From the comments: "I added you without permission to the the Sask Blogs blogroll. If you don't think that's right, let me know . . ."
No problem, and thank you. If I've seemed ambivalent about people pointing links at my blog, it's not that I think they should ask permission. If I publish something here, then pointing a link at it is just like recommending a book, as far as I'm concerned.
The only reason I hesitate, is that I originally intended this blog to serve a more local audience. I haven't done much to promote that (such as posting notices of local events, or seeking out local stories, or advertising the blog locally), and the 'Gist has certainly drifted as I have found myself involved in other communities - blogging communities. When I am writing a post, I'm thinking about my audience, and from the comments I get, I'm guessing that many of my readers are fellow bloggers from all across the continent. Sometimes I wonder, though, whether it's just that they speak up, and people close to home don't.
Maybe I should get a site meter, but I'm afraid to, because I might spend too much time checking it!
So tell me, do you want more local content?
Should I keep my blog's sidebar more or less as it is (a glimpse into my own reading habits, plus an assortment of links that I judge to be of local interest)? Or should I add the Sask Blogs blogroll, and possibly other blogrolls? Personally, I tend to ignore blogrolls. I find the links that are hand picked by a blogger more interesting. Actually the top two ways that I find new blogs to read are:
2) adding items to the "Interests" and "Favourites" sections of my Blogger Profile (anyone can get one), and then clicking on them to find other bloggers with common interests; and
1) noticing new commenters at other blogs. If you browse the comments over at maison madcap, you can see the influence that Madcap's community has had on my sidebar.
p.s. If you're a blogger who has linked my site in your sidebar, and you're wondering why I haven't linked yours, don't take it personally. It may be just that I haven't got to it. I'm stalling about updating my links list, because I want to do some thinking about my selection criteria. Hence this post. Comments welcome!
2 weeks ago