In “Why a Link Post Should Be Like Mingling at a Party,” my friend Jan of Circular Communication described it this way.
Imagine you are at a party. You mingle and meet someone you know. You do not know her well, but well enough to appreciate her. You also have an idea what interests her, but not in detail.
Across the room you spot someone else. You go talk to them. They seem like interesting people. You may even know some of them from previous parties. Since they are open and welcoming you quickly get to know them.
Since you like them, you want your acquaintance to meet them. Taking them by the hand you cross the room and introduce them. Simply saying their names, where they are from and suggesting they should talk to each other you leave them to themselves.
What do you think happens next? I think she is likely to chat with a couple of them, but having nothing to go on and no common denominator. Is it unlikely that she by herself are able to pick the one(s) she would appreciate talking to the most. As a consequence the meeting may not only be short lived, but also somewhat unsatisfying. Imagine that you instead had taken the time to introduce each of them properly…
…She represents your readers and the other people are the articles you link to in your link post. How to connect the two is the key to the strength and length of the connection…I am not against speed linking as such. I just think you can do so much more if you take the time trying to do it better and ask your readers to do the same.