One of the reasons I joined Blog Catalog (BC) was to come out from behind the wordpress.com garden wall. I wanted to make friends with bloggers from all the different blogging platforms, who blog on a wide range of subjects. I hoped that doing so would increase traffic to both of my blogs, this one and my wordpress blogging tips blog onecoolsite, as well as increasing the possibility that some of these social networking friends would become faithful readers.
I do have many bloggers from Blog Catalog who I have marked as friends. I have no expectation that they will do likewise. If I’m particularly drawn to their blogs I join their neighborhoods and their blogs go on my reading list. If I have some commentary on a particular blog post to add to the dialog on a post my friends write I post a comment and if not, I don’t.
I do not choose to limit myself “befriending” only those bloggers who have related blogs and I never will. I live in a small community and I love the way there are no barriers when it comes to age or abilities or even common interests when making friends. I dislike the idea of becoming such a calculating opportunist in the blogosphere that I only befriend those with blogs that are directly related to my own blog and may benefit it in terms of hits, comments and stats. That kind of thinking just isn’t “me”.
The criteria I have for placing originally placing a blog link in my blogroll is that the blog must be “related” to the subjects I blog about, I must like it well enough to be reading it regularly and, it must contain no links to bad neighbors. If no reciprocal link is placed back to my blog in the other blogger’s blogroll within a reasonable time frame, I simply remove it and continue to read the blog anyway.
I am poised to begin a new blog reading management system. I find that I every much like the tools that we have at BC and that I spend a lot of time here. I will be un-subscribing from all BC member rss feed reader subscriptions as I can follow them on my BC dashboard.
What is your criteria for adding a blogger as a “friend” at the social networks that you belong to?
What is your criteria for adding a blog to your blogroll?