Monday, August 08, 2005

The Philosophy Behind Blogrolls

While navigating the blogosphere, it becomes apparent that there are many philosophies concerning blogrolls. Many believe that blogrolls are simply ways to link to other blogs who will therefore reciprocate the act. Some believe that a blogroll serves as a collage that illustrates a culture, or in the case of The Art of Getting By's blogroll, a whole state. Janet, the author of the blog, has scores of links that pertain to just about everything associated with New Jersey (except of course, the new political blog from Montclair). Still other bloggers believe that a blogroll is created to serve their own cause, usually politically, and hence only link to blogs that echo similar opinions. However, the Jersey Perspective does not necessarily intend to use any of the above options exclusively.

In an effort to create a credible and welcome environment for visitors of all political background, I hastily added some blogs to our blogroll that I would never consider worth reading. Some of them were hateful, but popular, and if their readers came to the Perspective, would therefore guarantee a diverse readership and comment section. However, since I'd rather have insightful and intelligent commentary from readers than recycled hackery, I've decided that it's best to get rid of some of these partisan national blogs. I'll keep the New Jersey ones though, because it's useful to understand the state political climate. Understanding the nation's political climate can be found in the mainstream media much easier.

I just want to let some of our critics understand that this blog is dedicated to love of politics, not simply ideology. Therefore, feel free to submit any comments on new scoops concerning politics, although it will be much slower during the congressional recess.


At 9:42 AM, Blogger Steven said...

Although I agree with you that the more partisan blogs are limited in scope, they do serve a purpose. Often times, they function as echo chambers for their master establishments (RNC, DNC, Free Republic, etc ...). Familiarity with the positions forwarded by the major thinktanks, often gives me a spark to help formulate my own viewpoint.

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Sluggo said...

I admire your intentions and am sure you are very sincere. I'm not sure how well it works in practice. Michael Totten is a center-left blogger who parted company on issues surrounding the war and got hammered from the left. There are countless examples of center-right bloggers getting 'disciplined' from the right when they go 'soft' on core issues.

The blogosphere reflects our larger political culture in that issues are increasingly being driven from the fringe. I think that's a result of the 50-50 split and the vital importance of the shrinking middle to forward any agenda.

Your blog is identifiably Democratic (although, I hasten to say, welcoming and interested in other points of view). It would be helpful for all of us if you find a way to engage your opponents and neither dilute your point of view nor turn into another shooting gallery.

Good luck.

At 10:03 PM, Blogger Jack said...

Hey Curio,

I'm embarassed to say that it took me a while to recognize that picture on your site as Jesse Jackson, in fact, at first, I just assumed it was a picture of you. Nice to see you around, come back again.

- Jersey Perspective

At 10:34 PM, Blogger Jack said...

Fair enough Slug,

I did notice that the posts that generate the most commentary tend to be rather token ones such as a recent post (I encourage you to add to the thread below) about Ann Coulter's voting record.

Although it was meant to be humorous, many blogs-and mainstream media outlets-have a steady diet of that as "serious news". What's still more astounding is that the criticism of the opposition's hacks is guised as "moral outrage", when in reality, it's just the one chapter in a perpetual argument between two groups of people.

The stance on social security or the war is irrelvent when that gets started, it's just two groups of people who hate eachother simply because..

At 11:16 PM, Blogger Sharon GR said...

I understand your need to list blogs of both the left and the right. Being well on the left of center, I also have listed in my links several right-leaning blogs. But I won't put up one I won't read. I rarely spend time reading hateful dittoheads, from left OR right.

I've found several NJ blogs on the other side that offer thougthful, clearly expressed views. These I read because it's important to know the opposition to my own views, as well as to have myself challenged. Sometimes they comment on my site and sometimes I on theirs, but that's not my goal. Mostly I feel it's important to read a variety of viewpoints.

At 11:34 PM, Blogger Janet said...

First of all, thanks for the mention:)

My blogroll philosophy is one I've actually blogged about before. I have a bit of everything on there, for a variety of reasons. Some blogs are ones that link to me and therefore I link to them, but that by no means is a prerequisite. In fact, there are many blogs that link to me that I don't link to and in turn, many blogs that I link to that don't link to me.

Whew! Got all that?

Since the NJ Carnival has started I have been lucky enough to add a few extra local bloggers to the mix. I would have them all categorized somehow, someway, but right now, one overgrown blogroll is enough, thank you very much.:)

As for your blog and what it stands for my ideology is simple- you will find very few political blogs on my blogroll for one main reason- I never feel "current" enough to really leave thoughtful comments to ongoing issues.

Now that I've gone and outed myself, I hope I still remain on your blogroll, if only cause I'm a Jersey girl.:)

At 12:30 AM, Blogger Jack said...

As long as Phillies Weekly remains, so will the Art of Getting By. And I have no intention of getting rid of Phillies Weekly. I will divide them into categories someday.

- Jack

At 10:20 PM, Blogger Mr. Snitch said...

Blogrolls are a moving target. Nothing wrong with trying to keep a mix of perspective. Nothing wrong with keeping some examples of extreme perspective, and mainstream perspective, on hand. My rule is to avoid blogs that use the word 'moonbat' a lot. I made a special effort to compile Jersey blogs for a while, but now NJ Weblogs pretty much does that for me and I will weed it down to just the best ones.

Right now I am looking for blogs that have unique ideas. Most blogs are just echo chambers and can be safely ignored, keeping one or two examples of a line of thinking and culling the rest. I adore some of the huge blogs such as Instapundit and Kottke, but am more interested in small-traffic voices that aren't being widely tuned in for no especially good reason. I guess I come at this from the perspective of blogs as an engine for new thinking.

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