Do you ever catch yourself missing the "old" internet.
I first started going online, starting in the 5th grade (yes, I remember what pre-internet life was like). My favorite websites were devoted to Dragonball Z, The Ronin Warriors, Gundam Wing, and a lot of the Toonami lineup circa 1998-2002, along with a few other tangents, like The X-Files and X-Men. Mostly I read the character bios and a lot of fanfiction. People back then just used to build websites about the things they liked. It wasn't about them. It was about a show, a character, a pairing, whatever.
Now, the internet is all about self-promotion. Sometimes, it seems like you can't even find a website that is made in honor of something else. Wikipedia seems to have largely replaced that need. But there's still quite a few personal blogs and websites that are quite good, they're just hard to find.
One of the things I used to see on a lot of personal sites was links to other people's webpages. Over the years, I've amassed a lot of strange blogs that I regularly visit because of the portal-like qualities of those old blogrolls. But I never see that anymore. Blogs are "platforms" now, and I guess why would you waste space on promoting other people's work when you've got your own to plug (Major caveat: I've noticed a lot of writers online are actually great about shouting out their favorite new authors, but I just never see anyone plugging each other's blogs.)
Of course, I realized I'm as guilty of that as everyone else.
So let's buck the trend. Let's bring back the humble blogroll. I mean, if I enjoy your blog, then I'm interested to know what blogs you're reading too. I hope you enjoy reading here, and if you do, then maybe you'd like to try some of the websites I read as well.
So here it is, a curated version of my Feedly list (hate and meh reads culled out). I'm also adding a new Blogroll tab to the webpage so I can add to the list overtime. I really enjoy these people's work and I hope you'll check them out. Not all of them are active (the alarming trend in blogging), but check out their amazing archives anyway, trust me.
More to come as I remember them. In the meantime, hope you enjoy these!
What are your favorite blogs? I'd love to hear them. I'm always looking for new reading material.