Blogs I'm enjoying of late

John Tropea has given us his list of 20 blogs I'm currently enjoying and encourages the people on his list to do the same.  So, here we go - I managed 18.  These are blogs I'm enjoying reading of late.  My full reading list covers over 300 blogs and other sources.

  • Thinkingshift is a thoughtful blog, lately with longer pieces on KM and science topics.
  • Eclectic Bill writes about TOC and his academic experiences around KM.
  • Dove Lane offers practical thoughts on KM (and gaming).
  • Matt's Musings KM in an entertaining style.
  • Stan Garfield's Weekly Knowledge Management blog is a peek into Stan's mind on a weekly basis.
  • Librarians as Knowledge Managers is a relatively new read for me, and he has been entertaining me.
  • Uncommon Knowledge has a number of items that have enjoyed recently.
  • KM Space is another KM blog that I've been enjoying lately.
  • Common Craft has been plying us with those Plain English videos that are spreading like wildfire.  Yum.
  • Thingamy has a fun, yet cynical take on the world of business and software.
  • Anne Truitt Zalenka has been linked a few of my other reads, and I like her thinking.
  • Everyday Wonderland doesn't write frequently, but always makes me think about the way I'm approaching life.
  • Bridget Houlihan is a friend in Chicago who has restarted her blog on her life in the city.
  • Shalom Rav is from the rabbi at our synagogue, with just the right posting frequency for me.
  • Parent Hacks inspired by Life Hacker, this one covers workarounds and shortcuts for those of us with urchins.
  • confused of calcutta has had some interesting pieces recently, and he generates a goodly number of comments.
  • Joho the Blog has been in my reader since before I started blogging, and I always enjoy this peek into Weinberger's mind.
  • apophenia has been there a long time too and always with interesting material.

The other entertainment of building this list is that I got to cull out a bunch of dead or otherwise inactive feeds.  I removed about 20 to my "are these dead?" list and of those, only one or two had moved their feeds or websites to new locations.

If you are interested in exploring this list in greater depth, here is a Grazr widget that will let you browse these blogs with their tools.  (I haven't played with this a whole lot yet, so bear with it.)


3 Comment(s)

John Tropea said:

Hey Jack,

Thanks for joining thing, you added the homepages of the blogs into Grazr, better to add the feeds of each blog instead, so you can graze the content

jackvinson Author Profile Page said:

Drat! I was hoping Grazr would figure that out for me instead of having to do it by hand. Very annoying... Of course, this is really my first experiment with Grazr, so I didn't quite know what to expect. I was hoping it could spit out an OPML file too, but I don't see that option in blazing lights anywhere.

I'll correct the Grazr reading list, so people who are sleeping now will get the updated version.

Hi Jack, couple of quick things. We have lots of autodiscovery features in our code infrastructure, for example, if you put an HTML page url in the "address bar" in the widget, it will auto-discover feeds and opml files in that page and present you with a list. Even though we have the facility to do it, we decided against trying to intuit the intent of our users in the editor. We found that showing a large auto-discovery dialog of possible feeds tended to confuse most users (except for the already feed-savvy).

While most people think of the widget as a simple way to show feeds, we think it's also extremely useful as a general information aggregation service/system. (The screencast / video on the homepage really shows this use). In that spirit we decided to allow people to aggregate links, feeds, media, and raw text into the OPML using more of the power of the underlying format and not assume they always want feeds.

As for OPML output, we generally enable live, web-accessible OPML output at all stages of our site. On most "file" pages (where you see the grids of images), if you look at the bottom of the page you'll usually see links to the opml of the file listings. On the /read page of any particular file if you look on the right side you can get the raw opml of the file as well. Anywhere you see the blue "bulls-eye" icon that usually means there's an opml surfaced there that you can use in other tools or save locally.

You can get an opml for the most recent files on the site, popular files, all the files in your account, all the files in another users account, or the raw OPML of any particular reading list.

Don't hesitate to shoot me an e-mail if you have any questions, or if you need help with any of this!

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