I started a syndicated blogroll for Asbury people a year and a half ago. It currently stands at thirteen people. I had hoped that it would grow faster, but it has been about this number for several months.
The difficulty, I find, is that many Asbury bloggers would like to be listed on this blogroll, but balk at the idea of linking to other bloggers in return. The only rule of the blogroll is that members must have at least five other members listed in their own blogrolls. This, apparently, is too demanding a requirement.
It is a perspective that I cannot understand.
What is bothersome about this effort is that several bloggers have agreed to join, but then won't add the five member blogs to their own blogrolls. I have sent reminders, which are either ignored, or are met with promises to get around to the task. After a few weeks of sponging off this free traffic, I have deleted these members -- all because they wouldn't list other members in their own blogrolls. Rinse, lather, repeat.
This is not a problem among the Florida Campus members, nor the alumni, but exclusively Wilmore-based Asbury bloggers. I had hoped that after student Chad Brooks launched an initiative to promote blogging at the seminary that this would change, but ironically, I had to delete him as well when he would not add a mere three more blogs to his blogroll for the required number of five.
There are bloggers who do not read other blogs, do not leave comments elsewhere, do not link to other blogs, nor maintain a blogroll. They fundamentally fail to understand the communitarian nature of blogging, and consequently never succeed. It is, I suspect, this attitude which is responsible for the languishing of blogging at Asbury in general, and the Asbury Bloggers' Blogroll in particular.
UPDATE: Matt comments:
I'm an Asbury alumni (Wilmore) and a blogger. I have seen this blogroll on your site, but hadn't known how to get on it or the history behind it.
An unfortunate oversight on my part. I have now added a link in my sidebar below the Asbury Blogroll to the information post.