Mr. Standfast

"Nothing taken for granted; everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace." G. K. Chesterton

December 02, 2004

Blogroll Update

I've decided to make some changes in my blogroll. Rather than one long alphabetical string of blogs, I chose to separate them into categories. This is essentially in imitation of Jollyblogger, whose categories are "Culture," "Theolology," "Philosophy," "Politics," "Piety," "Relationships," "Media," and "More Good Blogs."

I decided (at least for now) to go with "The Apologists," "The Diarists," "The Generalists," "The Journalists," "The Blogologists," and "The Specialist."

Now, I fully realize that any given blog is broader than a one-word label. Still, in many cases the label is more or less suitable: Jollyblogger and truly are, for example, "apologists," and apologetics is what they most often do. Of course they do other things too, but I don't think either would be offended by the label I've given them here.

"The Diarists" are people who use their blog as a personal journal. I have to say, I'm really partial to this kind of blog, and so it is a well-represented category here. However, it should be said that some of these "diarists" have also been known to do apologetics, or journalism, or write cultural essays, etc. Again, the label is a generalization, and that's all it is.

"The Generalists" are bloggers who might be prone to write essays on any number of subjects. These are all-purpose bloggers. It's a vague catch-all kind of label for blogs that are difficult to categorize.

"The Journalists" are more likely to comment on the news, or on cultural issues. They write editorials and observe the passing scene.

"The Blogologists," (hey, I had to keep the "-ist" thing going) dedicate themselves to tracking, indexing, aggregating the Christian blog world.

Finally, "The Specialist": Real Live Preacher. He has a category all his own, simply because he clearly doesn't fit neatly into any of the other categories, and, well, as noted above, I just needed to come up with an "-ist" label for the sake of consistency.

And there you have it. Subject to change at the spur of the moment and the dictatorial whimsey of yours truly.


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