I edited my blogroll again this morning. I’m treating it as a more fluid space until I can categorize these links on the links page proper. I’m trying to keep it lively so it’s just not a collection of totemic links that you see on pretty much every blog in the known universe. That practice to me is a relic of the days when one might try to ingratiate oneself to an editor by reading their stuff religiously. We’ve all done it, but it’s just silly.
There’s another reason I’m so adamant about this now. It’s the way of the Internet. People used to treat their blogrolls like a newstand to show off how varied their opinions were, or worse, to showcase well-connected friends on the Internet. That too is silly. If the blog is one of the basic units of social media, then it should be a social experience where everything is fluid. Don’t just link to a blog out of obligation! Tell us why you did it and why your readers should too.
This just isn’t about nudging your online friends with memes; it shouldn’t be cutting and pasting a press release; it should be about having a conversation with someone and sharing it with everyone. It makes for a much richer experience and will likely fill in those writerly gaps we all struggle with when we sit down to blog. It doesn’t have to be so hard!
So here’s what I want from you: I’m looking for people who are writing frequently and engagingly on almost anything. Drop your suggestions in the comments box if you feel so moved to rep for yourself or someone you’re reading. Keep in mind that I actually subscribe to the blogs I list. It takes a village, right?