The Republic of T.

Black. Gay. Father. Vegetarian. Buddhist. Liberal.

Bumping Up the Blogroll

Given all the discussion of blogrolls, I decided it was past time for me to update the “Blogs Linking here” blogroll. (I’ve also moved it close to the top of the sidebar. Now does that qualify me to make observations related to blogrolls? Or do I need to change the format too?). So, the following blogs have been added to the blogroll, or updated with name and URL changes. I highly recommend checking them out.

African American Opinion Blog

African American Political Pundit

Afro-Netizen

Blabbeando

Daddylology (Formerly “Thou Shall Not Suck”)

Fact-Esque

Faithful Progressive

Faux Real

How to Learn Swedish in 10,0000 Difficult Lessons

Jon Swift

Liberal Values

Make It Plain

My Left Wing

Shakesville (Formerly Shakespeare’s Sister)

Shining Light in Dark Corners

What’s more, for the next month or so (at least) I’ll make a point of adding more blogs as I find more that link here (and there are some I’m already aware of that need to be added). However, I’ll stick with the drop-down list because it’s the best way I know of to keep a relatively long blogroll on the front page. It’s either that or move it back to the bottom of the sidebar, which is apparently a no-no. (Or is it just a no-no depending on how it’s displayed?) Or find a way of displaying a random selection from the blogroll with each reload…

Also, I’ve added a block further down on the sidebar (Is it OK to put it there?) of shared items from Google Reader. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, and potentially a great way to promote the blogs I read regularly. In that same spirit, I’ve decided to also bring back the 10blogs meme. I jumped on that bandwagon a while back, and fell off. So, I’m climbing back on.

Is there anything else I can do to help promote other blogs?

6 Comments

  1. It’s either that or move it back to the bottom of the sidebar, which is apparently a no-no. (Or is it just a no-no depending on how it’s displayed?) Or find a way of displaying a random selection from the blogroll with each reload…

    Ugh! Where do all these rules come from?!?

  2. I just added you to mine as well in the name of poking the Bear Named Atrios. *snerk*

  3. I also have a link to you on my blogroll at http://www.phatpage.org/links.html#blogroll , if you wouldn’t mind adding me. 🙂

  4. Thanks for the link!

    I’ve been hesitant to expand my blogroll on my new site too much due the type of blogging I’m now doing (daddy vs. politics).

    But other blogrolls have been incredibly valuable for me, as another blogger, to find sites in a new-to-me genre and topic that are nearly impossible to find otherwise.

    And that’s what a blogroll is supposed to be for, IMHO.

    Yes, if someone links to my site, I almost always reciprocate in some way. From reading your posts on the subject, I think you’d agree that blogrolls are more than just some sort of reward system — they help lesser known and/or “consonant level” bloggers get a wider readership. They also act as a service bloggers provide each other to keep the very heart of the blogosphere — those at the lower end or middle of the pack in terms of links — viable and probably a much better source for unique and interesting commentary, humor and insight, even if it is some times harder to find.

    The thing is, not everyone gets to be Kos or Atrios or Arianna Huffington when they blog up, and some don’t want to.

    And that’s okay.

    Of course, some may disagree with that approach, but I don’t see why they would.

    Anyway … I’ll stop rambling. Thanks again for keeping track of the switch to my new site — I’m not sure how many people did, to be honest.

    🙂

  5. Terrance, I’d like to add your blog and those listed above to Never In Our Names (NION) if that’s OK with you. I can make a subsection only for these – again, only with your permission.

    We’ve been focused on human rights, but I think we’ve made a big error in not trying to reach out to a community whose human rights are being trampled on. From what little I know, the gay community gets no support except from each other. Maybe it is lack of awareness? I don’t know, but there are human rights and civil rights issues here that really need to be addressed. And so I think, we begin with education. We try to increase awareness of the astounding lack of social and legal resources available and the abuse of human rights. To start with, anyway.

    Of course, I won’t do anything without your OK. We don’t want to intrude, but we do want to try a Coulter-esque boycott of intolerant media and advertisers.


    Jillian (Rippen Kitten at Daily Kos)

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