Revisiting Your Blogroll

I actually blogged about this last summer after Building Learning Communities 2008 (BLC08). But it’s something that has resurfaced with me. I find myself reading a lot of new blogs (or at least new to me) lately and checking out many blogrolls. So the questions that come to mind are:

  1. Does the blogger really read all of these blogs?
  2. When is the last time they updated their blogroll?
  3. Why has this blogger included these particular blogs in his/her list?

Let me explain.

Does the blogger really read all of these blogs?
Some blogrolls are pretty extensive. I wonder if bloggers don’t want to hurt anyone’s feeling by not including them. Possibly they are trying to fill up real estate on their page. Perhaps even they really subscribe to all those blogs in their reader. There are several bloggers out there that have different blogrolls. Scott McLeod has a list just for “Blogs That Deserve A Bigger Audience”. Liz Davis has a list just for “Technology Blogroll”. Some even have lists for their student blogs like Wesley Fryer.

When is the last time they updated their blogroll?blogroll
I am very curious when I look at someone’s blogroll who links to a particular blogger frequently and yet doesn’t list them. It makes me wonder if their “roll” is neglected. It is a separate section of a blog, so I understand that when one goes to post, you wouldn’t exactly think to update it. It’s time consuming to make sure that the title of the blog and the URL are entered correctly and that you have in the list those blogs you want. But your subscribers and visitors are counting on you.

Why has this blogger included these particular blogs in his/her list?
This takes me back to Educon 2.1 this past January. Liz Davis and I ran a session on Equity Issues in the Blogosphere. Some mistook our equity to mean gender equity, but if you look at the session recording, it was far from it. Bud Hunt made a great suggestion the evening before the session to change the title to “Equity in Your Blogosphere” – which made all the difference. Who do you read? Are you reading from all different points of view? Classroom teachers, administrators, people of color and different nationalities, both genders, math teachers, language teachers, high school teachers? I could go on with the list. Do you have a diverse blogroll? Are you getting more than just one point of view?

So, I have revisited my blogroll. I prefer to keep mine kind of on the short side. But these are blogs that I subscribe to. There are others that I read through Tweets and other recommendations. I’m sure I’ll revisit it again soon. Hopefully it won’t take me another year.

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6 thoughts on “Revisiting Your Blogroll

  1. In response to your #2 —
    I could not agree more.

    There are MANY bloggers who have very outdated blogrolls with many links leading to old blogs, no longer used blogs, or the dreaded “this page no longer exists.”

    When I see that, to me it shows just name dropping and not actually the knowledge of the people being linked to and the content you are linking to.

    For me — a blog roll list carries my stamp of approval or at least an unspoken “I think the content of this blog is worth your time to check this out.”

    When I come upon a blogroll that is lengthy and outdated — and then come back to again in a few months and it remains the same…..for me, that is a sign that the blogger really only cares what they write about and have created a “lookee who I link to list.”

    Maintenance of all areas of your blog — not just your posts — I feel, is part of having a blog.

    Thanks for letting me share.
    Jen

    1. Jen,

      I agree with you that maintaining a blog is more than just posting. It’s certainly a first step for new bloggers. But for readers to use a blog as a resource, the entire domain needs to be maintained.

      Thanks for your comment.

  2. I have been trying to get off my butt and update mine for awhile. I would hope that as everyone updates, they consider putting on some of the lesser known bloggers, and some beginning bloggers. Blogrolls are becoming like main streets across America, a collection of the same exact franchises. I know the most popular blogs are popular for a reason, but it would be nice to see some different names. With everyone always being driven to the same blogs, especially ed tech blogs, I just hope that some of the quality “indie blogs” don’t get forgotten and squashed.

    Just checked, last time I updated mine was January 1, 2009–thanks for the reminder to update!

    1. I agree with you Paul and that’s why I really like how Scott McLeod has his list of “Blogs that deserve a bigger audience”. I’d love to see that updated and maybe have others make their own list.

      Thanks for your comment.

  3. Great post – this reminds of me something I need to do. I think the last time I updated my blog roll was over the summer when I updated my blog. It’s time to do it again.

    1. Chad – That’s not that long – I think most wait longer than than just a few months. But I truly do look at the blogroll to see who others are reading and to find new things to read and new perspectives.

      Thanks for your comment.

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