Friday, April 23, 2010

Blogroll Update

Hi, everybody, and welcome to the weekend!  As you may have noticed, our spring cleaning around the blog has gone very well (Thank you, Hermione!).  I wanted to follow up on our recent blogroll poll.  MBS readers confirmed by a wide margin my belief that the blogroll is valuable and worth the time it takes to maintain.

By a 2-to-1 margin, you said you weren't very interested in links to blogs written in languages other than English.  I have mixed feelings about this.  My inclination is to return links from legitimate blogs with similar content.  In addition, an English-only policy seems uncomfortably provincial to me.  However, as a practical matter, my lack of understanding of languages like Spanish, German, Czech, and Danish leaves me unable to assess the content of these blogs.  A link from me is a recommendation, or at least a suggestion.  I don't feel as though I can send MBS readers to a blog that I am unable to read.  I may change my mind, but for now, that's how we will handle this question.

The alphabetical versus chronological vote was a lot closer than I expected.  While a majority preferred the status quo alphabetical list, a sizable minority opted for the most recently updated format.  The only practical solution was to do both.  If you haven't seen it yet, I added a time-based blogroll at the bottom of the right column.  By default, it displays only the most recent 25 blogs.  However, readers can expand it to show all blogs.

I'm pretty enthusiast about this new blogroll.  Were I inclined toward hyperbole, I might claim that it's bigger than the Universe and better connected than the Network.  But I'll let you be the judge.  Whether you're looking for an old favorite or seek to discover the latest and greatest, I think you'll find there's something here for every spanking enthusiast.

I was pleased to see that the results from the content question were in line with my current practice.  The types of blogs you said you wanted to see linked are the same ones I've been trying to find.

I'm still pondering some sort of category notation on the alphabetical blogroll.  The challenge is that many blogs fit into multiple categories.  I don't want five little marks after a blog name.  Nor do I want to list a versatile blog in five different places.  At that point, the updates become insane.

I am grateful to MBS readers for telling me what you like (and sometimes don't like).  Working together, I believe we can make this a better blog.


Uncle Nick said...

The point about foreign language blogs is taken. I can read Spanish, but unless the site is very, very good I prefer my blogs in English.That is not provincialism since we have the good fortune to speak the international language.

Uncle Nick said...

Calling all UK readers: watch Britain's Got Talent tonight as it features a spanking on stage! I have just posted a photo at my blog, but basically we are talking about a couple called High Shakespeare, with an act that involves the girl getting spanked while she quotes lines from the bard.

Words fail me at this point.

Hermione said...


As always, you've chosen the sensible approach that will appeal to most people. The double blog roll gives us the best of both worlds. Your blog undoubtedly provides a roadmap to the spanking blogosphere that exceeds both Universe and Network in quality, quantity, ease of use, user friendliness and timeliness.

As always, it's a pleasure to help out around MBS in any way that I can.


Underling said...

Hi Bonnie.

I guess for most people, the worth of a blog in an unfamiliar language comes down to the text to picture ratio.

There are some French blogs in particular that I visit all the time because they carry such wonderful photos and artwork, often stuff that I don't see elsewhere. So I enjoy them, even though my schoolboy French gives me a vague idea at best as to what the text of the post or comments is saying!

Jane said...

I love the time based blogroll. Makes it easy to keep up with favorites and discover new blogs. Thanks!

ronnie said...

Bonnie, I think your spring cleaning is excellent, thank you.


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