Veteran habitués of the blogosphere will likely remember two things which loomed like twin colossi over the early years of the weblog phenomenon: the subtle, but incisive satire of Reasonable Conservative Jon Swift (known in civilian life as the journalist Al Weisel), and a long-running argument about whether it was "blogosphere" or "blogtopia" (personally, I leaned toward the former, because the latter seemed a bit too optimistic for me). One of Jon/Al's legacies is the Blogger Year-End Roundup, in which all bloggers great and small could submit their best posts of the year, gaining new readers and encountering new voices.
Fortunately, Batocchio of Vagabond Scholar has kept the tradition alive, and the 2014 edition is now up, featuring some of our favorite writers -- Carl of Simply Left Behind, TBogg, Roy -- and many with whom I'm unfamiliar, because I don't get out much. Which is the great thing about this annual feature -- it offers the thrill of discovery without the necessity of getting off the couch; in other words, it expands one's horizons without interrupting the expansion of one's ass.
Each participating blogger seems to have made a thoughtful, illuminating selection from his or her body of work, whereas I did what I do every year: hastily skim the archives then pull out something at random, because I'm an impulse shopper. Click here when you have a moment, and enjoy a finely wrought time capsule of 2014.
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