The last post showed how you can add links to your sidebar using HTML however the Blogroll and Links widget feature is an easier alternative.
What is A Blogroll?
Bloggers often feature a list of their favourite blogs in the sidebar of their blog; this list is commonly called a blogroll. One of the reasons for adding a blogroll is so your readers can use this list to locate other blogs worth reading — you are saying “these are some blogs I like – which are worth checking out!” The unfortunate downside is readers may get upset if they aren’t on your list — one of the reasons why I call it “Some of the Blogs I read” on my Mobile Technology in TAFE blog.
It is important to realise that the blogroll area of your dashboard is an area for storing any links i.e. not just links to blogs. These links can be organised into categories e.g. blogroll, Favorite Posts, Articles I’ve Written.
Setting up your Blogroll
- Your Edublog blog automatically comes with a blogroll in it’s sidebar. All you need to do is Add or Delete links to change what blogs are displayed.
- On your blog dashboard, go to Write > Links
- Insert the Name of the blog, its URL and tick Blogroll then press Save.
- To remove a link to a blog from your blogroll go to Manage > Links. Tick the blog link you want to remove then click on Delete.
Using Link Categories
Remember that you can also organise links into areas besides your blogroll using link categories.
Here is an example of how Larry Ferlazzo has used link categories on his blog.
Larry’s blog makeover used a combination of links created using HTML and blogroll because link list using the blogroll feature was too long i.e. created clutter on his sidebar.
Another way of setting up your Blogroll is to use Google Reader to create it.
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