Blogroll Policy

It was asked, “How do I get onto your blogroll?” It’s a simple question without concrete criteria. Allow me to explain . . .

If you are reading this, then I have employed the blogroll feature. That may seem obvious, but it is not something I have always done. A blogroll is simply a list of blogs. Having a roll that causes one to scroll and scroll and scroll with all the additions seems to defeat the purpose of the blogroll. Take, for instance, Baseball Crank. His roll is quite lengthy. What does a reader glean by reading that roll? What does it mean to be listed? Not listed? What is the reader supposed to take from viewing the roll?

I am one who believes there should be purposes/reasons for things. I attempt to spell out my position on issues. You may not agree with the position, but I hope you are not left wondering why I support a particular position.

So, the blogroll can be looked at much like hiding a geocache; it’s done for the audience, not for the blogger (hider).

I do not need a list of blogs listed here at eCache to navigate to those blogs. They are in my aggregator. Therefore, I provide links to these blogs for your benefit. What benefit that is, I am not certain.

Enlighten and I have swapped e-mail regarding this topic. His position, as I understand it, is to highlight interesting blogs for others to read. It is kind of like Amazon’s feature that other people who have purchased this book also bought these other books. So, if you like what you are reading here, you may enjoy reading these other blogs. There is merit to that position. And it is that position that has caused me to employ the blogroll currently.

I doubt you’ll ever see a lengthy list like Crank uses. It seems to me that blogs are highlighted if they are one of few than one of many.

My counter to the blogroll was that a better way to drive traffic to these other sites is to highlight and link to them via the actual posts. For instance, if the current post on this blog highlighted something you wrote on your blog today, wouldn’t that be better than just a link to your blog on the side of this page among many others?

“Okay, but you haven’t really answered the question. How do I get onto your blogroll?”
Write interesting things on your blog that impress me. I will not quantify or set the criteria for how to do that. What I can say is that those who are on the blogroll have done so. While it is unlikely I will ever agree 100% with what anyone else writes, I think it is unlikely that a blog that did not share some of the core values I had would ever be listed.

Why?

The blogroll is an endorsement of sorts. It is me stating that these blogs are the ones that impress me. It is likely then that there is reasoned discourse without ad hominem attacks. It is likely that these blogs write about the issues I care about. And while none of that precludes someone with views counter to mine from impressing me with reasoned discourse, it would be an exceptional case for it to do so. If you are the exception, let me know.

In the end, I am a guy with a blog on a domain I own. I decide who is listed and who is not. While it is nice to be linked on everyone’s blog, I know I am not. I deal with it. That is my way of saying Don’t ask for a link.

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3 thoughts on “Blogroll Policy”

  1. What purpose, indeed? I should answer this at some length on my own site; it’s an interesting question. First of all, my blogroll does serve me; I may have a Favorites list on my PC, but if I’m on the road I can just Google my own site and have an instant list of links to navigate to. Very useful, at times. Also, I tend to be cumulative and a bit lazy in keeping blogs I don’t read but that I used to read, or that were early linkers to me.

  2. There’s merit to that. I suppose if I am on the road, I have my laptop with me.

    Frankly, I hardly use this site. I only post here. My utilities, tools, links, etc. are held elsewhere. I look at this site as something for the readers, not for me.

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