Blogroll - Useful or Space Filler?
John Wagner wrote a post last week Open your eyes to the new wave of PR bloggers. The commentary was based around the notion that the same old links of the "A-list" bloggers appear everywhere and the new voices (or old ones that do not indulge in self promotion) seldom get a look in.
John recommended that if you are compiling a blogroll you should do some research first. I disagree with that approach. Purely because I believe a blogroll should be based on what you naturally read.
I commented to his post:
For me:Subsequently, Mason Cole agreed with me. Always nice to have support.
Blogrolls serve the purpose of listing the author's set of blogs that they actually read for the benefit of the reader.
The same as profiling documentaries reveal the heroes and influencers of the subject artist, blogrolls perform that role for blog writers.
If your blogroll is a genuine list of the places you visit/read/subscribe to then that's a blogroll.
Anything other than that is courtesy links and should be labelled as such.
It takes a little work but then blogs are all about the personal touch.
One problem that I have noted is that their is the potential of a new blogger to run out of steam. When amending "my reads" today I had to remove a couple of lesser known bloggers that have disappeared (not blogged to their typical pattern, without providing a courtesy notice) for over a month.
That's probably more of a reason why the "A-listers" are always prominent.
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