diamond geezer

 Saturday, September 29, 2012

99 current* blogs with diamond geezer on their blogroll**
*(at least one post since September 1st)   **(blogroll must appear on blog's main page)

Ace Discovery, All Tickets Please, Along the Central Line, AngloAddict, (Arthur Pewty's maggot sandwich), Aslef Shrugged, Autolycus, The Banbury Man, Barefoot Through Life, The Bearded Man, Blogging Up The Works, blue mai, Blue Witch, Bow Report, Brian Micklethwait, Brockley Central, CabbieBlog, Cabin Essence, Cameron Counts, The Charlton Champion, Chelley's Teapot, Chertsey, Chicago Addick, Clandestine Critic, crinklybee, Dave Hill's London Blog, Days on the Claise, The Deptford Dame, Depthmarker, dig your fins, Distracting From The Now, Dogwash, D4D, 853, Eine Kleine Nichtmusik, English Buildings, evilmoose, A Fistful of Euros, F-Life! (Beta), Fresh Eyes on London, Games Monitor, ganching, (Girl With A One Track Mind), Goodnight London, Goonerholic, The Great Wen, The Ham and Egger Files, Human Nature, (I'm a Seoul Man in Tokyo), Instant London, In the Aquarium, In the Mists, Jane's London, John Flood's Random Academic Thoughts, John Nez Illustration, Johnny Backhand, The Knit-Nurse Chronicles, The Knowledge, Lazylaces, Life must be filled up, LinkMachineGo, London Daily Photo, The London Review of Breakfasts, London's Docklands, Londres Calling, Make Lard History, Mick Hartley, the mogs blog, The Musings of a Red Dalek, Newsjiffy, No PC Views, (Notes from a small field), Northern Food, not young/not old, A Novice Novelist, Order of the Bath, Ornamental Passions, Oxo Cube Editorial, Pigeon blog, The Piranha Brothers, (Put 'em all on an island), The Quentin X Files, rashbre central, theRatandMouse, round the merseyrail we go, St Margaret's at Cliffe Photo Diary, Samizdata.net, Scaryduck, Scoakat's blog, Silent Words Speak Loudest, things magazine, Tired of London, Tired of Life, Tory Troll, Town Mouse, Transblawg, Travels around London, visitlondon.com, Wibbo's Words, The Willesden Herald
blogs that weren't on last year's list are underlined (blogs returning to the list appear in brackets)

I'm duly honoured by each and every one of these blogroll links, so many thanks to you all. But I also notice that the list is 15% shorter than last year (which in turn was 20% shorter than the year before that) (which in turn was 20% shorter than the year before that) (which in turn was 20% shorter than the year before that). Ouch!

I compile this list every year, so I started by checking all 113 blogs on last year's list to see how many of them still linked here. About one in three have fallen by the wayside and don't appear this year. Most of these are on hiatus (either deliberately, or through month-long neglect) which is a shame. A few have simply vanished off the face of the internet. Several have removed their blogroll altogether, usually after updating to a revamped template. And one or two are still going strong but have removed me from their blogroll, which I guess is the way it goes. I used to be able to refresh my annual list with several new blogs, but this year there aren't many to find. My list is ever-shortening, and is now less than half the size it was four years ago.

Maybe this blog is past its prime. These collapsing numbers could be explained by an increasing lack of interest in what I have to say, and far fewer people linking as a result. Who wants to read the verbose ramblings of a self-indulgent non-professional when the web now has so much more varied content to enjoy? And it takes effort to read 800 words a day, a length which I'm sure scares many potential visitors away. So much quicker to read a pithy 140 character summary, or to look at one lovely photo, rather than taking time out to plough through seven potentially irrelevant paragraphs.

What's clear is that blogging is evolving, shrinking, retreating. Fewer people blog these days because alternative platforms exist (and take far less effort to update). Blogrolls have become invisible and irrelevant, especially to anyone subscribed via an RSS feed. The majority of fresh 2012 blogs have no blogroll at all, because sidebars don't look good on smartphones. Most importantly, new readers no longer come clicking via a long-standing blogroll in a sidebar, they arrive via a one-off reference on Twitter/Facebook/whatever. A blog is now only as good as its last post, and long-term reputation counts for very little.

Anyway, I hope that my list is fairly complete, but I bet it isn't. Let me know if I've missed you/anyone off the list, and I'll come back and add you/them later. As for the rest of my readers, maybe you'd like to click on a few of these 99 links to see what you're missing. I can't promise they're all thrilling verbal discourses, but I'm sure you'll discover plenty that are.


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