Don’t worry. You will soon be released from the blogroll-topic prison in which I’ve confined you. But it will take more than 700 words to do it. Sorry.
My first post Blogrolls—Yea, Nay, Or Maybe? was followed by a poll and contest tease in Let’s Put This Blogroll Thing to Rest Once And For All. After today, I intend to do just that. As much as the world loves trilogies, my blog does not.
There are two parts to today’s post:
Based on comments and poll results from the previous two posts, I’ve sorted and summarized your helpful insights on blogrolls. I’d love to dazzle you with a statistics-rich PowerPoint presentation (P-values and T-tests and Regressions, Oh My), but you’ll have to settle for a cursory analysis instead, one whose main methodology consisted of, “Eh, close enough.”
2) Results of my contest tease:
I’ll reveal the results of my recent number game.
Seventy-four bloggers shared their thoughts on blogrolls. Here are my findings:
- 38 of you have blogrolls; 29 of you do not.
- 5 of you don’t know what a blogroll is. Hey, thanks for being brave enough to admit that, kids. Now go back to playing with your Tinker Toys. (I’m kidding, of course!)
- 5 of you don’t pay any attention to blogrolls. (Which means there are probably 69 liars by omission.)
- Of the 38 of you who have a blogroll, 14 slackers admit to not updating it, 9 Type A’s admit to updating it regularly, 7 frustrated head bangers seek something that works but can’t get no satisfaction, and 8 just left me guessing.
- 12 of you say, “Screw you, blogrolls” and use the comment section to find new blogs instead.
- 1 innovator uses the “Blogs I Follow” WordPress widget (go Pat Wood) but admits that for every new blog followed, an old one falls off. Well, at least now I know why my head hurts.
- After reading my post, only 4 of you are thinking of deleting your blogrolls (more lies of omission…).
Poll question: It would bother me if I listed someone’s blog on my blogroll, but they didn’t list mine on theirs. Out of 78 votes, here are the results:
- No: 57 (73%) The Fibbers
- Yes: 9 (12%) The Truthers
- Other: 12 (15%) The Confusers (For the answers to ‘Others,’ see the ‘Extras’ section below)
The point of my blogroll posts was to solicit your opinions and to come up with new ideas for my own blogroll. I loved Adam S’s suggestion of a rotating blogroll. (Thanks, Adam!) Therefore, each month, I will update my blogroll widget to feature 10 of the blogs I follow. Since this will occur on a rotating basis, I won’t have to worry about leaving someone out. Eventually his or her turn will come.
In my last post, I asked you to give me a number between 1 and 1,000. Prior to doing this, I used Random.org to generate 11 random numbers between 1 and 1,000. The bloggers who chose a number closest to the first 10 generated numbers would be the first featured bloggers on my monthly rotating blogroll. This month (until March 1st), there will actually be 13 blogs, because four of you chose the number 666 (freaks), and I kid you not, that evil Random.org spit that demonic number out.
As for the 11th generated number, the blogger closest to it would win a special prize.
Here is a photo of the 11 random numbers from 1 to 1,000 generated by Random.org before I posted the entry. After all, if I’m not ethical, I’m nothing.
Therefore, the first 13 Featured Blogs on my homepage and the numbers they picked are:
- A Clown on Fire #41
- Lynn Schneider #676
- aFrankAngle #217
- Polly Robinson #321
- Bill McMorrow #666
- Promethean Times #666
- Pat Wood #666
- Gemini Girl in a Random World #666
- Frederick Anderson #901
- Rachael’s Insane Rants and Bizarre Musings #550
- The Life of Kylie #973
- Frankoshanko #369
- Emily @ The Waiting # 729
My apologies if the ‘prize’ of being one of my first featured bloggers is anti-climactic. But come on, this is a blog. What did you expect me to hand out? World peace tokens?
One More Winner!
But wait, there is one really good prize. At least I think it is. Whoever chose a number closest to the 11th Random.org generated number would win my grand prize of…
Congratulations Pink Ninjabi!! By choosing #888, you were closest to the generated number 857. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with an address to where I can have this Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory treat shipped. A sugar-free option exists if you prefer. Or if you are a better woman than me, I will substitute with a fruit basket. And my shipping-and-handling budget thanks you for living in Canada and not Finland or Ethiopia or any other exotic land.
For the record, I will give out a prize every month when I reveal the next ten featured bloggers. Just my way of thanking you all for hanging out at my site. Because, you know, that is really cool of you.
Phew. I think that’s it. Thank you to everyone who indulged me and played along. And thank you for letting me have fun with your answers. Be rest assured it’s all in jest.
Now get back to work.
Answers for ‘Other’ Category in Poll Question—It would bother me if I listed someone’s blog on my blogroll, but they didn’t list mine on theirs:
- Soz, I wouldn’t notice (!)
- What other? It’s either yes or it’s no!
- a little, but not critical
- Personally, it isn’t about the reciprocity. It’s about sharing stuff I enjoy
- It might depend on how many are on my roll compared to theirs
- Depends on how much I like theirs
- I’d need to know I’m on their blogroll. Otherwise, how would I know?
- I probably would not notice
- I am being paid for listing that person’s blog
- Depends on the type of blog–if unrelated, I wouldn’t care.
- a teeny, tiny bit
- I avoid posting a blog-roll.
Other Bloggers’ Great Ideas For Blogroll ‘Substitutes’:
- Red has a ‘Green Room’ where bloggers can leave a link to their blog.
- Sweet Mother featured a ‘Reggies’ series where she showcased bloggers she enjoyed.
- Brother Jon “saints” bloggers in order to feature them.
- Jannatwrites uses the WordPress widget that shows links to the last eight blog posts she ‘liked.’
- Daniel at Nest Expressed offered one of my favorite suggestions. He noted I might want to have a “top 10-15 posts rotating at random—all from Next Expressed.” Good one, Daniel!