Our late and much missed comrade in blogging, journalist and writer Al Weisel, revered and admired across the bandwidth as the “reasonable conservative” blogger Modest Jon Swift, was a champion of the lesser known and little known bloggers working tirelessly in the shadows… One of his projects was a year-end Blogger Round Up. Al/Jon asked bloggers far and wide, famous and in- and not at all, to submit a link to their favorite post of the past twelve months and then he sorted, compiled, blurbed, hyperlinked and posted them on his popular blog. His round-ups presented readers with a huge banquet table of links to work many of has had missed the first time around and brought those bloggers traffic and, more important, new readers they wouldn’t have otherwise enjoyed. It may not have been the most heroic endeavor, but it was kind and generous and a lot of us owe our continued presence in the blogging biz to Al.
If you’re a regular reader here, you will see a lot of familiar bylines of bloggers I respect, admire, and try to emulate in quality. And if you don’t know them, take this opportunity to read them and discover their work. Frankly, that’s how a lot of readers first came to this little blog, and I’m grateful that Al/Jon made an effort to promote the smaller ones. And, of course, thanks to Batocchio of Vagabond Scholar for keeping the flame alive.
For the record, this post from last August was my contribution.