I’ve been reading and contributing to Sensible Erection for just about two years. It’s a “lad blog” with a difference: contributors are not put through a vetting process -- any member can post to the blog, and all posts appear immediately on the website. There is a moderation process, a little like Slashdot except that, again, everyone has moderation capabilities. Wikipedia has an entry.
What differentiates this blog from the larger ones is a certain eclecticism -- posts range from porn to astrophysics to the latest portable game gadget -- and, more importantly, the engagement the members show in the discussions. Humor is the prevailing sentiment, though arguments do get heated sometimes. The vocal membership is small enough and active enough that their personalities are very apparent.
One of our frequent contributors was killed in a car accident last Sunday. I’m in a sombre mood.