s skippy the bush kangaroo: blogroll amnesty day is here again!

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Sunday, February 05, 2012

blogroll amnesty day is here again!


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.

one two more favors: you may write this post any time during b.a.d., 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 thru-out the celebration.

also, if you would be so kind, please include a link to this very blog post in your own. one 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!

also, we would be remiss if we failed to thank batocchio, whose original graphic of jon/al was the foundation of this year's banner for b.a.d. [ed. note: and for his tireless work in this year's pre-production.]

double addendum: yes, we are late w/b.a.d. this year. sorry, we were busy helping susan g. komen w/their back-peddling, a full-time job. however, we will therefore let b.a.d. run a few extra days, so don't hesitate to put up a post and email it to us!
posted by skippy at 2:51 PM |


I'm in. I was long overdue to update my blogroll, anyway. http://pygalgia.blogspot.com/2012/02/blogroll-amnesty-day.html
commented by Blogger pygalgia, 8:42 AM PST  
My contribution...I add to my blogroll on a regular basis, but posted some links today.

commented by Blogger Jill, 12:39 PM PST  
commented by Blogger mikeb302000, 1:29 PM PST  
Thanks, as always, for hosting this. C/Ped the image. Didn't think you'd mind.
commented by Blogger BDR, 2:39 PM PST  
I share BDR's sentiments. Thanks for continuing to do this.
commented by Blogger Don Durito, 5:41 PM PST  
It actually slipped my mind this year and so I'm just a tad late. But better late than never!! Thanks for hosting. I always have so much fun reading new blogs!

commented by Blogger SciFiChick, 10:02 AM PST  
I started this a few days ago and got um distracted. Just a little.

commented by Blogger D., 11:27 AM PST  

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