Welcome in Australian blogging to a very useful new site, australianblogs.com . Cloud tags, nearly 300 blogs and rising and some interesting names among 'em. It would be great to see more, especially useful if they are tagged with their capital city to boot.
SInce its opening just over two weeks ago, Jon Yau and team have put me in touch with several sites hitherto unknown...
Just for starters, there's a disability network (wow), Enableblogs:
The Enableblogs vision is to facilitate and promote conversations between people who are involved in or wish to explore disability issues.
Enableblogs is being built as a place for people to get involved in discussions around disability and related issues.
Behold, I think of it a few months ago - and it was already happening.
Margaret River blog
Gherardi Wines is a boutique winery in the famous winemaking region of Margaret River in Western Australia. The writer to the blog has twenty-nine years of viticultural experience and is consulting at Curtin Uni in their viticulture course. Pretty nice blog. Pretty darn nice.
Disambiguity is the blog of Leisa Reichelt, a digital experience architect from Sydney and a natural gathering point for those interested in Web 2.0 down under and elsewhere. A new media point of interest presented itself very early in Australianblogs.com at academic Angela Thomas' blog on English education, i-Anya.
So if you're blogging in Australia and reading this, please get over there and stick yours up with some tags.
Meanwhile, at Larvatus Prodeo, Mark Bahnisch has flagged his burgeoning interest in the sociology of blogging and offers news on an impending piece of research on why Australians blog. As usual the comments form a rich vein of content for us Oz bloggers to mine (if you ignore the long digression on a literature competition in media res). I particularly like the comment on the number of SOHO types blogging - this is parallel to the US experience and shows Oz blogging is emerging as a social 'force'. If that's the right word...
AND finally - I don't usually blog family but I'd like to remember this! I wish I had an internal video camera (in some respects I have always had one, but the funny things are often forgotten. And there have been so many of them.)
Two youngest family members sitting in the living area over the Saturday morning papers, deconstructing the opening scenes of Citizen Kane - one has seen it at his rather good high school for history, the other is analysing it for her film class, and they both speak in their own stagey, sarcastic demotic of 'dysfunctional sibling', which they insist is A JOKE, Mum! get over it.
'So, you're saying I'm wrong? That when he closes the window, he's saying, 'Let him play in the snow?' and when she opens it, she's saying, ' Bring him inside, I want him to get warm?'
'That's right, you dick, you've got it ALL WRONG AGAIN.'