Both Jon Swift and Skippy are spearheading a regular event, Blogroll Amnesty Day, in which we recognize and acknowledge the breadth and depth of blogtopia (yes, we all know who coined that term!). It’s today! You are encouraged to scout out new blogs, get out of old ruts, and explore new or otherwise unfamiliar blogs, add them to your bookmarks, or if you have a blog yourself, add them to your blogroll.
It feels strange to admit this, but Pharyngula seems to have somehow become a moderately big fish in the blogosphere — it was, once upon a time, just a little frivolous exercise I was running on my personal computer, and now it has become a big frivolous exercise running on a professional network. And how did it get there? Nobody succeeds in the blogosphere without making connections, lots of connections, and joining in the spirit of profligately linking to sources everywhere … and getting linked to in return. All the big dogs get that way by growing from small beginnings with the help of a community of readers — and once you’ve grown large, that does not mean your obligations to that community end.
So in that spirit, I make it easy to join the Pharyngula blogroll. Just leave a comment on this post with a link to your page, and I’ll toss your syndication link into my newsreader. There is no requirement that you link back to me.
There are a few restrictions.
A blog must have syndication — RSS or atom. Almost all blogs do nowadays, so it’s not much of a limitation. I do all of my blogreading with a newsreader rather than a web browser, so this is essential.
I actually read the blogs on my blogroll, so if you’re some right-wing creationist nutcase, I may look once or twice for the amusement value, but I won’t keep you on the list for long. Really, my blogroll may be open, but I do have some standards.
I am ruthless about pruning the blogroll, too. It doesn’t matter how good you are, if you don’t update more than once a month, you get culled. If you turn into a right-wing creationist nutcase, a kiddie porn purveyor, or just get really, really boring, you will get removed.
I get a lot of requests, so I’m going to be picky and insist that you enroll by leaving a comment on threads that announce an open enrollment. Requests get lost in my mail flood, otherwise, and it helps if I’ve got them all in one place.
Blogs will get added immediately to my newsreader and enter my reading lists right away. However, the public blogroll that you can see on the web only gets updated intermittently. It’s actually a bit out of date right now; the scripts I use to convert my newsreader file to html broke when I updated my laptop to Mac OS X Leopard. Have no fear, though, I’ve got curl sucking away in the background as I type this, bringing in a php upgrade.
Be interesting to me.
See, that’s not hard! Go ahead, leave me a link in the comments.