Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Gah!  She’s changing things!  Run!  Run for the hills!

Here’s the deal:

I’ve fallen ridiculously behind on updating my blog roll.*  The thing is, I love reading blogs, and since installing the widget that shows when each blog on my blog roll is updated, the blog roll was as much for me as it was for you.  I just relied on my blog roll to notify me when my favorite blogs were updated.

However, this method of blog-reading has become ineffective.  First of all, the widget doesn’t always work properly, and I’d miss when one of your blogs is updated. 

Also, since becoming more involved on Twitter I’ve found the list of blogs I read grew slightly out of hand.  Basically, if you tweet and have something humorous and/or intelligent to say, that usually means you have a blog that is worth reading. And while it was difficult to update my blog roll accordingly, it was even more difficult to look at my blog roll and determine what I already read, and what I hadn’t. 

So, I am now using Google Reader to keep track of all the blogs I read. I know, welcome to 2007, Angela.

The crappy part of this is that, unless I actually click on the blog link in the feeder, it might not count as a hit on someone’s page.  This, if you’re as addicted to blog stats as I am, is tragic.  But, by having a more concise way to read 24,390 blogs, I am able to comment on more blogs, which means I am clicking on the link anyways.

The other crappy part is that you will no longer be able to see on my site when other blogs are updated.  To make up for this, I’m trying to install Comment Luv, which means that when you leave a comment it will automatically include a link to your most recent blog post.  That is, it will do so until it breaks and I will be at the mercy of the internet gods to figure out how the hell I’m supposed to fix it.  But I probably won’t have to worry about Comment Luv breaking, because so far I have been unsuccessful in installing the program in the first place.

So, I’ve removed the blog roll from the right column of my home page, and it will be replaced with a link at the top of my page that, when clicked on, will provide you with a list of the 24,390 blogs I read on a regular basis.  My hope is that you will take the time to look at the list and find at least one new blog to add to your repertoire.

Turn and face the strange.

* Every time I say blog roll, I replace it with “cinnamon roll” in my head.  It’s more delicious that way.

13 comments:

Angela@BeggingTheAnswer said...

Test because in trying to install comment luv I broke the ability to post comments on my blog. Awesome.

Angela@BeggingTheAnswer said...

Test again using pop-up window instead of imbedding below post.

Fox in the City said...

Well hello there! I do believe that this has fixed the comment issue!

Sorry to hear that you burned your finger . . not a great way to start your morning.
Jenn

bettyfokker said...

Wait a minute ... clicking to look on Google reader doesn't count as a "hit"? Crap. I have several blogs I love but don't often comment on (hard to type and nurse while folding laundry with my feet) so I never click them directly. So they don't feel the love? Poop.

My word verification was "fatiou". The interwebs just insulted me, I think.

Angela@BeggingTheAnswer said...

@fox in the city - thanks again for helping me fix the comments!

@bettyfokker - I think the way it works is, if you just use Google reader to read it, it doesn't count as a hit. But if you click on the blog link through google reader, and the blog opens up in a new tab/window, it does. I could be wrong, though. I'm about as tech savvy as a rock.

mom2kiddos said...

Hey, I'm using Google Reader too and I didn't know it's such an outdated thing. I installed Intense Debate comment platform which comes with Comment Luv function. It can be a pain having it installed though. But I can live with some pain in my life. I like it because of comment luv and the ability to reply your readers' comments individually.

Angela@BeggingTheAnswer said...

@mom2kiddos, I installed intense debate, and checked the box for comment luv, but no dice. I'm scouring the help forums for answers. Also, I'm beating my head against the wall. And I'm developing hypertension. That should take care of it.

sassyblondebitch said...

This is funny. I started my blog with not worrying about stats. HAH! didn't last long at ALL. Now I am a stat slave, checking it every couple hours.

There are so many blogs out there that are soooo good. And yes, Twitter keeps adding to that. I could work full time reading blogs. Sigh, I wish I could.

Angela@BeggingTheAnswer said...

@sassyblondebitch - I'd also read blogs all day, if this crazy thing called "parenting" didn't eat up most of my time.

Handflapper said...

When you get that comment luv figured out, let me know. I'm as technically savvy as the worm under the rock.

jacqui said...

That's just great. Now I want a cinnamon roll.

Angela@BeggingTheAnswer said...

@handflapper - I'll totally let you know, but so fair I'm one big comment luv FAIL.

@jacqui - where's a Cinnabon when you need one?

mominrome said...

well....I always play around with my blog's template, blogroll, pages...

never ending job.
But it's good though.
I don't like when things are always the same.

I like your idea.
Itìs true that sometimes it gets difficult to follow up on everybody's blog!! :(