Blog networks I read

September 21, 2003


Blog networks

I read blogs, it is my current off-time activity. I find that I read two particular flavors of blog by preference. The first are pundit blogs: Kevin Drum's Calpundit, the Volokh crowd of libertarians, and others who like to have their regular say about current events. I occasionally say a little about events as well. The second group is a little harder to characterize. I think of it as articulate women with an edge: Anne wrestling with her demons or Krista Scott-Dixon's feminist weightlifting, but many of them file their public presences as sex blogs. The Dirty Whore is one of the most articulate and strong-minded of these, which is why I linked to her from my blog.

As I read blogs I often leave marginal commentary, more often on the articulate women than on the pundits. I think that some of the people who follow up on my commentary from the articulate women are a little confused by what they find here - I don't fit into that blog network.

I am not really sure how I would characterize this blog. It is a diary on some level. It was a workout log when I first started it. It is a place where I hash out my writing problems. It is a place where I dump my comments on the class I just taught. It is also a place where I write up my thoughts on the issues of the day to get them out of my head so that I can then do my own work. I have not been doing much punditry, but I might do more.

I work hard to keep this blog very clean - I write it anonymously but as a practical matter I know that I have not hidden my tracks all that well. I don't write anything my wife could not read at work; I don't write anything that would get me in trouble with a possible hire. I doubt that my students read it, if they do they will find that I am not as confident as I try to appear and I think they can survive that discovery.

I do think that I will post a few more things that might appeal to the people who follow up on my odder offerings to other people's comment boxes.

And so to bed.

Posted by Red Ted at September 21, 2003 11:26 AM | TrackBack