Once upon a time this site had a blog roll, listing the other "pioneers" of the Internet whose sites had caught my attention. Over time, the list went away for ease of maintenance and for the honest fact that I don't really read many blogs on a day-to-day or even week-to-week basis.
The blog roll existed though as a file that was never deleted though and, on a whim, was tonight revisited for the first time in two years. The biggest revelation was that over 80% of the sites were dead, with half not having been updated for months or years and the remainder being simply deleted, their URL's leading to nonexistent pages.
In part, this mass blogicide was the result of Facebook and other more insular venues, which made it easy to post a link with a quick comment and share it with friends. Other causes of death may include burnout and frustration.
For the survivors though, for those bucking the trend and not going toward the more insular Tumblr or Facebook route, for the folks out there self-publishing different voices that might never be picked up by a more homogenized, corporatized blogosphere, for these people today, I bring back the blog roll. (It's at the bottom of the right column.)
(Sigh. This is an obviously truncated post, but there's a bit of a story here. Whither the bloggers?)