s skippy the bush kangaroo: the jon swift/al weisel memorial blogroll amnesty day

skippy the bush kangaroo

Friday, February 04, 2011

the jon swift/al weisel memorial blogroll amnesty day


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.

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!

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.
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.

one two more favors: you may write this post any time during this four-day festivus, but when you do, please forward a link of it to us, and we'll happily include it in one of several posts we'll be doing all thu-out the celebration.

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).
also, we would be remiss if failed to thank batocchio, whose original graphic of jon/al was the foundation of this year's banner for b.a.d.

addendum: also, too: twitter hashtags for this year's celebration are #bad2011 and #jonswift2011!
posted by skippy at 7:01 PM |


Thanks for doing it, skippy! At this point, I just link small blogs, or blogs I think are overlooked, and I don't worry too much about comparative traffic, since it can be a little tough to find stats, anyway. Also, it avoids that whole "smaller" discussion...
commented by Blogger Batocchio, 12:33 AM PST  
Modest cheers to the memory of Swifty. I enjoyed his blog muchly when I lived in Australia. Why is he dead and Ann Althouse is still alive?
commented by Blogger Bukko Canukko, 1:44 AM PST  
So where are your five, skippy? :)
commented by Blogger danps, 2:34 AM PST  
commented by Blogger zencomix, 9:32 AM PST  
Of course I'll join in again. Should have a BAD post up later today.
commented by Blogger pygalgia, 9:35 AM PST  
Thanks a lot. I'm trying it, but not to make the old joke you said not to make, I was a bit concerned that one or more of my linked blogs is actually bigger than mine.
commented by Blogger mikeb302000, 5:58 AM PST  
Not fishing for links or anything, but I am writing about politics again after my "I will write about politics no more forever" post-election day hissy fit finally ran out of steam in the wake of the Giffords glock attack.
commented by Anonymous Mark Gisleson, 7:43 AM PST  
Thank you for this! It's the best place to find interesting blogs!

My post for this festivus (hee!) is http://onyxlynx.blogspot.com/2011/02/bad-bad-leroy-brown.html. I don't seem to have a working brain for anything longer than a paragraph.
commented by Blogger D., 2:34 PM PST  
Somehow I missed even hearing about this year before last, last year I was slow in reading... Missed again... And so this year I tried, really I did! And it looks like I made it right under the wire!!

LOL my word "verifiacation" is squeliz, which for some reason I find oddly appropriate!
commented by Blogger SciFiChick, 9:05 PM PST  
I love how you still have my blog on your roll! Ty, ty, ty.

You can take mine off if you need space, as I have not blogged for ages.

I vote Uni's and Tim's blogs for BAD

commented by Blogger lawnorder, 6:30 PM PST  
It's b.a.d. ! Here are my links!
commented by Blogger Redeye, 7:23 AM PST  

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