Sorry folks, no movies to review this weekend… at least nothing I felt like getting out to review.
So I thought this would be a good time to slip a quick admin post in about something I had been intending to do for a while… I’m going to remove my “Blogroll”.
The Blogroll is a list of links to other blogs. Mine WAS on the right, and said something like “Other Blogs You’d Like”
In theory, it should be a way to give your visitors more resources to explore the subject you’re blogging about, and a way to potentially steer new visitors to the blogs of your friends and other blogs you like.
The trouble is, well, that’s a list that keeps on growing. And you forget to attend to it. I’d imagine if you do keep up with it, it monopolizes your entire sidebar.
I’m going to “pick on” Sp1der here, because I’m pretty sure he won’t mind, but… why isn’t Sp1der on my blog roll? He’s a frequent commenter here, and I really like his blog, I go there a lot, myself. I like it! The answer? ‘Cause I don’t keep up with my list. I havent thought about it. Its been awhile since its crossed my mind in any other capacity than “I really should take that thing down”.
My main issue is – and not to say that Sp1der has thought this but – I can imagine him seeing my blogroll and thinking “WTF? Why am I not on that thing?” I know I’ve thought that myself at a couple of places. Again, just making examples. Hopefully, you don’t mind T.
So on the one hand, as much as I’d like to “honor” other blogs, there’s a chance of ruffling some feathers, and all in all? I don’t think the actual “Traffic” is worth it. I’m not seeing it if it is… and I’m out on a few blog rolls now.
Listen, I’m all about growing traffic. LOL. You all know I am (Hook us UP!! :) I love mocking myself) But lets turn our attention to more productive ways. I’m all kinds of open to guest bloggers and or doing guest blogging spots. I may start running like a “Other Blogs Spotlight” or something where I do a post just plugging other folks. I hate being a hypocrite, so I’ve taken to tweeting and posting write-ups that impress me out on stumble upon or my Facebook page, and I ALWAYS make it a point to hit the like button when a blogs Facebook page post comes up in my newsfeed.
But the best way of all is to grow traffic and referrals is to just hang out. I can speak directly from personal experience here. In my six month’s here of blogging and actively trying to network and seek out other blogs and bloggers, and make readers and friends both, there is no comparison between the number of times I’ve clicked on a blogroll link vs the number of times I’ve clicked on someone’s comment. There is absolutely NO substitution for visiting other blogs, sharing your opinion, and making friends. In time, or hey maybe right away if you say something clever or something, people will want to find out who you are and visit your site.
If anyone feels miffed about it, feel free to vent. Obviously its no reflection on my feeling on the blogs currently in my blog roll, you all know I love your sites. And hey, honestly, if you can sway my opinion, I’ll put it back up. But to me, in my limited experience, it doesn’t appear to be worth the hassle. The traffic going through will be long odds at best, and for every blogger you “honor”, there will be three you “miff”.