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A Better Blogroll

The blogroll is a standard feature of most blogs that is conspicuously absent from the current version of this website. In the past I’ve struggled to keep my blogroll up-to-date. In order to be useful, I think the blogroll should contain only blogs that I am currently reading. That list fluctuates frequently, and I have a poor track record of keeping my blogroll in sync with my feed reader. One of the problems is that I regularly read many blogs, but there are very few blogs out there whose every post I enjoy.

But I use microblogging to share links. So, why not just continue with that method? When I created the latest version of this blog I decided to do away with the blogroll entirely. Now, when I read a blog post that I particularly enjoy, I blog about it. Like here or here. When I come across a blog that is full of wonderful posts, I blog about it too – and, chances are, I’ll still end up blogging about individual articles on those websites. All of these microposts are assigned the blogroll tag.

To me this seems like a much more meaningful way to share links. Rather than maintaining a separate page with a list of not-frequently updated links, you have the blogroll tag archive. Links are timestamped and curated, which makes it more useful to my readers. And I think that linking to specific content rather than full domains makes for a more useful and rewarding metric for the owners of the linked blogs.

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Dane is turning his eye to puffy-layers.

Over at Cold Thistle Dane muses on the appropriate use of a belay jacket. At Cascade Climbers he has an article reviewing various synthetic puffy jackets. (I’ve been using the Rab Xenon for over a year now and am very fond if it – although the Hill People Gear Mountain Serape, which I purchased last December, has replaced the Xenon in some settings.)

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Vuurwapen Blog is one of the only firearm-centric blogs that I subscribe to.

Andrew’s reviews and analysis are intelligent and refreshingly concise, particularly when some people feel the need to put out 45-minute videos in order to communicate 3 minutes of content. Unfortunately Vuurwapen Blog will no longer concern guns. Fortunately, Andrew will be writing about firearms at LuckyGunner Labs and Vuurwapen will still be around to focus on other topics.

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I've had a critical opinion of soft-shells for a number of years.

While I still maintain that their versatility and environmental appropriatedness is limited, I have been coming around to their use a bit more over the past year or so. I have a pair of pants that I am quite smitten with and have been considering giving a jacket another shot. Over at Cold Thistle, Dane Burns recently completed a series comparing different soft-shell jackets and their appropriateness for climbing. Now he has published a selection of reader comments that were elicited by the reviews.

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Nicholas has been detailing his bicycle touring gear.

I began to read his blog last summer, when he was riding from Anchorage down along the continental divide. It’s a great blog, and his gear is clearly heavily used and carefully chosen. Recently, he has discussed his cook kit, tools, luggage, clothing, electronics, and his bike and the changes it has gone through.

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