Opinions Wanted: What to do with Old, Ancient, Obsolete Blogs?

I’d like to get the advice of other bloggers.

I have 2 ancient blogs from 2004ish on Blogger.  Both were about ebooks (one about readers and books the other about ebook publishing.)  They are a bit of history from before Kindle times when ebooks were read on laptops or Palm Pilots and the big publishing houses had not yet moved into the ebook space.

However, all the info is completely obsolete and the posted links 404.

Should I export these from Blogger and put them here on ramblinggit? They are a part of my blogging history.  Or should I just delete them?  Or are there other options?

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A Blogroll Solution

After much discussion I came up with a new blogroll. Ta da!

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.

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Any Good Blogroll Plugins for WordPress?

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good blogroll plugin for WordPress?

I’ve looked at Indieweb blogroll solutions and there are some really good implementations.  I really like Colin Walker’s directory of people who have commented via webmention.  It would be great to aid blog discovery and be automated like that at the same time.

However, I just don’t have the skills to be messing with things like editing php.  So, it needs to be a WP plugin.

I thought of adapting a WP links directory plugin but I’m hoping to find a dedicated blogroll plugin before I try that.

Anybody got a recommendation?


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Micro.blog and Improving the Duckduckgo Powered Site Search

I love Micro.blog and I love the Duckduckgo (DDG) search engine.  If you have a Micro.blog hosted blog, some of the themes (last I looked) had a site search box powered by DDG.  I had one for a few months.

Site search is important on a blog.  What I found was DDG was taking quite a long time to index any pages on my Micro.blog blog.  This kinda made the site search unusable.  So the answer is to get DDG to index more.

Somewhere along the line I ran across this:

How to get indexed on DuckDuckGo if you’re running a smaller website

Even though that article is a few years old, it seems to dovetail with something I saw when testing DDG site search on more established blogs, when I kept noticing some mention about Yandex.com on the Duckduckgo search results pages.

What you are going to do is:

  1. Go to Yandex.com and register for Webmaster Tools.  (This is similar to Google or Bing’s Webmaster tools.
  2. Submit your site to Yandex using the webmaster tools.

Anyway, if you have DDG site search on your blog and wish to get crawled deeper you might give the advice in that article a try.  I have not tried it personally, because I’m on WordPress now.  As in all things YMMV, just thought I’d pass it along.

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There is definitely something to eliminating “friction” in micro blogging.  WordPress seems to specialize in friction.

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What is everybody doing about GDPR and Blogs?

I’ll be the first to admit I know almost nothing about the EU’s GDPR.  But after adding some remotely hosted tracking analytics it seemed like I should look into it even though I’m not selling anything, not advertising, have no presence in the EU.

I did look into it and the law as written is impossible to comply with. Nobody is really sure they are in or out of compliance, at best they only have some lawyer’s opinion about compliance and lawyer’s are not webmasters or server admins.

I think the EU bureaucrats meant well but the GDPR is so daft I think everybody is going to spend way to much money and time on something that cannot work.

My plan: Step 1 Make it look like i’m complying.  Step 2 try to comply as best I can.  Step 3 if some dink really wants detailed information about opting out, send them to the World’s Longest Privacy Policy Page (TM) and make their eyes glaze over in agonizing boredom. Step 4 If all else fails, flares, chaff, zig-zag.

So what is everybody doing to comply with GDPR on your blog or are you going to ignore it?

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