Blog list trolling, and a new read...
I first started considering blogs a couple weeks before Lotusphere. I kept hearing about Ed Brill's blog, and I felt guilty that I wasn't reading it to keep up-to-speed on Lotusphere preparation (though it didn't stop me from hitting the Gonzo Lotusphere site hourly!). After LS, I found a few other Lotus personalities that were blogging, and I started following them every couple of days. Then the local competition (Joe Litton) started blogging, and I couldn't let him get ahead of me. Soon I too joined the world of the bloggers. Not much to say, but I was having fun saying it!
Of course, as I started to read more blogs, I started to see references to other sites that looked interesting. Every couple of weeks I added a couple more sites to my list of blogs I kept up with. Now many of the main players in the Domino blogging world have some rather substantial blog rolls. Every couple of weeks I like to spend some time looking at the blog rolls of others in search of sites I should be reading.
So how much attention to you pay to the blog rolls of others, and do you use them to glean new sites of interest?
And for my latest read... I just finished Contest by Matthew Reilly. This is a very good science fiction novel that maintains a pretty frentic pace throughout. The main character (who is human) finds himself transported into the New York Public Library along with an alien guide. He learns that he's the human representative in a contest called The Presidian. It's held once every thousand years, and it pits seven contestants from different worlds against each other in a life-or-death struggle. The building is electrified so that no one can escape, and the only way you can get out is to be the last being alive at the end of the contest. Of course, he's up against deadly killers armed with weapons, and all he has is his brains and his little girl who also happened to get transported into the library inadvertantly. It's not deep or socially relevant... just a lot of fun.