And I’ve stayed out of this one.
My own opinions, views and thoughts on sexism, feminism in games and the other myriad of subjects covered recently have been discussed with my close friends/boy, and I will be leaving it at that.
There is no reason at any point to add any fuel to any fire.
What I am going to pick up on briefly is what the topic moved on to – Blogrolls.
Now, as I’m sure you’ve all picked up on, I’m more than a little mad. I’m OCD, a bit loopy and utterly obsessive about organisation.
I like lists.
I love lists. I don’t just have on category in my feedreader, I have thousands. OK, well that’s an exaggeration.
I was, however, very poor at keeping my Blogroll up-to-date. Because I was always adding more and more blogs to my feed reader, I couldn’t come up with a solution which meant I could get everything I wanted on there in every way I wanted it, so I’d sort of given up.
So, now, my blog roll is complete.
What I’m reading in my feed reader is now on my site. Which is awesome.
So, thanks Pewter, Tam and most importantly Mystery Buttons, you legend.
You will see, if you can be arsed to look, that my blogs are split into class info. So, I know when something appears in my feed reader roughly what I’m gonna be reading about. I also have categories I haven’t hosted for my friends, for technology blogs, for careers blogs (thrilling stuff, careers information and advice, like you wouldnt believe), and things often have multiple tags. For example, everyone in SAN is also tagged with a SAN tag. OCD much?
People are on my blog roll because they are on my feed reader. I read them for a variety of reasons:
1. They are informative (WoW.com, World of Matticus)
2. They are druidey and keep me on top of what’s happening druid wise in sensible coherent text, as I’m a moron and can’t comprehend blue posts (Beru, Lisanna, Qieth, Graylo and many many more)
3. They help me understand other classes (BRK, Kurn, Mental Shaman, Mana Obscura and too more to mention)
4. They make me giggle and brighten my day (Righteous Orbs, Disciplinary Action, Big Bear Butt, Murloc Parliament and soooo many others)
5. and most importantly I enjoy reading their posts, I enjoy reading what they have to say and they write good quality, fun, interesting, thought provoking posts (Larisa, Cass and Lathere, Altaholics Anonymous and every single one of the other blogs I mentioned above.)
I have only ever taken ONE blogger off my blogroll, and that was after the previous blogosphere explosion. That caused me to remove the blogger in question from my blogroll and I truly no longer had any interest in what they had to say.
And that’s the only reason, in my opinion, someone should get taken off my blogroll.
Not because they post something controversial, or something I disagree with, but just because they don’t interest me anymore. That may well have been inspired by the fact they said something that caused such an issue with me I no longer “liked” them, but at least there was a fair and solid reason.
Adam is still on my blog rogue. Pewter is. Larisa is. Tam is. They are all on there because I enjoy reading their blog posts, and I enjoy reading what they write about. Sometimes I might disagree with them, sometimes I might not read a whole post as it’s not something I’m interested in, sometimes I might snort diet coke out of my nose in the office (thanks, Tam).
I don’t expect other people to do what I do. I don’t expect people to look down on me or dislike me because of who I have on my blog roll. It had, to be honest, never even occured to me that a blog roll could be used as a sort of…method of separating friends from enemies, social networks one moved in, stating who you liked and you disliked. I’ve always just used is as… a list. An objective list of things I like to read.
Does the fact I like watching Jeremy Kyle make me a (stereotypes incoming, ok?) sit at home scrounger who wears velour tracksuits and ugg boots? No, I work 9-5, am studying for a degree and consider myself to be contributing to society (in that some fucker takes a load of money from my salary every month).
Does the fact that I horse ride mean I spend all my day “guffawing”, walking around in jodphurs and asking daddy to buy me a new car? Hell no, I scrimp and save pennies every month to be able to enjoy my one hour of riding a week.
Just because I read a blog does not mean I share that person’s views. That assumption shouldn’t be made, and therefore we should not feel worried about keeping someone on our blogroll just because they said something controversial.
We should all be judged on our individual merits as bloggers and people. It makes me really happy when I find out someone reads my blog, it really buzzes me up when I find out someone has me on my blog roll. I get a proper buzz out of it.
I don’t know if that’s weird or not, but it’s how I work.
I think I’ve got quite an objective way of managing what I read. I’d be interested to read more peoples opinions on why and how they manage their blogrolls.