Making the (loose) connection between blog and blogger
Twice in the past two minutes I've had an "a ha" moment as I finally place the people behind blogs that I really enjoy reading through my anonymising blog reader each day. You see, that's the problem with a feed reader: you miss all the design, quirks, feel and emotion that people put into the look of their actual web page.
First up came a search through the feed reader for continued discussion of this week's Naace conference in Torquay. This led me to realise that Memex 1.1 from my feed reader was, in fact, John Naughton, whose keynote preceded mine on the first day of the conference. I didn't agree with everything he said, and brought it up in my keynote. He doesn't know this, perhaps, and doesn't mention it in his own blog. Alas, the discussion will never happen, I will never have my own mind swayed, since his blog doesn't allow comments. A shame. Another connection lost.
The second "a ha" is of a far more conversational variety. While Twittering away that I was happily in my new hotel room (as in it was still being built as I arrived), one AmyPalko gets in touch to ask if I'm still around, as she's finishing off some PhD work down in my old office building at the university. I flick onto her Twitter profile to remind myself how I know this virtual connaissance, click through to her blog and realise that hers is one of my favourite design/photography/cool stuff blogs. I'm currently listening to a recent "Oistrakh plays Debussy" video that she posted a few days ago. Listening for the sixth time.
How many bloggers are there in your feed reader who you think you know, only to find out that they are down the road or completely uncontactable? Which ones will you choose to stay in touch with? Whose blogs will remain in your reader? In the meantime, some more Debussy...