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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Kinja to pull plug on UU Blogs Digest next week.

I suspect most avid Unitarian Universalist blog readers keep up by subscribing to the feeds of their favorite blogs or by visiting the UUpdates aggregator, but some have stuck with the UU Blogs Digest I set up back in 2004 at Kinja.com, when I was tracking all of 36 UU blogs. Alas, all good things must come to an end. After four years, Kinja is closing down for good at the end of April.

Gawker Media's Nick Denton founded Kinja as he was assembling his blog media empire back in 2004. Kinja has seemed on life support since 2006 (and I can't recall if it was ever listed as a Gawker property), but it still worked fine, so I kept adding new blogs to the UU Blogs Digest. Gawker is now selling some of its blogs, including the popular political gossip site Wonkette, so I gather that pulling the plug on Kinja is part of Denton's overall belt-tightening. Or maybe they just didn't want to renew the domain registration. Who knows?

In Kinja's first month online, Denton noted my early adoption of the service as a way of creating a niche portal for UU blogs. (Here's a similar mention on his personal blog.) Happily, there are now other portals for UU blog fans. I like being able to filter out blogs that don't interest me at UUpdates — use the "My Sites" feature — but you may prefer Aaron Sawyer's DiscoverUU portal, which draws from a good but highly selective slice of the UU blogosphere.

P.S. I'm almost done updating my Annotated Guide to UU Blogs. Expect a new edition this weekend, if not before. If you haven't let me know about your UU-related blog yet, this is your chance.

Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 22 April 2008 at 5:50 PM

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4 comments:

Philocrites:

April 22, 2008 08:23 PM | Permalink for this comment

If you'd like to download the UU Blogs Digest OPML file to import into another aggregator, here's the link:

http://kinja.com/favorites/uublogs/default/?format=opml

Philocrites:

April 23, 2008 07:48 AM | Permalink for this comment

A caution about using that OPML file: It includes lots of expired blogs.

Because Kinja simply dropped broken links or inactive blogs to the bottom, they never got in the way -- and so my practice was simply to add new blogs. I didn't actively weed out old links.

Elizabeth J. Barrett:

April 24, 2008 06:17 PM | Permalink for this comment

No more Kinja UU Blogs digest? (sniff) I enjoy seeing the blogs in order by time of posting, with the most recent at the top. The little snippet from each blog lets me know which to investigate. Is there another blog digestigator that works like this?

Philocrites:

April 24, 2008 08:02 PM | Permalink for this comment

Elizabeth, give UUpdates a try. It's chronological and gives brief excerpts of the posts. It's the aggregator I rely on — and when I come across a blog that doesn't interest me, I can mark it so it won't show up when I visit UUpdates.



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