I used to love adding bloggers to my blogroll. Every time I would add a new name, it was as if I was sleeping with a new exotic woman — sometimes a redhead, sometimes a biology professor, sometimes a mother with three children. There were some cool guys also, but with them, it was more snuggling than anything else.
I now have 300 people on my blogroll, and even I have trouble performing to my potential when I am bed with so many people at once.
Would it be so terrible if I deleted my whole blogroll and started from scratch? This way, it would be like I’m a virgin for the very first time. I also might be more apt to reconnect with some of you that I haven’t in a while. There’s something about having a person’s name on a list that makes me take them for granted, like I bought the DVD, so now I don’t have to actually watch it.
Sophia, my blog editor, is worried that this might make my Technorati “rating” plummet, but honestly — can my blogging salary go any lower than it already is?
I’m curious, how do you approach your blogrolls? Why do we even have them? We all know where each of us lives on the blogosphere. Longtime readers of this blog know that I’ve been struggling with my blogroll for a long time. Once, I became so desperate for a way to organize it that I suggested making categories based on whether or not a blogger trimmed his/her pubic hair! (I was a lot more immature in my early days of blogging)
I don’t like it when bloggers are so cliquish that they only include FOD (Friends of Dooce), but at the same time, why do people add blog-linkrolls of 400 Blog Chicks? How many relationships can one person have? I find it difficult enough being involved with Sophia, or having two IM conversations at once, or even reading about one of Margaret‘s dates-gone-bad in the morning on Bloglines without spilling hot coffee on my pants.
I’ve met three bloggers in New York this week, so maybe I’m craving more from my interactions with others online. But don’t worry — that does not mean I’m going to send you photos of my penis. Not yet.
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