Coming soon: updates to the blogroll. Your help is needed in a couple of ways.
1. Whys & wherefores
First, I’d like to hear your thoughts on some concept questions. What is a blogroll for? Should blogs/sites listed there be seen as “endorsed” in some way? If so, by whom—SI users in general? The admins/moderators? And if these sites are selected because we want to commend their content in some way, how far should that commendation be seen as extending and how do we communicate where it ends?
(Most of you probably are aware of this, but it might help to point out that the blogroll just automatically feeds items in from the selected blogs. SI doesn’t have any control at all over what the writers produce or how often.)
A more basic set of questions centers on “why?” The original set of links—and then the later tool that included info on each blog combined with a feed of recent posts—rolled out before my time. I don’t know what the primary or secondary aims were or what kind of thought went into selecting the featured blogs.
Regardless of the original aim, we have a need to tweak the blogroll concept, or revamp it completely, or maybe just dispose of it entirely. What are your thoughts?
A few things are pretty obvious: the original blogs were selected because somebody liked them. That’s usually how blogrolls work.
As bloggers we often link to our friends, our favorite posts, and popular web sites. Links make the Internet what it is. Without them it would be very hard to get from one site to another. WordPress.com gives you many different ways to use links on your blog.
The Links menu in your dashboard can be used to create a blogroll. A blogroll is essentially just a list of links that appears in your sidebar. The term “blogroll” was originally used because it was a list of links to other blogs, but you can include links to any sites.
Etymology: Blend of blog + logrolling
Noun: blogroll (plural blogrolls)
(Internet) A blogger’s list of hyperlinks to other blogs that he/she recommends.
Found on blogs it is a list of links to other blogs and Web sites that the blog author commonly references or is affiliated with. Blogrolls help blog authors to establish and build upon their blogger community. In Web 1.0 terminology, a blogroll would be the equivalent of a list of hyperlinks on a personal Web page.
See “The History of Blogging” in the Quick Reference section of Webopedia.
A blogroll is a list of blogs, usually placed in the sidebar of a blog, that reads as a list of recommendations by the blogger of other blogs. While often indicative of the political affiliations of a blogger, these lists may also include many other kinds of recommended media, including newspapers, journals, books or companies.
We can make some working assumptions. Assuming for now that we keep this feature going in 2016 but give it a reboot in Q1, we’d like to hear recommendations from SI readers. What blogs have you found interesting, edifying, important, etc.—as well as active enough to watch regularly?
Susan is going to be coordinating that effort, so please send blog recommendations to her. In this thread, we’d rather avoid criticism of blogs, but if you have negative (but thoughtful) feedback on some of our current blogroll selections, pass that on to Susan as well by private message or email@example.com.