Down the rabbit hole of blogging …
Sometimes following other people’s blogs is like talking to someone who won’t shut up: you ask one question, and you’re in for a 15 minute answer. Well, it’s a little like that, except it’s not: it’s a lot more interesting. Case in point: I pulled a little piece out of my news aggregator this morning on a k-log pilot experiment, and many hours later, I’m left with a pile on interesting pages scattered around my screen that I’m trying to make sense of. (I can’t even remember where I found the reference to the k-log item; it’s already gone from my aggregator.)
I got turned on to the whole weblog/klog thing after a few experiences like the above. Knowing that I helped someone else tumble down a rabbit hole is very gratifying.
Alice down the rabbit-hole is a great analogy for a multi-hour klog clicking session:
In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.
The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself falling down a very deep well.
Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she passed; it was labelled `ORANGE MARMALADE’, but to her great disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as she fell past it.