On Linked List Items

I’ve been toying with the idea of adding true Daring Fireball-style “linked list items” to the site for awhile now.

Currently, my setup mirrors what Stephen Hackett used at 512 Pixels:

To make sure it is easy as possible to pass traffic to the people I’m linking to, my “linked list items” usually follow this pattern:

  • Link to source

  • Block quote

  • My commentary

There’s nothing in here that’s any different than how other people do it, except that the headline for the piece links to itself.

One reason for my changing the look of the site’s front page was to make it more suitable for adding “real” linked list posts. And, as I mentioned in the aforelinked piece, discriminating a link list post from an article is now much easier. But as much as I’d like to hang with the cool kids at the linked list party, I don’t feel it’s wholly necessary. Stephen’s since added linked list items to his site, but I don’t feel the need to do so here. Especially with the new layout, there’s no more double-dipping for page views and it’s easy to click through to my source. Frankly, what it boils down to is semantics -- in essence, I'm doing exactly what Stephen and Gruber and others do. The only difference is readers don't leave the site when clicking a post's title.

I don’t why I felt compelled to write this, but here it is. The bottom line is I’m happy with the way my site runs, and I’m not going to change it just to keep up with the cool kids.