Amanda’s party yesterday was a lot of fun; thanks for all your lovely comments! It was great to meet a lot of new-to-me bloggers, and that got me thinking (bear with me as I take you through my thought process)…
I never have caught on to following blogs in a reader, or a feed, or even my Blogger dashboard. It took me a while to even realize that blogs I follow show up there! I know, right? What did I think following was?
When I find a blog I like, I bookmark it, and I occasionally peruse my bookmarks. But mostly, I use my blog roll to let me know when someone has a new post up, and I pop over and visit. Which is not to say those are the only blogs I visit, for sure! Because I always end up on rabbit trails following links from those blogs to other blogs, or Dixie sends me an email with a link to something she found, or whatever.
I spend more time on the computer looking at blogs than I care to admit, really!
So, back to the new-to-me-bloggers. I got thinking that the uber-popular blogs don’t need any help from me by having their link displayed on my sidebar. But if, instead, my blogroll was made up more of regular bloggers, blogs that might be new to me, etc., it would do two things.
1.) It would make sure that I visited them more often! and 2.) it might give them a little extra exposure and help them out a little. Not that I’m claiming to be such a huge and influential blog that just a mention from me will launch your successful blogging career! (I’m still waiting for that to happen for me!)
But every little bit helps, and I want to support other bloggers. So over the weekend I’m going to work on switching over my blogroll, starting with the ladies that linked up to Amanda’s party. (Of course, I’ll still visit the uber-populars, and I think I’ll just move that list to a less prominent spot.)
I’m still thinking through some things, like will my blogroll be a rotating list, or will it just continue to grow and grow? And I’m thinking about some kind of ongoing highlight post, where I’ll feature a blog, not because of some amazing project the blogger did, but just because. Hmmm, maybe I should call it something corny like Homebody’s Highlights!
Thoughts? Suggestions? Discuss….