Link death

The all-new Twenty Nineteen theme highlights what I’ve noticed across the very many blogs which I both happen to see while working and also while browsing the net of an evening. The new theme is a single column affair. No sidebar. No widgets. No links.

Funny how so many people want others to link to their own site but they won’t link out…

I used archive.org to look at snapshots of this site since 2004. At one point I was showing 12/42 randomised links at a time (I’ve yet to find a database backup from then but it’ll be on a CD somewhere) so I made a list of most of the domains I used to link to. Those unlinked either go nowhere, or to a very different owner, or to some spammy site. Those linked are good links.

http://www.mindfulmusings.net
http://www.wump.info
http://www.uberwald.com
http://www.linguagymnastics.com
http://www.onefinejay.com
http://gpshewan.com
http://photomatt.net
http://www.heatheranne.org
http://carthik.net
http://nuclearmoose.com
http://www.os42.com
http://www.atthe404.com
http://www.nixit.co.nz
http://www.delymyth.net/en/
http://williambragg.com
http://www.differentsky.com
http://carelessthought.com
http://mindfulmonkeys.babygeek.org
http://www.ifelse.co.uk
http://geeksmakemehot.com
http://caitlin.kicks-ass.org/blog/
http://www.unknowngenius.com/blog/
http://www.skippy.net
http://www.gordonmclean.co.uk
http://h0bbel.p0ggel.org/
http://www.tekwh0re.net/
http://midnightalchemist.com/
http://www.miklb.com
http://www.ftwr.co.uk/blog/
http://www.white-pebble.net
http://www.fullyindependent.com
http://randomreality.blogware.com/blog
http://neenaw.co.uk
http://www.mikeschepker.com
http://simon.sp8.org
http://tossr.com
http://txfx.net
http://the-way-to-the-centre.org.uk/blog/
http://croaghan.com
http://www.brokenkode.com
http://www.village-idiot.org
http://www.wantmoore.com
http://www.xenu.net
http://blogtackular.com
http://raincoaster.com

Of all the above while clicking through only Raincoaster’s site jumped out as having a good list of links to other blogs (I’ll be reading those too).

So why aren’t people linking? Is it just the lack of a sidebar? Is it full width pages? Single Column themes? It’s not like the number of blogs is going down. Are link lists considered ugly? Are new ‘influencer bloggers’ not using them? Sidebars being used for twitter, insta and affiliate ads?

A quick skim of some older established blogs shows blogrolls, so why not new?
I am guilty of missing a blogroll too, something that I am rectifying.

And note all those http links in that list… and those lapsed and squatted domains.

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