Yesterday was the 1st anniversary of Blogroll Amnesty Day, originally proposed by a reasonably prominent blogger who used the occasion to relieve himself of guilt when purging his blogroll and building back up only a list of those he reads regularly.
I learned via my new homies, PhysioProf and DrugMonkey that Jon Swift and Skippy have proposed this day instead as an opportunity for low-traffic bloggers to blogroll even lower-traffic bloggers to help everyone rise up in notoriety.
Despite being here at ScienceBlogs for 20 months, I have managed to keep my readership to a small but select group – albeit a high-quality group who has been near the top of the Borg’s DonorsChoose fundraising efforts the last two years. Staying away from politics (except where it impacts federal research funding) and religion has probably contributed to our remaining small.
Like Swift, I’ve also tried to follow the golden rules of blogging and welcome the chance to blogroll anyone who blogrolls Terra Sig. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to garner links from a good many higher-traffic colleagues that have allowed me to emerge from near obscurity to only moderate obscurity.
So, to commemorate this occasion please let me know if you’d like to be included in our blogroll here. More importantly, if you’ve blogrolled Terra Sig and don’t appear on the blogroll by all means please let me know. Finally, if you know of any blogs I should be reading on pharmacology, from students in pharmacy or the pharmaceutical sciences, or from commentators on the evidence-based investigation of natural products and dietary supplements, send me an e-mail with your/their link or drop a note in the comments.
Addendum: You’ve gotta love that big ol’ softie at heart, PZ Myers, for joining in with this sentiment:
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.