As you can see to the right, I have a pretty lengthy list of Totally Schweet Blogs. I personally subscribe to each of those blogs. If I stop subscribing, I stop linking. I try to only support those blogs that I actually read.
Some bloggers, in an effort to increase their Technorati authority score, will link to anyone who links to them, regardless of whether or not they actually read the blog. Often, these lists get so long, they have to implement a rotating blogroll. This tool shows a set number (usually about five to ten) of blogs that randomly change each time a person visits the site.
I suppose, if one has 100+ blogs the rotating tool does make your blog prettier. But really, beyond that, what is the point? Are you really recommending all the blogs on your list? Do you read all those blogs yourself? If not, why should your visitors?
And (this is my ultimate beef with the rotating script) what is the value for me, the linkee, to be on your list? There’s a high probability that most people will never see or click my link.
So, no matter how long my blogroll gets, I will proudly share all of them for all to see (a la my blog-idol Brody Harper). Because each of them are worth clicking. Worth reading. And worth linking to.
What’s your take on the rotating blogroll?
Instead of a “Monday Musings” post, I’ve cleverly rescheduled my random post to Wednesday and changed the name to “Wednesday Wanderings.” Get it? But that’s not the only change. Expect to see roughly 64% more photos in today’s post.
First, things have been pretty crazy for the past few weeks. Work has been keeping my crazy-busy (which is good) and it seems as if we’ve had very few free nights at home. Hayley has been equally as busy. It’s just a wild time around the Ramsey household.
Secondly, our house, which is broken, is about to be fixed! We have a contractor scheduled and waiting for us to get some plumbing checked out. After three months of living upstairs, it will be nice for life to get back to normal. The picture to the left is taken in our kitchen. We have an equally large hole in our living room. It has been a beast getting contractors to call us back – which makes it very difficult to get on their schedules. It’s kind of amazing how so many contractors have such terrible reputations for customer satisfaction (at least on the residential side). It must be nice to be in such a high-demand business that you can treat people however you want.
Thirdly, Hayley had a casual hula performance on Saturday. She did awesome, per usual. You can see some more photos at my new hula-dedicated Flickr set.
Fourthly, I had the distinct pleasure of assisting Lou Heldman’s “Business of News” class set up some blogs Monday night. Below is a photo of my delivering a motivational speech to all the engaged – and obviously entertained – students.
Finally, I haven’t given up the dream of being on Larry King Live. Hopefully, the second phase of my internet-craze-creating campaign will commence after the holiday weekend. If you haven’t already, head over to the LKL post and send an email requesting that I be a guest on the show.
So what’s been going on in your worlds lately?
In other news, thanks to everyone who’s pitched in to get me on Larry King Live. We’ve only just begun this effort, so stay tuned for more.
Happy Friday everyone.
(h/t: Church of the Customer)
I need your help. I was watching Larry King Live last night (not a normal activity – we were watching the Chapman’s interview). At the end of the broadcast, he said something that sparked a thought.
Go to CNN.com slash Larry King (one word) and let us know who you would want to see on Larry King Live.”
Instantly, I had an idea. I should be a guest on Larry King Live. Unfortunately, I’m not famous and I haven’t done anything Larry-worthy.
So that’s where you come in. I want your help in getting on Larry King Live. All I’m asking is that you go to Larry King Live’s website and click the link on the left hand side. Then, send an email requesting that I, Todd Ramsey, be a featured guest on the show. I’ve even created an email that you can copy and paste to make it super-fast and super-easy.
Dear Larry King Live,
I am writing to request that you feature Todd Ramsey on your show. It is likely that you’ve never heard of Todd Ramsey – he certainly hasn’t done anything famous or worthy of coming on your show. But he is a blogger. And a social media aficionado. And that’s how he got me to send this email.
I think your viewers would like to see him and it would be fascinating if a person got on your show simply by engaging the blogosphere and social media world.
You can read more about Todd at his blog, http://toddblog.net, you can follow him on Twitter (ToddBlog) or find him on all major social networks.
Thank you for your consideration,
(You should probably replace “YOUR NAME”, but that’s up to you, I suppose.)
Thank you so much for your support. If you do end up doing it, leave a comment below. I’d like to see how many people will help me realize my dream.
Phil Wickham is releasing his new CD, Singalong, today. And it’s absolutely free (no Derek Webb tactics happening here). In no way is this unique to the music industry, but it is fresh for the Christian-music machine. Brody Harper, CEO and visionary behind Skorinc, tells of the struggles they faced trying to pull this project together in his latest blog post. It’s a pretty interesting story.
I haven’t had a chance to listen to the entire album, but I recommend heading over and giving it a download.
Have a great Friday everyone.
…if churches shut their buildings’ doors, gave the members their contributions back and encouraged them to invest in their neighborhoods or community?
What ministries would suffer? Who would be left behind or neglected? What good could come of that?
Just a question floating around my head since Sunday.
Note: I believe this idea originated with LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, CO. They’re not shutting their doors, but they are exploring giving some contributions back to the members for community investment. That’s about all I know, but I thought it was pretty intriguing.