Strong bloggers don’t link?

Richard Querin channels Seth Goldstein, who writes that strong bloggers no longer link.

I have no idea what planet they are living in, but if I read a blog that doesn't link it usually sucks.

But, anyway, James Kendrick links to an RSS News Aggregator for HDTVs.

I do admit, though, that I haven't been reading many feeds lately. Instead I've been trying to live life, and get around Microsoft.

Today I was hanging out with Steve Ball and famous guitarist Robert Fripp, who was on campus doing some more recording for potential use in Windows Vista. That guy is cool. Certainly cooler than a blogger that never links.

Comments

  1. Just to rebel against this whole no-link movement, I think you should pick a random blog every day and link to it.

    You can start with mine. :)

    Seriously though. I’m just not understanding the no link motivation and how that helps.

  2. Just to rebel against this whole no-link movement, I think you should pick a random blog every day and link to it.

    You can start with mine. :)

    Seriously though. I’m just not understanding the no link motivation and how that helps.

  3. Scoble, I’ve been lurking through your RSS feed for many moons now and this was the funniest thing I’ve heard you say by far:

    “That guy is cool. Certainly cooler than a blogger that never links.”

    An upcoming line in South Park no less. Cheers.

  4. Scoble, I’ve been lurking through your RSS feed for many moons now and this was the funniest thing I’ve heard you say by far:

    “That guy is cool. Certainly cooler than a blogger that never links.”

    An upcoming line in South Park no less. Cheers.

  5. Well, personaly, I don’t really read someone’s blog because of how much they link. I read them for the content..

  6. Well, personaly, I don’t really read someone’s blog because of how much they link. I read them for the content..

  7. Having an opinion on a linked article/blog is content :)
    Also the link is content at a distance.

    Linking is content?

  8. Having an opinion on a linked article/blog is content :)
    Also the link is content at a distance.

    Linking is content?

  9. Not sure what I think about links, blogging, content, or anything anymore. Totally distracted by that last paragraph. What do I need to do to “hang-out” with Robert Fripp? My soul is available for sale. :-)

  10. Not sure what I think about links, blogging, content, or anything anymore. Totally distracted by that last paragraph. What do I need to do to “hang-out” with Robert Fripp? My soul is available for sale. :-)

  11. Err, “splogger” isn’t shorthand for “strong blogger”.

    Sploggers don’t (generally) link – good bloggers link.

    Unless you are writing completely original content, you have to cite your sources, and generally online this is courteously done with a live link.

    I’m not going to say that people who don’t link are lesser bloggers, but they shouldn’t call the vast majority of us ‘weak bloggers’ (at least by implication).

    The whole ethos of blogging is linking and interacting.

  12. Err, “splogger” isn’t shorthand for “strong blogger”.

    Sploggers don’t (generally) link – good bloggers link.

    Unless you are writing completely original content, you have to cite your sources, and generally online this is courteously done with a live link.

    I’m not going to say that people who don’t link are lesser bloggers, but they shouldn’t call the vast majority of us ‘weak bloggers’ (at least by implication).

    The whole ethos of blogging is linking and interacting.

  13. I’ve written about this before and it may not make sense to many perhaps but it is a true fact. Many of the top bloggers don’t link outside anymore. Not even one small damn link. Or they just link within a specific set/ring of their own to maintain the ranks. This is highly unfair if you ask me and retards the success of blogs.

    I can easily name tons of people but you all know who they are. Looking at teh Technorati Top 100, will probably get you 80% of my list.

    Cheers!

  14. I’ve written about this before and it may not make sense to many perhaps but it is a true fact. Many of the top bloggers don’t link outside anymore. Not even one small damn link. Or they just link within a specific set/ring of their own to maintain the ranks. This is highly unfair if you ask me and retards the success of blogs.

    I can easily name tons of people but you all know who they are. Looking at teh Technorati Top 100, will probably get you 80% of my list.

    Cheers!

  15. I’ve been trying to get my head around the blogosphere and follow some blogs to try and keep up with what may be happening on the pulse of the internet.

    The problem I have with some blogs is that from first appearances it looks like the ‘big’ blogs are happy to reference themselves but rarely touch anything lower.

    So it’s like going to Yahoo! news and finding reprints from other media source, but it’s all the same material being repeated from different angles.

    It’s not a question of links, it’s sources, in my humble opinion.

  16. I’ve been trying to get my head around the blogosphere and follow some blogs to try and keep up with what may be happening on the pulse of the internet.

    The problem I have with some blogs is that from first appearances it looks like the ‘big’ blogs are happy to reference themselves but rarely touch anything lower.

    So it’s like going to Yahoo! news and finding reprints from other media source, but it’s all the same material being repeated from different angles.

    It’s not a question of links, it’s sources, in my humble opinion.

  17. The internet is about linking and connecting is it not? Yes you can post without links if you like but don’t force it on the rest of us. Links => discovery.
    I read another post recently that said a good blogger should write only original content and shouldnt steal other ideas by linking. What nonsense! Most creative ideas are actually the result of a synthesis of other pre-existing ideas.

  18. The internet is about linking and connecting is it not? Yes you can post without links if you like but don’t force it on the rest of us. Links => discovery.
    I read another post recently that said a good blogger should write only original content and shouldnt steal other ideas by linking. What nonsense! Most creative ideas are actually the result of a synthesis of other pre-existing ideas.

  19. Hey Robert, as you are considered to be THE DADDY of strong bloggers, how about a link to me to prove that even blog gods have it in them to link these days?!

  20. Hey Robert, as you are considered to be THE DADDY of strong bloggers, how about a link to me to prove that even blog gods have it in them to link these days?!

  21. @11. Indeed linking leads to discover. But I’ve seen many bloggers use linking as their major reason for posting. I welcome links that are relevant to what the blogger is saying. But, many posts are simply “Bert Habablab says the thinks something is (cool) (not cool). I (agree) (disagree). Bob Loblaw also thinks….” yawn.

  22. @11. Indeed linking leads to discover. But I’ve seen many bloggers use linking as their major reason for posting. I welcome links that are relevant to what the blogger is saying. But, many posts are simply “Bert Habablab says the thinks something is (cool) (not cool). I (agree) (disagree). Bob Loblaw also thinks….” yawn.

  23. 1. Wow, Vista is going to sound pretty thanks to Robert Fripp. Those sounds are the audio correlate of desktop transparency.

    2. Bloggers who don’t link:

    Think they are being smart marketers by not “diluting their brand”…?

    Are coming down with inflated-ego-needs-deflation syndrome…? If so let’s hear that rush of escaping air. ; )

    What’s “strong”, what’s popular and what’s good are often confused, and “strength” likes it that way. But in reality there is a big difference!

  24. 1. Wow, Vista is going to sound pretty thanks to Robert Fripp. Those sounds are the audio correlate of desktop transparency.

    2. Bloggers who don’t link:

    Think they are being smart marketers by not “diluting their brand”…?

    Are coming down with inflated-ego-needs-deflation syndrome…? If so let’s hear that rush of escaping air. ; )

    What’s “strong”, what’s popular and what’s good are often confused, and “strength” likes it that way. But in reality there is a big difference!

  25. I usually put a few links in each of my posts as a way to give related info to the reader. For example if I write about a wine or cheese, I like to link to the area where it is produced, the town and say the producer itself.

    Other times I just write my piece.

    There should be no ‘golden rule’ on this.

    Robert Fripp as been making music since the late 60′s and is still adventurous which proves that there is room for experimentation ( No Pussyfooting).

    Take care

    Serge
    Biz:
    http://www.njconcierges.com
    Blog:
    http://www.sergetheconcierge.com

  26. I usually put a few links in each of my posts as a way to give related info to the reader. For example if I write about a wine or cheese, I like to link to the area where it is produced, the town and say the producer itself.

    Other times I just write my piece.

    There should be no ‘golden rule’ on this.

    Robert Fripp as been making music since the late 60′s and is still adventurous which proves that there is room for experimentation ( No Pussyfooting).

    Take care

    Serge
    Biz:
    http://www.njconcierges.com
    Blog:
    http://www.sergetheconcierge.com

  27. Here is my bold faced link bait attempt. (And I do try to link out to other bloggers as much as possible). To encourage people to link to my blog, I am working with CarbonFund.org to “neutralize” one ton of carbon for every link back to my blog – http://www.deepmarket.com – should be interesting!

  28. Here is my bold faced link bait attempt. (And I do try to link out to other bloggers as much as possible). To encourage people to link to my blog, I am working with CarbonFund.org to “neutralize” one ton of carbon for every link back to my blog – http://www.deepmarket.com – should be interesting!

  29. Hey, “Sploggers” sounds good to me! Isn’t the purpose of blogging to be yet another communication tool for knowledge transfer? Creativity abounds when the ease of the Internet puts people in touch… just look at the new word we’ve created here this week! I think we should link and link often!

    http://www.jjswanson.net

  30. Hey, “Sploggers” sounds good to me! Isn’t the purpose of blogging to be yet another communication tool for knowledge transfer? Creativity abounds when the ease of the Internet puts people in touch… just look at the new word we’ve created here this week! I think we should link and link often!

    http://www.jjswanson.net