September 23, 2000 2:56 AM   Subscribe

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posted by tamim (8 comments total)
Lovely: the only problem being that 95% of weblogs end up in the "Personal" category. And that the blog format is, almost by definition, resistant to Yahoo-esque catgorisation.

A cute idea might be to organise blogs by completely arbitrary categories (Borges comes to mind). Scrabble scores; the Dewey decimal catalogue; background colours. Because that's more likely to encourage serendipity than lumping the vast majority of sites in the "Journal and Links" category.
posted by holgate at 4:02 AM on September 23, 2000

Yes, the "Personal" category needs some kind of division (no matter how arbitrary), but this directory is good for more topically-oriented weblogs like my own D&D site.
posted by harmful at 5:53 AM on September 23, 2000

I think the better way to break down the "Personal" category would be by a different sort of classification - one that's never been tried before - personality. Each applicant has to take a personality test (administered by The Spark).

Categories could included things like - Neurotics, Narcissists, Hypochondriacs, Obsessive Compulsives, and of course those boring "normal" people...
posted by pattiann at 4:55 PM on September 23, 2000

Pattiann, check out Ghost in the Machine's classification of weblogs by color, or ptypes who uses Myers-Briggs personality classification. It's OK as far as it goes, and I've found -- for example -- that I don't necessarily like other blogs of my color (brown), nor do I even have a clear preference, except that I don't seem to like many in red, yellow, or orange.

I think holgate's point about serendipity is good. I try to use that -- I regularly peruse the blog rankings or the side lists of my read blogs for new entries that I haven't seen before. I do try to add one or two new ones to my SHF list on a regular basis -- I don't necessarily keep them all forever, but they pop up there when updated so I can choose to check them out depending on my level of interest at that time.
posted by dhartung at 12:14 AM on September 24, 2000 blog start running a little slowly at the moment? Only I registered some of my blogs a while ago and they don't seem to have come up? Maybe this isn't the best place to mention it but if Zannah is overworked I don't want to add any more distress.
posted by davidgentle at 2:58 PM on September 24, 2000

And here I thought that Zannah was the blogs tart ...
posted by dhartung at 8:35 PM on September 24, 2000

What I want to know is why my site (plug plug) never makes these lists. *sobbing*
posted by werty at 7:06 AM on September 25, 2000

I'm guessing because you haven't added it, but that's just a shot in the dark. :-)
posted by cCranium at 8:26 AM on September 25, 2000

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