Personally I do not find many blogrolls and link lists are as helpful as I think they are intended to be. In most cases they have too many links with no indication of how to distinguish them. Moreover, they almost inevitably reward “Aaron’s Aardvark” Blog by being alphabetical.
And of course now I am falling into the same trap, and I am doing so for the same reasons everyone else does, viz you want people to know about the good blogs, but there’s just too damn many of them (or not enough, depending on your point of view).
One solution would be to just pick the half dozen creme de la creme in terms of some criteria, be it taste, site focus, quality or information, etc. But then I find that crazy making too because the most informative site is not necessarily the best written, the most current not necessarily the most fun, etc.
Faced with this dilemma a common response seems to be to just keep adding links to the blogroll and “let God sort it out”, as it were. It’s very tempting.
However, it is my habit when given two options I invariably choose both, or a third if that’s not possible (it’s how I roll). In the spirit of the internet at large as articulated by “Social Media in Plain English”
I thought I’d try an experiment.
Specifically I would like to use the “Poll” function to ask you folks to rate blogs on two criteria, “Level” (of knowledge) and Quality. For those who feel inclined to throw in a few sentences of review into a comment about any/all of the blogs I will eventually be copying those into the body of this post.
Assuming this works I would also like to do a similar series on climate change education/information sites as here again there is a bewildering array out there; which is particularly intimidating to the people most in need of the education.
The choices for each blog are:
- Level: Introductory
- Level: Basic
- Level: Intermediate
- Level: Advanced
- Quality: Average
- Quality: Good
- Quality: Excellent
- Quality: Essential
of which you are asked to choose one from each catagory.
There is also an open choice is yours to insert whatever you think is relevant (eg “quirky”, “fun”, “awesome graphics”). I am also particularly after a pithy phrase that will be helpful on the mouseover text (especially if you are the blog owner).
I imagine it will take some time before a meaningful tally is gathered, but I figure it is worth a shot. The dream is of an annotated, organized guide to resources of information about climate change.
One final note … don’t suggest any more blogs just yet. The call will come in time, but for now I am trying to do this in bite sized chunks.
Alt txt: “Blogging about climate change since January, 2006.”
Alt txt: “Earth Systems scientist Barry Brook”
Alt txt “An Insiders View of Climate Science, Politics and Solutions”
Alt txt “Blogs about areas of science with political implications such as global warming, the relationship between guns and crime and the use of DDT against malaria”
We give our consent every moment that we do not resist.
Denier “Challenge” aka Deathwatch Update: Day 59 … still no evidence.