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I really like discovering and reading blogs

I’ve probably tweeted about this repeatedly but I am sad that a lot of good content is now stuck in facebook/twitter/substack/instagram. They may not make a cohesive browsing experience when you’re trying to get an overview of a person, and a lot of stuff cannot be easily re-surfaced again because they only exist on a fast-moving chronological timeline. I know some people are really good at linking twitter threads, but I still don’t think it is a good browsing experience.

I saw a comment on my blog today, and of course I went to the authors website. It was delightful to read his blog, and through his posts I discovered another blog that feels just really rich. What do I mean by rich? I guess it is when I scroll through it and it is just so personal, diverse and interesting, even if I am not personally interested in their topics.

I guess I’m finally motivated to start my blogroll.

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7 thoughts on “I really like discovering and reading blogs”

  1. Pete Moore says:

    Great article Winnie, I couldn’t agree more with any of this. I’m sure there has actually been some really useful and genuine content lost in the ether of the timeline giants, and I can’t understand why anyone would be ok with that. Back when I still had a Twitter account, I stopped reading threads even if I was interested in the content. It’s just too broken a reading experience, especially if there are replies interspersed throughout the middle of the thread.

    I highly suggest you check out which I’ve discovered some fantastic blogs and writing from, and I still revisit on a regular basis to see if anything new gets surfaced.


    1. Winnie says:

      Hi Pete! thanks for making the effort to leave a comment. I love your microblog, and subscribed to it. 🙂

      I’ve been to before, thought I have exhausted it but maybe I should give it another go. Do you keep a blogroll?

      1. Pete Moore says:

        Hi Winnie,

        Thanks for checking out my blog and subscribing, I really appreciate that! 🙏 Funny you mention a blogroll, as I have it on a list of things to add but simply haven’t gotten around to it yet. My list also includes adding a /now page, reading/bookshelf pages, favourite posts, and a couple of other things that escape my tired brain at the moment. I’m hoping to sit down this weekend and add some or all of them.

        I seem to have exhausted The Forest as of late too, so I’ll probably leave it for a month or two and try going back again. Pretty sure it’s still maintained as I’ve definitely seen some new ones come up.

  2. I love discovering new personal sites too, and I find amusing that I’ve found yours by chance (a ‘thread’ of sorts about people who love their websites) and the second posts that I hit is this one, where there’s a comment by Pete, who I’ve been following for a while on Mastodon.

    De-centralised internet is beautiful!

    1. Winnie says:

      I too, love the serendipity of the internet. glad to meet you! 🙂

  3. Ray says:

    Wandering around stumbling across personal blogs is so much fun and heartening to see many still chuggin’ away.

    It’s wonderful to see some familiar faces here. It makes the small web feel cozy.


    1. Winnie says:

      hi ray! thank you for being such a big part of the cozy small web. 🙂

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