Probably too late to change their names by deed poll. From wesh on Flickr – nothing to do with this post, but it got your attention!
Ever since I started blogging in 2002 I’ve tended to concentrate almost exclusively on reading and interacting with other Australian blogs. It isn’t that I’m all that parochial by nature, just that my primary interest lies with Australian public affairs.
However, now that I’m making extensive user of a feed reader (partly in order to compile the Missing Link blog digest feature – which I hope will be back in action next week), it occurs to me that I really should add some international blogs to my feed reader subscription. But which ones? I already take a Crooked Timber feed, but what other anglosphere blogs consistently produce high quality, thoughtful writing?
Comment box recommendations of worthwhile international blogs are solicited. Generally speaking I prefer blogs that fairly regularly produce original thoughtful writing rather than those that specialise in short “links ‘n quotes” posts (although there are exceptions e.g. Andrew Leigh’s blog is mostly of that nature but is one of my “must visit daily” list).
Some general indication about a recommended blog’s country of origin, typical range of subject matter, and political orientation if clearly detectable on a crude left-centre-right axis, would also be useful if you can be bothered.
I should explain that I’m in the process of restructuring the Club Troppo blogroll to include a range of new and (I think) useful categories like online digests, alternative media magazines and outstanding international blogs, while simultaneously culling quite a lot of Australian blogs that I don’t read very often (unless via Google Reader as part of the Missing Link editing team). It doesn’t mean that we’re snubbing any blogs that have been delisted in this exercise. We review somewhere between 300 and 400 blogs for Missing Link several times per week, including every one that has ever been listed on the Troppo blogroll and many more besides. However, it just isn’t feasible for me also to attempt to maintain a huge and comprehensive blogroll as I’ve done until now. Moreover, most bloggers’ blogrolls simply list blogs they like reading often and I’m simply reverting to that model because the comprehensive, public-spirited coverage objective is satisfied by Missing Link.