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.
Writing, editing, and doing science when I feel like it. Just a book without a genre.