I use a reader/aggregator to keep up with all the blogs, tumblers, porn, news, music, design, etc. websites that I try to keep current. I have them all neatly organized according to content. Two years ago I subscribed to a lot of gay oriented websites like Advocate or Out to keep up with the gay equal rights marriage movement. Even though it's been overtaken by other current event/news sites like PaperMag, The Conversation, and Pacific Standard I still have them all corralled under the heading, Gay News. I don't know why because only about a third of them are gay related but nonetheless are news related.
The list is as follows, All, then Gay News, then Kenneth (212) & Boy Culture etc., this particular category includes sites like The Onion, The Art of Manliness, and horoscopes etc. mainly because they can be owner centric or like The Art of Manliness can be rather lengthy and winded.
Next in the list is, Gay Nude Blogs. This includes blogs and tumblr sites that post many pictures of hot naked men. It's a beautiful thing. Millions of naked men, page after page of naked men scrolling down the line. It's like the worlds entire gay bookstore in one easy to find and free location. No more lurking the dirty bookstore unless I want some strange, as in a live one in person. Next in line is the Porn Offenders heading. This is a banishment heading for blogs/tumblrs that post 20 million pictures at the same time clogging up my reader with post after post after post.
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The Design Blogs heading includes sites like Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, Design Milk and If the Lamp Shade Fits. The place for interior porn or pretty pictures of Better Homes than Yours, a blog name that I have but never really got going.
Halloween Blogs. You'd be surprised how many blogs out there are completely devoted to Halloween. Few are posted on throughout the year but come October first they post like madmen in a month long marathon of creepy inspiration.
Music Blogs, is a category I rarely visit these days as most sharity blogs have been shut down for copyright infringement and the demise of large scale file sharing sources like Rapidshare and Megaupload. RIP, but I still keep the sources because you never know.
Junk Blogs, contains blogs devoted to flea market finds, repurposed urban objects, and well, junk.
New York Blogs, the name says it all. Blogs entirely about New York City. This might seem an odd category but really tells a sad story about New York being transformed into a Disney World playground for the extremely wealthy. I don't think any of them started out to tell this story but it's seems to be where they all have found themselves. In a city that they no longer can afford to live. Everyday it seems some old locally owned shop or restaurant is forced out of it's 50, 60, or 70 year old location due to exorbitant rent hikes and replaced with corporately branded yogurt shops.
One of the New York blogs that I love is, Walkers in the City. So beautifully written. It tells the story of her walks in the city. What did you expect? Actually the author has lived her whole life in NYC and on her walks she encounters familiar people and buildings and her musings about their lives through the years.
The last headline category is, Defunct Blogs. These once loved blogs have now been abandoned and they are the inspiration for this post. I don't know why but I like to keep the links to these blogs. In some cases if you try to visit these blogs you will find a message stating Blog not Found or This Blog has been Deleted. But in a Reader/Aggregator the pages are archived safe and sound and can be revisited anytime you like.
Which finally brings me to my topic, Lost & Found. Recently I was reading along and out of nowhere Miss Janey's blog was updated with a bunch of Urdu gibberish. When I clicked on the, view website link, I found the blog had been deleted. Remember Joe To Hell? Anyone? If you visit his old blog you will find it has been hijacked as well and is now some sort of design/advertising website. The Haunted Lamp? It's now apparently run by a middle eastern fashionista. Adventure's in Reinvention has become a, Gay Nude Blog. Lastly, Stella's Roar has transformed into a cell phone review machine : (
My question is why hijack an already defunct blog with a majority of gay readers into another blog? Why not just start your own? Are there people in foreign countries forbidden to use Blogger? Do they bypass the authorities by hijacking an unused blog? And exactly how do they do that?
If you quit blogging as some do, they tend to pick it back up from time to time. My advice is if you quit blogging with no intentions of resuming then you should definitely delete your blog for good rather than have your blogger account stolen and possibly your real identity as well.