Experiment: “Linkblog” Posts Denoted By ☍

Since starting to post my “link with some commentary” posts here on my blog, I wanted to have some way to denote the “linkblog” posts. I’ve always like how John Gruber does it over at Daring Fireball: a ★ character denotes a “link with commentary” post, to differentiate it from a “long form” blog post, original writing, etc.

Shameless enough to copy his idea, but too ashamed to copy the exact symbol, I’m going to try the following. My “linkblog” posts will be denoted by a ☍ character in the title. I think it looks sort of like a link. It’s a Unicode character (named “Opposition” – ooh, mysterious!), so it might not display properly in some places. But I think it will mostly be OK.

If it goes awry, I’ll find another character, or just bag the idea completely. But this is the explanation for the weird little ☍ characters you’re going to start seeing here from time to time (like this one and this one). Let me know what you think! 🙂


Posting “interesting Items with Analysis and Commentary” Here, Instead of My Linkblog

For quite a while, I’ve been posting a few “newsworthy” items per day, with some of my commentary, over at my linkblog – Sort of a “let me be a clipping service and filter for you”. The items get piped to other locations, according to Josh’s Greater Unified Internet Tubes Theory, like FriendFeed, my friends on Google Reader, etc.

Like Twitter, and other places I write, I’ve felt that it’s sort of taken away from how much I write here on my blog. You may have noticed. I only post here now about once a week, but I’m writing like mad elsewhere. The problem is, not many people are visiting my linkblog, or subscribing to its feed. So I’m going to try a change.

I’m going to start posting those “interesting item with a little bit of analysis/commentary from Josh” items here on my blog, instead of on my linkblog. I’ll still drop occasional stuff – mostly “drive by” links without commentary. But if you’re subscribed there, you’ll want to make sure to subscribe here, at my blog feed, too.

Let me know if you have any thoughts. Hopefully this will make things simpler and more interesting! 🙂