Thursday, April 16, 2009

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Cutting Blog Roll Fat

Per someone's gentle nudging (Reya), I finally sat down tonight and updated my blog roll. These are the main people I follow, or who hang around here. I think I got you all. If I didn't, forgive me, but writing out code on Amoxicillin sucks. I tested all of the links and they seem to be working.

I read a lot of decorating blogs, but they come and go so quickly, I don't even want to begin listing them all. Two that I have listed are (or were) local: Pigtown Design out of Baltimore (Pigtown being a section of Baltimore over by Hamburg and Ostend Streets where Carl's Little House is.) The other is Hue. Rachael is a color consultant-specialist. She moved to San Francisco not too long ago. Since I like thinking about color and space, I went out West with her so Rach is listed too.

It was rather sad who I removed, since so many good bloggers of the past bit the dust. I read tonight within D.C. Blogs where someone described ongoing bloggers efforts as "quaint," versus the latest thumb craze, Twitter. Say it all in 140 characters, kids.

I am joining Twitter as Cube, due to another nudging by KOB-Patrick of D.C. Blogs who wants to throw me out to a larger readership. Do ya think, Pat? We'll see.

I've been dumping blog sized comments over here: Some of their readers respond back to my comments, which is nice, and I like reading what some of them have to say, as well. I am always looking for good sources of things to read.

I still need to do more with this blog. Add a nice fat photo masthead. Perhaps play with the template colors. It just seems there is never enough time, and I have other blogs, I have completely let drift, and wish I hadn't.

I try to keep my avatar changed every few weeks. This will always be the one I consider most representative of me. When I go back to the Cape, I'm taking a picture of my laptop out on the sand. Already this desk by the sea is dated, but you get the drift(wood.)
....and Reya? Thank you. I discovered I was set on Abidjan time. I mean...what the...

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Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

"Quaint" ?? That's very sweet. I think of blogs as a way for writers and photographers to connect with each other. Twitter seems to be an ongoing conversation.

Facebook is a favorite of mine. It is, as a friend says, "just enough." It's "real" too - real names, first and last.

Glad you plucked out the blog links that have gone past their expiration dates. Pat says that when people write books, they know when they're finished, but it's much harder for bloggers to understand when to quit. I think of the blogs that are now done as books finished, published, read and placed lovingly on the bookshelf.

Enjoy the chirping and sunshine, Cube.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Some would argue that Twitter is a political tool, and yes, it can function that way, but overall I view it as a "removed" telephone call. Less personal. As with any computer or tech communication, you just don't pick up on the nuances of the human voice.

As for Facebook, you can register with them under phoney names.

It felt good to clear out the roll and make it functional again.

My problem with thinking of Blogger as a closed book is, you can't see it, unless you have an icon sitting on your desktop, and who's going to clutter their computer with that? When it's gone, it's gone and hanging out there in the ether, or deleted.

I'll be out enjoying sun and humanity. Ears WIDE open for those great conversations.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Cyndy said...

I'm just stopping to say hello via my newly updated blogroll. Thanks for adding me to yours!

1:39 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Cyn: Reya's been having some her "I used to be a witch" visions about us freeing ourselves into expansion...which you are doing anyway finishing school, and I've been through orals and all of it. For one degree I had to pass through five layers on my thesis, so trust me, I know. Study hard, do well, stay calm...then get out there. I'm still back here cutting through my lastest bramble patch.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Hammer said...

As a content distribution method, it's hard to top twitter. However, as a medium for content that's worth a damn, twitter is painfully inadequate. 140 characters is too little space for people who really have something to say, and too much for people who really don't. It reminds me of that great Flannery O'Connor quote: "Everywhere I go, I am asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that it doesn't stifle enough of them."

Despite being a new (not to mention greatly honored) addition to the revised version, I was a little sad to see your old blogroll go, actually. I always appreciated it as a nod to a quality bygone era of DC blogging. That, and as a refusal to change and update in an e-zeitgeist that demands constant change and update without always having great reasons for doing so. It its own weird little way, your blogroll reminded me of the legendary little old ladies who stood in the middle of Richmond's cobblestone streets those many years ago and wouldn't budge when the municipal powers that be tried to pave them over.

Some change is good. Necessary even. But I do wonder sometimes when I see people put a lot of fuss and bother into "changes" that don't really ultimately change that much. Sort of like when NBA star Jason Kidd infamously said, "We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees."

Now if you'll excuse me, I need conclude this diatribe so that I may take my baseball bat over to the local Safeway and bash up all the newly installed self-checkout stations. Hell hath no fury like drunken redneck Luddites! Fight the power!!!

4:34 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Hammer: You give me THIS on a fluff piece? What will you give me when I'm writing about Hemingway and flesh eaters? You honor me, Suh.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Hammer said...

Comments like that excuse me from writing actual posts of my own. Or so goes the rationalization anyway.

5:23 PM  
Anonymous ma said...

Oh, Cube. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't want to write anymore. :) Thanks for adding me to your blogroll.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

MA: It cuts both ways. I get inspiration from all of you. Hammer was right, though. And you all know it...or most of you, just how many people were writing at incredible levels (Jinxy now in Cuba) for one. I used to be so excited when he had another piece up. Countersignature is still out there. But so many gone.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

OMG Hammer you are brilliant.

I love Flannery O'Connor. Southern writers are in a league of their own.

Only you would grieve the loss of a non-functional link list - for philosophical reasons, not because you're sentimental. I salute you darlin'. I mean it, I do!

8:22 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Reya: Isn't he wonderful? I read his comments and just beamed.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I appreciate that you added me. :) You, among all those that I read, I respect the most not only for the writing but for the uniqueness of your topics.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Kate: I was glad Reya noodged me into updating. Hammer, on the other hand, wanted the oldies left in memoriam. I see both viewpoints.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Pigtown-Design said...

Carl's Little House??? are you kidding me? that's just down the street and round the corner from me! (not that i've been there more than twice!)

thanks for the shout and for keeping me!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

PD: Of course, Carl's. The heart of Pigtown. And you know how deadly seriously I am about things...HA! You have a quality blog. Of course I follow you.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

So you CAN teach an old dog new tricks?

9:36 AM  
Blogger Velvet said...

I'm stunned and honored to accept the award of being added to the Cube blogroll! It's a highly selective list and I'm also honored to be among friends!!!

:::exits podium with giant cube-shaped award:::

I joined twitter to follow some people I like. And I'm fast realizing (after 10 minutes) that some people, a certain porn star in particular, have A LOT of time on their hands. I'm not sure I'll use it to update. Though maybe I'll find a use for it in that fashion. I'm embarking on a new endeavor with velvet and I might use Twitter for that agenda. Not sure. Might have to consult with oh wise one Cube.

9:51 AM  
Blogger cs said...

I have to admit that I neglected my blog around the same time I discovered facebook. I'm trying to muster up the courage to come back, because the facebook stuff really is a completely different usage, but so far it's been slow going.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Would someone wake me up today. I have twelve pieces waiting to be written.

Phil: I don't think so.

Velvet: Your piece today was hystertical, especially Jordan's response.

Cuff: You were one of the ones Hammer was referring to as "old school blogging," in terms of consistently good writing. I just realized I slipped you off the blog roll..and you should be on...or did I? I need to double check that...Countersignature.

I have a fake Facebook account. I should do what Velvet did and set it up for porn stars. Or fans or Roky Erickson or some fried out rock star.

I have been out driving up and down 95 in this rotten rainy mess, and I am zonked.

3:21 PM  
Blogger cs said...

Cube, thanks for the compliment and I probably slipped off the roll because I've been nearly completely dormant for about five months. I'm averaging two posts a month for the last three.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

Cuff: I'm putting you back on tonight. I have an icon for your blog on my desktop, which is how I normally read blogs, not through the roll. The night I was doing the roll, I was still fighting the flu...and had a hard time, for some stupid reason, getting I-66 and DC Blogs on there...and I was entering the html correctly and going blind reading it over and over. I'm sorry for the slip up. I've always been a fan.

11:35 PM  
Blogger Merujo said...

Nice to see you out on Twitter, although I'm still not sold on it's utility for much, although am I am able to share when I've written a new blog rant (which seems to be much of what I do these days, sadly.) I was also able to inform and influence GM's advertising through Twitter when they recently used our tax dollars to run a primetime national TV commercial with a headline word misspelled. That felt good. (And now execs at GM are reading my blog - I can only imagine they think I'm insane when they read other entries...)

Welcome to the world of tweets.

9:43 AM  

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