Supersedes Learning to Read, 19 May 2003.

Blogroll

Volume 7, Issue 155; 01 Sep 2004; last modified 08 Oct 2010

When I first starting putting this site together, I constructed a page that contained my “blogroll”. That page quickly became stale and I gave up. A few days ago, the Bloglines tip drifted past that showed me how to put the blogroll back, so here it is. Make of it what you will.

When I first starting putting this site together, I constructed a page that contained my “blogroll” (though I’m not sure I knew it was called that at the time), the list of things in my reader. That page quickly became stale and I gave up. When I started using Bloglines, I made the feeds I was following public and figured that would serve the same purpose.

At some level, however, that indirection never felt completely satisfactory. On the other hand, I don’t often pay much attention to the blogrolls that I see on other sites, so I never felt it was very important.

Nevertheless, when the Bloglines tip drifted past that showed me how to put the blogroll back “in situ” as it were, I decided to go for it. If nothing else, it was a momentarily interesting challenge to render it both in HTML and PDF. So here it is, an up-to-date list of the blogs that I file under “People”, the blogs of individuals. Make of it what you will.

Anyone who makes inferences from the order of the blogs in that list does so foolishly. There’s a little bit of order in there, but the Bloglines interface for establishing an order is sufficiently broken that I basically just live with whatever I get.

If you want to see the things I’ve filed in other categories, you’ll have to use the indirection.

Comments

I'd be interested in knowing when your whole blogroll gets new items added. Would this page be updated, showing again in your feed, everytime you add or subtract subscriptions from your People category? Do you know if Bloglines supports such a service?

—Posted by Giulio Piancastelli on 01 Sep 2004 @ 08:30 UTC #

The list is dynamically generated from my current 'People' folder, so it will change when that folder changes, but that's not going to generate any kind of notification.

With a little cleverness and a cron job, I could arrange for the 'last modified' date to change when the list changes, I suppose, but I haven't set that up yet.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 02 Sep 2004 @ 10:02 UTC #

Norman, you might be interested in this: http://www.bakerstreetsystems.co.uk/2004/09/07/missing-bloglines-feature/ , it's a python script to "subscript" to someone else's Bloglines blogroll, thus knowing when the person adds new feeds. Kind of a "blogroll stalker" via rss.

—Posted by Giacomo Lacava on 08 Sep 2004 @ 04:45 UTC #