Back when I first started blogging, it was common practice for all Progressive blogs to link to each other. If there was a story to be told then the blogs that shared the story also shared where there got the story. But most importantly the Big Guys1 would welcome new blogs into blogtopia (Yes, skippy coined that phrase!) by putting them on their blogrolls. This was back in the good ol’ days when it was common practice to find new writers and new blogs by surfing the blogrolls.
Then one day, the Big Guys decided they were going to purge their blogrolls and the little bloggers be damned. Most smaller, but very well-written, blogs were thrown away by the A-listers. And then B.A.D. was born. At one point there was even an entire blog dedicated to it. Back then, before the great purge, we were a lively and close(r) knit bunch. Jon Swift, aka Al Weisel, loved to link to blogs of all sorts. His blogroll scrolled for pages and pages. And we continue the tradition in his memory.
Here is the tradition of Blogroll Amnesty Day (I’ve helped myself to Skippy’s explanation):
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).
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, four years ago b.a.d. was born.
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.
to begin this year’s festivities, we’ll let our other 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
And now my own contribution.
The following are folks I also follow on Twitter and I don’t know if they have smaller traffic than me. If you’re over there do follow them too.
**Links from here on down open in a new window**
If you’d like to be added just let me know in the comments or over at teh twittah.
You can find Skippy on Twitter here.
- Who I and others refer to as A-listers. [↩]