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Explanations and clarifications

Stopped by the Cingular (was AT&T) store in the Baker Block, where the customer service rep explained the reason for the annoying $18 charge (it's the FCC's fault - has to do with the number portability law, and probably includes some kinda graft for the Feds - plus it covers the cost of upgrading existing phones to the new GSM standard) and how the Family Plan works. I'm reluctant to get involved with that until phoenixalpha gets a steady job, since it'll be about $80/month including a phone for Scott. That's only a slight increase over the existing bill, but I have trouble enough keeping current with that.

I'm also thinking that the local blog community has sorted out the question of whether LJ sites qualify as blogs or not, and on balance I'd have to say the answer is "not". This is pretty reasonable, really; most LJ sites are in fact litle more than daily diaries, and mine isn't really all that different. Yes, I do some linking and some thinking out loud in the form of the occasional short essay, but by and large most of what you find here is personal stuff: what's going on in my life and the parts of local anime/SF fandom that I'm involved with. So I guess I should be thankful for the couple of links I have from Minnesota Organization of Blogs members (and of course, the lovely and talented Death Quaker) until such time as I get serious about this blogging business and relaunch the Rebel Baseball Review.

Which will happen about ten minutes after I pay John Skilton the $400 I owe him for hosting fees related to the late rebelbaseballreview.com site...yup, that's right, Real Soon Now.


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Apr. 26th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
The thing is we're so used to blogs like Powerline and Instapundit, that raises the bar. I consider my LJ a blog, as are mostr LJ's they're just not political blogs
Apr. 26th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
This is true...most of the local blogs (take Mitch Berg's, for example) also have a lot of diary-type content. I think the big difference is that Mitch and the folks at Powerline spend a lot more time looking at the local and national press because that's their main line. It's what people expect of them, and they play to those expectations.

You and I, on the other hand, don't tend to do the six-paragraph takedown of Nick Coleman, FrankenNet, or whatever local annoyance rears its head.
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