Shduff

Playing around with this rss-thingy was nice. I had to look through the bookmarks – they are a bit like hair. It tends to grow (what is elating when there are (first) not so dense spots), gets a bit out of form and needs a trim now and then. I have neglected trimming the bookmarks for some time & so found some outdated, or others I am not interested in any longer. Some sites do not support rss anymore and recommend for staying up-to-date using the usual “social”-media like twitter and fatzebook. I saw an article predicting the end of rss all together, but most of the magazines I am interested in still use it, and the others will be visited when I feel like it. No way that I join twitter or farcebook because of this.
While at it, I looked at my devoted followers on WordPress & noticed that the number had increased since I had a glance. I found two that I’d like to get rid of, but there is seemingly no way to cut these unwanted ties. One leads to a kind of magazine that seemingly ceased to exist in 2012 – nice that they used my humble blog as inspiration for filling their space, but obviously I couldn’t help, sorry.
The other is a bit embarrassing, because it uses the avatar of a fake persona (a young Indian lady interested in anything) & leads towards some murky website that seemingly wants to sell portables or such, and url after url will be addressed in the new browser window – I killed the whole process after the fourth or so. It is obviously no nice young Indian lady interested in anything, but nothing but a cavalcade of links generating clicks and whatnot.
I looked at the WordPress forum & in the help-section, all is about getting followers & shooting trouble when “following” is not working, there is nothing about getting rid of obviously fake followers.
À propos “dead” blogs – I have a list of blogs from people to whom I felt connected once – sounds stupid perhaps, but we had conversations in (emotionally) tense times, and it feels wrong to me to simply delete these links. The blogs are still there, so the partners in conversation still keep them, or better: did not delete them, for what reasons ever.
I wonder what is the policy of blogger or other services in this respect ? Will server space simply be made available after perhaps ten years of in-activity ? Is someone taking care of this ? And why should one, or not ? Does this long-lost conversations “belong” to someone ? Is emotional value worth to be stored ?
I would very much like to find out about some of them. It is research, and I am a researcher (of some kind), data should be available in the giant stores of google … it would put this gargantuan data-collection to at least a small good – and heck – allow me to search these people and use it for PR if you like, it would at least satisfy my curiosity, ha ! If google can buy SanFrancisco for its engineers, why not hand me a dime and try to give the monster a nice & friendly face ? THIS would be archiving.
Anyway, I am tired now, maybe this last point needs a bit of further investigation and heavy thinking. But not now. Actually I do not want to think about finiteness or mortality, I have enough of this through the day, and sometimes through the night.
So here is a bit of music, excellent guitar work by Messrs BARNES & KRESS. Just so.

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9 thoughts on “Shduff

  1. I always feel a bit sad when a once regular blogger friend stops posting. In particular, I have lost most of the Australians that were once active. Some went over to FB and some simply quit. I treasure everyone who is still going at it.

  2. I think it moves a bit in waves.
    Some of the people I mentioned simply moved on, the actual situation in which the blog was used and/or helpful did change. But it is still there, as a reminder, or perhaps as a chance. I think one or two died. A few blogs were completely removed, without any comment or notice.

  3. I’ve had to remove some of the old blogging buddies links on my blog, but only because I discovered that those blogs have been taken over by spammers. I do miss the old blogging friends who helped me feel at home and welcomed to the blogosphere. And wherever they are, I wish them well.

    The other bloggers have stopped posting, but I like to keep their links intact, because they still have some good stuff on there, and there are records of our conversations–a testament to the friendship and importance of those interactions at those times. It’s a wonderful reminder, though sad at times, to look at those blogs like old fotos of friends and relatives we remember so fondly, long after they are gone. But their impact remains and we are much better people for having met them and hanging out with them, even for a short while.

  4. As Austere already saied – hmm mh …

    You saied it better than I could Eroswings. The idea to compare it to old fotos is very good, very fitting I think. And it is important what you say – these are conversations, not monologues ; interactions. There’s always a part of both partners in it.

  5. I deleted someone from my blogroll (what an ugly word that is) who was of help to me a couple of times in extremis, but it was a long time ago and for years thereafter the person concerned posted the dullest posts in Christendom, about cakes and sunsets and recipes no-one is ever going to make. I appreciated the support at the time, but without a sustained level of interest in the posts… they’re deleted.

  6. Yes, “blogroll” reminds me always a bid of “bog roll” … some blogs simply got lost when computers crashed or software was changed. For example I lost the url of a company of boring men doing boring things, discussing the pro & cons of beige jackets and hobbies like pylon watching etc, I am svery sorry that I do not have this bookmark anymore. – in comparison this is exciting, Looby.

    Way to go LX – you are not in pylon watching yet ?

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