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Bloggers reinventing wheel: squared?

Developer blogs are fun, and the best way to appreciate them is through an RSS aggregator. Who has time to visit the web home of each blog separately, when the space of discourse fluidly jumps across twenty or thirty sites?
I personally use , which may have skewed my perspective a little. Newsgator integrates with Outlook, so items in the feeds come into your inbox like regular e-mail messages. This makes a tight knit community such as the .NET bloggers and their band of regular sparring partners (example below) look very much like a traditional discussion mailing list.

Now I also subscribe to several “real” discussion mailing lists, such as the excellent sswug-sql2k list on Topica. The difference between the two forms can be puzzling.

On a straight discussion list all conversation centers around a topic. People come and go as they please, and you can control who participates in your “view” on the list by setting up filters in your mail client. For most of us this means we let everyone in except for a few annoying individuals that we aggregate onto a blacklist over time.

A virtual RSS subscription list is less focussed topic wise. You make it center more or less around a number of topics by selection of the blogs you include. As opposed to the mailing list inclusion of participants is of by default. You discover a new blogger by reference and decide to take him onboard by a quick skim through his writings.
The end result of both processes as seen through my inbox is quite similar. The email list starts with a subject, but is dominated by a few personalities and occasionally drifts of into more personal subjects. The blog space starts with a collection of personae that is bound trough topical communality.

This begs some questions: What is primary here: the subject (as in the mailing lists) or the people (as in the blog space)? Does it matter? And last but not least: are we using or abusing technologies? Are we reinventing the wheel, squared?

Greg Reinacker's Weblog
Sam Gentile's Weblog Windows Developer News
Better Living Through Software John Lam's Weblog on Software Development
ClrMnd -- Matt Kennedy
Peter Drayton's Radio Weblog
Brian Graf's Weblog
dive into mark
The Mountain of Worthless Information
Incessant Ramblings
ChrisAn's Radio Weblog
Don Box's Spoutlet
Sean 'Early' Campbell & Scott 'Adopter' Swigart's Radio Weblog
Drew's Blog
Ingo Rammer's DotNetCentric
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life
Benjamin J. J. Voigt
Pushing the Envelope
Sam Ruby
The .NET Guy
Harry Pierson's DevHawk Weblog
KeithBa's Blog
Matt Croydon::postneo
Harry Pierson's DevHawk Weblog
Sam Gentile's Blog
Clemens Vasters: Enterprise Development & Alien Abductions

Peter Stuer
Monday, February 3, 2003

some bloggers use trackback to publish links that can form a thread. However, blogging is publishing, not discussion.

Blogs, like discussions form communities. Unlike dicussions, blogs are less suseptible to spammers and rely more on the quality of content and reputation. While I can surf through a discussion for my favorite poster, I prefer subscribing to the feed of my favorite bloggers. They provide filtering and linking that I do not get in discussions.

In the blog world, I find many more interesting and valuable subject and threads than I ever found alsewhere.

fool for python
Monday, February 3, 2003

I have several of the above mentioned "Developer blogs" saved in a Internet Explorer Favorites folder. 

I found some of these sites through Google and the rest by following reciprocal links (one developer has several links to other developer blogs).

Is there any websites or articles on the web that cover blogging (i.e. starting one, subscribing, etc.)?  If so, can someone please post a few URLs here for me?


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