Book Blogger Hop: To blog roll or not to blog roll

imageI’m joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop again this week, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…

Do you keep a blog roll list?

The first thing I need to do is admit I wasn’t sure.  I have recently updated my blog to show posts I have liked and also blogs I follow and I thought “is that a blog roll”.  So, rather than show my ignorance (though I guess I just have by admitting I wasn’t sure) I did a bit of a search to see just what was meant by blog roll.  Which brought me to the answer, no, I don’t have one but I think I might as it sounds like a really good idea.

I think that saying blog roll made me think it only needed to be about blogs but actually if I have understood it correctly, you can share any internet links and quite often I will come across something I would like to share beyond Facebook or Twitter.  I’m thinking of the short stories I find online for example – there are so many good ones out there but I don’t do much be tweet them when I find them and that’s that.  A blog roll might be a good way to share them.

My one concern is how much time it will take as we already know I’m not the greatest with work / life balance or spending a huge amount of time on my blog vs. reading (always the priority).  What do you think – do you have a blog roll? Is it worth doing one and does it take a lot of time or could I fit it in?


  1. Hmm… I think of a blog roll as links to the blogs I regularly read, so that’s a bit time-comsuming to set up but then only needs updating as people drop off the blogosphere or new people come along. Links to specific posts might require more maintenance, I think…

    1. That’s my worry – the time it will take. I much prefer things that are automated so I can add to the site then not worry about. It does feel like a good idea though…

  2. I do like the idea of a list of blogs that I visit – but I don’t have one. I do have a widget of posts I’ve recently visited which by it’s very nature changes – so I suppose my answer is sort of 😏

    1. I think those are great…and do it automatically which is even better.

  3. To me, a blog roll is a list of blogs I love, and visit often. I used to have one, but I was just kidding myself that I was going to be visiting ALL of those blogs regularly… There’s just not enough time. Then I started restricting my list to blogs I really loved. That didn’t work, either. So I just removed it altogether. You can still see how many blogs I follow by looking at my Blogger profile.

    I think your idea of posting links to posts you’ve read and liked is a great idea! This is not a blog roll, really, but it’s still nice to have something like that on your blog, I think. However, I would suggest putting this list on a separate page that people can access from the top of your home page. Putting it in your sidebar might get to unwieldy after a while. Lol. This is what happened with my own blog roll!

    Thanks for sharing!! Have a GREAT weekend!! : )

    1. I can see how easily it is that things take on a life of their own. I am not sure if I would use it to visit blogs I follow bizarrely because I use the reader on WordPress and that helps me keep track. I suppose in part it’s about sharing with others who I like to read.

  4. P.S. Typo alert! I meant to type “too unwieldy”, NOT “to unwieldy”. Lol.

  5. I’ve been thinking of adding a blog roll page, just because it is also easier on my brain and I don’t have to remember all those urls exactly, haha. But I’m not sure about putting it up yet. I think sharing posts you like is also something you could potentially do in your Sunday wrap up.

    1. It’s the time doing it. You are right about sharing on my Sunday post. I keep meaning to then forgetting what I’ve liked during the week. I should start adding them as favourites or something so I can back track while I’m writing.

  6. I am such a dummie, I didn’t even know what blog-roll is or that you can display on side what blogposts you liked.
    I’ll have to research if I could do that on my blog (because I don’t know if you can do that on every theme or just on special ones) but I like the idea of habing it and will put it on my sidebar, if I’ll be able.
    I think it is a nice addition to a blog plus it can help your visitors to discover new bloggers.

    1. Don’t worry I didn’t either. I think it’s a great idea and I’m going to give it a go…at some point anyways 😄

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