August 31 has been named BlogDay by Nir Ofir, because 3108 kind of looks like “BLOG” if you squint and tilt your head slightly to the left.
The idea is pretty neat: on that day, participating bloggers will post about 5 interesting blogs that are preferably from a different country/culture than their own. This deluge of recommendations will be a cultural exchange and provide opportunities for some great reading.
I’m looking forward to participating…with some measure of trepidation. After all, these are supposed to be new recommendations. My blogroll stays perfectly up to date, because it’s generated by my RSS reader. This means that I’ve been recommending the stuff I already read all along. In order to really participate, I feel that I ought to go out and find five all-new blogs to recommend–and really, I’d like to recommend blogs written in English by people of other countries. Right now I don’t read very many blogs like that, and all of my Japan blogs are written by English-speaking foreigners who happen to be living in Japan. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that…)
So it will be interesting to see what I’m able to find before the 31st.
Are you participating?
[Here is the groovy Technorati tag that I have to put in BlogDay posts to show that I’m participating, even though I think it looks totally goofy to have tags in the body of a post, and I’m hoping that I can find some better way to do it when I switch to WordPress (maybe with categories or something).]