Tuesday, April 28, 2009


A few items of business:

-You'll notice that I finally converted my blogroll sidebar to a live blog view. It's expandable, so that my visitors aren't subjected to three dozen linked names entirely devoid of context.

-The links are sorted by most recent update, and only non-private blogs show updates. So if your blog is private, I still link to you, you're just hidden under the Show All button. And your name has an asterisk by it.

-I've given each category of blogs five displayed links, except for Tucson, which got 10. There are just more blogs from Tucson, so I felt bad limiting them to only five. Maybe I'll change my mind.

-I shuffled all family members' blogs into the "People I grew up with" category for simplicity's sake. I just didn't feel like it warranted its own category. Again, maybe I'll change my mind.

-If I don't link to your blog, and you want me to, let me know. I'm sure it's just an inadvertent oversight.

-If I do link to you and you don't want me to, let me know.

-For now, the blogs are titled as their owner named them. I'm not sure this is how I will keep them. What do you think? Should I keep it as you have named it, because it's your blog I'm linking to? Or should I change it to what I want it to be, since it's my blog it's appearing on? I can see it both ways. What I'm not sure of is if I can handle seeing "because" misspelled as "becasue" in a blog title even if it's on purpose. Etc.

-As for Google Followers, here is my policy (yes, I have one). The underlying principle is that I consider Google Followers to be a social blog-finding tool. So if you have a private blog, I don't follow you, because people who are looking for new blogs to enjoy will not be able to view yours. Similarly, if your blog is completely or almost completely family-centered, I probably don't follow you, so as not to drive random stranger traffic to stories about your small children. If you are offended that I don't follow your blog, maybe you could say something to me about it. It's possible that I've forgotten to do so, or that I've erroneously categorized your blog as a family blog when it actually has a different purpose. Just so we're clear. Does this make sense?

Did I miss anything? Speak now or forever hold your peace.


JackJen said...

It's your blog, and you'll link if you want to. That's my philosophy, anyway. =)

I like the 'show all' feature. I've been brainstorming ways to limit my links list for MONTHS. It's too bad I don't have your brain in MY head. (For MANY reasons)....

Well done!

I'm still incredibly bugged at the Google Followers design change. It's horrible.

Liz Johnson said...

I would love to see what you would name everybody's blog. That would crack me up.

justin and jess said...

I changed the blog titles on my blog to the names of the people that write them. Originally mine had 3 that said "The Atkinsons" and 2 that said "Rasmussen Family" and it was too confusing so that is how the change of names originated.
I also read your review on a sweet far thing and LOVED it. There are sooo many of my same thoughts. In reading the last few chapters and then when I finished I thought "I just read over a thousand pages to get to those conclusions". It was a let down and I agree with you that there really were a few characters that I did not like at all and was not to sad to see such characters meet there demise in the end. Thanks for the great review!

Jennifer said...

I think it is nice to have people's names on the link to their blog so I know if I know them or not, but that's just my personal preference.

Nancy said...

I like it :)

Liz Johnson said...

Also, I'm copying you. :)

Kristen said...

I don't think you can be a follower of a private blog, can you? I'm pretty sure I tried to follow Sarah's and it's not allowed or something.


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