I've updated the blog links to the right. The blogs I've selected are those that appeal to me for more than just the current election and which I intend to keep reading long after November is past. I won't be linking to the A-List Blogger Boyz ever again.
I've added a section just for sites centered on electoral politics. There's odds and ends in the last links section. I have both an RSS and an Atom link, courtesy Feedburner, in that section, plus links to my Tolkien fanfiction novel Hands of the King.
I rarely reply to comments on the blog and I don't comment on other blogs. Why? The biggest reason is time. The second is a little more complex. One of the reasons why some previously solid and interesting bloggers have gone so totally off the rails is the desire to be part of the "in crowd" and get virtual hugs and pats (and other favors) for saying what is popular, including what is popularly "controversial". The need to get the hits, rack up the comments, be cross-linked, etc., does something to your perspective. It's not just Left Blogistan that is affected, of course; I see this pattern of behavior wherever online "communities" are formed. It is just extending the very human desire to belong into a new medium. It's the foundation of both salutory collective action and destructive tribalism.
I have enough to do to maintain those relationships and communities in the physical universe (see reason number one), so I'm not really interested in expanding them online. I have finally extricated myself from the psychotic mind-fuck that is the Tolkien fandom and I'm not really eager to go that route again.
This blog is simply my space for saying what comes to mind. Thanks for reading along.