blogroll

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A blogroll is a list of other sites that you read, are a follower of, or recommend.

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History

Doc Searls has been credited with coining the term blogroll in a blog post on 2000-12-17.

IndieWeb Examples

IndieWeb community members with blogrolls:

Tom Morris

Tom Morris has a blogroll separate from his home page since ????-??-??

Barnaby Walters

Barnaby Walters has a blogroll marked up with h-card and xfn since ????-??-??

gRegor Morrill

gRegor Morrill displays a list of sites he's following at http://gregorlove.com/following/ since 2016-04-05

  • Uses only simple h-card markup, pending consumers that need something more.

Examples in the wild

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Brainstorming

  • I have two issues with traditional-style blogrolls: they required maintenance, and have no utility other than existing on your homepage for people to maybe click. --Waterpigs.co.uk 16:24, 1 July 2013 (PDT)

Remove maintenance by making blogrolls more tangible — for example derive them from your address book, a feed reader or people you mention. In the past blogrolls often meant “people who’s blogs I read”, and were organised by frequency. All of that information exists/could be derived from feed readers. Similarly, “people I mention” is a tangible, interesting metric which reflects real-world behaviour.

Blogrolls could also be made more actionable, for example if feed readers were to accept a URL with XFN and h-card on, and subscribe to all of the people, or a filtered subset (e.g. all XFN friends, or h-cards tagged with a particular p-category).

Articles

I ditched my blogroll quite some time ago, when I discovered that revising it was a social act with social consequences. One of the principals in the current blogroll debate had swamped my (often inadequate, conceded) ability to cope with moodiness, angry chaff, incessant conflict, and “if you’re not 100% with me you’re 100% against me—AND YOU SUCK!” all-or-nothing thinking.

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