What role for the blogroll?

Dear Blogroll:

I’ve been neglecting you. I know this. I haven’t updated you in ages, and some of the sites you contain are defunct or nearly so. I rarely even click on any of your sites anymore, even though you include some of my favorite reads. I’m just not that into you these days. The thrill is gone. I’m sorry.

There was a time, of course, when I visited you daily — hourly, even, on some days. But that was before I started using RSS heavily. Google Reader made it so easy to subscribe to blogs, news sites and other information sources. Rather than go to individual sites, one at a time, the latest posts from those sites would come to me, right there in my iGoogle dashboard.

With RSS, I can swiftly plow through the feeds of hundreds of sites, star those that I like and share others with fellow Google Reader users. I can even share those items right here on this blog. (See that box way up there above you, blogroll? Up above the Twitter feed, the comments widget and the feed from BlogHighEd? Yeah, that’s my shared items widget. Oh, dear blogroll, how far you have fallen.)

And then came Twitter. Oh, Twitter! Where the stream of links flows free, pre-screened, recommended and retweeted by hundreds of my closest online friends. It’s a constant stream of information from which I can drink at any time of day. It never ends.

So, dear blogroll, it seems your time has past.

But I just can’t bear to part with you. We’ve had some good times together, and there is much about you that I still like.

I guess you can stay, for old time’s sake. Just don’t get the wrong idea.

P.S. – OK, blogroll. One quick update, but that’s IT! I just got word that Liz Allen now has a blog — called Adaptivate. I’m adding it right now.

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Author: andrewcareaga

Higher ed PR and marketing guy. Communications director for Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Missouri, USA. Slow runner, mediocre guitarist, lover of music and puns, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. I blog and Tweet about #highered, #music, #gocards and #random stuff.

6 thoughts on “What role for the blogroll?”

  1. Dear blogroll, please don’t let Andrew hurt your feelings. Some of Andrew’s readers (including me) checked you out the first time they found his blog, and found other great blogs because of you. Now I have started my own blog with my own budding blogroll, and Andrew is on it. Just so that you can get some extra attention, I will ask Andrew if he can add my blog to you. Take care.

  2. Ehhh… if you want something to get rid of the MyBlogLog probably makes the most sense w/ those 4 members… although I do have a dirty little secret because I’m a quarter of those individuals…

  3. Kyle – It’s all about quality, not quantity, right? I’m proud to have you among the top four members of MyBlogLog. But thanks for the suggestion. I guess that does look kind of lame, with only four members. I notice you abandoned it on the .edu guru blog some time ago.

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