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Top WP.com themes?

WordPress.com already has two types of ‘top’ lists — Top Blogs, and Top Posts. If you count ‘Fastest Growing WordPress.com Blogs’, then that makes three lists already. I wonder if it would be a good idea to have a ‘Top WordPress.com Themes’ list? I mean, technically, it should be simple enough to keep track of the number of blogs using each theme, right?

Personally, I like Regulus. Tried Contempt for a while, and a couple of others, but I keep coming back to Regulus. Sometimes I wonder what themes other people use, but I inevitably move on to wondering how many people use this or that theme. Now instead of going around asking people, I’m thinking, wouldn’t it be neat if the WP.com guys added a ‘Top Themes’ list?

But then again, this list wouldn’t necessarily drive traffic to individual blogs, like the other existing ‘Top’ lists do. Instead, it might just make some popular themes more popular and some unpopular themes more unpopular. This list might be more useful as feedback to theme designers and to the guys at Automattic.

Still… it would be cool to have, from a user point of view…. 🙂

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My Rules for Blogrolling

Alright. Here goes.

I’ve seen more than one occassion where blogrolling has become such a big deal that people have actually gotten into bitter arguments and fights over it. People getting rolled without permission, people getting taken off someone’s roll without a heads-up, whatever. The thing is, each time, I found the whole thing really childish. People get so worked up over nothing, really.

Lorelle has written an excellent article on the subject of blogrolling here, but I’ll just simply list down my own personal rules for blogrolling. Think of this list as a dislaimer of sorts. Anyway, here they are:

  1. I reserve the right to add, with or without permission, to my blogroll any blog that is available to the public.
  2. I reserve the right to remove anyone from my blogroll without any prior notice to the blog owner.
  3. Adding someone to my blogroll, does not necessarily mean that I want to be added to his or her own blogroll in turn. He or she may add me, but it will not be out of me urging anyone to do so.
  4. I treat my blogroll as bookmarks, for my own convenience. Anyone may formulate other profound philosophical meaning to my bookmarks, but that would be your own opinion, not mine.
  5. If you wish to be taken out of my roll, then by all means say so. I’ll gladly accommodate you!

Hmmm. I guess that’s it for now. I’ll probably add my rules as text on my sidebar later. Anyway, I’ll be adding more bookmarks soon.

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Blog and tag hopping for the Philippines

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this earlier, but on a whim I started browsing for ‘filipino‘ and ‘Philippines‘ tags in wordpress.com. And what do I find? I find entries by a guy named Mike Cohen, that’s what. Tons and tons of it.

The name sounded familiar somehow, and the About page, while it did say he was a broadcast journalist, it didn’t really say much in the way of where he’d worked, etc. So I Googled him and — whoa! He’s that white guy that I’d seen surreally reporting on ABS-CBN. I say surreally, because his caucasian features were really incongruous to the station he was working in, i.e., a local news channel, which you’d expect only had Filipino-looking reporters. Anyway, after that initial shock had worn off, it was funny watching him exchange pleasantries with the other news anchors in the channel.

I don’t really follow local news much. I got sick a long time ago, of all the political this and political that going on every day. I’d only seen the guy on TV a couple of times.

But.

I find his blog interesting. I’m not really much into journalism; if I write, I’m more interested in writing fiction. Still, I’d like to read this guy’s perspective on local news and the Philippines in general. He doesn’t strike me as one of those activist types who are blindly anti-government and pro-poor (or even blindly pro-government, for that matter). Anyway, whatever — I’m adding his blog to my blogroll, if only to bookmark it for easy reach.

Which reminds me — I’ve come across other blogs that I find interesting and would like to add to my roll. Will do those later… but only after I put some kind of disclaimer to my own personal blogroll rules.

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