the Irish for rights

Why do I blog?

This is a question I have had occasion to ask already on this blog. And a few searches with the words “why” and “blog” brought back a wealth of self-reflection. As always, the vast BBC website had something thoughtful to say; I rather liked this post on Sandhill Trek (the hill seems to have run into the sand in April 2006, which may or may not be a metaphor for the transience of bloggers); and the comments and trackback on this post on molly.com were very enlightening.

That little excursion around the blogosphere (wikipedia | technorati) was prompted after I came across an interesting post on darrenbarefoot.com. He wants to gather information and spark a discussion, because he has to talk about it at a conference February, so he has put together a very simple (I know it’s simple; I was able to do it!) 16-question survey, and accompanying discussion forum. So go on, do the survey, post to the forum, blog about it on your own blogs, pass it on, and start another cyber-meme. Oh, and he’s offering cool prizes for participation (though I took the survey out of genuine thirst for knowledge, and not because I want to win an iPod, one of two travel books, or a gift certificate. Honest!)

And maybe, when it’s all done, I’ll be able to answer the question in the title to this post.

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Me in a hatHi there! Thanks for dropping by. I'm Eoin O'Dell, and this is my blog: Cearta.ie - the Irish for rights.

"Cearta" really is the Irish word for rights, so the title provides a good sense of the scope of this blog.

In general, I write here about private law, free speech, and cyber law; and, in particular, I write about Irish law and education policy.

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What I'd like for here is a simple widget that takes the list of feeds from my existing RSS reader and displays it here as a blogroll. Nothing fancy. I'd love a recommendation, if you have one.

I had built a blogroll here on my Google Reader RSS subscriptions. Google Reader produced a line of html for each RSS subscription category, each of which I pasted here. So I had a list of my subscriptions as my blogroll, organised by category, which updated whenever I edited Google Reader. Easy peasy. However, with the sad and unnecessary demise of that product, so also went this blogroll. Please take a moment to mourn Google Reader. If there's an RSS reader which provides a line of html for the list of subscriptions, or for each RSS subscription category as Google Reader did, I'd happily use that. So, as I've already begged, I'd love a recommendation, if you have one.

Meanwhile, please bear with me until I find a new RSS+Blogroll solution




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