Sunday, 21 September 2008

The Black Box

See the mysterious Black Box on the left? I got that from firebyrd's blog. She and I met for lunch on Friday, as we do from time to time, and she said it's the hottest thing in the blogging world. Well, since I'm so notoriously not with it -- just ask my kids -- I had to put it on my blog.

It's all about choices. You click on the box and keep making choices till it tells you of a mystery blogger whose choices match your own. You can then visit this mystery blogger. I've done it over and over and I end up with the same two blogs (guess I'm just too predictable). The writer Caroline Smailes came up the idea after a phone conversation she had with a friend in which they discussed how different choices affect which direction in life you take. I'm into this sort of thinking right now. Firebyrd is totally addicted, and I can see why. But I won't get so addicted I lose touch with my regular blogroll because you're my buddies.


Exmoorjane said...

Now, funnily enough I didn't come via the black box - I always keep landing up in the same places though! That Firebyrd gets around, doesn't she?! Did she snaffle all your scones too? :)

laurie said...

that is pretty damn cool.
but because they give you different choices each time, there's no way of knowing if your choices lead you to a random blog, or to a blog that you have narrowed down.
it's still pretty cool, though.

DJ Kirkby said...

It is pretty fabulous eh? I went through a phase where I was pretty much addicted to the black boxes widget but I am weaning myself off (ever so slightly) now. xo

Julie said...

Black Boxed in -
Been a great mix up of the blogging pool, hasn't it - however accurate, its a lot easier than looking in Blogger categories.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Haven't got time to try it right now but glad you are keeping up with us old blogging pals!

Anonymous said...

discovered 2 new interesting blogs with this ,thankies :o)

ChrisB said...

It was interesting I tried it about 4 times and came up with the same blog twice!

Kaycie said...

Pretty cool. Thanks for sharing!

Kaycie said...

I've done this three times so far, and gotten a different blog each time. I can see myself losing a lot of time in this little black box.

Country Girl said...

Say hello to Jake for me! I love your coffee picture and I love coffee.
Thanks for stopping by my place, via the black box and leaving a comment!
That thing is addicting, isn't it?

Fire Byrd said...

ooh that Jane! cheek, snaffle all your scones indeed.
It was lovely to see you on Friday.
And a real person is so much better than a black box.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

Jane: I understand you make wonderful scones. You'll have to make some for me one day.

laurie: I know. Still, like you said, it's pretty cool.

dj: But how do you find the time?

julie: And it's fun!

mob: I'll be round for a visit soon.

chapati: You're welcome!

chrisb: I did too. But today I found some new ones.

kaycie: Are you still lost in the black box?

Hi country girl: It sure is! I'm glad I found you.

firebyrd: There's no substitute for a real person. That's so true.

J said...

Cool - going to try it out.

In the meantime, I tagged you. See my space...

VP said...

I wonder if I'm one of your 2? The same happens to me, but surprisingly yours didn't come my way.

I saw you in my site stats, so that's how I found you, so maybe that's a Black Box side effect?

I've enjoyed my visit and I'm addicted to Black Boxes too!