Posted on September 22, 2008
The utility of a blogroll
I updated my blogroll this morning. It needed some culling, as some blogs I used to read are no longer being updated. I added a few new ones too. Not necessarily new blogs, but new to my list.
Yesterday I got a question from an audience of journalists: How can we find these blogs about online journalism? (I had recommended reading such blogs as an effective way to educate yourself.) Of course, I replied that if you find ONE blog about a subject, you are likely to find many other blogs about the same subject — they will be linked in the blogroll of the first blog.
Bloggers are free to adopt any strategy they like to apply to their own blogroll. My strategy is to list all the blogs I currently read — via RSS feeds — that are specifically about online journalism. That’s the base of my blogroll. In addition, you’ll see a few that are about journalism, but not necessarily online, and also a few that are about online media, not necessarily journalism.
I will admit there are a few blogs listed here that I rarely read myself, but they are iconic in some way — for example, Romenesko. The list would seem incomplete, to me, without him.
My blogroll is primarily for other people. I do almost all my blog reading nowadays via Google Reader, not via old-fashioned links. There was a time when I used my own blogroll like a daily reading list, but RSS is so much more efficient.
There are some journalism blogs I read regularly that are NOT on my blogroll — for example, the blogs of my students! And even some journalism blogs that simply seem more random, or less focused — I may read them, but not include them on the blogroll.
I’m curious about two things:
- What are other bloggers’ strategies for their blogrolls?
- Are there any good online journalism-related blogs that I am missing?