Feb 3 is Blogroll Amnesty Day


Blogroll Amnesty Day means:

…take a moment to write a post linking to (and pointing out to your readers) 5 blogs w/traffic smaller than yours. this inclusive and magnanimous yet easy-to-do gesture will not only expose your readers to new voices and those voices to new readers, it will foster a sense of community, support and all-around kumbaya amongst the progressive infrastructure.


Absurd. I think I must object. Since this blog started on Scienceblogs.com in or about November 2007, I’ve written a total of 217 (and counting) ‘Blogospherics” posts, which easily link on average to more than five other blogs, most of which are smaller than mine. (This does not count carnivals.)

If you want to see documentation on this, simply click here.

Bloggers should be doing this all the time, and I’m sometimes quite astounded that they don’t. But I’ve gotten used to it. People are just … that way.

To learn more about this absurd holiday, you can click here, here or here.


  1. #1 Anne
    February 2, 2009

    Hi Greg Laden,
    I like this generous attitude of yours! I’m on Day 10 of a new blogging effort called “100 Days of Science,” a daily grab bag of posts in Earth, life and social sciences, and astronomy … and I’d be delighted if you’d send some potential readers my way. The url is anneminard.com.
    Anne Minard

  2. #2 Felicia Gilljam
    February 2, 2009

    Erm … how can you tell if a blog has less traffic than yours? I mean, for you bigshot Sciblings, I guess you can just assume pretty much all other blogs qualify, but what about us plebs? I mean, ok, maybe posting links on our low-traffic blogs to even lower-traffic blogs won’t really do much, but at least it’s a nice gesture. The reason I don’t already do it is that I assume everyone who reads my blog also reads pretty much the same blogs I do…

  3. #3 Joshua Zelinsky
    February 2, 2009

    Felicia, I have a similar problem. Moreover, I’m pretty sure almost any random blog I’m aware of has more traffic than mine. So I’m really not sure what to do.

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    February 2, 2009

    I don’t think it matters if a lowish traffic blog simply links to any other blog. It is all good.

    You could check a technorati listing, I suppose, and use the ranking or authority to estimate traffic. But really, I would just say to link to five other blogs that you like.

  5. #5 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    February 2, 2009

    I think that you can safely take a pass, because you do B.A.D 365 days a year. It’s a good reminder for the rest of us. I also liked that Mike the Mad included my site in his BAD.

  6. #6 Gerry L
    February 2, 2009

    When I was “actively” blogging it would have been difficult to find any blog with less traffic than mine — once I visited it.