In Passing

Catching up with some (slightly) old news, I wanted to note an article that Torill Mortensen of thinking with my fingersreferred to when she linked to my article on "Where Do the Childen Play." The article, entitled "Complete freedom of movement": video games as gendered play spaces," explores the difficulty of creating video games that create the kind of positive spaces that children need to grow up successfully.

On the other hand, though I was pleased that Adam would link to my blog with the line, "I like this blog a lot," I would sure as heck like to know who Adam is and what exactly the site "FlatCity" is. It appears to be some sort of "co-op." (Yeah right, that's merely a lead-in for my next segment.) It's all well and good to be liked, and linked, but it's also nice to know who you're liked by. (Not that I really been able to keep up with all the political bloggers that I've recently linked to because I'll be writing over at a political site at least until the next election, in an attempt to prevent my political outrage from spilling over onto this space.) ((For all the high school teachers who (whom?) link to me, I apologize for that last run-on sentence, at least I think it might be a run-on, but I don't know any other way to say it if it is.(:-?))

Next, I want to do a little pushing of the Wayward Webloggers, Shelley "Burningbird" Power's co-op. If you're a regular visitor here, you'll notice that there has been a lot less down time here than there was on my old site and the page loads much more quickly. (Though I'm still apologizing for all the links I apparently broke with the move) And Shelley actually lets us know when the site has problems, unlike the old ISP that, if you believed their postings, NEVER had a problem, even if I couldn't access my site to post to it.

More importantly, despite the relatively modest fees here, we are able to subsidize some members who can't afford even these modest fees. If someone is willing to donate all the time necessary to maintain a web site, it seems unfair to deny them the chance to do so simply because they can't afford to pay an ISP.

All my poetic friends who are still using Blogger and are considering an "upgrade" should give the Wayward Webloggers' Coop a look see. And then you, too, could vote not to have any kitty cats portrayed on the Co-op's logo.

5 thoughts on “In Passing

  1. Well, our little co-op is just a way that a group of friends and writers and scholars keep in touch with each other (especially this summer, while some have returned home or gone off for other employment and education), which is the reason I posted the link: we’re a good mix of writers and scholars, but some of us are poets and it’s nice to read about someone’s personal and critical reactions to the people we take as our models.

    I was actually going to comment on “The Broken Tower” post the other day (so that the link may not have been so much a surprise), but in going through the archives I found a lot of empty comment sections and wasn’t sure if I would be disrespecting the blog’s owner or the blogspace. (I just recently came across your blog, Loren, and have been trying to catch up.)

  2. I love comments. Not that I get that many, but the reason there are so many blank comments is that I converted my weblog from Blogger, where comments aren’t allowed, to MT, where they are allowed. My friends said I shouldn’t leave all the old posts behind, so I didn’t.

    If you’ve got an opinion, even if it’s one that dares to disagree with me :-), post it. Heck, as Shelley “Burningbird” Powers pointed out in a widely-read article, I radically changed my interpration of a poem after several comments pointed out the err(or?) of my ways.

    Thanks for satisfying my curiousity, though. I really couldn’t tell if I should link back to that site or not, but decided that it proabably wasn’t meant to be read by the general public.

  3. Loren, hope you don’t mind me answering here: LW, you can check the co-op out in the co-op’s weblog, read the comments, get an idea of what’s involved. No biting heads off chickens, but it’s not your ‘average’ hosting situation. There is some risk — not from server going down, we’ve done quite well. But if we run out of money, that’s all she wrote. Hopefully, we won’t run out of money.

    In spite of that risk, we’re having fun and we’re trying something new.

What do you think?