Mommy, why is that man's blogroll so long?
Bloggers, we need to talk. I see this everywhere
when I'm roaming around, reading all the blogs in my weblog diet: very long blogrolls and link lists. It's kind of annoying because the longer a list gets, two things happen:
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- the less likely I am to ever click on any of the links, because there's too many of them
- the uglier and more cluttered it makes your otherwise-pretty weblog's design
complained about this in passing in 2003
-today, their blogroll is still monstrously long
. Joe Katzman's blogroll over at Winds of Change.NET
is already fairly long, and it's about to get a lot longer
. Rusty Shackleford at My Pet Jawa has a breathtakingly long blogroll-and he wants to know if you want to be added to it
! I could keep on listing unwieldy monster blogrolls that I encounter, but I think you get the idea...These are all blogs that I enjoy, too. I'd enjoy them even better if they gave their blogroll a haircut and quit looking like such a dirty hippie! That's all I'm saying, people.
I'm going to show you a way to have a much less onerous blogroll. One that still showcases all your favorite links, without becoming a burden on your design-or an absolute bear
to maintain. In my copious Googling I've found that people complain about their blogrolls in the Movable Type world, but they either use blogrolling.com (hacked in the previous year, your data lives on their server, etc) or don't do anything about it. Now you can do something about it.
The King of Fools
has an alternative method to mine that you might also like to consider, I link it at the end of this post, after the jump. I believe mine has the advantage of relative simplicity (I don't want want to have to deal with a whole extra blog in MT just to maintain a simple links list)-as well as more capability. In King of Fools' approach, you deal with your links as individual entries and gain the full flexibility of Movable Type's template tags and categories to manipulate them. Both approaches have their merits, you may find that his is more suited to what you have in mind.
What I'm suggesting is that you use this code and technique to replace the "one long sidebar link dump" format with a tidy, short list, any number of links that you want, chosen at random from your entire list, with a link to your unabbreviated, complete list. I'll take you through it step by step, after the jump...