There’s been a lot of talk about blogrolls on several of the blogs I read lately, with some folks worrying about exclusivity/cliquishness, while others argue that they feed into hierarchies in unhelpful ways.  (A blogroll is the list of other blogs that’s off on the side of many blogs.)

I’m a fan of blogrolls. Looking at someone’s blogroll is a bit like looking at the books on their shelves, something that I do whenever I’m invited into someone’s house.  Sometimes I find something new that I haven’t heard of.  Sometimes I’ll find something that I’ve also read, and it will give me a subject of conversation.  And almost always I’ll get a better sense of who the person is and what his or her interests are — or were at some point.  (I know I’m not the only person who still has books from undergraduate courses in my house.)

So I thought I’d mention some new additions to my blogroll.

One is War on Error, which I found via her comments on Jody’s thoughtful post about class.  Looking at the recent posts, I see she writes about choices, housing prices, work, health, food, class.

I’ve added Chocolate and Peanut Butter, a new joint blog by Anne of Barely Attentive Mother and Marjorie of Unclimber.  They’ve written an interesting pair of posts in response to my discussion of Unequal Childhoods.

I’ve also added Anne’s new popular economics blog, Economom.  I was especially interested in her review of Freakonomics, for which I have a hold request at the library.

6 Responses to “Blogrolls”

  1. jo(e) Says:

    I too like the blogrolls. Every once in a while, I will go to a blog I like and just go down through the blog roll. Almost always, I discover a new blog I like. Of course, this is how my own blogroll has gotten ridiculously long ….

  2. Anne Says:

    Hey, thanks for the mention, you made my day!
    I’ve never done a blogroll because I can’t ever decide how extensive it should be. So I just avoid it. But HCW would be on any blogroll I did, because I check it every day.

  3. ElizabethN Says:

    Elizabeth, please don’t ever take down your blogroll! I use it almost every day – all the blogs I read are either one or two clicks away from yours.

  4. Elizabeth Says:

    Thanks for the mention.
    Sometimes I wonder, in a year or two when blogs have fallen out of vogue and become “so 2004″ – will we continue to support each other so much?

  5. Scott Butki Says:

    What makes you think they will fall out of favor?

  6. Scott Butki Says:

    I’ve been known to go to blogs to look at the blogroll to see if I’m listed. I know I shouldn’t – it makes me feel so selfish – but I do.
    Is that bad or human nature or something in between?

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