Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blogrolls...

I got a request the other day to add someone's blog to my Blogroll. Instead of just adding it, I instead redid my entire blogroll structure. Instead of having a static list that I woefully tried to alphabetize by last names of people and the first letters of companies, I added separate widgets that would automatically update the order by when the last person or company published. Not a new concept, but I always dreaded the task of inputing all the old blog addresses.

This though, in conjunction with my Top Sites on Safari will help expedite my blog reading, which I try (sometimes with little success) to keep under an hour a day.

I also added a couple different NEW Blogroll categories. For example, "Blogs I Like (but wish updated more)" and "Capturing the Moment Blogs". When I read the blogs that I frequent regularly, after I check my Top Sites, I systematically go through my lists on my blog; I was getting tired of stumbling across blogs that infrequently update or have not done so in a year or more. I didn't want to kick them to the curb though, so have created this new category for them. When they do post again, I'll see their names move right to the top of the list! It's not meant to be hateful or harsh – just a way of streamlining my day. The Capturing the Moment Blogs are all the current blogs from our past workshop attendees. (Yes, I keep tabs on everyone who took the workshop and comment regularly.)

It was a lot more work than I had anticipated doing last night/early this morning, but I think it'll pay off in the long run.

20 comments:

Janet said...

This is a good Blog post about Blogs!
Thank you for having me as a Link Andrew xx
And I hope you are keeping in fine feddle these days too!

Lorelei Eurto said...

Very cool overall plan! I am SO flattered that i am on the list of blogs you read every day! :)

TesoriTrovati said...

Good idea Andrew! I like that you keep tabs on those in your class. That must keep you close to their hearts.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Michelle Mach said...

Interesting organization scheme--wonder if it will motivate some folks to post more often? I admire those who can blog every day. (I'll be trying that as a challenge for April--we'll see how it goes!)

Michelle
www.michellemach.com/blog

Andrew Thornton said...

Which reminds me that I need to add you to the blogroll! Just when I thought I was done!

Mezzaluna Studio said...

Yours is one of the blogs I read daily (and I just love it). I want so much to be a part of this blogging community, but feel like I wouldn't have anything to say. I guess for now all I can do is read all these wonderful blogs and live vicariously through you!

kate mckinnon said...

Nicely done, Andrew. I like that widget. I'm with Michelle, I think it might prompt some people to post more.

Heck, Dustin Wedekind has posted twice in TWO DAYS.

Softflexgirl said...

I think that Jamie Hogsett has pretty well given up her blog. If you miss her, you can find her on the SoftFlexGirl blog every single Tuesday.

My google reader could really use some Spring Cleaning. Do you mind tackling that next? :)

XOXO

Joan Tucker said...

Andrew, I read you every morning and Kate too;I am motivated to post more; with my new camera- Olympia Pen epl1
photos are getting better. I also blog on a wild patience with my poetry and on A Circle of Crows for commentary. Also contribute to Beads of Clay and Cascadia RV CLub.. Hey that's a lot of writing.
Thanks for the tips on how to organize. Joan Tucker

SummersStudio said...

Very sensible. Blog reading could be a full time job. Maybe it is for some people? I love your blog and make it part of my day. Thank you for being here!

Jenni C said...

What a very clever and sensible thing to do, must make life a little easier. I think it really delightful that you keep up to date with people from your class, so thoughtful.
Jenni

Salzanos said...

A great idea Andrew! I need to do the same, time is so precious and I have little so I need to be organized and this has sparked me to do some rethinking too! Thank you!

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Great idea! Makes looking at the blog list easier!

dawn said...

You do everything with such lovely intent.....you have no idea how inspiring you are! thank you

Boot ~C said...

so sensible!

Pretty Things said...

That took a TON of work!

babapaul said...

Very cool idea and I am honored to be in your class blogroll. And as Dawn said YOU inspire us!

Kate said...

I added some to my reader...

Thanks for the incentive. I played a little "blog hopping" and found a lot of great stuff to add to my inspiration page for the day.

Marie Cramp said...

Was that me you were talking about? lol Thanks for adding me to your list :) Nice to see my name on your blog finally ;)

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http://thewhisperofpapers.blogspot.com/ here's the link to my writing blog ... :) thnx