People as bothered by asymmetry as I am will notice that our blogroll, on the left side of the page, has gotten a lot shorter. This is something that should have been done a while ago. The large majority of the blogs removed are no longer published, or their authors left a goodbye post, or all that's left is an error: 404 message.
One or two of the blogs taken off were removed for philosophical reasons. One or two were removed because they evidently have philosophical problems with us.
A couple of blogs that are long dead we keep around for sentimental reasons, principally the late great Jon Swift, and Dispatches from TJICistan, whose author may be released from prison with good behavior.
I'm struck by how difficult it seems to be, for many bloggers, to keep a site updated for more than a year. I'm mildly encouraged that we're over seven years old. A wise man once told me that year seven would be the most difficult year of my marriage. He was wrong. It was year eleven, but I take the point. We're no longer running a "new" or "young" blog. If you have a new or young blog, and you think our readers might enjoy what you have to write, drop us a line. You may email me at patrick at this domain name. You may email Ken at the same domain name, but bear in mind I'm more likely to add your site to the roll, and more likely to remove it. It might be a good idea to look at our blogrolling policy, which is most liberal, before sending the email.
If you feel that your site was removed in error, let me know.