Several months back, a I removed my blogroll from my main blog page. I did this for several reasons.

  1. It was always out of date because I was too lazy to really automate getting it out of NetNewsWire and run thru my custom script
  2. Who I read is really my business. You'll know who I really like by who I link to anyway.
  3. I don't want to get mail from folks if they suddenly notice themselves removed. This has happened.
  4. I don't want to get e-mail from people suggesting others I should read based on those I had listed. Yes, believe it or not, I don't actually subscribe to Dave or Joi. I think many so-called "A-list" bloggers are overrated. I guess that makes me an un-blogger or something.
  5. It was too long and got in the way of some visual changes I thought I wanted to make.

In Steve's Who's On My Blogroll? I Say Who Cares? I see that I am not alone in this. Luckily nobody has ever gone so far as to call me on the phone about such a trivial matter.

Anyway, I was realizing that I don't have a good way to figure out what I'm not reading very often. I'd like to get myself down below the 200 feeds mark in NetNewsWire again. Then I remembered the Dinosaurs Window. It'll show you feeds that haven't updated recently. That doesn't help with the feeds that do update but I never read, but it's a very good start.

Posted by jzawodn at November 14, 2004 09:33 AM

Reader Comments
# jim winstead said:

several of your dinosaurs are people who merely moved their rss feeds, apparently without redirecting them (like sterling, scott, and mike hillyer).

i think that not reading the a-list bloggers (for whatever community's a-list you're talking about) is a healthy thing. it helps keep you closer to the edge of the echo chamber, where some of the outside noise still leaks in.

(and i do miss the blogroll a little bit. sometimes i'd click through to some of the other blogs from there, and it's how a few have gotten added into my own regular reads.)

on November 14, 2004 12:11 PM
# Jeremy C. Wright said:

Yep, Mike's blog is at

on November 14, 2004 01:31 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:


So now I'm led to wonder this: If they did move their blog, I didn't notice, and I haven't missed it since then... Do I want to resubscribe?

on November 14, 2004 01:47 PM
# Manish Jethani said:

I just link to my Bloglines blogroll, which shows all my public feed.

on November 14, 2004 02:06 PM
# Jeramey Jannene said:

As someone that reads purely RSS feeds of blogs, I didn't even notice you had a blogroll. That said when I check out someone's blog for the first time I very rarely look at the blogroll they have posted. I do often look at the ads though and click on one or two, but that's only because I'm a nice guy. So yeah, blogrolls, who needs them?

on November 14, 2004 08:38 PM
# Joi Ito said:

"You'll know who I really like by who I link to anyway." Ha. I just saw your link to my in my Technorati cosmos, but you linked to me as an example of an overrated blog. ;-)

For the record, I've NEVER called myself a "A-List" blogger. I think it's a corrosive meme. But I HAVE made the observation that my writing has become less edgy as traffic has increased and trolls and critics have made me more wary about writing stuff that is too controversial or speculative...

on November 14, 2004 11:45 PM
# david said:


So now I'm led to wonder this: If they did move their blog, I didn't notice, and I haven't missed it since then... Do I want to resubscribe?"

You probably don't want to..their writing probably sucks anyway. *grin*

on November 15, 2004 02:46 AM
# perrick said:

To make sure my blogroll is up-to-date I only list the last 10 additions in my agregator. The older ones have been linked to for ages so there's no need for them to appear anymore. As for the newer ones, I may not have had the time to link to them, yet. While they move down the list, the best ones get linked to from some post, the other simply disappear. How does it feel ?

on November 15, 2004 07:40 AM
# Scott Johnson said:

So now I'm led to wonder this: If they did move their blog, I didn't notice, and I haven't missed it since then... Do I want to resubscribe?
Probably not. ;-)

I have found that unsubscribing from many of the A-listers who spew out 10+ entries a day makes my web experience much more pleasant. And besides, the B-list folks always link to the good stuff from the A-list bloggers anyway, so I never really miss anything.

on November 15, 2004 09:32 AM
# Archangel said:

Whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved

on December 13, 2004 08:08 PM
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