Great minds think alike
Posted by aogFriday, 18 August 2006 at 10:39 TrackBack Ping URL

I used to observe various cliques of weblogs, where a set of people all read each other’s weblogs and wrote as part of an “in” crowd. I found it a bit odd, as I have no personal acquaintances who read weblogs on a regular basis, except for family related ones (e.g., my mother in law reads my weblog about my children, not because it’s a weblog but because it’s about her grand children, and the only other ones she reads are about her neices, who in turn read the same set of family weblogs).

But with the recent falling out over at Brothers Judd, I am now a member of little clique of weblogs that feed off each other, formed from the refugees. Our thinking is so parallel that as I was falling asleep last night, planning to write this post, another member of the clique was actually writing it. Apparently the emphasis on conformity was more effective than I had thought.

P.S. Let me note, however, that only this one has the cool plugins and text formatting tools!

P.P.S. And at least I’m not silly enough to circle link, like these guys.

Comments — Formatting by Textile
cjm Friday, 18 August 2006 at 11:11

what happened over at Brothers Judd ? has it been purged of the infidels ?

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 18 August 2006 at 11:29

This, basically, to various people at various times. The comment diddling was another issue. So the infidels went off to start their own weblogs (except me, as I had this weblog long before that). I suspect this was a counter-reaction to the exodus.

We all still read Brothers Judd, because for all his faults OJ is a very interesting guy who finds varied and interesting things. We just put most of our creative efforts elsewhere these days. And maybe that will change, too. Things flow about so here.

Brit Friday, 18 August 2006 at 11:57

Before Orrin went ape on this post of David’s, it was an interesting discussion about whether blogs have any political importance. My argument was that they don’t really, because there are too many of them, there’s no quality control, and it’s always the same few addicts browsing them anyway. In the end, they only really work as a bit of fun and a chance for individuals to argue and learn: a blog lives and dies by the liveliness of its comments forum. The cliques are an inevitable side-effect, but they are fluid.

(This was the thread where Orrin first started diddling my posts, after which I was effectively banned on darwinist and religious topics, and then it turned out on all topics.

I do like the format of Brothers Judd comments, as it lends itself to both long posts and one-line banter (except where the host diddles of course).

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 18 August 2006 at 14:49

Hey, I refuse to be out formatted by Brothers Judd ! What is better about that format? Out with it, man!

Brit Saturday, 19 August 2006 at 03:44

Oh dear, have I blundered?

Your format is a lot cleverer of course, maybe Orrin’s just gives the illusion of being more instant, which I’m sure it isn’t really [he blustered hastily].

Duck Saturday, 19 August 2006 at 13:02

Has David been expunged as well, or is his secret blog just an attempt to establish a solo career?

I go back to Brothers Judd from time to time, like today, but arguing with Orrin has become rather stale and repetitive. If you can call what Orrin does argumentation.

We should derive a group name for all of the Brothers Judd castaway blogs. Sounds like an idea for a contest.

Annoying Old Guy Saturday, 19 August 2006 at 13:42

No, like me he left on his own, but he could see the writing on the blog.

As for stale and repetitive, I just cannot figure out what the point of OJ’s current debate style is. I made the mistake of wading back in recently and OJ’s not even rewriting facts and comments to win any more, he’s adopting the other side’s position and then wondering why that person wasn’t able to grasp his own point. One is left wondering if he’s become enough of a fellow traveler with the Caliphascist view that he’s arguing they way they fight wars and declare “victory”.

I find the experience terribly depressing, especially since it’s over such trivial and bizarre subjects.

P.S. The “unJudded”?

Annoying Old Guy Saturday, 19 August 2006 at 14:00


Hmmph. Does that other place have an auto disabling POST button? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Better formatting indeed! And from someone whose own weblog doesn’t even let you click directly from one post to another!

P.S. Despite that, I added your weblog as webiki word, so “ToE” or “ThinkOfEngland” auto links to your weblog. What could possibly be more useful?

Duck Saturday, 19 August 2006 at 20:06

Webiki huh? Pretty slick! I like how you create autolinks to the Daily Duck as well. I’d have to say that Thought Mesh has the most advanced, state of the art format that I’ve seen in the blogosphere.

The UnJudd sounds cool, kinda like undead. The antiJudd is cool too, but these are too singular, and we need a group name, like the AntiJudd Continuum, or the UnJudd Alliance. I will create a separate category on the Daily Duck’s blogroll, as soon as we settle on a name.

Michael Herdegen Sunday, 20 August 2006 at 02:18

Most of us aren’t antiJudd, we’re just postJudd - and even then, we’re just post commenting. We still read the thing. Occasionally.

Brit Sunday, 20 August 2006 at 07:15

Then how about the ‘Post Brothers Network’ or similar?

ie. a ‘brotherhood’ of (blog) posters, who are also post-Brothers Judd. Geddit?

Annoying Old Guy Sunday, 20 August 2006 at 10:16


Form over content, that’s my motto! Even if I have the asthetic sense of an engineer!

I would write more except for the terrible burden of maintaining all the cool tech. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

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