Yesterday I did some housekeeping. One of the things I did was something I had never done before in the nearly ten year history of this blog: I banned some IP addresses for comment-spamming. So far I have banned a dozen or so individual IP addresses (mostly originating in China or Poland) and it seems to have decreased the amount of comment spam I’m receiving considerably which, in turn, reduces the load my blog places on my web server. We’ll see if that holds up over time.
I also began to prune the extensive list of blogs I keep track of. My blogroll is pretty selective but the list of blogs that I read is quite extensive.
It used to be the case that I checked every blog in that list at least once a week but in the last couple of years my reading has become much more limited. When I went back over my list I was saddened with the large number of blogs that no longer existed or hadn’t posted recently. I suppose some of the authors have moved their attention to Twitter or Facebook but I suspect that most have simply fallen away.
One of the sites I visited, still active, consists mostly of a list of blogs that post on local politics. I went through the list and was shocked at how many Chicagoland and Illinois blogs were no longer active.
If anyone has any suggestions for Chicagoland or Illinois blogs, I’d appreciate it. I only know of a fairly limited number of local bloggers (Lexington Green and Carl from Chicago of Chicago Boyz, Blackfive, Rick Moran of Right Wing Nut House, Mark Safranski of Zenpundit, One Man’s Thoughts). I’m acquainted with several of them. I also know of one Illinois blog (CapitolFax). The rest are inactive.
Does anyone know of any other Chicagoland or Illinois blogs I should be reading?
How about political or economics blogs?
I don’t much care what their ideology or political orientation is as long as they’re sane, well-written, and produce original content.