Saying goodbye to the blogroll — at least for now

I deleted my primary blogroll today. If you were on it, don’t take offense. If you used it as a resource — and I doubt anyone did — sorry about that. It was a decision based on transparency.

Picture 2A few months back, a Twitter friend asked me why I had so-and-so on the blogroll. I had no answer. Fact is, I had seldom read the blogger in question, who made my list based on some witty Twitter comments.

In fact, I read only about one-third of the writers on my blogroll. There isn’t time for more. But their presence on my personal “A” list implies endorsement. I could leave that one-third in place, but even many of those I don’t read consistently.

Everyone from my former blogroll, and quite a few others, remain on the feeder. I check that feeder about once a week. (Sorry, but I’m busy.) I read blogs daily, and I learn from them. But I find the posts mostly via Twitter or Facebook links, or emails from people I know and whose opinions I trust. Call me lazy, but like I said, I’m busy.

Deleting the blogroll may hurt my readership and may result in my eviction from other blogrolls. But it’s not like I depend on this site for income…though maybe I should.

I was thinking about coining the term “blogrolla.” I wonder how many bloggers would pay me for the traffic I send their way. (Wipe that smirk off your face!) As the home of “blogrolla,” I just might raise a few bucks, you know?

I might also raise a few eyebrows for my lack of ethics, but the way things are going in social media, I doubt it.

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13 Responses to Saying goodbye to the blogroll — at least for now

  1. Bob says:

    The blogroll is the best way to maintain your very own virtual street gang, as if to say, “These are my peeps.”

    Bring it back!

  2. Anyone who takes offense to this, Bill, needs to get out a little more. You’re absolutely right to say that your blogroll is a form of endorsement, and choosing to have one or not doesn’t depreciate your value– as far as I’m concerned– as a contact. Part of the problem with the blogroll is that somewhere along the line, folks confused it with a digital pat on the back. You’re still on mine, purely for the fact that I like your content and I think it’s valuable to my readers. Good on ya’ for being so transparent.

  3. Guhmshoo says:

    Put me back on your blogroll. Now!

  4. Kami Huyse says:

    I think that blogrolls are interesting, but I also think they are a personal choice. For instance, I really hate when people send e-mail that says things like, “I added you, now you add me.”

    Getting rid of your blogroll makes your students stand out, a great unintended side effect I think.

    • Bill Sledzik says:

      Thanks for the note, Kami. It does push the student’s list higher — a good thing. And it also forces students to seek out the PR bloggers on their own versus following the list from “Dad.” Yep, at Kent State, I’m the Dad.

  5. [...] clients guided by large ad and PR agencies. My good friend Bill Sledzik at Kent State recently deleted his blogroll based on the assumption that having one set the stage for an “us vs. them” mentality [...]

  6. Greg Smith says:

    Aw, your silly blogroll never did anything for me anyway, Bill. Then again, my blogroll probably did nothing for you either. Good points (as usual).

  7. sbunting108 says:

    Yeah I was thinking of putting a blogroll up but I decided not too!

  8. Lara Kretler says:

    I was honored when you told me you were adding me to your blogroll, but I promise I don’t feel dishonored now. I do have to move you to a different tab on my NetVibes, though. You were on my “LK on blogroll” tab and now you’re going to my PR tab. It’s just a way I have of organizing all my blogs into some semblence of order. I have way too many on my reader, too.

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