Blog politics

No, this is not about U.S. or international politics (a taboo on The Clingan Zone), I'm talking about the politics of blogging. ThinGuy brings up a good point (indirectly). Should a person link to another simply because they get linked to by that person? I don't think so

I know ThinGuy fairly well and I don't take is entry in any negative way. I take his blog entry as a (positive) wake up call and an ascii whack across the side of my head. I simply am not good about editing my blogroll, and that is pretty darn selfish. However, what I don't want is to be put in the position feeling obligated to link to others. If too much of that goes on, it's simply not worth having a blogroll.

There are other similar situations. What if someone you know asks to link to you via LinkedIn and you don't think it's appropriate? It can put a person between a rock and a hard place! What if that person is technically great but hard to work with, or vice versa? I haven't yet been put in this position but it's only a matter of time.

I want to stay as far away from blog politics as possible, but thanks ThinGuy for the wakeup call.

Comments:

I agree with you John. Blogroll's do tend to become a political affair, trying not to forget someone, ensuring that no one gets offended because they were left off, etc. In my personal case updating my blogroll is a pain in the butt becuase its embedded in a template that has to be manually scp'ed into place, and so I don't manage it as oft as I ought. Besides, the reality is that if you put everyone on your blogroll that you wanted to it'd be longer than the blog entries on the page. Not to mention that I doubt many people browse most peoples blog rolls for any reason except to see if their on it.

Posted by benr on August 20, 2005 at 08:08 PM PDT #

Speaking as someone who made the blogroll, I don't think it's political at all :)

All joking aside, one could say that one should have a blog post that indicates why one is linking to another when they make additions to the blogroll. I think I'll impose that rule on myself.

Posted by Matt Ingenthron on August 22, 2005 at 02:02 PM PDT #

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