While list-only blogrolls are pretty common, the result of reading them across various blogs is an uninspiring jumble of names. I never ever click on any of them because to me it’s like clicking on a random link on a random page. What I would like to see instead is context:
- Who is this person you’re linking?
- Why are you following them?
- What’s in their blog that caught your interest?
It doesn’t have to be a long synopsis, a little context is what might actually drive me to their websites, which should be the ultimate goal of a blogroll: to share interesting bits of the web to potentially like-minded people. I’ve stumbled upon several blogrolls that are descriptive and interesting, and beside my own, these are fitting examples: Starbreaker’s links, Silvia Maggi’s links, Keenan’s Blogroll and Maya Land’s Blogroll. The latter is also a beautiful example of how to format an OPML file for the web, something I’d really like to do someday.
Edit: 25 December 2023
After publishing the post, I received several awesome replies. Evidently, the grocery-list blogroll is so common that people don’t even notice the lack of context is making them bland. People who changed their blogroll and added context so far: Garrit Franke, Ali Reza Hayati, Mike Haynes, Michal Zelazny.