Blogroll Open Enrollment Day!

This worked fairly well last time around, so let’s try it again. If you’d like to have your blog on the Pharyngula blogroll, here’s what you should do:

  • Examine your blog with a critical eye. If you are espousing creationism, Intelligent Design creationism, the beauty of unthinking acceptance of your Lord and Master Jesus Christ or Mohammed or L. Ron Hubbard, or have a Bush in ’08 badge on your site, don’t bother. Really, you don’t want to draw my attention to you. You probably don’t like me, anyway.

  • There is a technical limitation. I manage my blogroll with my newsreader, so I can only see sites that have some kind of syndication feed. Most do, nowadays, but if you’ve got some obscure code you’re using to generate your blog, you might not. Static web pages also usually do not. Sorry, I just don’t have a good way around this right now.

  • Take a look at the current blogroll, and make sure you aren’t already on it. It’s so embarrassing to raise your hand and say “Me, me, me!” and discover that you were picked a long time ago. It would also be polite to check out a few of those other blogs while you’re skimming the list — the point of the blogroll is to send some traffic to other places, after all.

  • After leaping all those tremendous hurdles, leave a comment here, with a link to your blog. You can just type the url into your comment, or if you want to show off your amazing html skills, you can imbed a link, like so: <a href=””>My Blog!</a>. Easy! You might also want to describe what’s special about your blog, so other readers might be enticed to check it out. Regular readers or people already on my blogroll might be reading the comments to pick up interesting new blogs, too.

  • Write out a check for $100 and send it to… Uh, never mind. There are no catches to this, you don’t even have to link back to me. Just write good stuff.

As before, I make no promises to keep you on the blogroll, and in particular, I ruthlessly purge blogs that fail to update for over a month.

Now let’s hope the response isn’t quite as overwhelming as last time. Haven’t I already linked to most of the blogosphere already?


  1. #1 Jason
    April 30, 2007

    PZ I think before long you’re going to be able to act as a backup for Technorati. It’s a bit humbling that your blogroll has more incoming links than my entire blog 😉

    The last time you held this event, I found a lot of great things to read, so I’m looking forward to it this time around as well.

  2. #2 Blake Stacey
    April 30, 2007

    It looks like my occasional co-posters and I are already present. Now, we just have to keep ourselves there!

    On a related note, I’m really starting to like the variations upon the Randall Munroe (xkcd) malapropism blag. It gives you blaggregation, blagnet and so forth. Anybody can put RSS feeds in their news reader; Real Men use a blaggregator.

    I also like groll. It sounds like the collective noun for grues.

  3. #3 Blake Stacey
    April 30, 2007


    “Man, keeping myself on PZ’s groll is really giving me some blaggravation!”

  4. #4 Andrew
    April 30, 2007

    Sexy Secularist, an unfortunately named blog.

    Maintained by three men whose areas of expertise and interest range engineering, physics, music, film, mathematics, astronomy, human sexuality, theatrical literature, and dirty books. Politics range from the left-leaning centrist to the fiercely liberal, religion ranges from godless to godless. Writing quality ranges from awesome to super-awesome.

  5. #5 Warren
    April 30, 2007

    Whine whine whine. Ya missed me! (The Indigestible.) But thanks for asking!

  6. #6 Robert S.
    April 30, 2007

    Hitched to Everything – regular focus on science, skepticism, as well as the arts


  7. #7 Tantalus Prime
    April 30, 2007

    Hi, Tantalus Prime here. Long time reader, first time commenter.

    I’m starting a doctoral neuroscience program in the fall, and that was the impetus behind starting my blog. In addition to neuroscience specifically, I discuss general science as it relates to religion and parenting issues. Oh, and anything else I feel like talking about.

  8. #8 Rick MacPherson
    April 30, 2007

    Where does ocean conservation, godless-queer social/political commentary, and sparkling travelogue and images call home? Malaria, Bedbugs, Sea Lice, and Sunsets. Most definitely a wee bit of everything.

  9. #9 Mark H
    April 30, 2007

    Biomes Blog!

    Do it for violet the octopus.

  10. #10 Nathan Zamprogno
    April 30, 2007

    The Baliset Palimpsest is a blog committed to ensuring those faculties of rationality endowed to us are not wasted. Young Earth Creationism is dissected. Programs like SETI that broaden humanity’s outlook, raising them from the medievalism of the past, are promoted. The author is Christian, but enjoins those with religious faith to angrily reject frauds like Ken Ham and Kent Hovind.

  11. #11 Akusai
    April 30, 2007

    Here’s hoping the Action Skeptics can get a shout-out from the squidmaster.

  12. #12 Dan Harlow
    May 1, 2007

    I would like to nominate Saint Gasoline. He’s been a big reason why I have kept blogging and he is very funny. He too has a cartoon and unlike me, he actually draws his.

  13. #13 AxisofJared
    May 1, 2007

    Hey PZ, check out my blog!!
    My specialty involves trolling the comments section of my local newspaper’s site and chewing out the fundies! Maximum snarkiness! I even promise to throw in a Buffy reference or two!

  14. #14 Daniel Harper
    May 1, 2007

    Hopefully not too late here. I’m the Counter Monkey, and I blog about whatever the hell interests me on a sporadic basis. I read several scienceblogs daily, and while the general focus of my blog is on life as a low-paid retail employee, lately I’ve been doing mainly booklogs and links to various interesting Youtube videos and the like.

    But if a daily cephalopod link will get me some blogroll action, I’m not above changing focus slightly. Tentacle porn anyone?

  15. #15 TAW
    May 2, 2007

    Again, not my blog but I think it’s cool.

  16. #16 Richard Rosalion
    June 19, 2007

    Hopefully my blog might be interesting to some – not technically atheist (more agnostic), but it hopefully has some interesting posts for everyone! It’s a collection of my ideas about other things currently going on in the atheist/religious blogosphere, and some of my own thoughts about the path that led me to my current ideas.

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