Doc invented the word blogrolling, but he doesn’t maintain a blogroll anymore.  I have a page linked off the header of this blog that contains a huge list of links, but it doesn’t serve my purpose of a quick link out to a frequently read site.  I can hear some people mumbling “Get with the program, Paynter.  Use an aggregator and put these static methods behind you.” But the fact is that for me an embedded link is much more valuable than a subscription service.  My “Blog Roll page” is no better than an aggregator, of course.  In fact, it is clumsier to click through my blog to that list of links, locate the link I am looking for and then click through to that.

So I have promoted a handful of links to the right sidebar of the blog.  It’s a WordPress widget that I’ll manually maintain and it represents people I read as regularly as possible, friends some of them, good reads all of them.  It’s a convenience for me and I hope readers will find it valuable also.  It should be one of those resources that provides the lateral connections that  make the web a web, as Sheila Lennon said in a comment at Doc’s.

By the way, if you’re reading this and you look at that list and you wish you were on it, pop me an email.  I did some conscious screening.  Like I left my friend Dean Landsman off.  Dean’s posting is intermittent enough that I don’t need a link in the sidebar for my own convenience.  I can grab the link from my Blog Roll page when I need it, or — in this case — a new post may turn up for me in Google Reader before I wander by again looking to see if he’s completed the homework RB assigned him.  Let me know where I erred by omission as I was crafting that short list.  It’s easy enough to update.

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6 comments on “Blogrolling
  1. Doug Alder says:

    Thanks for putting me on there Frank – I’m honoured – Joyeux Noël to you and yours.

  2. bmo says:

    I’m hoping I fall in with Dean. Scant poster/linker I be.

    I sympathize re the logistics. I’m feeling horrible about the number of seriously good writers that have fallen from my blogroll. Writing on metapolitics, a number of them – a lot of it prompting suicidal ideation, so maybe it’s not so bad.

    Mine was an aesthetic decision at first. Then a habit. But I linked I’ll tell you sonny boy more with that handy visual reminder handy in the handy sidebar.

    And then my Google Reader has but eight to ten people i read daily. Fortunately I have friends in high places who can point me in the right direction, when i stray offblog.

    Frank, there should be a button of some kind here. Or widget. There probably is.

  3. Winston says:

    So many blogs, so little time… It’s a constant problem trying to manage a blogroll. My Daily Bread list is similar to what you have done, except it’s a manual job and not a WP widget, but it seems to work.

    I’m truly honored to be among your chosen few … at least for a little while. Now if I can just live up to the expectations…

  4. Yeah, ‘s funny. I stumbled downstairs, turned on the PC, heated up some coffee and thought about logging on. It’s Leslie’s birthday and I didn’t get her any sox or anything so I had that on my mind, but also I realized I had — in my grandiosity — allowed as how any passers-by who wanted a place on the list would be included. I failed to state the opposite and maybe I should say it now: if I’ve linked you but you don’t want to be linked from this blog, let me know and I’ll take you off the widget.

    Speaking of which widget, bmo. I lied. It’s in the left sidebar, not the right. I hope you have a productive hibernation.

  5. Oh. Shit. bmo, you were on there, but I had fancied it up with parenthesies. It was listed as bmo (Serious) and I guess the parens screwed up the widgetization. I’ve removed my attempt to be current and fancy. Let’s see how this works…

  6. Okay… what a tyro I am. It was a missing quotation mark that was screwing it up.



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