Blog Paradoxon

In my blogroll, I have lots of “designer” blogs: Weblogs like [mezzoblue][], [Stopdesign][], [Authentic Boredom][], [Justwatchthesky ( I heart you. )][], [sidesh0w.com][] or [pixelgraphix][]. Most if not all of them have something to say about intelligent, educated web-design. And definitely all of them are beautifully crafted, standards compliant websites – one of the reasons why I subscribed to these in the first place.

Paradoxically, I don’t enjoy these sites’ beauty anymore, as I am reading the posts via my Newsreader. And because it’s News, I prefer a uniform, subtle layout that is unique across the different subscriptions – it helps me to stay focused on the content I am about to read and is a significant productivity boost1.


PulpFiction’s SQL came in handy for this post when I wanted to get all “Web Designers’” blogs I’m subscribed to.:

SELECT subscriptions.name, url FROM subscriptions, folders WHERE subscriptions.name LIKE folders.name AND folders.parent IN ( SELECT fid FROM folders WHERE name LIKE “Web Designers” );


[kottke.org]: http://www.kottke.org/ “Jason Kottke”[// hicksdesign]: http://www.hicksdesign.co.uk/journal/ “Jon Hickson”[mezzoblue]: http://www.mezzoblue.com/ “Dave Shea”[Stopdesign]: http://www.stopdesign.com/ [decaffeinated]: http://www.decaffeinated.org/ [Airbag]: http://www.airbagindustries.com/ [idly.org]: http://idly.org [And all that Malarkey]: http://www.stuffandnonsense.co.uk/ [Shaun Inman // Commentary]: http://www.shauninman.com/mentary/ [Authentic Boredom]: http://www.cameronmoll.com/ [Design by Fire]: http://www.designbyfire.com/ [The Fishbowl]: http://fishbowl.pastiche.org/ [Whitespace]: http://www.9rules.com/whitespace/ [sidesh0w.com]: http://sidesh0w.com [noise between stations]: http://noisebetweenstations.com/personal/weblogs[mono]: http://larsholst.info/blog[Justwatchthesky ( I heart you. )]: http://www.justwatchthesky.com/ [Veerle’s blog]: http://veerle.duoh.com/ [graphicPUSH]: http://www.graphicpush.com/ [pixelgraphix]: http://www.pixelgraphix.de/ [Stingthebee]: http://stingthebee.nu/ [Stylegala | gallery]: http://www.stylegala.com/ [SimpleBits]: http://www.simplebits.com/


  1. Of course, there is -D in PulpFiction that will switch to the “Online View” of a post on a blog. ↩︎

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