A blogroll is a list of other sites that you read, are a follower of, or recommend.
Having a blog roll is a way of giving back to the blogs you enjoy. People who visit your site may be interested in reading similar content. By having a blog roll, visitors can easily find similar websites that they may want to read.
A good place to start is to make a list of sites whose content you often bookmark. You could go through your existing RSS feed and choose the sites that you enjoy the most to start your blogroll.
A blogroll can be as simple as a list of links that point to a site's homepage, such as:
Optionally, you could provide direct links to the feeds to which you subscribe rather than a site homepage. This is a good idea if you only subscribe to particular feeds on a site, such as a notes feed or a bookmarks feed.
You may also want to offer an OPML download for your blogroll on your site. Offering an OPML file to visitors means they can easily subscribe to all of the feeds to which you are subscribed. This might be desirable to someone new to subscribing to feeds and who may not have many or any existing feed subscriptions.
How to re-enable the long lost Links subsystem in WordPress
Install Eazy Enable Blogroll to re-enable the Links Manager (or add the line of code
add_filter( 'pre_option_link_manager_enabled', '__return_true' ); to your
functions.php file or somewhere in a plugin, or theme) and use the provided widgets.
Doc Searls has been credited with coining the term blogroll in a blog post on 2000-12-17. The term itself is a pun based on the concept of logrolling, which references the trading of favours between neighbours or peers.
IndieWeb community members with blogrolls:
- Uses only simple h-card markup, pending consumers that need something more.
Chris Aldrich has had the built in blogroll for WordPress since he started, but began actively using one on 6/25/17 with xfn and updated it relatively significantly on 2017-11-10. The OPML file for his larger firehose feed of followed sites can be found at http://boffosocko.com/wp-links-opml.php. Rather than the previous traditional sidebar blogroll on his front page (or all his pages), he has opted for a much larger following page to display all the people/sites he's following. In the modern web, people are following a much larger set of people and sites than in the early 2000's blogging era, this full Following page is meant to reflect that reality.
James is considering whether he can create an automatically-generated blogroll on his website.
Peter Molnar has a links OPML, along with an XSL stylesheet to make it human readable in the browser. He used to exchange banners with others before the turn of the millenium, because that was the cool thing then and there, and only heard about blogrolls when WordPress came around with it's now hidden link manager subsystem.
lqdev.me has a blogroll for blogs and podroll for podcasts he's subscribed to. Both pages provide a link to OPML files for simpler import into RSS feed readers and podcast clients. Blogroll OPML Podroll OPML
Tantek Çelik used to manually maintain a blogroll on his older blog since 2002-11-01, which he would update each month, during the month, and then let its state at the end of the month be frozen for that month and the permalinks for that month.
- Most recently: https://tantek.com/log/2008/08.html
Examples in the wild
- User:Melvincarvalho.com has a blogroll on his site with a list of co-workers / colleagues "people I know and had the pleasure to work with".
- While possibly not updated regularly/maintained, Craig Mod has created a newsletter-blogroll (or newsletterroll?) at https://craigmod.com/essays/newsletters/#good-peoples
- 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).
- Colin Walker has both a traditional blogroll and what would be better described as a "mentionroll" located at https://colinwalker.blog/directory/. The latter is a list of people who have actively interacted with his site or content by means of Webmention. He has put the code (for WordPress) on Github.
- Perhaps upcoming functionality made more easily available by Microsub will be helpful in extending the idea of a blogroll or who to follow functionality.
Articles and Related Links
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.
- 2005-11-24 : Are blogrolls bound for the scrapheap? (archived)
- 2008-07-08 : What Ever Happened To Blogrolls? (archived)
- 2008-07-09 : Blogrolls, RIP (archived)
- 2019-01-02 : Return of the blog roll
- 2020-02-26 : My 2004 Blogroll
Y’see, back in the old days of the Blogosphere, there wasn’t any Facebook or Twitter. Your blog was your presence on the Web. And because people are relational, not independent autonomous agents, many bloggers posted a list of the other blogs they read and sometimes responded to. It was a way of building a networked community.
- 2021-04-05 : Blogrolls: Making Writer Discovery Seamless
"So our blogrolls will automatically show writers you follow, _sorted by who has most recently published_. This approach makes blogrolls a living, breathing feature that reflects the activity in your network as it grows and changes."
- 2021-01-12 : Hi friends of Twitter I am adding people to my Blogroll, yes remember those? You may be on it already but if you fancy it, please respond with a URL and a way you'd like to describe yourself. Many thank yous. #indieweb #blogroll #bloggers
- https://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/01/28/unique-blogroll-periodic-table-of-blogs/ example with output as a periodic table