My take on the rotating blogroll


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?

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  1. August 28, 2008 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    I use Google Reader’s ability to share folders, and Blogger’s ability to display RSS feeds. I show the most recent ten or fifteen posts in the sidebar, and if somebody wants to see the whole blogroll they can hop out to GReader anytime.

    Blogger has some kind of method to display the whole blogroll, too, but I don’t like to delete inactive blogs (sometimes they come back) but I don’t like to necessarily give them the same standing on my own pages (sometimes they come back as malware/porn sites), so I like my method better.

    And of course since I actually use GReader to read blogs, I don’t have to go “oh, I started reading a few new blogs, I should get around to putting them in the blogroll.”

  2. August 28, 2008 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    Wow… “blog idol”. That’s intimidating.

    I think you already know I agree with you on just about everything Todd and rotating blogroll’s is no different. Lovely post.

  3. August 28, 2008 at 1:25 pm — Reply

    I think i feel the same way

  4. August 28, 2008 at 3:11 pm — Reply

    I’m honored to have a spot. Thank you!

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  6. August 29, 2008 at 9:05 pm — Reply

    Lengthy? Lengthy?! I’ll show you lengthy! 😉

    I use Google Reader to create my blogroll. If I’m not subscribing, it won’t show up on my blogroll. Here’s how I do it. And I do read all those blogs…

    I see a couple of reasons to have a rotating list:

    1. You want to highlight just a few blogs. If your blogroll is too long, people might never make it to the end. Some people do it randomly. Others will provide a subset that rotates more slowly, say once a week.

    2. You don’t have room for a long blogroll. If you use K2’s sidebar manager, you can ensure the blogroll appears only on your blog’s main page (likely very long) and not your individual posts (likely relatively short).

    I think a blogroll is a way to tell you a little bit about me: these are the blogs I read. Some people will list books they’re reading or read recently. I like my blogroll to serve a similar purpose. And for that reason, I like to provide the whole list, not just a portion.

    Thanks for including me on your list of schweet blogs!

  7. September 1, 2008 at 4:17 pm — Reply

    I agree with you & I am also honored to have a spot.

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My take on the rotating blogroll