I've been the Ring Manager for the Buddhist Blogs webring since its inception in February of 2005. This was the first webring I'd ever created or managed, and I'm not sure I've handled all aspects of ring management properly.
One of the things I've struggled with is the idea of standards. As an American, I'm very much "pro free speech." I don't really want to editorialize it by selecting only the rings I think fit nicely into the group or by denying bloggers admittance because I don't necessarily agree with what they have to say. For the most part, I think I've been sticking to the original goal... personal weblogs/journals only... must write frequently on buddhism or a buddhist-take on issues/current affairs... no commercial sites. Those of you who browse the ring... let me know how I'm doing here. Would you want the ring to be more selective? If so, how?
Another thing I've struggled with is how to feature sites, when, and why. On this particular point I could also use some feedback from those willing to give it. It was easy when Tom was writing Blogmandu... it sort of made sense to feature a digest that covers/summarizes Buddhist Blogs and their content. (sidebar: Tom, I really hope you are coming back.)
I guess I'm wondering the following:
- Would ring members like to vote on Featured Sites? If so, how often? Weekly? Monthly? Quarterly?
- Should we feature sites based on *hot* current content? One way we could determine what's *hot* is by looking at posts that are heavily commented...
- Should we do away with Featured Sites altogether?
There are so many Blog aggregation resources available out there... Kinja Digests, Blogrolling, Zen Unbound's Tasty Links, etc. The webring will never include all of the great Buddhist Blogs that are out there... perhaps because people don't know about it... perhaps because they just don't want to join. Given this, is the webring still a valuable resource?
How can we keep it fresh and make it better?