One thing I look out for when I blog hop is to see what other people are reading. Its a bit of a voyeuristic pleasure. Its like entering someone’s home and sneaking a look at their bookshelves. If I see books of a genre I read, I know I’d probably be able to get along, or at least start a topic of discussion. But if I don’t, then I’ll know we have different tastes in literature. Doesn’t stop me liking the person, just tells me we may be on different wavelengths which can avoid misunderstandings sometimes.
So I do the same when I visit blogs. A blog is like your home and your blogroll or links page is to me, like your bookshelf. I like to scan other people’s blogrolls or links to see what blogs they are reading and if we have anything in common or if I might discover a new and interesting blog because there are about a billion blogs out there!
But now and then, I come up with a dead link and it bugs me.
Sometimes blogs die. Its something that happens. People get bored, they move on, they no longer have an interest in the subject matter or they just want to shut their blogs down for whatever reason. When that happens, the link goes nowhere.
If I know for a fact a blog is being shut down, and I have it on my blogroll, I will remove it. I don’t want others coming by and getting a dead link because I don’t like it too. If I check my links (periodically) and find a blog that hasn’t updated for months or years, I remove the link too. Perhaps if they make a return, I’ll update my link page again. I make exceptions for friends because most of the time, I know its temporary.
I also discover new and interesting blogs along the way, and I add that into my blogroll too. If I find them interesting, I’m sure others will too. My link page isn’t quite comprehensive and doesn’t reflect my Google Reader feed subscription. I subscribe and read way more blogs than I have on my links page for various reasons. Mostly because most of the blogs I read aren’t related to this blog at all 🙂
There is another benefit to having a blogroll, other than sharing your reads with others. It may allow the blogger you link to to discover your blog! If I see traffic come through from another blog, I do usually go back and see who linked up. I’ve discovered new blogs and friends that way. So, even if you are feeling selfish at having to share, it could actually benefit yourself too because blogging after all relies on a community to keep it alive and face it, its only fun when you blog in a community 🙂
If you are a reader, do you enjoy scrolling through blogrolls too? If you have a blog, have you taken some time to set up a blogroll or links page; or to update your existing blogroll or links page? If not, perhaps now is a good time to do so 🙂