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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Dancing in the Moonlight

One of my first blog entries in 2005 was about the Maltese blogosphere, which I saw on the verge of a great expansion. Sure enough, that ground swell came by the end of spring, but things seem to have calmed down a little in the last couple of months.

So, at the start of 2006, I thought it would be good to share 4 lists with my blog readers. Blogs are listed here in no particular order, even though I do like some more than others.

10 Maltese blogs I follow regularly:
Lost in Thought
Xemx u Xita
Ta' Barra Mod Ieħor
Ajjut! Ajjut!
Ugh!!'s GreyMatter Honeypot
Nurse Life
Malta, 9 Tremidor

I've left out Wired Temples and Pierre J. Mejlak's Blog from this list since they are now an integral part of the MaltaMedia Online Network. Needless to say, they're at the top of the list of Maltese blogs I read. There are a couple of other Maltese blogs I follow quite regularly, (such as this or this and this as well as others) but I prefer lists in tens. Maybe next time I'll do fifteens.

Here are another three lists just to show that my personal blog reader is well stacked.

10 blogs Maltese I wish were more active:
Il-Blobb tas-Sibt Filgħaxija
Triq il-Maqluba
Ħsejjes Innoċenti
Xemx, Wisq Sabiħa
Kenneth's Online Repository
Bertu tal-Angli
Chef Condom

10 non-Maltese blogs I follow regularly:
Lessig Blog
Smart Mobs
Writing & the Digital Life
timbl's blog
Life Hacker
boing boing
Il Blog di Beppe Grillo

10 new Maltese blogs I'm keeping an eye on:
Real Virtuality
Reesa's Blog
Zemploid's Orbit
Reflections Through Cyberspace
Writings of a Caoimhin
Building my Dreams from Moondust....?!
The day I attended to my funeral
skutella's blog

There are actually a number of other new blogs I'm keeping an eye on (such as this and this, to mention just two) but I decided that all the lists on this post will be made up of no more than 10 links each. I should also add that this last list is the most fluid one of all the above lists.

If you're not familiar with the Maltese blogosphere, and would like to see more Maltese blogs, I suggest you have a look at the section on blogs.

Blogger G said...

I'm not going to *sniff* be offended that I'm not *sniff* on the list *sniff* really I'm not *sob*


5:54 PM, January 04, 2006
Blogger Toni Sant said...

G, I must admit that your blog should have made the list of new blogs I'm keeping an eye on. In fact, I'm going to add a sentence that says this right now. How's that? ;-)

Thanks for pointing out my mindless omission. 

7:31 PM, January 04, 2006
Blogger Kenneth said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one following PostSecret. I think it's an excellent project. 

11:27 PM, January 04, 2006
Blogger G said...

Ok you're forgiven :P :) 

3:54 AM, January 05, 2006
Blogger Arcibald said...

Thanks for including me in the list of blogs you regularly check out. Really proud! :) I havent written anything for a while now, but that's just because I'm currently passing through my "what-the-hell-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life-before-it's-over" period. 

10:05 AM, January 05, 2006
Anonymous cc camilleri said...

Just went through the ten blogs you follow regularly:

Lost in Thought
Xemx u Xita
Ta' Barra Mod Ieħor
Ajjut! Ajjut!
Ugh!!'s GreyMatter Honeypot
Nurse Life
Malta, 9 Tremidor

I must say you're either not a very busy man or you don't have much else to read on a regular basis. But, if that's the gist of the Maltese blogosphere, then I really don't know what's all this fuss all about. 

11:04 AM, January 05, 2006
Blogger wwwitchie said...

Ton, what a great idea... there are a few links there I have never visited *grin* so I am looking forward to exploring them tonight while I eat my dinner (which shall include gbejna!) 

4:41 PM, January 05, 2006
Blogger wwwitchie said...

This last comment by CC Camilleri has really set me thinking. One of the things I have been thinking about is whether the blog readership is contrived rather than real (viz my last post and David at Lanzarote has also asked whether blogs are really being read)... an interesting point to explore is that if we want the Maltese blogosphere to be noted, we have to write consistently well. Because if someone surfs onto a blog and the last post is shite, they'll just move on to the next one. Might write more about this later on mine! (Or I may not in which case this comment will have to suffice.) 

4:47 PM, January 05, 2006
Blogger Guze' Stagno said...

Blogs are on the decline, Ton. They were 2005's version of vanity publishing, at least 80% of them.

Oh and by the way, why on Earth didn't I get a Xmas/NY ecard from you? Shame. 

7:49 PM, January 05, 2006
Blogger Kenneth said...

Blogs are on the decline, Ton.

Locally, you mean? 

10:48 PM, January 05, 2006
Blogger Toni Sant said...

Stagno, I never got your ecard. At least you have greetings from my end of year blog entry.

As for blogs on the decline, I don't know what you mean. The quality of the local blogosphere is not as rich as it was about six months ago. That's true. You are partly to blame for this Guz! However, the quantity of blogs is on the rise, not just locally but worldwide. Blogs are no longer not a fad. More about this in my next blog post, I think. 

10:29 AM, January 06, 2006
Blogger Guze' Stagno said...


I never said I send ecards - but since you do...

Anyway, regarding blogs, yes the quality kind of went to the dogs after a while. The good thing is that most of the shite ones were discontinued - just look at the aboutmalta list - half of them are no more.

But there are a handful of good writers, no point in denying that. What I can't understand is why these people don't pour their efforts, time and talent into writing something uh proper... like a novel, or a collection of short stories, and publishing it the proper way, so that real people (as opposed to that incestous little community known as the Maltese blogosphere) read their efforts.

As for me, right now I don't have the inclination to write if it doesn't bring a penny home. Blogging isn't going to fill the petrol tank of my Vitz, like.

(Next to go, honest to god, will be the effin' music interviews)

There is no respect for the writer on these islands so I might as well do a 'Peter Busuttil' and just spend my afternoons watching the telly or something...

You can't expect to have people coming up with decent stuff if you're going to pay them peanuts...

But enough ranting... the weekend's here. 

5:26 PM, January 06, 2006
Blogger nurse pica said...

thanks for liking my blog. as with everything i do, i take writing seriously and i love it when people appreciate it...

just one thing i want to make clear...i often make fun of patients and ppl ask me if im in the right profession...i can assure everyone that i am and i use humour as a cover up. not to mention, i really do find the things other people do as hilarious and instead of smiling to my self, i laugh out loud :) 

9:31 PM, February 01, 2006

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