On cleaning up the blog roll...

I'm so terrible at checking through my blog roll, even on days when I post here. I'm slightly better at responding on Instagram or Twitter. But I added some blogs to my blog roll, in another fit of hopefulness that I'll be better at nurturing community; and wondered if I ought to clean up my blog roll.

There are blogs that haven't been updated in years -- many years -- that I still don't have the heart to remove because I feel like they're the last connection I have with said blogger. In one case, the blogger has died, and I just can't let go of her. Seeing her blog name always makes me smile. The others are bloggers who have moved on, but I would wait forever for an update from them. Is that weird?

How do you handle your blog roll? Are there bloggers you keep on your blog roll for some reason -- sentimental or otherwise?

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  1. Let me tell you my strategy, Audra: It is never, ever removing anyone from my blogroll, EVER. And this works great because sometimes a blogger comes back after a really long time away and it's SO EXCITING and I am still prepared to be their blog reader and commenter. The only exception is that if someone's former blog name gets taken over by another account, or a spam account, and in that case I remove it from my blogroll when I notice.

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    1. This is a brilliant strategy and I'm going to use it. In glancing at my blog roll, I found one that had become spam :( which really bummed me out b/c it's a blog I would have rejoiced seeing revived!

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  2. I'm with Jenny. I only remove blogs if the domains are taken over by spammers or another account. I love seeing blogs pop up after long breaks. It makes me so happy to see them emerge from the ether.

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    1. I'm glad I'm in a good crowd of non-blogroll-cleaners!

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  3. I haven't maintained my blogroll for years so it is probably a monument to the blogging days of the past. I did clean out my feedreader and found it a bit depressing to see those who have come and gone, especially those people who you felt connected to but then they just disappeared.

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    1. YES! That's exactly it -- seeing who isn't updating reminds me a bit of, I don't know, falling out of touch with penpal type friends. Plus I'm reminded of me then and etc etc. It's very personal, weirdly!

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  4. I removed my blog roll long ago but I subscribe to many on Feedly so I can still stay in touch. Two bloggers have passed that I followed and it's so hard to see their blogs on there, knowing there will never be new content.

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