Sunday, 14 September 2008

Tactical Blogrolling

There's a lot of it about.

I can glean an awful lot about behind the scenes maneouvres from a change to a blogroll.

It's a bit like reading tea leaves or divining the future from chicken entrails. I see a name added and think "ah, they're chummy. I wonder if they'll shag". I see a name removed and think "ooh, they've fallen out. I wonder if they shagged?"

My imagination frolics, wild and free, across all possible permutations. I know many blogs are added to lists simply because the author enjoys reading them. Many are removed simply because they have ceased to post. Yet, still, it is far more entertaining to ascribe Dangerous Liaison style motives to such public declarations of favourites.

Tell me, truthfully - other than a blog closing, what would lead you to remove someone from your blogroll?

22 comments:

unspeakable axe said...

That seems weird.

Never heard of it.

Sounds kinda childish to me.

Freddy said...

So now I'm wondering......
how many of your blogroll have made the beast with two backs with?

Morpheus said...

Interesting timing for this post. I noticed such a blogroll removal just the other day, and had thoughts along just the same lines. I wonder if you saw what I saw.

Currently, my blogroll has very straightforward criteria, so removal is almost an almost mechanical process. In the past? Let's not go there, eh?

EmmaK said...

I remove blogs from my blogroll if they have gone off, like I mean gone boring, or sometimes bloggers have nervous breakdowns and keep going on about the same thing over and over again and it just gets tired and I think, fuck off, if you need to vent get a therapist.

Luka said...

Unspeakable Axe - well, yes, it is. That's why it is as much a part of online life as any other playground tactic, of which there are many. Childish behaviour is the hardest to change as it's the easiest to do. Adult behaviour is a thin social veneer over our more basic (childish) unsophisticated motivations. At heart we all want to push annoying people over and not share our lollipops, we've just been taught not to.

Freddy - It's an interesting fact that if I were to draw a shag map, with lines connecting people to other people, from a distance it would spell out the word "tagnuts".

Morpheus - It's possible. I think we may well see such things simultaneously. Or maybe there really is just a lot of it about.

Emma - I need to vent! Fuck.

B said...

this post has entertained me so much I may just have to add you to my blog roll.... :) I am so intrigued as to who has or has not shagged that I am now going to keep a very careful eye on things. Why am I always the last to hear about this stuff?!? And there I was thinking that everyone is just 'really friendly'.

As for me, I am a blog roll tart. I add not because of the blog passing a rigorous critique but solely as 'bookmarks' in case I'd like to return. I guess sooner or later I will be deleting the 'stuck records'... oh wait. But that may entail expungement of my own blog, no, that will never do.

EmmaK said...

No I mean I love venting if it is about a new exciting topic or orifice but if it is the same old shit about a certain lover, crap husband, my life is going nowhere type cycle then I tend to lose the will to live after a certain point.

Luka said...

B - Hello! Oh, it is a small and incestuous blog world. Everyone's at it, and if they're not, then they would like to be.

Emma - ah, I see what you mean. (Have you found a new and exciting orifice?)

greavsie said...

Odd use of the semi-colon; sort of.

Luka said...

Greavsie - that seems firm but fair.

Helga Hansen said...

I can categorically state that I have never shagged you. If you have shagged me, I was unconscious at the time!!

Seriously, though... I'll add if I like what I read, and remove if I get bored. I don't use my blog as a bookmarking tool, although the new Blogroll thang they have is quite useful. I have my own bookmarks, so just 'cos you're not listed on my blog doesn't mean I've not marked you in my book!

PS. Thanks for the recent add to your blogroll! ~smile~

Ro said...

Simply boredom - if a blog no longer entertains, informs or amuses me how can I be seen to recommend it to others?

Sex doesn't come into my choices - if it did, I assure you, there wouldn't be so many male bloggers on my list.

And, for what it's worth, you can stay on mine :)

quirkygirl said...

Sometimes i don't like to even have a blogroll because its all too interlinked. I prefered it when i just read a blog, liked a blog and didn't really think about the blogger, but i guess it can only really be like that at the start.....*sigh* x

justme said...

I haven't even worked out how to MAKE a blogroll yet! And I'm pretty sure I wont get round to shagging all or any of them if and or when I do!
Nice to find your blog though! Am enjoying it!

Luka said...

Helga - I never shag people when they are unconscious, I always wait until the drugs wear off.

Ro - woohoo!

QuirkyGirl - ah, those innocent early days... Yes, once you get involved the humble blogroll can get a tiny bit political.

JustMe - I am glad you're enjoying the Boudoir. And shagging everyone on ones blogroll isn't compulsory, no matter what some sex blogs might lead you to believe :)

Walker said...

Hmmmmm let em think.

I did get rid of my Ex and a number of her clonies because some got abusive and I am not one to reward dickheads.
The EX and I removed each other because it was the best thing to do.

Other than someone stopping to blog I don't remove people unless they ask to be removed or if a problem arises down the road and we part ways but that has never happened to me yet.

I don't delete people because a friend has issues with them or shit like that.
I think that's childish.
In fact my ex and I still frequent some of the same blogs of readers we once shared, not as many as we once used to because we have both branched out in different parts of the blog world.

But I can see and have seen the scenerio you have described in the past.

Anonymous said...

A bout of sheer idiocy frankly--I've already removed a few and will continue to winnow--one has to do so--the sheer amount of blogorrhea out there is staggering--I removed one yesterday because I'm no longer interested in that person's sexual submission--just an example--I prefer someone with wit not witlessness, so I'll stick with you my dear because you and about 2 others have intelligence and intrigue me--thank the gods of fortune.

love
Beau

EmmaK said...

Yes indeed, I find that the nostril can be very aroused if properly figged ;)

Luka said...

Walker - yes, abuse is a good reason to amend a blogroll!And I had forgotten that some people ask to be removed.

Beau - I am so glad you've kept me on your list! And it's nice to see you back in the comments box again.

Emma - my eyes are watering and yet I am strangely aroused.

Trixie said...

I remove them if I've fucked them senseless and totally ignore me afterwards...

Notice my blogroll hasn't changed?

Kinky Webmistress said...

I regularly check my links and weed out any blogs that fail to make me laugh out loud anymore or give me a tingling in the gusset (a bit like partners) - or hasn't updated since 2007. I retain blogs that maintain a hint of retro, chiffon, big natural tits and plenty of fuckwittery. That's about it....

Luka said...

Trixie - I do indeed! :)

Kinky Webmistress - I like (and can meet)your criteria!