Saturday, April 30, 2011

Button, button, who wants a button?

One of the original ideas behind NEPA Blogs was that it might be a nifty way to increase traffic to my personal blog.  Yes: pure, unenlightened self-interest. Create a central site that had a one-to-many relationship, with links pointing out to dozens, maybe hundreds of other sites, and then have all those other sites link back to the central site.  This would mean that every one of those sites would be just two clicks away from every other one of those sites.  Everybody would benefit!  I would start off by linking to all these blogs, and then ask everybody to link back to the central site so that every blog would now have increased linkiness by virtue of being linked by a highly-linked site.

Yeah.  I kinda forgot about that whole plan beyond the "linking to all these blogs" part.

BUT BUT BUT!!!  It's not too late!  All I have to do is contact the 150 or so blogs where I'm pretty sure the blogger has no idea they've been linked by NEPA Blogs, and ask if they would consider a link back to the site.  I'll get started on that...eventually.

In the meantime, if you're reading this and you're linked by NEPA Blogs, won't you consider installing a link to ?  This would be even easier if we had a button of some sort.  With my ham-fisted design skillz and my antiquated Adobe PhotoDeluxe program I threw together this:

But I'm sure there's someone out there who can do better!  Heck, I'm sure there are LOTS of someones out there who can do better, especially considering that I have no idea what the optimal design of one of these buttons is.  So, if you feel creative, why not take a crack at designing a button?  Send your submission to nepablogs (at) We'll list them all on the sidebar so people will have a variety to choose from!


Unknown said...

Hey- I like the new design and button. How about updating the blogroll? Add the newer ones and delete any that haven't been updated in a year or more? Just a suggestion.

D.B. Echo said...

I just did a major housecleaning a few weeks ago.

I'll remove a blog if it's gone, but not if it's just not updating. Because, frankly, some blogs may stop updating because the blogger has died. Does that mean their content is now without value? We add all blogs to the sidebar as we find them, but the sidebar live updates use RSS feeds to keep track of the latest posts from each blog, so the most recently updated blogs rise to the top. This means that the most recently added blog will no necessarily appear at the top of the list, depending on when it was last updated. Unfortunately, blogs without RSS or Atom feeds will sink to the bottom automatically.

D.B. Echo said...

Whoops, the address we had for Springhouse Studios was Looks like you've moved since then! I'll remove the old one and replace it with

D.B. Echo said...

Whoops...let's make that !