When I started this blog, I had to make the decision about what kinds of links I would put in the sidebar. In the past, I added links to blogs that I enjoyed reading, period. It didn’t matter whether they were personal or professional blogs, about writing, everyday life, or the state of the world. It was a nice way to promote other people’s blog, but mostly, it was a way for me to keep up with them. It wasn’t a very efficient way to keep up, but once upon a time, it was just about the only way. Click on the blog roll or bookmarks to see if someone had a new post. If they didn’t, go on to the next.
RSS feeds, email and onsite subscriptions, and features like Blogspot’s “Follow” changed all that. Now I’m not likely to drop a blog just because it isn’t updated regularly. When something new is posted, I’ll know about it. No more wasted time, looking for updates.
But there’s still the wish to share good stuff and promote the people who write the good stuff. When a post serves as a prompt for one of my own, I throw in a quote or two and provide the link. But that doesn’t happen very often. So, here’s the “instead of a blogroll” plan. Once a week or so, I’ll post quotes and links for the recent blog posts I’ve particularly enjoyed. I won’t promise to be regular about it, because regular just isn’t in me, but I’ll give it my best.