The Blogroll is Still a Thing (But Should It Be?)

Fred Clark recently mentioned the blogroll as an antiquated artifact from the past.

I wonder whether he is right.

But first, are you aware that this blog has a blogroll? It is on a separate page, rather than in a sidebar. And while I’ve continued to add to it, I rarely remove anything. And so I am not sure how many of the blogs on the list are still active.

I also maintain a list of useful sites.

Are such things still useful to, whether to regular blog readers or to people making their first forays into the realm of online information? Please do let me know what your own view on this topic is!

And of course, if you see a blog or useful website that is missing from my list, or one on the list that shouldn’t remain there or the address of which has changed, please let me know!


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  • Bob Seidensticker

    And do you know where the term “blog roll” came from?

    • James F. McGrath

      No, actually, I don’t think I do.

      • Bob Seidensticker

        According to an English friend of mine, it’s from “bog roll.” The “bog” is the toilet, so a “bog roll” is a roll of toilet paper.

        That’s not a very elevated thing, but toilet paper can be pretty important when you need it.

        • James F. McGrath

          Oh, I should have thought of that, having lived in England for a number of years. I love puns, and am embarrassed not to have noticed that one, as I would have enjoyed mentions of “blog roll” over the years much more than I did when I didn’t pick up on the pun!

  • Ken Schenck

    My blogroll is automated through Blogger. It led me to this post. :-)

  • Phil Ledgerwood

    I usually find new blogs by the blog authors I read linking to other blogs in their post.

  • Enopoletus Harding

    I have an OPML file of what I read in Feedly posted on my blog’s sidebar. I plan to update it every month.