If you're unfamiliar with the concept, a webring was a simple circular linked list. You had a link on your knitting-themed site to the "next knitting-themed site", that site had a link to the next one, etc.
To join the ring, you just emailed someone and said "hey, I, too, have a knitting-themed site, can you add me to your webring?", they looked at your site, and changed their link to your site, you added the link they previously had, and the ring continued.
I want to build something simple that'll serve a small widget with previous/next/random site buttons, it'll work like the webrings of old regarding the curation aspect, so to get added you'll need to be referred to by someone.
Would you use something like that? You'd basically just drop a bit of HTML on your page and it wouldn't load heavy JS/analytics/crap, just whatever was necessary to paint a few links.
Hotline Webring: https://hotlinewebring.club
XXIIVV Webring: https://webring.xxiivv.com
Weird Wide Webring: https://weirdwidewebring.net
I'm personally more into personal directories and blogrolls than these random clicks - but they still seem to be a good way to put together a small community. (And this post isn't meant to discourage you - but rather to encourage you to form your own.)
* Edwin Wenink's 'etc' page: https://www.edwinwenink.xyz/etc/etc/
* Gabby Lord's: https://omglord.com
* Fingers.today: https://fingers.today
* Neonauticon: https://neonaut.neocities.org/directory/
* Gwern: https://www.gwern.net (the whole thing is a massive personal directory)
I think I'd say there's space for directories (again???) and there's space for webrings (again!). Though it kinda feels weird to me how Google removed the need for directories and webrings at a time (and I distinctly remember the relief), and now Google results got so crappy (destroyed by SEO?) that the need starts to come back :/ such that even I myself feel it.
Curlie (https://curlie.org/) is the closet I've found to a proper curated directory, and it's really quite good.
That is exactly my thought process. You can't get quality content on Google any more, it's all lowest-common-denominator paid content from huge content farms.
You add the webring to your site, allowing your visitors to discover more sites you specifically like, then you can opt-in to have your RSS feed fed back to the main site.