Shannon Stacey

Sidebar on steroids

Oh, that endless list of blogs.

I realized yesterday that there are *cough* several *cough* more blogs that I read daily, and they’re not listed over ——>

Then I realized how long my list already is. But apparently I’m following links from others’ blogs to those that I also read, instead of linking from here (which would make my life easier :cheesy:)

I also thought I could keep it under control two ways:

1—remove everybody who’s listed on RTB, but I don’t really want to do that.

2—Go through and remove those who aren’t updating on a regular basis—if at all—any more. But I don’t really like that either. Hey, you’re not keeping up, so adios!

If I add too many more blogs to it, I’ll almost have to categorize them somehow. :shrug:

Anybody have a system for this? Criteria you use? (Besides cutting down on my bloghopping. :grin:)

16 comments to “Sidebar on steroids”

  1. Jorie
      · April 16th, 2005 at 8:23 pm · Link

    I use livejournal’s feed for blogs, so I don’t have to go to someone’s page unless they’ve updated. Therefore if someone posts once a month, but it’s always interesting, I can still enjoy it without getting sick of checking their page. Others use other rss or feed readers or whatever they’re called.

    Hmmm, reading your post again, I’m not sure now if you’re talking about the above or how to list blogs on your blog.

    Oh well, ignore if that isn’t useful!

  2. Jaq
      · April 16th, 2005 at 8:33 pm · Link

    If you come up with a solution, let me know. :shrug: I’ve done the same thing, bookmarked people, but not added them to the sidebar or only pick them up on someone elses sidebar. Once Rtb got going, I did decide not to add any new writers blogs to the sidebar, if I could find them at Rtb. And, there are a couple of blogs in my sidebar that haven’t been updated in weeks that I haven’t had the heart to remove yet. :-P I really do think that if your side bar gets too long/big, it’s no longer valuable–in terms drawing the attention of vistors. It just makes people’s eyes glaze over. :snore: The only categories I have now are ‘writing related’ and ‘fun’.

  3. AngieW
      · April 16th, 2005 at 8:48 pm · Link

    I think you should move me to the top of the list :nod: You know, because mommy blogs are all the rage and I’m so fascinating :snore:

    I don’t know. I follow links from sidebars but I’m more apt to do it if someone only has 10 links rather than 30. Of course, I also follow links to blogs when someone posts a comment. And if they’re actually mentioned in a blog.

    So I pretty much am no help at all :neener:

  4. Shannon
      · April 16th, 2005 at 9:00 pm · Link

    I think what I’m going to have to do is remove all those listed at RTB, and put the graphic there with a note that that’s bloghopping central. :nod:

  5. Mel
      · April 16th, 2005 at 10:25 pm · Link

    now me, see, I love your site and the big long list cuz well, YOU, sweetie are blog central. I always start here and use your links to find everyone else! :) (If you’re not listed on Shan’s blogsite, I’m not reading you!)

    am I lazy or what? :neener:
    (I’m not editing, so a nod of the head would be the correct answer)

  6. Shannon
      · April 16th, 2005 at 10:38 pm · Link

    Oh :censor:.

    I was going to put them back tomorrow, anyway, because I don’t like how the new way came out. :baby:

    But for now, I’m going to take a shower, then either :type: or :nookie:

    Or I might just :snore:

  7. Mariann
      · April 17th, 2005 at 8:39 am · Link

    I use Bloglines for pulling syndicated material from blogs and organize my reads into several categories — favorites, writing, teaching, parenting, etc. I set the preferences to check the feed hourly, daily or weekly, depending on how often I’d check the site under a typical circumstances. Then I use a Bloglines notifier, which resides on my dock and ties into my browser, and it puts a little red number on the icon when there are entries to read. I can ignore the number if it’s low or high, and only double click to read when I’m ready and have sufficient time. There’s also this nifty feature, which I haven’t used yet, called Clippings and I can bookmark specific entries within Bloglines for later reference.

    Bloglines is the best tool I’ve used so far. Blogrolling’s service is spotty these days and I didn’t like how LiveJournal was cluttering displaying the content on my friends page. The Bloglines web interface is very much like a LiveJournal page, however, so all of my content is in one location. This is especially convenient when the blog feed provides the full entry, rather than keywords or an excerpt. In that case, I review the available material and then decide if I want to read more by clicking through to the actual site entry.

    Since I’ve been using Bloglines, about 10 days now, I’ve figured out what blogs I really do read regularly, which has helped me cut down on my reading time. If there’s a blog I still like to read, but not every day, I just drop it into my occasional folder and check it on the weekends when I have more time to read.

    Good luck!

  8. Demented Michelle
      · April 17th, 2005 at 9:19 am · Link

    I do remove people who don’t update and I don’t feel guilty for doing so as I use my blogroll as my reading list (just added you yesterday!:wink:) and I lose interest when there hasn’t been an update for 3 months.

    I also reciprocate–sometimes people link to me and don’t tell me. I find out from my stats who they are and I link to them so long as I don’t find their content offensive and they actually blog regularly. I try to be nice that way b/c I had people be really snotty to me about linking when I first started blogging. :cry:

    On the flip side,I understand some people won’t want to link to me and I don’t hold it against them.

    Instead of categories, what I was doing was putting a little description after the blog title (e.g. Shannon Stacey–author) so readers knew what they were getting. I haven’t been so good about keeping that up, but it’s a good alternative to the category dilemma.

    And last but not least, imo, if you’re reading someone regularly, link to them. Share the love! :love: Most bloggers want traffic. Anyone I read regularly gets on the blogroll eventually.

    Does that help? Or have I made it worse?:shrug:

    Btw, I love emoticons!:thumb:


  9. Cece
      · April 17th, 2005 at 9:20 am · Link

    Shan I’ve tried to reorganize mine a couple times and I’m still not happy with it. But I’m with Mel….I come here looking for ones I might not have linked on mine or ones I can’t find :cheer:

  10. Larissa
      · April 17th, 2005 at 9:30 am · Link

    Gah…mine are a mess! I usually do a lot of my hopping from RTB, so I’ve tried not to add columnists to my sidebar (with the exception of those who were there before,) but my sidebar is still too long. I’m tempted to remove everyone who is listed at RTB, but really, that doesn’t leave much on my sidebar! LOL

  11. Shannon
      · April 17th, 2005 at 9:48 am · Link

    Bloglines sounds cool! Maybe I’ll check it out.

    Well, last night I took out all the links that were listed at RTB and put in the RTB graphic/link, but I didn’t really like it.

    So…I put them all back this morning. :coffee:

    It’s a little long, but…what can I say?

    And that sucks, that people were snotty to you, Michelle. :rant: There’s certainly no good reason for it. Probably people taking themselves WAY too seriously. Yours was one of the new ones I wanted to add—the ones that had me noticing how long my listing was. :dance:

  12. Maili
      · April 17th, 2005 at 1:31 pm · Link

    Alyssa [] blogged about this topic not long ago. As I said there, I felt guilty about listing some authors’ blogs but not the others’, so in this aspect RTB is a blessing.

    Plus it enables me to focus on maintaining the list of readers’ blogs, an area I feel is still largely underdeveloped. I am hoping that by having this list up, readers would visit these blogs and feel inspired to create a blog of their own. I’m always interested in what readers have to say, so, I’m constantly on the look out for new or more romance readers’ blogs. :)

    If anyone knows any more readers’ blogs, please do give me a shout. :D Thanks.

  13. Maili
      · April 17th, 2005 at 1:33 pm · Link

    P.S. I do usually remove blogs that haven’t been updated for a while, but in this case, with so few readers’ blogs around, I’m ignoring my own rule. Well, until there are enough readers’ blogs for me to re-adopt the rule.

  14. Charlene T
      · April 17th, 2005 at 2:03 pm · Link

    I haven’t gotten around to adding any links to my blog page. I probably should, because there are several I read regularly and love, but it’s so easy to just go to RTB, or here, and click from that point. Must give this some thought. After I have some more coffee. :coffee:

  15. Anna Lucia
      · April 17th, 2005 at 2:59 pm · Link

    My list is woefully out of date… *sigh*

    Html scares me… in fact, I completely failed to understand a significant part of what you all were just talking about … I am comfortable with my ignorance, however.

    Truth is, I only visit half a dozen blogs on a really regular basis. And not all of those are on my link list! Eeek!

  16. roulette
      · June 7th, 2005 at 1:35 pm · Link

    roulette I would not live forever because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever.


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