Saturday, January 31, 2009

Blogroll Amnesty Day

Writing blogs is work and that work falls into a couple categories of reward. There are the "A" list blogs - we all know them, Kos, HuffPo, and some others whose hourly hit rates exceed many blog's daily rates. Those could be called the "B" list, and then there are those whose monthly hits can't equal their daily, like say - this place. There may or may not be much of a difference in writing quality and depth of analysis, keep in mind that to some extent the success of those "A" list sites is due to timing and self-promotion. I have no quarrel with that.

Blogroll Amnesty Day is a creation of Jon Swift and Skippy the Bush Kangaroo along with some friends as a reaction to the purging of page links by the "A" list folks. It's probably understandable that they wanted to prune their blogrolls but the upshot was that they became self-referential "A" lists and the small fry lost their links. The reaction by Jon and some others was to begin a blogroll policy of linking anyone (short of port and scam)who linked them. I do it a bit differently, I troll through and pick some I like and I think will appeal to you and keep the thing accessible.

Getting those small fry links out has become an annual 'holiday' (February 3) and rewards those willing to do some exploring with fresh voices. Check out what's going on and expand your mind.


Gordon R. Durand said...

I've been exploring blogrolls by way of a Firefox add-on called "Linky" which gives me a function that Firefox inexplicably left out: the ability to "open selected links in tabs."

I agree, there are a lot of blogs out there which I should be reading, but I'm not. "A-list" blogs may be dependable, but they're not satisfying. "B-list" blogs make fine reading. Finding them (and keeping the list to a manageable size) is a challenge.

Chuck Butcher said...

My blogroll grows every once in awhile, I keep it down in size to encourage people to actually use it.