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Arrivals, departures and returns

November 22nd, 2004

Following Chris Sheil’s recent departure, “Closed” notices have been going up around Ozplogistan. Among the departures, the intermittently brillianTugboat Potemkin and Paul Watson, supplier of comedy, media commentary and general Gen X bitterness. At the same time, Tim Dunlop is welcoming a flood of new arrivals. That’s great, but I still feel a sense of loss.

Whenever one of my favorite blogs shuts down, I feel guilty that I should have linked more to their posts. Then again I feel guilty about not linking to new bloggers and not updating my blogroll often enough.

On the other hand, lots of people seem to give up and come back, so maybe there’s not such a problem. Here, for example, is Don Arthur running a post that I was working out in my head this afternoon, and doing a much better job than I would have done.

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  1. November 22nd, 2004 at 22:31 | #1

    On the topic of literacy, if you think there is a problem in the general community, check out Andrew Reimer’s description of the decline of reading in the faculty of English at The University of Sydney in his book “Sandstone Gothic”.

  2. November 22nd, 2004 at 23:01 | #2

    Don’t worry about keeping your links up to date. You’ve had duplicate links to Brad DeLong for yomks and nobody has bothered to tell you (I presume, from their persistence), so obviously nobody ever pays them much attention anyway.

  3. November 22nd, 2004 at 23:20 | #3

    I do hope Chris Sheil returns to blog next year.

    While we’re on the topic of blogging, I may as well announce one new one which I am helping to moderate: wsacaucus.org.

    If anyone would like to contribute (particularly but not necessarily bloggers from Western Sydney), they are more than welcome. Visit the site for more details.

  4. capers
    November 23rd, 2004 at 06:44 | #4

    In reply to PML, it might be true that few pay attention to the links to other blogs but if you want a sample of one, I do follow the list and recognize the dupes and dead sites but I value JQ’s almost daily insights and assume that he is too busy to worry much about keeping the blog list up-to-date.

  5. Naomi
    November 23rd, 2004 at 10:13 | #5

    The summary execution of Backpages has at least hurled some of us into the wider blogosphere!

  6. James Farrell
    November 23rd, 2004 at 10:55 | #6

    The wider blogosphere, Naomi? This is the centre, I’ll have you know.

  7. Naomi
    November 23rd, 2004 at 15:17 | #7

    oops, sorry, just having problems with being part of the centre right now!

  8. Mark Bahnisch
    November 23rd, 2004 at 15:30 | #8

    From the home of faux centrists, Naomi, I’m keeping up a Backpages tradition by bagging out Gerard Henderson.

    It might also be of interest for people to note that nominations for Best Australian Blog are open.

  9. November 24th, 2004 at 11:11 | #9

    Well, if it makes you feel any better, you could link to my Northcote Knob blog…

  10. November 24th, 2004 at 14:34 | #10

    Sorry, that was a bit cheeky!

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