Reader Community Question: OPML or Link List?


So I’m still collecting the RSS feeds of Loyal Scooblog readers. I’m still enjoying the fresh content I’m being exposed to as a result of this.  I’ve also been able to participate in discussions I would have never heard about before.  I do have a question for the members of the reader community. 


Should I continue to enlarge the list of users on the right hand side of the page or simply keep a link to an up to date OPML file instead of a lengthy list that is only going to get longer as time passes?


Let me know what you think.

Comments (8)

  1. Well, keep the links of the blogs you really like on the right side and all others in OPML

  2. MSDNArchive says:

    My issue is that then I’m picking favorites. Something that I:

    A. Don’t like doing.

    B. Couldn’t actually do very easily. I actually read them all evenly.

  3. I’d rather see OPML, with categories if possible. Let people self-nominate to alternate categories if they don’t like the one you pick, keeping the community spirit. If you want to keep folks in the side-bar, maybe you could do a random monthly rotation of 20 or so links, and if people want the whole list they can open the full OPML.

  4. geoff.appleby says:

    To be completely brutal (and I’m not just saying this because I made it on the list and don’t have to care) but you started the program over a week ago. Are people who ‘sign up’ now _really_ loyal readers? Given that most people would have signed up the moment they read your post, anyone else who comes on board now really aren’t that loyal and read you infrequently.

    On the other side of the coin, this excludes new readers and people who have just been too darned busy lately to have time to catch up on their reading.

    Damned if you do, damned it you don’t.

    I guess for the sake of size, stop growing the list on your actual pages, but keep the opml updated with new entries? *shrugs*

  5. MSDNArchive says:

    I like the idea about catagorizing the list. I need to see if there is some easy script or a service I can use to post this OPML file.

  6. I must be brutally honest and say that it is nice to seem a link to my blog on yours but I think that a categorised list would probably make more sense

  7. MSDNArchive says:

    I read. Therefore, I am.

    Josh–Do you think that our blogging software for MSDN/TechNet should provide an automated "People who read my blog" blogroll update feature that would enable any blgger to do what you’ve done here? Or is the personal interaction that your manual system requires too valuable to sacrifice?

    Great idea!

  8. MSDNArchive says:

    I like the personal interaction and I think the feature is too specific. The real feature request… the thing that’s annoying about what I’m doing… is that the "lists" of links should accept a valid OPML file to import a large set of links. Also, all of the lists should be expand/collapsible.