Do A-list bloggers have a responsibility to link to others?

Sue Polinsky (who helps to run the excellent Converge South conference) asks an interesting question: “Do big(ger) blogs have an obligation to smaller or newer ones to link to them?”

I can’t speak for anyone other than myself, but, yes, I try to link out to as many people as possible. I got found because other people linked to me, and I view it as my responsibility to link to other people as well. I also leave my comments open so people can post their own opinions and links to things.

But, I can’t get to it all. The blogosphere is too big. So, in front of every audience I speak to I demonstrate how to use blog search engines and I keep my link blog, which has linked to many many thousands of blogs.

Another thing I can do? Ask you to post your link in the comment area on this post. I’ll visit them all and subscribe to good tech blogs, which will mean more links in the future from my link blog.

So, free blog advertising! Tell us your link and why you think your blog is interesting.

383 thoughts on “Do A-list bloggers have a responsibility to link to others?

  1. Linking is necessary, not for promotion of bloggers, but instead for revealing your sources. So A-list guys should do it too.

    Traditional journalism is viewed by many as untrustworthy. See this link where as much as 75% of journalists are considered untrustworthy: http://www.thinkandask.com/news/becomeareporter.html

    Bloggers offer information “straight from the horses mouth” and to make sure the words are correct, the source should be linked. This also promotes people with original thoughts and ideas (as it should be).

    My blog is here: http://longstation.com/

  2. Linking is necessary, not for promotion of bloggers, but instead for revealing your sources. So A-list guys should do it too.

    Traditional journalism is viewed by many as untrustworthy. See this link where as much as 75% of journalists are considered untrustworthy: http://www.thinkandask.com/news/becomeareporter.html

    Bloggers offer information “straight from the horses mouth” and to make sure the words are correct, the source should be linked. This also promotes people with original thoughts and ideas (as it should be).

    My blog is here: http://longstation.com/

  3. Just don’t confuse links from your site to links in your link blog. Your link blog is just shared items from Google and therefore has a seperate address and does not carry the weight that a link from your domain does.

    Shared Items are a great way to show others what you are reading, but they do not carry the value gained from a “real link” on your blog.

  4. Just don’t confuse links from your site to links in your link blog. Your link blog is just shared items from Google and therefore has a seperate address and does not carry the weight that a link from your domain does.

    Shared Items are a great way to show others what you are reading, but they do not carry the value gained from a “real link” on your blog.

  5. Hey Robert,

    Your blog was one of the first I read (in the days of C9) and I am still subscribed to you.

    Even though you are always busy I find it awesome that you manage to talk to everybody and view everybody’s vlog and the likes.

    Anyway here is my blog: http://thejoshblog.wordpress.com – it is about anything I want to talk about (generally Programming, Microsoft, etc)

  6. Hey Robert,

    Your blog was one of the first I read (in the days of C9) and I am still subscribed to you.

    Even though you are always busy I find it awesome that you manage to talk to everybody and view everybody’s vlog and the likes.

    Anyway here is my blog: http://thejoshblog.wordpress.com – it is about anything I want to talk about (generally Programming, Microsoft, etc)

  7. Robert,
    ‘Nuff thinking (actually almost 37 hours of it !) – my guitar heroes post is the testimony of the unusually intense and strenuous mental activity.
    My thing is to advise clients sensibly on how to deal with Social Media, and the purpose of the blog is to avoid the Unmarried Marriage Consultant syndrome.
    I’ll go back listening to Duane Allman, now!

  8. Robert,
    ‘Nuff thinking (actually almost 37 hours of it !) – my guitar heroes post is the testimony of the unusually intense and strenuous mental activity.
    My thing is to advise clients sensibly on how to deal with Social Media, and the purpose of the blog is to avoid the Unmarried Marriage Consultant syndrome.
    I’ll go back listening to Duane Allman, now!

  9. I’m not sure my blog is interesting to anyone but me. I tend to link little because all so often an article has said it all.

    People don’t come to me for links to other places, they come by happy accident mostly, so lots of this-is-cool links probably wouldn’t be appreciated by anyone.

  10. I’m not sure my blog is interesting to anyone but me. I tend to link little because all so often an article has said it all.

    People don’t come to me for links to other places, they come by happy accident mostly, so lots of this-is-cool links probably wouldn’t be appreciated by anyone.

  11. Just keep doing what you are doing Robert. I get sick of all the people who try to get you to link to them by mentioning your name in a post. How on earth are you expected to link to all of them? You’d have to employ a full-time team of 100 devotees to keep track of all your links.

    Yes, A-list bloggers tend to link to each other and it’s a virtuous circle, but that’s just the way of the world.

  12. Just keep doing what you are doing Robert. I get sick of all the people who try to get you to link to them by mentioning your name in a post. How on earth are you expected to link to all of them? You’d have to employ a full-time team of 100 devotees to keep track of all your links.

    Yes, A-list bloggers tend to link to each other and it’s a virtuous circle, but that’s just the way of the world.

  13. Hi Robert – Thanks for posting on this; I’m still (slowly but with passion!) producing that documentary and video series for Living with Geeks (…interviewed a couple last week who mock-dueled eachother with their Star Wars’ lite sabers. In between editing/posting footage – I’ve linked to some of your stuff to at least keep conversational. So thanks for posting the volume that you do!

  14. Hi Robert – Thanks for posting on this; I’m still (slowly but with passion!) producing that documentary and video series for Living with Geeks (…interviewed a couple last week who mock-dueled eachother with their Star Wars’ lite sabers. In between editing/posting footage – I’ve linked to some of your stuff to at least keep conversational. So thanks for posting the volume that you do!

  15. Oh pleez, oh pleez…link me.

    Actually, I always wonder what constitutes blog content that’s worthy of attention. Is it being concise? Pithy and witty? Living in the Bay area? Looking really great in a tight sweater?

    For shits-n-giggles, the last week of December I went back through *all* of my posts dating back to Dec of 2004 when I started. I also listened to most of my podcasts (though scrubbed through stuff even *I* now find boring). It sort of saddened me that so much stuff I’m proud of may never be read and I feel pretty good about most of it.

    Major attention isn’t the goal. Putting valuable perspective into the mix is. I guess I always wonder how a guy like you — who gets hundreds of emails — expects to find someone like me (even though we interacted a bit after that post Hot, Naked Geeks: http://www.iconnectdots.com/ctd/2006/02/hot_naked_geeks.html).

    Keep lookin’ and turnin’ over rocks. Mine is probably under a boulder…but check it out: http://www.iConnectDots.com

  16. Oh pleez, oh pleez…link me.

    Actually, I always wonder what constitutes blog content that’s worthy of attention. Is it being concise? Pithy and witty? Living in the Bay area? Looking really great in a tight sweater?

    For shits-n-giggles, the last week of December I went back through *all* of my posts dating back to Dec of 2004 when I started. I also listened to most of my podcasts (though scrubbed through stuff even *I* now find boring). It sort of saddened me that so much stuff I’m proud of may never be read and I feel pretty good about most of it.

    Major attention isn’t the goal. Putting valuable perspective into the mix is. I guess I always wonder how a guy like you — who gets hundreds of emails — expects to find someone like me (even though we interacted a bit after that post Hot, Naked Geeks: http://www.iconnectdots.com/ctd/2006/02/hot_naked_geeks.html).

    Keep lookin’ and turnin’ over rocks. Mine is probably under a boulder…but check it out: http://www.iConnectDots.com

  17. Hi Robert,

    My wife and I actually met you a couple months ago. We founded MyChurch.org, social networking for churches. When we met, you told us about your visit to Fellowship Church in Texas.

    We arranged with Irina to do a video interview shortly afterwards, but our schedules had conflicts unfortunately (you actually offered to come check out our church on Sunday at San Jose State). Even though we never got a chance to be interviewed, we never forgot your kind offer!

    In any case, feel free to check out my blog where I talk about the trials and tribulations of getting churches to blog and use Web 2.0 tools to enhance their communities. We’ve gotten 2500 churches on board, and we’ll be demoing at the Community Next conference at Stanford on Feb 10th.

    Thanks,
    joe

  18. Hi Robert,

    My wife and I actually met you a couple months ago. We founded MyChurch.org, social networking for churches. When we met, you told us about your visit to Fellowship Church in Texas.

    We arranged with Irina to do a video interview shortly afterwards, but our schedules had conflicts unfortunately (you actually offered to come check out our church on Sunday at San Jose State). Even though we never got a chance to be interviewed, we never forgot your kind offer!

    In any case, feel free to check out my blog where I talk about the trials and tribulations of getting churches to blog and use Web 2.0 tools to enhance their communities. We’ve gotten 2500 churches on board, and we’ll be demoing at the Community Next conference at Stanford on Feb 10th.

    Thanks,
    joe

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  20. Hello, Robert. By now, you have a huge reading list composed of rather short comments on this page. That’s why I wasn’t originally going to write anything here, but I’ve decided against it after watching Linkbait is for losers.

    Let me short-circuit my reasoning (I’m sure you’re pressed for time) and just state the obvious. I have two ventures you might be interested into:

    - My online magazine Rudd-O.com (controversial subjects, open source, religion, ethics and a couple of quips).
    - A WordPress-based CMS designed for pro bloggers and Web marketers, called Turbocharged. I’m posting this because I also believe in being transparent and not hyping stuff up, and that’s exactly how I plan to continue selling this CMS.

    I certainly hope those two links are useful to you. Have a great day, and keep writing, because I’ll keep you on my Flock feed list.

  21. Hello, Robert. By now, you have a huge reading list composed of rather short comments on this page. That’s why I wasn’t originally going to write anything here, but I’ve decided against it after watching Linkbait is for losers.

    Let me short-circuit my reasoning (I’m sure you’re pressed for time) and just state the obvious. I have two ventures you might be interested into:

    - My online magazine Rudd-O.com (controversial subjects, open source, religion, ethics and a couple of quips).
    - A WordPress-based CMS designed for pro bloggers and Web marketers, called Turbocharged. I’m posting this because I also believe in being transparent and not hyping stuff up, and that’s exactly how I plan to continue selling this CMS.

    I certainly hope those two links are useful to you. Have a great day, and keep writing, because I’ll keep you on my Flock feed list.

  22. So I just have to ask…how do you define a good tech blog? Good is pretty subjective and as for technology…it has so many faces. A similar idea I struggle with is what is a geek? You call yourself a geek but you can’t write code. You report on the tech sector and you’re a gadget guy. I call myself a geek but I am not an early gadget adopter. I love building software products and getting my hands dirty with tough problems. We both are geeks. But the label geek doesn’t seem to yield a clear image anymore.

    Just wondering…

  23. So I just have to ask…how do you define a good tech blog? Good is pretty subjective and as for technology…it has so many faces. A similar idea I struggle with is what is a geek? You call yourself a geek but you can’t write code. You report on the tech sector and you’re a gadget guy. I call myself a geek but I am not an early gadget adopter. I love building software products and getting my hands dirty with tough problems. We both are geeks. But the label geek doesn’t seem to yield a clear image anymore.

    Just wondering…

  24. Robert-
    You’re a good guy! Thanks for your invitation and I wish you all the best of continued success in you blog. I wonder if you’ll get this far down on the list. You don’t have any other green furniture bloggers…here’s your first one!

    Peggy Farabaugh
    http://www.VermontWoodsStudios.com
    Fine Furniture from Sustainable Sources

    Providing you with the world’s most beautiful custom and limited edition furniture while helping to preserve the world’s forests for your children.

  25. Robert-
    You’re a good guy! Thanks for your invitation and I wish you all the best of continued success in you blog. I wonder if you’ll get this far down on the list. You don’t have any other green furniture bloggers…here’s your first one!

    Peggy Farabaugh
    http://www.VermontWoodsStudios.com
    Fine Furniture from Sustainable Sources

    Providing you with the world’s most beautiful custom and limited edition furniture while helping to preserve the world’s forests for your children.

  26. The blog that my name currently links to… is probably not very link-worthy. Why? Because I don’t think I’m as much in the industry as I would like to be to provide any staggering insight into anything going on today. (I’m working on that).

    I do have another blog, one that seems to be doing better by leaps and bounds over Web.Impact. It’s called 25 cents. (URL here: http://25cents.wordpress.com) It’s a look through my eyes at my quarter life crisis, or at least what’s left of it. I don’t really write for anyone. I write for me — but looking at the numbers, it appears my voice is something people my age can identify with. It’s got humor, inspiration, and insight. And geekiness.

  27. The blog that my name currently links to… is probably not very link-worthy. Why? Because I don’t think I’m as much in the industry as I would like to be to provide any staggering insight into anything going on today. (I’m working on that).

    I do have another blog, one that seems to be doing better by leaps and bounds over Web.Impact. It’s called 25 cents. (URL here: http://25cents.wordpress.com) It’s a look through my eyes at my quarter life crisis, or at least what’s left of it. I don’t really write for anyone. I write for me — but looking at the numbers, it appears my voice is something people my age can identify with. It’s got humor, inspiration, and insight. And geekiness.

  28. This is very noble of scoble(rhymes – funny). If everyone was as helpful(i know a lot are), the medium of blogging would evolve even quicker.

  29. This is very noble of scoble(rhymes – funny). If everyone was as helpful(i know a lot are), the medium of blogging would evolve even quicker.

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