diamond geezer

 Saturday, July 30, 2011

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

Ace Discovery, Along the Central Line, AngloAddict, Autolycus, The Banbury Man, Bella's Web, blinking heck and blimey, Blogging Up The Works, blue mai, Blue Witch, Brian Micklethwait, Brockley Central, CabbieBlog, Cabin Essence, Cameron Counts, Caroline's Miscellany, The Charlton Champion, Chelley's Teapot, Chertsey, Chicago Addick, Clandestine Critic, Clapham Omnibus, crinklybee, Dave Hill's London Blog, Dave Moran, Days on the Claise, The Deptford Dame, Depthmarker, dig your fins, Dogwash, Down on the Allotment, dsng.net, D4D, 853, Eine Kleine Nichtmusik, English Buildings, evilmoose, A Fistful of Euros, Fresh Eyes on London, Games Monitor, ganching, Gareth Wyn, the gold-digging ant, Goodnight London, The Good Things In Life, Goonerholic, The Great Wen, Human Nature, informationally overloaded, The Innocent Bystander, In the Aquarium, In the Mists, IsarSteve, Itinerant Londoner, Jane's London, John Flood's Random Academic Thoughts, John Nez Illustration, Jottings, The Knit-Nurse Chronicles, Lazylaces, Liberal England, Life must be filled up, LinkMachineGo, London Cemeteries, London Daily Photo, london pub crawls, The London Review of Breakfasts, Londontopia, Londres Calling, Make Lard History, McFilter, Mick Hartley, Mike Hall's workblog, Miss Alice, the mogs blog, The Musings of a Red Dalek, Northern Food, A Novice Novelist, one man blogs, Order of the Bath, Ornamental Passions, Philobiblon, Pigeon blog, The Piranha Brothers, Private Secret Diary, Rarely Wears Lipstick, rashbre central, theRatandMouse, round the merseyrail we go, St Margaret's at Cliffe Photo Diary, Samizdata.net, Scaryduck, Scoakat's blog, Short and sweet & sour, Silent Words Speak Loudest, Smaller Than Life, The Swiss Ramble, Strawberry Yoghurt, That's So Pants, things magazine, Three Legged Cat, Tired of London, Tired of Life, To be a Pilgrim, Tory Troll, Town Mouse, Transblawg, The Transportationist, Travels around London, A View from England, Westminster Walking, Wibbo's Words, The Willesden Herald, Yurt16
(blogs that weren't on last year's list are underlined)

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 20% 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). Ouch!

I compile this list every year, so I started by checking all 142 blogs on last year's list to see how many of them still linked here. As many as one in three have fallen by the wayside and don't appear this year, which is a heck of an attrition rate. 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 big-hitters have removed their blogroll altogether, because blogrolls are so passé aren't they? And a few are still going strong but have thinned out their blogroll and I'm not on it, which I guess is the way it goes. Usually I can refresh my annual list with several new blogs, but this year there aren't many to find. My list is ever-shortening, and it's shortening ever quicker.

Because blogging is changing, shrinking, evolving. Fewer people blog these days because alternative platforms exist (and take far less effort to update). Blogrolls have become invisible and irrelevant to anyone subscribed via an RSS feed. The majority of fresh 2011 blogs have no blogroll at all, because that's the way templates look these days. 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 113 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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