.: Heard around the blogosphere

A collection of mostly curated stories and tips from around the web about “small” blogging from the perspective of other bloggers. If you’d like to submit a relevant story, contact us and we may link to it!

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Short note on Blogroll.org

Fellow wanderers, You may have noticed very few additions lately… Here’s why: A couple weeks ago I took an extended break from the computer to re-invigorate my health ‘n…

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What using RSS feeds feels like

Giles made a really good point that while we can try our best to explain the concept of RSS feeds to others, many may not “get” it. Sometimes it’s…

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State of the Blogroll

Around every three months I run a link checker on Blogroll.org to see who’s fallen by the wayside or whatever changes there might be via URLs shifting ’n all. It’s how I keep the blogroll fresh and clean just for you!

My observations from these scans:

- An average of one or two blogs disappear completely during each cycle (i.e. their domain no longer works or the blog has been deleted).

- While it’s fortunate to only lose a couple every few months, it’s always sad to see them go and they leave a hole in the blogverse. Like losing friends.

- A large portion of redirect errors come from blogs changing their URLs (i.e. moving to new locations or changing the way they do links, etc.) and forgetting to also redirect their RSS feed. So don’t forget your RSS feed when you change things up, folks!

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Keeping it simple

When I first built Blogroll.org I went big with a fancy home page, several explainer pages, boxes of links, a message board in lieu of comments and so forth.

Fun and exciting times!

But then…

I noticed over the past few months I was slowly backing off posting new links, posts, etc.

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A couple things

Quick notes on things at the Blogroll.org HQ: – I got hungry and added Food/Drink as a new category for personal blogs focusing on those topics. If you have…

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“A Gentle Intro to RSS”

I talk about RSS feeds quite a bit — they’ve been around for decades and are one of the easiest (and best) ways to keep up with your favorite blogs. However, in the zeal of my love for it, I sometimes forget that not everyone knows what RSS feeds are, much less how to use them in the first place.
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Beware Chrome’s follow button?

By now you've probably heard Google's testing an RSS follow button in Chrome that lets readers follow blogs, etc. and read those articles in a new "Following" tab in the browser. At first glance it's great news -- anything that helps readers follow blogs can only help, right? The problem is this is Google we're talking about...
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Free your blog from the tyranny of pace

When it comes to personal blogs and blogging, screw pace. Rather than pressuring yourself under artificial time & quantity constraints, just write for yourself. Readers (and you) will be happier when you do.
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