Not perfect but a bit easier to maintain. I used the Links Shortcode plugin to resurrect the “Links” function in Wordpress and let me put the links on a Page rather than a Widget. I still have not fully figured out the formatting for the links lists but I got the core: clickable links, a description automatically arranged in alphabetical order. Good enough.
I borrowed a lot of suggestions from Chris Aldrich. Even though I didn’t use it, I like his use of the term “Following” page. I think it fits better. I stuck with “blogroll” because that’s what I’m used to. I used a different plugin to resurrect the Links function but it gets the job done. I copied his menu taxonomy and made my Blogroll Page a sub-page under “About”, not to hide it but to to personalize it and show ownership of it - that it is my list and should be equated with me.
Now I’m free to add blogs to the roll, so It will grow.