Guess what? It’s Blogroll Updating Month!!!
Of course it makes sense that January would be the perfect month to check through your blogroll for sites that have changed addresses or stopped updating. You may need to remove blogs that seemed good or relevant at the time, but now that your tattoo/tango/tiramasu stage is over, it’s time to cut the connection.
There was a discussion recently on the kidlitosphere Yahoo group about blogroll etiquette. Namely, should someone ask to trade blogroll links with you? Let me say, for bloggers everywhere, that is simply Not Done.
If you want to be on someone’s blogroll, then the best course of action is to make yourself known to that blogger by commenting. You should also have that blog on your blogroll. That’s pretty much all you can do. Bloggers have different ways of handling their blogrolls, so you have to be respectful of that. Personally, I’m not adding blogs that don’t update several times a week. (Some less frequent updaters I keep on my bookmarks to check out occasionally.) Also, I generally don’t add blogs that don’t have my blog on their blogroll. A little self-centered, yes, but it works for me. I also have trouble adding blogs that have several unrelated topics, like books, knitting, karate, and motorcycles. Too confusing for my addled brain.
It’s good to keep in mind as you’re waiting to get noticed that bloggers, especially busy bloggers, tend to get lazy about updating their blogrolls. That’s why the yearly reminder of Blogroll Updating Month is so important to us all.
(Okay, I made up Blogroll Updating Month, but it’s still a good idea.)