I've moved Cedric's Big Mix. There are two main reasons for that.
1) I go visit some guys, some great guys, in a nursing home at least twice a week. Ii'd print up stuff that all of us in The Common Ills community did. And Vern, who just passed away, had told me that he really liked my stuff but he hated the way my site looked. He said maybe it looked different onscreen than on paper. But for Vern, I'm switching.
2) I tried to put links in my posts to make sure people knew where to go for Common Ills
community members but Mike explained to me that in terms of the things that measure online, those links didn't seem to count. One of the reasons I started this Big Mix was because I've gotten a lot from this community and I want to give back. Now I've got them all linked on the side of my site and you can go there or not but it's there and should count by the mechanical gods that measure that nonsense.
I'm leaving the other site up for now at least but I am putting new entries up here.
Until I started this entry, C.I. of The Common Ills was on the phone with me and big thanks for that because I don't know what to do with this blogging program. And thanks to Mike of Mikey Likes It! for advising me to have some links planned so I wasn't sitting there with C.I. on the phone trying to figure out what to link to.
I'll add other links at some point. Any Common Ills community member that starts a site can e-mail me at email@example.com and I'll put you on my blog roll.
What about me? I know the community members with sites will link to me other than that, hey I'm an African-American blogger in a white, white net world, I ain't expecting much. I've noticed, for instance, that Betty of Thomas Friedman Is A Great Man busts her butt on her stuff and it is amazing but she's not linked to outside the community with one or two exceptions. You got a lot of white kids who like play with white kids. I ain't looking to be bussed in.
Think it has nothing to do with racism or sexism then go read Betty's stuff. And her entire topic is Thomas Friedman who the left loves to criticize but somehow they just can't give it up for Betty and say, "Hey, here's a link."
It's an inbred, tight circle and they all do the reach around to stroke each other off. That goes for a certain blogger who I'll leave nameless out of respect for C.I., but Mike, Elaine and I have had it with her peeing all over the left. She just loves to be linked to but she's not giving it up for others. Elaine, while she was substituting for Rebecca at Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude, took her and others off Rebecca's blog roll. I think that was so cool. Rebecca will stand up for anyone. And her thanks just wasn't forth coming.
The Common Ills is the flagship of the community and C.I. doesn't have to worry about links because we're such a huge community that grows all the time. (Check out the profile views on the site if you don't believe it.) And, like Kat says, we'll do just fine with just the community members who like our stuff checking out our sites. But I still don't think it's right that Betty's ignored or Rebecca.
As for me, I don't have time for the echo chamber so it ain't going to make my eyes water when this site is ignored outside the community.
I'll be linking to some magazines when I have time but I hate going into the template already. I'd heard about that from the gang at The Third Estate Sunday Review especially and it is a pain. In my entries, I'll always try to link to the community and to Democracy Now! but otherwise, you might just have to go to the blog roll because I'm learning this program as I go along. When the UK Computer Gurus get back from vacation, I'll be pestering them like crazy.
If you're new to me, let me start by saying I'm like Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills). We both blog when we have something to say. If I don't have anything to say, my Mama always taught me to shut my mouth.
I like music and I like to talk about stuff that's happening. This Mix is supposed to be just that with stuff I find that I want to highlight (mainly from the community). I'm not sure how that will go because everyone's told me that when you copy and paste in this program you have a lot of work to do with spacing and stuff. At the old site, I just copied with the mouse, took it over to the site and pasted it and everything was just like it was from the site I was copying.
So if you want to hang, feel free. If you don't, that's cool. But Vern told me to speak my anger and as I get back to blogging I'm going to do that. There's a lot to be angry about these days and I won't put any lipstick on the pig here.
Check out The Third Estate Sunday Review's "Editorial: Let's Play Politics" if you're curious about the sort of thing I'm hoping to do here.