diamond geezer

 Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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

(affable-lurking), All Tickets Please, Along the Central Line, AngloAddict, Aslef Shrugged, Autolycus, Blogging Up The Works, blue mai, Blue Witch, Brian Micklethwait, Brockley Central, CabbieBlog, Cabin Essence, Cameron Counts, Cardunculus, The Charlton Champion, Chertsey, Chicago Addick, Clandestine Critic, (Clapham Omnibus), crinklybee, Crying All The Way to the Chip Shop, Dave Hill's London Blog, Days on the Claise, The Deptford Dame, Depthmarker, dig your fins, Distracting From The Now, (D-Notice), D4D, 853, Eine Kleine Nichtmusik, English Buildings, Every Station, evilmoose, A Fistful of Euros, F-Life! Beta, FolkestoneJack's Tracks, Fresh Eyes on London, Games Monitor, ganching, Gingle lists everything, Goonerholic, The Great Wen, i9blog, The Ham and Egger Files, Instant London, In the Aquarium, Jane's London, John Nez Illustration, Karen's Walks, The Knowledge, LinkMachineGo, (London Cemeteries), London Daily Photo, The London Review of Breakfasts, Londres Calling, Make Lard History, (McFilter), Mick Hartley, Municipal Dreams, The Musings of a Red Dalek, My London Your London, Neil Turner's Blog, Newsjiffy, Notes from a small field, Northern Food, A Novice Novelist, Order of the Bath, Ornamental Passions, Oxo Cube Editorial, The Piranha Brothers, Pocket Book, (Private Secret Diary), Put 'em all on an island, rashbre central, theRatandMouse, round the north we go, St Margaret's at Cliffe Photo Diary, Scaryduck, Scoakat's blog, Silent Words Speak Loudest, Still here, thamesfacingeast, things magazine, Tired of London, Tired of Life, Tory Troll, Town Mouse, Transblawg, (Transportationist), Travels around London, Trial by Jeory, The Willesden Herald, W-Wa Jeziorki, (Yurt16)
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 5% shorter than last year (which in turn was 15% shorter than the year before) (which was 20% shorter than the year before that) (which was 20% shorter than the year before that) (which was 20% shorter than the year before that). Ouch!

I compile this list every year, so I started by checking all 99 blogs on last year's list to see how many of them still linked here. About one in four 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. One blog has vanished off the face of the internet (most years it's more than that, so something's improving). One has removed its blogroll altogether after updating to a revamped template. And five are still going strong but have removed me from their blogroll, the most high profile of which is the Visit London blog (not that I'm complaining, you understand, just saying I've noticed).

One interesting thing this year is that several blogs have returned to my list after a year or more off. They slipped out because nothing was posted during the month I last ran this survey, but something's appeared again this July so now they're back in. For some, it seems, a blog is now somewhere to publish thoughts occasionally, when inspiration strikes, without feeling pressured to post something more regularly. Meanwhile I can usually refresh my annual list with several new blogs, but this year (although I've hunted) there don't appear to be many to find. My list is ever-shrinking, and is now less than half the size it was five years ago.

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. It's 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. But no, I don't think it's that.

No, this is the continued long-term decline of blogging as a means of communication. 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, so only us old-school bloggers maintain them. The majority of fresh 2013 blogs have no blogroll at all, because sidebars don't look good on smartphones, and because the focus is more about self-promotion 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.

I still have a blogroll, obviously, I have done since I started. It's over there on the right hand side of the page, assuming you're reading this page as I intended rather than just the stripped-out content elsewhere. I link to 20 blogs I like and admire, partly to showcase them to others, but also so I have a quick means of reading them. Less than half of these blogs have a blogroll, so only a fraction link back, but hey, no problem.

Anyway, I hope that today's 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. And maybe you'd like to click on a few of these 95 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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