Sunday, January 11, 2009

Changes in the Old Sidebar (Housekeeping!)

With the invention of Blogger's blog feed feature, I have been gradually converting more and more of my blog links into feeds. I'm noticing I'm much more apt to be reading the blogs that pop up at the top of the list due to a new update, so I thought it would be a good idea to convert as many as possible to this format.

I know the whole "following" thing is supposed to enable more immediate readership as well but I just find if I'm checking my blog for comments I see the links at my sidebar and that's when I tend to read other blogs. I know I'm doing it wrong. But what can I do, I'm a bad blogger.

I also wanted to add some more blogs to the list (found some good ones over at Enigma's place in her blog roundup the other day). So what I've done is have the feeds just display the most recent title instead of a whole snippet to save space, and added a lot more feeds instead of links. I've also reclassified a couple of blogs from the list that I am now calling "progressive" and put them in the next section as their focus isn't as political as the ones in the progressive group. I find it very hard to categorize a lot of blogs and maybe I should just put them all together but I do try to have some kind of categorization going on. Take it with a grain of salt and if anyone feels their blog belongs somewhere other than where I have it, please let me know as these categories are very vague!

Those links that haven't been converted to feeds are blogs that aren't updated frequently, have been taken private, aren't being updated anymore but are being kept on the list for their archives, or blogs that for some reason don't seem to have an automatic feed. (If yours is one of the latter, please let me know if there is some way I can include it into the feeds that I'm not aware of).

I also took off a few links that I really haven't been reading (Dooce for instance). I don't think Dooce needs a link from my tiny little blog to keep her popularity going! And, I'm sad to say, I removed my own mother's blog, as she hasn't updated it since last July! (If she gets back into the mood I can add it back again!)

If anyone's blog got deleted inadvertently, please comment or e-mail me and let me know and I'll add it back in! And of course, if I don't have your blog on the sidebar and you'd like me to add it, please let me know. If I haven't done it yet it's probably just because I'm lazy!

So that's the scoop. If you see a new blog over on the sidebar that you haven't read before, hope you enjoy it!

Baxter will be back tomorrow with his take on the past week's events. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!


Deb said...

Baxter is so profound! I love him.

As for blog list slowing is increasing but that's ok. I get to read so many great blogs that way!

Happy Sunday!

Katie Schwartz said...

Hello Maugirl!

You know, that's a great idea. I think I'll do the same on my blog. Whenever someone updates, I'll know by checking my sidebar.

You're always using the noodle.


lisahgolden said...

Don't you love the new blogfeed thing? It definitely makes the sidebar much easier. Thanks for updating me with the new blog!

Anonymous said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Anonymous said...

Woo Hoo! I'm a progressive blogger. Yes!

Thanks for the link on your sidebar, MG. You write some good stuff, here, so I gratified for association.

D.K. Raed said...

hey guess I'll have to do another post to move up the ladder! but this is my busy time of year; it's all I can do stop by & read. I like just the title in the blogfeeds; good idea!

Christopher said...

Your mother has a blog and her name is Marge? FOFLMAO!

I don't why that's funny to me but it is. Tell her to blog more!

Comrade Kevin said...

Hope you had a good weekend!

Annette said...

Hey thanks for the listing...I appreciate it... I am glad I found you...E4E is great and you are too.. I love your take on things and Baxter is

Stop in anytime.

enigma4ever said...

thanks for the hat tip...I try to find new info and blogs for all of us...I always love coming you can make any changes- I will always be back...and I love hearing Baxters perspective...

( at some point I too will have to update my it grows off the bottem of the page LOL...)

Distributorcap said...

can you come over and organize my blogs

Dorothy said...

Some times you just have to clean house and we're doing the same..I'm sending this format to David for the blog roll since we changed our page we haven't added one thanks for reminding me and you'll be on the list..

Dorothy from grammology

Mauigirl said...

Hi Deb, I know, I keep adding blogs because they're so good. Now if only I didn't have to waste time working...

Katie and Lisa, yes, the blog feed thing is great because that way I keep up with the blogs that are updated.

Linda, welcome!

Spartacus, of course I have you there! You are one of my regulars! I always enjoy your blog.

DK, I hear you - I am swamped at work right now so Baxter will just have to wait another day to blog. He needs my help to do it, which he finds very Annoying.

Christopher, I will pass the message to my mother that she has to update! She's 90 now and still sharp as a tack - the problem is she hasn't come up with a new grammatical pet peeve lately. I will remind her to think of something to write about!

Thanks, Kevin, it was good -but too short!

Annette, I'm so glad I found your blog - welcome!

Enigma, thanks, I'm so happy to be part of this community - and I'll keep checking out others on your blogroll - as it continues to grow, LOL!

DCap, sure, name the time! ;-)

Dorothy, thanks. Sometimes it just has to be done - just like at home! Thanks for including me!

For all of Baxter's many fans - Baxter will be here as soon as he can. He has to wait until I have time to help him type and until then he can't blog, which he finds "Annoying" as he would say. Unfortunately this week at work is crazy and he may not get his chance until at least tomorrow!

Christopher said...


Marge is 90 and she blogs? Wow!

Tell her to let her rip! I would love to read her words. What does she think of Bush? Cheney? The comparisons to the current economy to the Great Depression?

90 gives her a unique perspective.

RUTH said...

Hi you've discovered I rarely blog nowadays but it was nice of you to keep in touch via my comment box. I always had trouble getting into your blog but everything seems fine now. Take care & my best to your Mum...

Mauigirl said...

Christopher, yes, I got her set up on Blogger so she could write about whatever she wanted. So far she only concentrated on her pet grammatical peeves and one other pet peeve (women's hairdo's on TV!). But she is a staunch Democrat and I keep telling her she should branch out into politics. I'll have to let her know you want to hear from her!

Ruth, great to see you here and I'm glad you can get into my blog better now! I know how busy you have been so am glad to see you here! I'll give Mom your best wishes, thanks!

themom said...

I also like your site and am adding you to blogroll also. Hope your mother understand's her dismissal!! :)

Mauigirl said...

Thanks TheMom! Don't worry, I told my mother and said I'd add her right back on the next time she came up with a post! (I have to type them for her anyway because she is a lousy typist!)

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