April 21, 2010

Word Around the Net: Let Us Now Praise Bloggers You Don't Know

lilCT.jpg There's this blog called Word Around the Net, see. And it's run by this guy named Christopher Taylor (that kid over there), see. And it's four years old today, see. And it gets about 300 visits a day, see. And, here's the point, it's incredibly good.

Day after day, week after week, Taylor puts out about four posts from somewhere around Salem, Oregon -- one's a quote, one's a picture, but the other two are often some of the best writing on contemporary issues around. And yet, after four years, almost nobody knows about this blog. You might say it's because of "the glut," but I think it's because of "the rut." There's so much information and so much great content flowing through the Intertubes that we all tend to find our favorites and stick to them. Lord knows that's true enough when it comes to my own patterns. But from time to time I try to break out of them. From time to time, I run through my 200 odd RSS feeds and just start ripping them out until I shrink to about 50. Then I begin to build them back up again from recommendations, pointers and happenstance.

But there are about 30 (Classified as "AAA") that stay with me no matter what and Word Around the Net is one of them. Why? Because Taylor is a natural writer and, unlike myself, anything but a glib thinker. I don't know Taylor at all and I don't remember how I discovered him, but he's a keeper. Here' are three examples of his work over the years:

Word Around the Net: CREEPING TYRANNY Yet there is a different sort of tyranny, the kind of tyranny seen most often in the 20th century and into the 21st. Tyranny of the well-meaning and the carefully planned is a far worse sort. This is the kind of tyranny which religions put people under, and with very little difference, the kind of tyranny which ideology does as well. Communism in Russia, China, Cuba, Albania, and all other places it festers still was not an attempt by a small group of men to seize power for themselves, but a small group of academics and ideologues who thought that they needed power for everyone else's good.

Word Around the Net: GLOBAL WARMING EXAMINED For more than a month I've tried to examine the science and discussion of global warming and bring the many threads and different issues together into a single extended essay.

Word Around the Net: CULTURE AND COUNTERCULTURE Conservatism and Christianity are the new counterculture. Don't think so? In 1971 when All in the Family first aired, it was shocking for the sound of a flushing toilet to be used for comedy. Today it is unthinkable for a genuine Christian or Conservative voice to be uttered unopposed in a mainstream sitcom. Come, let us reason together.

There are hundreds more by Taylor. Why he isn't writing a column full time and helping to save one of the dying newspapers of Oregon is a testament to the fact that newspaper editors are dead between the ears.

You are not. Try Taylor. You'll like him.

Posted by Vanderleun at April 21, 2010 5:41 PM
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Friend of Gerard's is a friend of mine. In he goes.

Posted by: Morgan K Freeberg at April 21, 2010 6:26 PM

Kind of like Daphne without the vitriol :-)

No, the kid is good. VERY good.

High content to word ratio.

I haven't fed my RSS reader in a while.

Me, too. In he goes.

Posted by: WWWebb at April 21, 2010 7:08 PM

Daphne is exhilarating with vitriol. Nice is passé. You can't chisel all that rage with a feather. You need a mallet and a chisel.
Gerard has got me hooked on every blogger he's featured. I read Taylor's blog a few weeks ago, and I read it as much as I can...if I remember. My question is this: Is getting praised by Vanderleun like a Glenn Reynolds Instalanche?

Posted by: Jewel at April 21, 2010 8:21 PM

@Jewel: Prob'ly.

Posted by: at April 21, 2010 8:30 PM

Daphne is a superb writer with or without vitriol.

You can't eat spicy food all the time, hehehehe.

Posted by: WWWebb at April 21, 2010 8:33 PM

Gah...

Time to prune down my rss feeds. In the meantime, in he goes.

Posted by: pdwalker at April 22, 2010 3:13 AM

Is getting praised by Vanderleun like a Glenn Reynolds Instalanche?

I wouldn't know, Instapundit has never notice dmy little blog :)

Still, thanks so much for the kind words and the enthusaistic plug, I appreciate it and the traffic it brings. American Digest is a blog I always enjoy reading but more, I've always seen treated with respect by other bloggers and in my reading around the internet.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at April 22, 2010 11:47 AM

"I wouldn't know, Instapundit has never notice dmy little blog :)"

Well Sah,
I noticed your excellent blog years ago and visit daily as I'm sure you have some secret way to detect. Mainly from locations in the Middle East and North Africa. Presently from Wyoming. I always check your site just like I do American Digest and David Thompson (some guy who knows a lot and has pretty good taste). Keep up the good work. I've learned a lot of interesting things at your site and it's very much appreciated.

Posted by: Boogliodemus at April 23, 2010 5:21 PM

Both blogs are great. Thanks.

Posted by: Deborah at April 24, 2010 1:47 AM
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