Housekeeping Time – Blog Roll Management
May 8, 2014
I cast a wistful glance over my blog roll this afternoon, and I was a little saddened to see that the pool of familiar bloggers is drying up faster than my pastures in this Texas drought.
I’ve remarked on this before, but it seems like the advent and popularity of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are bringing the blogosphere to its knees. On the one hand, there appears to be a dwindling interest in long-form prose and snail-like comment:response ratio. Blogs are already going the way of print media, as the short attention-span demographic searches for variety and speed. “One site for one article? Pfft… who has time for that, when I can read and respond to a dozen posts, links, and comments in the space of a few minutes?”
On the other hand, I think a lot of writers are finding the instantaneous feedback of these other outlets more rewarding than the painstaking process of composition, editing, posting, and waiting (hoping) for readers to respond. Got something to say? Hell, whip out a 25 word post on Facebook. You don’t even have to get the spelling and grammar right. Within moments, someone will click the Like button, and there’s your feedback!
But anyway, the end result is pretty much the same. Some of the folks listed on my blog roll haven’t posted new content in months. Others are intermittent, at best, and many of these posts consist of apologies for not posting more and half-hearted promises to “step up the game” in the “near future.”
So I’m breaking out the Windex and a rag and cleaning them out. I’d like to say I’m making room for new blogs, but finding new blogs of any real quality is becoming quite a challenge. Many “hunting blogs” are little more than press release outlets, or promotional sites that only last as long as some campaign. Others are flashes in the pan, a brief moment of promising brilliance followed by nothing.
On top of that, the old sense of community seems to have faded as well. Bloggers used to reach out to one another, offer to exchange links, and share ideas. I don’t see that so much anymore. The link requests I get these days are from PR networking firms, looking for an opportunity to put up “guest posts”, which are little more than extended advertisements for one product or other. Sure, these sometimes offer payment, but that’s not what I want my site to be. I’m often opinionated, sometimes wrong, but always as honest as I can be.
My thoughts are wandering now, so I’m off to do some housekeeping.