If you're not familiar with this annual bacchanal of bloggy goodness, Skippy explains it for you
once again, it's time for our yearly celebration of blogroll amnesty day!
readers of this space know that b.a.d. is the holiday wherein we ask everyone in blogtopia (and yes, we coined that phrase) to link to 5 smaller blogs w/less traffic than theirs (no bad jokes about no blogs having less traffic than yours, please).
this way we all can introduce our readers to new voices in blogtopia (and yes, we coined that phrase)' as well as giving greater exposure to blogs which may otherwise go unnoticed.
now, please realize that b.a.d., or "blogroll amnesty day" for short, does not, much like purim, fall on the same date every year. it is more or less dependent on various factors in the yearly cycle, including the number of blue moons in that previous calendar year, the day of the week that chinese new year falls on, how interested we are in lent next month, and when and/or if we remember. usually, tho, the celebration starts on superbowl weekend.
of course, the impetus for this whole ordeal originated w/our dearly departed friend, the legendary jon swift, aka al weisel, who was quite upset by the original blogroll bloodbath and self-amnesty declaration by those big box blogs who shall not be named.
al, in his guise as conservative blogger jon swift, wondered why so-called liberal blogs would have the least liberal blogrolling policies. we here at skippy international joined al/jon in his mock self-righteousness, and thus, five years ago b.a.d. was born!
to begin this year's festivities, we'll let our long-time partner in this endeavor, blue gal, introduce some ground rules:
small and newbie bloggers please be aware of the ironclad rule that you are not allowed to make "hey no blog is as small as mine" jokes regarding blogroll amnesty day. the rule is, straight from the queen of the indy blogs herself (ahem), that you are not allowed to complain or mention your blog's low traffic until you have been posting daily for a year. if you're little, link other blogs that are new or still growing their audience, and encourage them to practice their craft daily. then, show them how.
truthfully. not only is the "there are no blogs smaller than mine" joke unoriginal, it's not funny, and is seriously whiny. unless you have a blog with literally zero traffic, which means that even you don't bother to read it, then you can bet there are blogs with traffic smller than yours. be a mensch. find them. link to them. help each other out.
Now regular readers of this blog know that here at B@B, EVERY day is Blogroll Amnesty Day, as we have two regular, if intermittent features, designed to spotlight our fellow bloggren.
Big Blue Smurf Blogging is a reference to a certain Blog The Background Of Which Is Blue And To Which We Do Not Link. This particular blog, the proprietor of which one day declared himself to have amnesty for purging blogs from his blogroll that he deemed "unworthy", is wont to do things like put up entire posts consisting of nothing but "What Digby Said", and so we honor those who write things we wish we'd said by linking to said posts and excerpting a quote that inspired us to link.
Around the Blogroll and Elsewhere is, I admit, a way of posting on days when I don't have anything interesting to say. But it does give me a chance to do a short perusal of our blogroll and link to things that I think our readers should see.
And then there's the times we peruse the blogroll of others, or look back at the Blogger profiles of people who link to us to see what they're talking about. That's where most of our more recent blogrollees have come from, other than those I pick up over at Paul Krugman's comment section, which gave us Sardonicky
and The Wifely Person
and Reality Chex
, none of which are smaller than we are (except perhaps on days when we are honored with a link from Big Boi Blog Crooks and Liars
You of course shouldn't miss the blogs of our fellow Breakfasters, like jurassicpork
(who doesn't cross post everything over here, so you should take a run over to Welcome Back to Pottersville
, even if only to reward JP for his constant vigilance for when I'm too overwhelmed to write, and throw a few shekels his way). And then there's Tata
, whom I want to be when I grow up because she is fabulous and witty and a great cook of healthy but delicious foods and manages to be ridiculously cool even though she's a grandmother of two, and despite the name of her blog
, has very good impulse control. Bob
doesn't post much here, but The Rix Mix
is a lyrical compendium of vignettes of life in New Jersey.
Then there are the people we still miss, but since there's no death in cyberspace, we can still read Steve Gilliard
and Maya's Granny
(whose daughter is still blogging
) and the immortal Jon Swift
And there are the people we've known forever, like Elayne
, who we've known longer than most of my co-workers have even been alive, and the peripatetic Lynn
, whom I've known since birth because she's my sister; and who makes sense of both Triangle area real estate
and the universe itself
. And I'm waiting eagerly for Trader Joe's in Naples, Florida to open on Friday so Skywind
can pick up where I've left off and start blogging at Disciples of Joe
I know some of you have visited here for the first time this weekend after a detour from C&L. But I hope that you'll join me in celebrating the life of Al Weisel, a.k.a. Jon Swift, who would blogroll anyone who asked him, and support independent media by visiting some of our links.
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