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What makes you add someone to your blogroll?  It seems like mine is often changing or is in need of updating because it's missing a blogger that I am following or his a blog that isn't being updated enough  for me to be watching.  I do know how difficult it can be sometimes to write fresh content everyday.  I don't consider myself a writer, I'm a potter who blogs about it and other things whenever I can but writing is really not my passion like creating pottery.  However, if someone hasn't updated a blog in a few months it should really fall off my blog list.

It seems that some people are going for the instant gratification of facebook and abandoning blogs for this.  I don't think that is anything I want to do.  I don't have anything against facebook, the people that want to post about every cup of coffee they drink are hidden or removed from my friend list, I'll catch up with those people in person, probably over a cup of joe.  But I do think the conversation is lost a bit on facebook.  Twitter is worse, you can't possibly get to know someone in 140 characters or less, but it can be interesting and enjoyable.  With blogs I get to share a chunk of your life and I enjoy that.  Sometimes I'm traveling vicariously with someone, sometimes I'm saddened by someone's loss of a pet, sometimes I'm inspired by what they are doing.

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The trouble is that I don't have enough time in the day to read all the blogs that I want to read, so who goes on my blogroll?  It's mostly either people who are frequent commentors on my blog or who write blogs that I think my readers would find interesting.  I often look at the comments or blogrolls of the writers I follow and explore other blogs.  I've made a few friends in the community this way since we start with something in common.

What inspires you to add someone to your blogroll?

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  1. I read mostly potter's blogs, but do keep up with a couple of non-potters. The non-potters are creative persons as well. I like blogs that share their work,humor, processes, and lifestyle. Each blog doesn't have to cover all of those to keep me interested. The bloggers don't have to post everyday to keep me following them either, but a few times a month is what I prefer.
    I don't get the bloggers who only post when they are going to be at a show or event. I understand it's for marketing, but I think they don't realize that they don't really have a following if their blog is only updated every few months... chances are very few people saw their "news".
    ... and what's with blogs that don't allow comments? I always thought that the point was to engage people and start a conversation! why blog if you don't want to talk with your peeps?

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    1. Hi Michele, that makes sense. I have another blog that I don't update frequently but it's mostly just shows (mine and others) workshop and book reviews, that type of thing. And you're right, I don't expect many people view it.

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  2. I used to keep up with the blog roll listed on my blog but now not so much because I am spending more time making my work and cooking, it's gotten kind of cumbersome to keep it all updated. I should do better. I read blogs from a reader so the blogroll on my blog isn't crucial to me but I do try to reciprocate with others when I remember.

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    1. Hi Linda, I read from a reader also, it's easier to filter and find what I want to read. That's part of the reason my blog roll needs to be updated.

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  3. I follow a bunch of blogs, and when I have days indoors (due to physical limitations), or when I need just chatty friendly people to read, those are some of my favorite connections. I guess I comment more than I should, but sometimes it just is a blog that inspires me...so I do. FaceBook not so much, and as I've said elsewhere, the FB's choice of what gets posted to my site isn't always the same as mine. So this way I am able to see what's happening, who's commenting, who's replying...and enjoy it all. I follow many more blogs than most people (I think), and don't expect them to reciprocate. As a matter of fact, if it feels competitive, I usually avoid it like the plague. Also if it's whiney. I do learn a lot, and enjoy seeing beautiful photos, gardening tips, heirlooms, recipes and pottery. Thanks for this thoughtful post.

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    1. Hi Barbara, the community is the best part. I'll bet nobody thinks you comment more than you should, it's part of the conversation.

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  4. I try to read many on my list and many not on my list- I have to punch myself sometimes to get up and get back to work, like now!
    BUT- I think it is funny that I read something and then go there and think where is the bread roll?
    OH- Blog roll- this is not about bread...then I laugh at me.
    Silly me read the titles!
    Don't stop blogging!
    And I come for the fun - I hate if things go sour....

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    1. You always provide a smile Meredith :-)

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  5. there are times, like this week, when I scramble to read some blogs...but I def. catch yours and Meesh's!

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    1. Thanks Gary, isn't it funny how some blogs just need to be read? Whenever I'm too busy to write I forget that I may be doing a reader or another blogger a favor by NOT posting.

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