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Sat, 2005-Jun-04

In Links

I've been fairly disillusioned with the blogging process of late through lack of interaction with my readers. These entries are basically notes to myself. I haven't been getting the kind of feedback on this blog that I initially envisioned, so I haven't found myself tailoring the content to any particular interest group. I haven't been polishing by entries at all, either. If I'm the one that will be reading it, it need not be for anyone else :) If you are a regular reader and feel you want to see the content reflect your own thought processes, do drop me a line and let me know your reactions. I don't support comments on this statically-rendered blog, but I would like to hear about any blog entries that are written in response to mine. There's a good chance I won't hear about them if you don't write to me.

I have been thinking about whether the use of google's link: search token could form part of the blog content. Perhaps each page could contain a link to the relevant google search for links to that page. I'm not sure I want to get into bloxsom that heavily, though :) Personlly I only use the RSS feed to view my blog (any anyone elses, for that matter).

(time passes)

Ok, here's what I've done to try and get more interactivity into the blog:

  1. I've added in-link links for google and technorati. You should see them at the bottom of each post (although not in the rss).
  2. I've created myself a technorati profile, and I'm now watching technorati for new links to my blog.

It was quite simple, actually, and technoratiy on the face of it looks like a decent RESTful interface. The GET side of it certainly is, where everything you create in terms of watchlists and the like becomes a URL you can link to. It would be nice if I could get the kind of rss-feed subscription to links to my blog from google that technorati provides.

Interestingly, the two datasets seem to intersect. Neither is a superset of the other. Google finds links from Adrian Sutton's blog regarding my criticism of exceptions back in October 2004, while technorati shows zilch. When I described the approach taken to describing RESTful web services in xml.com article as "damn foolish" techorati finds this link which I was previously not aware of but this time google folds, finding only the generic link from planet humbug. I suspect that Dwight Gunning's technorati membership resulted in better performance for this query.

How do HUMBUG bloggers rate when it comes to technorati membership?

Benjamin