Link Whorage

OK, I admit it: I’m a link whore.

But a very nice link whore. And I won’t get you in trouble with your wife, I promise.

Seriously, while I’m in the process of changing the site, it’s time to revisit the blogroll–pruning this, adding that, making it leaner and meaner.

So if you’re interested in in exchanging links, leave a comment here or drop me an email.

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10 thoughts on “Link Whorage

  1. Where do you find photos like that?

    Anyway, I’ve always enjoyed your writing. Good turns of phrase, well-thought-out posts, and careful choice of subject seem much better than my “work in progress” blog.

    Don’t feel obligated to blogroll me (even if I’ve blogrolled you–I can’t remember). But if you do, I would be grateful.

  2. I like to be linked to as much as anyone, but I have scruples about link whoring.

    To me, a whole list of links that you know the author of the blog does not check up on kind of devalues the whole exercise of linking. Rather like whoring itself….

    That being said, I will be happy to link to you (on my serious site, I already link to you on my non-serious site) if you will do something for me.

    I want you to make the By Category section of your archives hyperlinkable. Preferably, I would like it on its own page so that people who follow my link to you will see only your Category headings at first.

    I know that this is a weird request, but I have the opposite of your “problem.” I spend entirely too much thought on what to link to and how to link to something. I would hate to link to your site and have someone think that you are “just” another conservative blogger because you happened to do a couple of political posts in a row. I would rather that they see the whole range of your subject matter right from the get go.

    Oh, and don’t bother adding my blog to the Reciprocity list.

    Unless, I suppose, that it amuses you to have a list on your web site of all the sites that link to you.

  3. I think you’re just saying that you’d like him to create a WP page with the output from his WP categories tag.

    The way you put it wasn’t really clear.

  4. I currently have an archives page, with posts by date (does anyone ever look at posts by date?), by category, and all posts. It would be pretty simple to break this out to subpages, which would be easy to link to.

    As far as blogrolls go, they are, IMO largely worthless (I almost never surf another blog’s blogroll) except for two reasons: they may help with Google’s page rank, and they may bump the site up a bit on blog ranking systems (e.g. TTLB, Technorati), which may bring in a few more readers.

    The links which matter most to me are those to one of my posts, as it means someone thought enough of the writing (good or bad) to link to it.

    Nevertheless, the blogroll is part of the blogging world, so if you’re so inclined, I’d be happy to trade links.

    I’m pruning quite a few sites off the blogroll, but I wonder if it isn’t time to rethink the whole strategy.

  5. It would be pretty simple to break this out to subpages, which would be easy to link to.

    Right. That is what I was trying to say. If you put your by category section in a sub page I will be happy to link to you.

    I really should have put my comment on the post that dealt with the redesign of your web site. But I thought that if you were really a link whore you might be open to making small changes in your web design to suit my tastes.

    As far as blogrolls go, they are, IMO largely worthless (I almost never surf another blog’s blogroll) except for two reasons: they may help with Google’s page rank, and they may bump the site up a bit on blog ranking systems (e.g. TTLB, Technorati), which may bring in a few more readers.

    You have basically stated my feelings on the matter. I understand that a lot of people have a blog roll because it helps other people with the engines.

    But that motivation does not really apply to me because I don’t have the type of blog that grabs people and sucks them in.

    My main blog requires readers who are interested in the subjects I write about (a small group) and who have the time to read longish posts (an even smaller group). Those type of people are not going to come just because you are ranked higher by the engines.

    Your blog is more accessible though, so I don’t think that my logic necessarily applies to your site.

    Nevertheless, the blogroll is part of the blogging world, so if you’re so inclined, I’d be happy to trade links.

    As I have already said, I want to link to your by category section. I want to link to it because I think it would add value to my site, not because I want to be added to your blogroll.

    To my atheistic sense, your side bar is long enough as it is. I can’t see any benefit to either of us for you to make it longer by adding another link to it.

    But whatever floats your boat…..

  6. Interestingly enough, some people do follow the links on b logrolls. I am on Moof’s blogroll and a few people have come to my site from hers. (One actually contacted me to tell me so.)

  7. I am so new to this game that I don’t really know what I think about all this linking. I do know that I almost never go scrolling down to look at links, especially when there are a lot of ’em. I am much more likely to follow someone’s link in the comments section than anything else, if I am interested in what they have to say.

    In a way, having too many blogs listed on the side is like seeing a desk that’s too cluttered. It makes me want to run. Nevertheless, I am happy I have linked to you on the very shortlist of blogs at my new website. I think you have an interesting, authentic perspective. But I only have and make limited time to read long, long blog posts and too many choices don’t interest me. I want to know what you most enjoy reading, not so much all you know about.

  8. You are linked at my site with some other medical blogs. I was a veterinary librarian for 15 years and became quite hooked on medical topics. Mine is eclectic, conservative, Christian and opinionated.

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