blog like there's nobody reading: Presented without comment.
Teknoids NoteBlog: A pure linkblog.
betsy/io: A different layout for a linkblog. How does she do that?
10x14s @KenSmith: A great personal linkblog.
I write longer form pieces over at my blog http://dhblog0214.smallpict.com
Background images: I alternate by days from a monochrome background to a picture, usually from http://unsplash.com , a public domain image site. I don't like the stacked-image look of a picture every day. (if you scroll down to April 16, you'll see stacked images.)
I started blogging in the '90's on my own html page and moved to Dave Winer's Radio Userland ($39.95 per year in January 2002?) https://web.archive.org/web/20030604073557/http://ecoastlife.com/weblog/index.html