Blogroll Please!

In what can only be described as an affront to the graph-like nature of the Web (web-like?) Joe Wiesenthal at the Stalwart has decided to eliminate his blogroll. Now, I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I am extremely interested in what people are reading. Now, is a static list on a sidebar the way to go? Nope. So, if Joe doesn’t update his blogroll often, then best not to have it there. But, why can’t someone create a smart blogroll? Link it to my feed reader. Get statistics on what I’m reading, and generate it regularly from that. How about what I’m sharing with others or starring (for Google Reader people, like myself)? Or, maybe have the blogroll full of blogs being linked to. All of these would keep the blogroll updated and help discover new content. Oh, but linking to actual posts isn’t really what I’m thinking of… always seems to be a letdown when you try following someone else’s del.icio.us links or individual posts they are reading.

Maybe a WordPress plugin? Anyone? On WordPress.com, perhaps? Hello? Please?

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  1. happy reader Says:

    Good idea. But it might be a bit hard.

    RSS readers could (and do, in Google’s case at least) keep stats of one’s N most-read feeds by percentage of posts read. But that’s problematic because feeds that post only once a week but do get read 100% of the time would crowd out feeds that post a dozen times a day but get read only 92% of the time.

    You could go by shares or stars. Shares is theoretically a problem because people sometimes use the functionality specifically to send posts to pals. Stars, similarly, is theoretically a problem because people sometime use them to save posts privately.

    Now you could claim that these “problems” with using shares and stars are actually features, not bugs, precisely because people sometimes use them for unrelated reasons. In this sense, the argument would go, the blogroll is purposefully serendipitous.

    I would tend to agree with that for my own use, but it’s not going to be a perfect fit for everyone.


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