Today in my referral logs for Berkeley Blogs, there was a yahoo search for “bloggers.”
Near the top of the results were NYC Bloggers and London Bloggers, and Berkeley Blogs was a little further down the list.
First of all, this just served to remind me that I’m not going to have time to enhance the Berkeley Blogs page any time soon. Not only is it August, but I’ve also severely overcommitted myself for at least the next month.
Both the NYC site and the London site are so well done that it makes Berkeley Blogs seem like a pathetic little disorganized list. Which it basically is… Hell, it’s not even stored in a database. Anyway, I’m embarrassed to have something I maintain in the company of those two sites.
Second, those two sites got me wondering how I could better organize the Berkeley Blogs list. Both NYC and London Bloggers are organized by subway stop, which is a tremendously spiffy way to visualize things, and it left me longing for a similiar tactic for Berkeley.
The biggest problem with Berkeley is that students come and go so often, so spatial organizations would quickly become outdated as people leave the city. Lots of people on the Berkeley Blog list right now don’t even live in Berkeley anymore, but I’m not about to remove them. They’re Berkeley Bloggers by association. For example, Berkeley has shaped who I am and how I blog more than anything else, and so at least some part of me will always be a Berkeley Blogger even once I’m out of here next summer.
So one thought was to just offer a whole bunch of checkboxes for “association with Berkeley,” including “Current Cal student,” “Cal Alumni,” “Berkeley Resident,” “Former Berkeley Resident,” and so on… The biggest problem with that is trying to figure out how much granularity to build in. Certainly Cal would get several categories, because it’s so hard to ignore, but would what about other schools? I’m afraid that with Berkeley being the polarized place that it is, I’d offend someone by overlooking some tiny group.
Anyway, these are just quick thoughts on a busy Saturday afternoon as I eat dinner before I get back to work. If anyone has any other ideas for how to better organize Berkeley Bloggers, please share them.