Are all of you guys bookmarking the new Outer Blogness?
If you haven’t checked yet, there’s a new blog aggregator in town.
I’ve been meaning to write a post about blog aggregators (especially the few Mormon blog aggregators), but I’ve just never gotten around to it. What first interested me was J. Max Wilson’s series on LDS Blog Portals [wait, don't forget the conclusion] (which shortly preceded his announcement of Nothing Wavering, his blog portal for faithful, mainstream Mormons).
What can I say? I’m a sucker for Bloggernacle history and drama (and the former generally includes the latter). And while I’m sure the various parties probably disagree with each other (of course, seeing as now there are different aggregators), I found myself agreeing with a lot of what J. Max had said (although, for very different reasons…obviously, I’m not seeking to get on any “faithful, mainstream” blog portals ;) ).
Ideologically, I agreed with the contention that Mormon Archipelago’s structure creates a “promotional hierarchy,” and that ideally, a blog aggregator would try to minimize that. I also liked his thoughts about seeing aggregators as attempts to showcase progressive technologies, but I admit that I’m not very technically savvy anyway, so that is lost on me from a practical consideration.
What I did feel was that Main Street Plaza, home of Outer Blogness and something of the “hub” for the
disaffected Mormon Underground Mormon Alumni Association, had some…design problems. I liked the change of themes when it was announced, but when chanson suggested that the site might be getting a fourth column, I felt the claustrophic panic attacks swelling.
Fortunately, Kari H was on the case, and he was far more technically-inclined.
I suppose it’s really interesting to see so many Mormon-related blog aggregators using BlogRoll Z, although I guess it’s not that surprising seeing that this is a relatively close-knit community.
…Anyway, Kari H is really the genius behind this, just with nagging from the MSP admins, so you just go over to Outer Blogness and MARVEL.
Oh yeah, and now that we have column space on the MSP sidebars, we can have these lovely buttons (designed by Chino Blanco)!