Links are great, but links also detract from deep processing & sustained concentration necessary to understand difficult & nuanced ideas (Carr, 2010). I rarely click on a link anymore in blogs because more often than not, the link goes to a site that, at best, is a stretch to be connected with the topic of the blog post. I also don’t do much linking in my posts (I know, a breach of bloggers code, but let’s be honest, these links to other amateur sites doesn’t actually bolster my case the way academic citing of sources does.). Rather than send your readers on a wild goose chase to figure out what you’re taking about, how about explaining what you mean. Posting a link is perhaps worse than dropping edu-jargon all over your post. If you can’t explain something, maybe you shouldn’t be writing about it. Maybe our links should appear as a bibliography at the end of posts rather than in text. This strategy still provides credit where credit is due, but encourages your reader to finish digesting your thoughts before moving onto the next thing prematurely.
Here’s an excerpt from Carr’s book highlighting the problem links pose for careful reading.