Update: The word “Blogroll” was replaced with the word “links” in wordpress.com 2.5 upgrade.
Understanding the relationship between blogrolls, links widgets and categories widgets is a must for mastering wordpress blogging.
All wordpress.com blogs have only one Blogroll located in the Admin area where you enter all links and assign each link to one or more Categories.
The links you enter into your Blogroll are displayed only after the Links widget is placed in your sidebar. Also note that there must be at least one link assigned to a Category before it will appear in your sidebar.
Likewise, the Category widget must be placed in the sidebar for posts to display. And just like links when it comes to posts there must be at least one published post in a Category before the Category will be displayed in your sidebar.
Once your Links widget and Categories widget are positioned in your sidebar, the manner in which the links you entered into your Blogroll will be displayed is alphabetically in accord with the Categories you created and assigned to those links when you entered them into your Blogroll.
Therefore as you will have multiple Categories it may look like you have multiple Blogrolls when you view your links in your sidebar. But in truth, you only have only one Blogroll, which is displays links as separate alphabetically ordered groups, in accord with the Categories that you assigned to those links when you entered them into your Blogroll.
To learn how to set up and configure your blog’s widgets please see: WordPress Widgets (the post immediately preceding this post).
* Note that the foregoing does not apply to the Blix theme which is coded to display all links in one alphabetically organized row and has some other quirks too.