enough word to describe Crystal. Since I got to Afganstan, I haven't been able to get her website to load. My ISP has a problrm with the word "Boobs". They classify it as p0rn, and it just wouldn't do to have access to p0rn while in a Muslim country. So I get my sister to e-mail it to me.

Since you are such a fan of excellent writing, I would be remiss in my duties, if I didn't turn you on to "Eject,Eject,Eject" read the essays in his sidebar first. Rachel Lucas is also on my Must Reas liat.

You, I have on a feed, so I never miss a posting.

Keep up the good work!


doorkeeper said...

I wish I had more time, I wish I had more time...these sounds so interesting!

And it's good to see ya, Unkawill. God bless.