One of the things I remember about my first experience with blogging was the blogroll.
I would click on a new blog and one of the first things my eye would notice was the list on the sidebar composed of links classified by the blog owners as “worthy reads.”
“Blogs I love,” “Link Love,” and “My Favorites,” were just some of the ways to label the famous “blogroll.”
Some blogrolls were short, some were long, and some seemed to go the length of the page.
At the time, I wondered what it would take to win a coveted space on the blogroll on any of the “popular” blogs.
I smile now as I remember likening blogrolls to high school cliques.
If your blog was hip, then without a doubt, it was on somebody’s blogroll.
But if it wasn’t, you could click for days and never see your blog’s name in any of the illustrious lists found in the blogosphere.
I giggle as I recall how I wondered if blogrolls, like cliques, had rules such as “Abstain from pissing the blogger off or run the risk of having your blog stricken from the list.”
I think it was my association of blogrolls with a “Buddies List” what kept me from establishing a blogroll when I started blogging.
As a new blogger, I didn’t want to give the wrong impression that the blogs on my list were the only blogs I read.
Furthermore, I didn’t want to exclude anyone.
However, as my little blog grew, my notions of the blogroll changed.
I found myself wanting to share with my readers posts I thought were outstanding.
It was my way of saying, “Hey, read these too!”
Currently I find myself pondering whether the blogroll is of any value.
After all, does anyone click on any of the blogs on a blogroll anymore?
Or is the blogroll simply using up real estate space on the sidebar; adding to the clutter that oftentimes turns readers away?
I don’t know.
What say you?
Is a blogroll worth leaving on the sidebar, or is it better to link to bloggers’ posts when they write something interesting?
Does being excluded from a blogroll make you feel excluded, or do you not give a rat’s ass?
Do you feel having your blog on someone’s blogroll gives your blog more exposure, or do you feel it doesn’t make much of a difference?
Won’t you please reply to the poll and provide feedback?
I think this might give us an idea of how some of us feel regarding the blogroll and its value.
Thank you, lovely readers!
If you’re interested in seeing the results of the poll, be sure to check back!