Her slides are available here, with her talking points in the comments of each.
One of the points that she raised was about blogrolls – they need to be relevant and up-to-date. A while back I got sick of constantly updating mine manually, so I found a better way to do it.
*If you use Google Reader then you can use it to track your blogroll automatically*
I mentioned it at the session and Will chased me today for details, so I thought I’d lay it out in a post, step by step.
Firstly, you need to decide what blogs you want to display in your blogroll and then in Google Reader you need to place all of these in the same folder or tag them with the same tag. Next step is to go into the “Settings” for Google Reader and access the “Tags” tab.
On the “Tags” tab you will see an option to make each tag public/private. Make the one you want to share *public*.
A new option will appear to the right of that tag, allowing you to “add a blogroll to your site” – click this.
You will get a pop-up where you can choose the colour of your blogroll and then you can copy and paste the HTML code anywhere you fancy. If you are using WordPress and a widget ready theme, then simply add a new text widget and paste the HTML code into that!
The great thing about using this to manage your blogroll is that it will update automatically as you add/remove blogs from that folder in Google Reader, which is much quicker and easier than modifying your blogroll manually.