Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Blogroll Amnesty Day

As I noted on Sunday, today is the official Blogroll Amnesty Day

Celebrating Blogroll Amnesty Day is easy. You don’t have to put up a tree or a poll or buy candy or flowers, wrap presents or risk your life playing with dangerous fireworks. All you have to do is link to some smaller blogs that you like or celebrate the idea of linking or blogrolling in any way you see fit.

I have already added several new blogs to mine, including Stop the Press!, distributorcap NY, and, of course, The View from the Docks, but it doesn’t have to stop there. If you know of a blog or you have your own blog that’s not already on my blogroll, let me know in the comments (assuming they’re working properly) or drop me an e-mail.

As I said before, my blogroll policy has always been, with very few limits, to welcome any blog to my blogroll that asks. I welcome blogs with different points of view, and I encourage readers to let me know of blogs that might be of interest to my readers; after all, the purpose of the blogroll is to inform the you, the reader, not just me. The exceptions are sites that are nothing but commercial ventures masquerading as blogs, or sites that are pornographic or hateful. The last two qualifications are purely subjective, but since it’s my blog, I get to decide what’s porn and what’s hate.

Kudos to Jon, skippy, and Blue Gal for their selfless devotion to getting the smaller voices heard. To quote the immortal Mr. Swift,

Ironically, Blogroll Amnesty Day had a net positive effect for the blogosphere as a whole. I discovered a number of great blogs and made new friends and I am sure that is true for others as well. And so instead of remembering February 3 as a day that will live in infamy, let’s turn this day into a celebration of the power of smaller blogs. Let’s recognize that building an inclusive community of diverse voices is what the blogosphere should be about, not creating a new elite to replace the old mainstream media elite.

Write on.