I don’t suppose that headline makes sense. Here’s the inside scoop. I want to talk about blogrolls, but my only available photos consist of tractors, fields, hay rakes, gear mechanisms, hay and deer skulls.
Therefore…(do you get it now?)…let’s talk about Plowing through the blogroll field. You know, loosening the soil around the subject of blogrolls and perhaps getting some discussion seeds planted.
First, I am interested in how you other bloggers decide to add blogs to your blogroll. Is it all random? Do you simply add everyone who interests you? Your friends only? People who comment on your blogs? What is your criteria?
When I started a blogroll in December 2008, I added everybody who even blinked at my blog. Anyone who wrote an interesting blog (or who took fascinating photos) entered the list.
I looked at it this way–if you stopped by to visit and comment–I would stop by to reciprocate. So many of us developed great relationships over the last fifteen months (OK, give or take those 10 days when I deserted blogging.)
The blog roll (ummm, I mean the blog field) became an interactive tool, a way to stay in touch with commenters. To develop relationship. To remember to give as much as one shared. Without the blogroll, I would forget folks. With the blogroll, it was easy to scroll down the list and go a’visiting other farms.
Lately, I went through the blogroll and pruned away bloggers who A) have quit blogging or B) lost contact. It felt a little nerve-wracking, because you don’t want to prune away folks who may return to the blogging-world. But hey–if any of you prunees are reading–if you start commenting again regularly and I see you’re writing again–we’ll be blogging buds and harvest hay together again. Honest.
I now have thirty-six blogs I’m following regularly. Some of you have shared that you don’t keep a blog roll any more because it gets too complicated to say “yes” or “no” to bloggers. Others have an entirely different blog roll formula. You’re on the list; you’re not.
Here’s my scoop: If you comment regularly or you’re a personal friend or you have a blog I love–you’re on the list. Otherwise, I may file you in my “Favorites” for awhile to see if we develop a relationship. There are about seven blogs sitting in Favorites right now waiting to see whether we connect at a more-than-waving level.
So what about you guys? What do you think? How many blogs are too many to follow before you start going crazy? Do you even think about your blogroll at all?
As for the deer skull photo…don’t know how that fits in. It was hanging in a tree near the tractor and looked interesting. If you figure out how that fits into this blogging discussion, let us know!