Update 10/27/12 I need to contact the maker of this plug in. My host alerted me to the fact that my site was pulling tons of resources and I needed to move to a new server. During the transfer they found that this plug in has a memory leak and crashes constantly. So, though it is my fave plug in for what it does, I can’t use it anymore.
It has been awhile since I have posted any blogging tips, so I thought I would dust off this category and share one of my fave plugins.
The last time I checked, this plugin only has a little over 1500 installations, which surprises me. I guess gone are the blogroll days?
I have had this installed on my blog for a very long time. (When I say long time, I mean a couple of years and it has never failed me.) I liked having links to my favorite blogs in my sidebar, not only to share them with you guys, but because I use that list to read my favorite blogs. The problem was the list got too long, it was making my sidebar go on for what seemed like forever (as if it doesn’t now). Using their 125×125 banners was making my blog way too image heavy and something had to change.
I found it when searching for a blogroll solution in the add new plugins section on WordPress. I have loved it since I installed it.
How does it work?
I installed directly from my dashboard but you can go to the WordPress page and upload it to your plug in directory.
Head over to your widgets in your dashboard, drag it where you want it to go, set your options, and start adding the links (to the blogs’ rss feeds). There’s an option to show favicons, but I don’t like seeing Blogger’s favicons and a few dead image links going down my sidebar. I leave that option unchecked.
You can see it in action over there to your right under favorite bloggers.
I was worried that it would just take me to the rss feed page. It doesn’t, it takes you directly to the blog post
Know another bonus? No more dead links in your blogroll. You can set it to list the links via last updated so you always have the most current blogs posted at the top.
Now, not only can you find something to read when you are done reading here, you can read your favorite blogs’ most current posts straight from your sidebar.
But Heather, you could just use an RSS feed reader you say? Yes, yes I could, but I don’t. Never have. Not going to start anytime soon. I use this and Flipboard when I am in the mood to read blog posts.
It’s just how I roll.
Head over to grab SBS Blogroll.