Saturday, January 31, 2009
b.a.d. days are here again!
yes, once again it's time to celebrate b.a.d., or blogroll amnesty day, for short!
this space, along w/our partners in this endeavor, jon swift and blue gal, are once again rejoicing in the plethora of the cornucopia of the excess of the diversity of diverse voices (and good writing, too!) available in blogtopia, and yes, we coined that phrase!
there is a long and dark history behind the
we shall not delve into that morass of exclusion here (and markos and duncan shall remain nameless). suffice to say, if you really want to know the skinny behind why we believe liberals should be liberal in linking policy, please read the origins issue over @ jon swift.
tho the original blogroll amnesty day was first bludgeoned upon bloggers on feb. 3, we are taking this entire weekend thru next tuesday to celebrate, connect, rejoice, and generally extoll everyone to link to each other.
the basic rule for blogroll amnesty day weekend is simply this: take a moment to write a post linking to (and pointing out to your readers) 5 blogs w/traffic smaller than yours. this inclusive and magnanimous yet easy-to-do gesture will not only expose your readers to new voices and those voices to new readers, it will foster a sense of community, support and all-around kumbaya amongst the progressive infrastructure.
tho we are happy to point out, one need not link exclusively to progressive/liberal blogs. we highly encourage you to find a sensible rightist blog and link thereto. (ha! that'll keep ya busy for the weekend!)
now, a word about the parameter "blogs w/traffic smaller than yours." blue gal puts it best:
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.
also, if you would be so kind, please include a link to this very blog post in your own. last year we actually got a headline @ memeorandum (here), and, truth be told, we're itching for another.
addendum: heavens, as our saintly mother used to say, we'd forget our own head if it wasn't screwed on! we'd be remiss if we failed to invite you to email us for the codes to the above graphic, available in 5 convenient sizes! (well, actually only 4 of them are convenient).
remember, this is a celebration of each other. w/our new president and the new direction in washington (e.g., away from repubbblican corruption and towards democratic corruption), there's a feeling in the air that it's a new day of cooperation and community all across this land. heck, even the gop voted in a black guy to lead the rnc! the times, they are a'changin'!
let's make that change sweep across blogtopia!
and yes, we coined that phrase!
another addendum: we find that blckdgrd celebrates b.a.d. continuously, by having a section of his blogroll titled "new toys." clever! also, mad kane writes one of her famous limericks about b.a.d.! and if you want a less viciously-personal and more dungeons-and-dragons story behind blogroll amnesty day, harken ye to the tale that shamanaqua weaves...