- how important do you find it to be on someone’s “blogroll?”
I’m interested in knowing how, and how far, information spreads. Being on someone’s blogroll is one of many gauges I use to measure how widely I’m being read. I’m not after the prestige.
- do you scan blogrolls to see if you are listed?
Not actively, but I would probably spot it if I were reading the blog, and I was there.
- do you list the person who listed you, simply because they’ve taken note of your blog?
Yes, I maintain a list of reciprocal links. This is partly a courtesy, and partly because I assume that someone who actively promotes my blog is at least partially of like mind with me, and therefore their blog is one that I might enjoy reading myself. This works out to be surprisingly true.
- do you list people whose blogs you enjoy and actually visit, or is it a status thing?
My blogroll reflects those blogs that I actually visit daily and first. They are my favourites. Again, I make the assumption that if someone is like-minded enough to enjoy my blog, they might also enjoy what I like to read elsewhere.
I also like to exercise a “personal prerogative” every now and then and link to the blogs of friends.
- do you find yourself feeling uncomfortable if you have been taken off of a person’s blogroll?
Not really. Well, I might want to know why, especially if it was someone I respect and I think I might have unintentionally turned him off. Plus, if the other blogger is being a real drama queen about it, I might like to get in a few jabs. Apart from that, I don’t particularly care one way or the other.
- does this even factor into what you write or any part of your day?
Does this mean, am I trying to buy credibility (links being the currency of the blogosphere) by playing to the crowd or toeing a certain line or trying to get noticed by Glenn Reynolds or Hugh Hewitt? No, I think that would lack integrity. I write what I feel like writing.
(H/T: What Attitude Problem – one of those “reciprocal” blogs I read regularly.)