Tuesday, August 21, 2012


When I first started blogging I was young(er) and naive.  I linked blithely away, confident that whatever I linked to would always be there.  I now know that other bloggers selfishly take their blogs private.  Voltaire's Monkey. Night Hauling. (Yes, YOU, Mithridates, I'm talking to YOU.) The Big Side Order.

From time to time I think of Gary James' great post on the Action Man dollhouse. It would cheer me up to click back to the post, but TBSO has gone private. No links today, because everyone I might link to has gone private. Bastards. BASTARDS.

(The Wayback Machine apparently only crawled TBSO once, back in 2006, before the great Action Man dollhouse post. BASTARDS.)


Cecilieaux Bois de Murier said...

Here are four blogs to follow:





Mithridates said...

"What's he building in there? We have a right to know...."


lo5an said...

The bookmarking site Pinboard has excellent archiving.


Helen DeWitt said...

Mith! THANK you!

Language said...

I don't understand the "going private" thing; I think of blogging as inherently public. But it was pretty depressing when I was going through my archives for the tenth-anniversary posts to see how many blogs I'd linked to enthusiastically had either gone silent or vanished. Alas, alas.

--Laudator Temporis Acti

Helen DeWitt said...

Well, I do have a couple of private blogs. It is a way of having things in a place where I can't lose them, or where I can have access to them even if I'm away from my computer. (Though of course I can also use the drafts folder on pp for that, and sometimes do.) But yes, it is depressing to see how many disappear.

m.s. said...

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