Me is not always the only topic.

It seems that the vast majority of web sites are about themselves (or at least about their authors), but there are quite a number of them out there that focus on a particular subject and offer up to the minute information on that subject. Many of these develop avid readerships who learn that they can be an excellent source of information on subjects that interest them. For example:
Every week The Scout Report enters my inbox, bringing me a list of interesting new sites. The editors of the report visit many more sites than those that ultimately get included in the report, and some of these are definitely worth a visit. What to do about these? Post them on a blog.

For a number of years Jorn Barger has maintained one of the more interesting sites that examines, among much else, the nature of hypertext. He also maintains a blog that is no more than a list of articles and sites that he's found interesting, and that he thinks his readers might as well.

The O'Reilly company tries to be on the cutting edge of internet technologies. A number of workers at the company (over 25 - who knows, it may be company policy) maintain blogs that attempt to cover specific territory. Finding material on a chosen topic via these blogs can often be much more effective than running a search via a search engine.

Last month's column referred to a blog that chronicles the decline of free materials on the web. The blog seems, sadly, to continue to be updated daily.
It seems also to be in the nature of blogs that they invite excesses of numerous sorts.

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