Have you noticed anything different about my blog? Look over to your right…see it now? The blogroll (or should I say the lack of traditional blogroll…) Okay, so now that we’re on the same page, let me explain.
My blogroll was stressing me out. I had so many people to add and I just hadn’t added them yet. My Google Reader has become my blogroll and I’m continually adding to it. Also, the order of my blogroll was making me worry that I was playing favorites. It’s hard to say Heather from Queen of Shake-Shake is more worthy of “top billing” than say Brandy from It’s Like I’m Magic. I tried to put less “famous” bloggers toward the top of the blogroll, but then I couldn’t get them in an order that seemed fair. I thought about changing the order every few days or just doing an alphabetical list, but this just wasn’t the answer.
So….I decided that although this worry was pretty senseless, I needed to change. Instead of the traditional blogroll, I decided to share my items that I read from Google Reader. That way, everyone I read can be on the list as long as they post something that day.
There are some downsides, however. You’re only allowed 10 shared items and I read A LOT more than 10 posts per day. Also, if you don’t post for a while, you won’t be found on my list. And the worst thing is that Google Reader does not always promptly let me know when there are new posts. Sometimes your posts don’t show up for 8 hours after you’ve posted.
I’m going to give it a whirl. If I don’t like it after awhile, I’ll go back to the traditional blogroll and put all 7,000 of you on it.
And if you don’t like it, then I’m sending this thug after you.
Also, I’m experimenting with responding to comments in my own comments sections. I’m completely paranoid thanks to this thought-provoking post that someone will think that I don’t value your effort in leaving a comment. Some people email replies, but I don’t have everyone’s email. I just don’t want people to feel like they have to check my page over and over to see if I’ve commented on their comment…Does that make ANY sense??