Different bloggers manage their blogrolls in very different ways. So I’m curious: how do you manage your blogroll?
Do you use your blogroll as a link exchange?
Some people use their blogroll as link exchanges. They sometimes approach people with a simple request like:
I was wondering if you’d like to exchange links? I’ll put your button on my blogroll and you can put mine on yours!
It’s kind of like a business arrangement. Both people get advertising/backlinks out of it. Win-win?
I don’t do this because I think it’s a bit… well… I don’t want to sound like a bitch, but I don’t want to advertise blogs I don’t know and/or don’t read. It’s not that I don’t like showcasing other bloggers, it’s just that I like to be able to vouch for things I put on my blog. It’s the same with promotional posts. My blog isn’t advertising space and I’m not just going to put anything up here. So if I don’t know you or don’t know your blog or don’t read your blog, I’m not putting you on my blogroll.
Do you use your blogroll to show off your friends?
Some people use their blogroll to display who their blogging friends are.
I guess I kind of do this, but not really intentionally. Like, people usually become my friend because they’re on my blogroll.. rather than the other way around, where I’d put people on my blogroll because they’re my friends.
My blogroll is reserved for blogs I follow religiously
They’re the ones I have an email subscription to and check all the time. There are other blogs that I sometimes check but not that religiously, and I’m not subscribed by email. I might be subscribed by RSS or sometimes manually visit the site, but it’s not always a regular thing, so they don’t make it on the blogroll.
Everyone uses it differently… and that’s okay!
I hope I didn’t offend any one with my “I don’t do link exchanges” speech. 😛 I think all bloggers have slightly different criteria for what goes on their blogroll or not. We all use it differently, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s your blog and you can use it however you want!