I’m gradually weeding the blogroll by removing almost all blogs that refuse to ping Weblogs when they’re updated. Since I sort by “most recent,” I virtually never read those blogs that don’t take this rather simple step.

James Joyner
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  1. Paul says:

    Am I the only one that gets a lot of errors from the weblogs ping? The pings to blogrolling and others never seem to be a problem, but I constantly get errors when pinging weblogs.

  2. James Joyner says:

    It happens sometimes. I don’t know if it’s a capacity issue or what. But there were some sites on my roll that literally never updated and I just forgot to read. Even major sites like Lileks, den Beste, Oxblog, and some others, don’t do it for whatever reason. Unless I force myself to go to the bottom of the list, I usually find out about a good piece on those sites via a link on an updated site.

  3. Kris says:


    Please change your blogroll to reflect my new address… I am pinging, but most people don’t have the correct address for my site.

  4. cj says:

    Have mercy on us ping-challenged!

    I hereby demand affirmative action for the ping-less!

  5. Mike Spenis says:

    Personally, I plan to solve this problem a different way:

    1) Upgrade to the paid version of Blogrolling (as soon as the wife is looking the other way).

    2) Set up a second blogroll for the people who don’t ping.

    Technology should serve people, not the other way around. I want my technology to make it easy for me to read everybody that I find interesting.