Saturday, January 31, 2009

Blogroll Amnesty Day, Redux

Anyone who is aware of all Internet traditions knows that February 3 is the day when we celebrate the blogosphere's greatest (and, so far, only) holiday, Blogroll Amnesty Day, a day when we salute all of the great smaller blogs that don't get the recognition they deserve. Blogroll Amnesty Day, or B.A.D. as it is known to the twitterati, was not always such a happy day. In fact, the first Blogroll Amnesty Day, way back in ought seven, was one of the darkest days in the blogosphere.

As I wrote last year about that once terrible day: "Ironically, Blogroll Amnesty Day had a net positive effect for the blogosphere as a whole. I discovered a number of great blogs and made new friends and I am sure that is true for others as well. And so instead of remembering February 3 as a day that will live in infamy, let's turn this day into a celebration of the power of smaller blogs. Let's recognize that building an inclusive community of diverse voices is what the blogosphere should be about, not creating a new elite to replace the old mainstream media elite."

So skippy the bush kangaroo and this modest blogger, with help from Blue Gal and many of our friends in blogtopia (a word I believe skippy coined back when blogs were still being etched on clay tablets) decided to turn this day on its head and transform what had been an attempt by some A-list bloggers to shut out the smaller blogs into a celebration of all the great talent that is just waiting to be discovered out there. Now it has become an annual tradition.

Celebrating Blogroll Amnesty Day is easy. You don't have to put up a tree or a poll or buy candy or flowers, wrap presents or risk your life playing with dangerous fireworks. All you have to do is link to some smaller blogs that you like or celebrate the idea of linking or blogrolling in any way you see fit. Skippy has produced the snappy graphic above, which is also available in a number of sizes. Blue Gal has produced a video you can steal. Mad Kane has written a poem. Shamanaqua weaves a tale. ZenComix has drawn a cartoon. I was hoping to get Debbie Allen to interpret my blogroll in dance but for some reason she hasn't gotten back to me yet. But even without Ms. Allen's choreography my Liberal Blogrolling Policy, which is shared by skippy and many of the other blogs that will be participating in the festivities, is pretty easy to understand: Blogroll me and I'll blogroll you (as long as your blog isn't porn or spam or egregiously offensive).

Let us know what you are doing to celebrate by emailing me or skippy. Although February 3 is officially Blogroll Amnesty Day, we'll be celebrating all weekend through Tuesday. I'll be adding links to this post for the next few days. Meanwhile to get you started, here are some blogs I discovered during the Weblog Awards and here is a list of Ten Great Blogs You've Probably Never Heard Of I was asked to put together recently for

Here are five blogs I recently added to my blogroll:

Inverse Square, who recently won an Asspoty Award.
NuVision for a New Day, one of the blogs I discovered during the Weblog Awards.
Sma' Talk Wi' T, a conservative blog whose name has to be said out loud to pronounce.
Utah Savage, who has just written a novel.
Apple of Doubt, a blog by a self-described "atheist geek."

And here are some links to blogs that are already celebrating:

Reconstitution 2.0
Mahatma X Files
Peace Arena
Just an Earth-Bound Misfit
Simply Left Behind
Outta the Cornfield
Mock Paper Scissors
Vagabond Scholar
Blue Herald
Drinking Liberally in New Milford
Virtuous Skeptic
Cheyanne's Campsite
A Blog Around the Clock
Tangled Up in Blue Guy
The Hackenblog
WTF Is It Now?
Ornery Bastard
Moue Magazine
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Talking Dog
Welcome Back to Pottersville
Rip Coco
Comrade PhysioProf
Mike the Mad Biologist
Chuck for...
The BoBo Files
William K. Wolfrum
From Pine View Farm
That's Why
Clark's Picks
The Aristocrats
Life's Journey
Just My Little Piece of the World
Kiko's House
That's Right Nate
Slobber and Spittle
Upper Left
Saying Nothing Charmingly
Carolina Naturally
NYC Educator
Barking Rabbits
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I'll Never Forget the Day I Read a Book!
Third Estate Sunday Review
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear
Thorne's World
Madam Miaow Says...
Right Wing Wiz Kid
The Great Endarkenment
Brilliant at Breakfast
At Home with Books
Graphic Truth
Zen Yenta
Stop the Press!
Brass and Ivory
Capitol Annex
Liberal Values
Miriam's Ideas
Watergate Summer
Steve Audio
Rubber Hose
Greg Laden
Pushing Rope
Badtux the Snarky Penguin
Pajama Pundit
Media Bloodhound
Some of Nothing
Liberty Street
Tin, Steel and Rust
Crooks & Liars
Onyx Lynx
Diary of a Heretic
Southern Fried Science
Lost in the Ozone
Phil Nugent Experience
Liberal Journal
Meta Watershed
When Will I Use This?
Divided We Stand, United We Fall
Scribble City Journal
Zaius Nation
Oooh, Hecky Nawl; That Guhl is Raw
Bifurcate in the Road
Left in Alabama
Buzz Twang
The Moderate Voice
Thinking Outside
Independent Bloggers Alliance
Muddy Mo
Vast Variety
JM Bell
The Modern Left
Alyson Love
Almost Diamonds
Knight and Stars
Asian Conservatives
MS Maze
My Saturday Evening Post
The Flying Trilobite
Evil Mommy
The Impolitic
True Blue Texan
Drifting Through the Grift
The Quaker Agitator
Blogroll Amnesty Day Blog
Democratic Daily
Howard Empowered People
Ken Levine
Redlady's Reading Room
Social Seppuku
Evolving Complexity
That's Why
Naked Opinions
Miss Cellania
The Reaction
Today's Sermonette
League of Ordinary Gentleman
Dinosaur Trader
Chawed Rosin
By Neddie Jingo
Johnny Pez
Republic of T
Sma' Talk Wi' T
Rob Singleton
American Street
The Garlic
Political Byline
Heresy Today
Evolving Complexity
Gone Like the Wind
Suzi Riot
Two Ton Green Blog
Over the Cliff, Onto the Rocks
Pushing Rope
Abandoned Stuff by Saskboy
Inverse Square
Truth, Justice & Peace
News Hounds
Bug Girl's Blog
Indigo Journal
Byzantium's Shores
Balloon Juice

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Clay Bowler said...

That's a great idea. I am still relatively new, but see this as a great idea to get beyond seeing the same blogs everyday.

yellojkt said...

I will definitely celebrate. Look for my post on February 3.

jurassicpork said...

Uh, dude, Pottersville is "egregiously offensive." Namely to your fellow conservatives. Still, I'll do what I can.

Comrade PhysioProf said...

Dude, you da' man!!!!!

Dan Leo said...

You are a true and generous gentleman, Jon.

(At this rate I will never have to read one of those annoying book-things again!)

Blue Gal said...

Again, I'm glad nobuddy put my face or the liberty chick with her boobs out. Thanks for everything, Jon honey.

field negro said...

Jon, I am down. Thanks for reminding me, and keeping the BRAD movement alive.


darkblack said...

Wel, it's after 5 somewhere, so no doubt someone in that place is taking egregious offense.


Thank you, Mssr. Swift.

Madam Miaow said...

Great! More hands-across-the-ocean stuff. OK, started doing mine.

Looking forward to some interesting cross-pollination (or whatever the polite term is for what we're doing).

Heresy Today said...

Come Feb. 3rd, I'm on it!

Comrade E.B. Misfit said...

Thanks for the mention. I added you to my blogroll.

The News Writer said...

Stop the Press! gladly joins in celebrating Blog Amnesty Day.
And if you're so inclined, a link on your blogroll would be welcome.


Hi Jon, here's my celebration - Blogroll Amnesty Day and a Little Linky Love

skippy said...

great job, jon, it's an honor to be your partner in this endeavor!

ThePoliticalCat said...

I did my bit! I'll do more, though. Thanks for starting this, and thanks also to Skippy and BlueGal. Y'all ARE blogtopia!

David Aquarius said...

Oy, I can has linkety.

Thank you, Sir Swift for the nod. Here are my links for the party, save a lampshade for me!

Will do some more in the next few days.

Pamela D. Hart said...

You may not remember, Jon, but you were my first link when I started out! That was over a year ago. It's still an uphill road, but hey, I'm not whinning. I've met a lot of great people. Thanks for that 1st link. And count me in. It's great to have someone like you who's willing to "reach across the aisle".

J. said...

Thanks for the link to my blog, J-TWO-O, Jon! Am looking forward to checking out some new blogs.

Though maybe next year change the title of the "holiday" to Small Blog Celebration Day or National Blog Whore Day. ; )

Michael Hussey said...

I'm offended to be link to such a conservative blog. This Swift character makes my favorite historian look like a commie.

slag said...

BAD mission accomplished!:

Sadly, I couldn't find a reasonable conservative to link to, but I did link to a reasonable librarian and a reasonable social psychologist.

yellojkt said...

I'm in. Here's my B.A.D. post.

Lucy Coats said...

Done and dusted. See the BAD (or as I prefer to call it, BRA day) post at

spyderkl said...

Done and done! My post is up here. Thanks so much to you, Skippy and BlueGal for doing this! Happy Blogroll Amnesty Day!

chawedrosin said...

I'm on board for B.A.D. Here' the link:

Lola Gets said...

This is something I will try to celebrate today, but I believe I am considered a "smaller blog" so I dont know how effective Ill be!


thornesworld said...

Posted and blogrolled! Great stuff!

Utah Savage said...

You have just made me cry. Thank you so much. Granted I am a bit overwhelmed by the hoops I had to jump through to enter my book in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award--the writing of a "pitch" was one of the worst experiences of my writing life, but this makes it all worth it.

Oh here come the water works again. Thank you. Now I have to wipe off my keyboard and start blog rolling the others on that list.

Josh said...

link to me motherfuckers

just kiddin

GOPnot4me said...

Dear Jon,

Thanks for your efforts. Here are my five:


JudiPhilly said...

I'm a bit late, but want to participate.


Give Me Liberty or Give Me Amnesty

Saskboy said...

Linking to smaller blogs is always fun, because they are much more likely to notice you and link/talk back.

Utah Savage said...

I'm madly in love with you. And I will do whatever you tell me to. Because I'm a BAD woman. But first I have to clean my house so I can stand to live with me.

MrPlow said...

Thank you for the link, sir! You are gentleman.

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DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

I looked and looked but didn't find mine..

totomel said...

forgive me of the late greetings i really didnt know until i came across your blog. belated BAD day to you jon.
i really appreciate your endeavor of shedding lights on the unknown blogs that deserve to be recognized. i guess blogroll or blogosphere has really extended the network of blogging not to just spread information but also to meet friends across the world. and with this, may i have the honor to link you sir? and if you wouldnt mind i hope my blog will be linked with yours too.thanks. =)

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