Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Every day is B.A.D. at The Impolitic

Hard to believe it's been three years today since the great A-list blogroll purge started a week long bitchfest among us B to Z list bloggers. Feels like a life time ago in some ways. If you don't know what Blogroll Amnesty Day is, see Jon Swift's historic post on the origins of this holiday and then check out skippy's post that explains how it's evolved into its current incarnation. The two of them, along with Blue Gal have taken on the task of organizing the events. I'm afraid I've lost the link to Blue Gal's vid but you can get it there and don't miss Mad Kane's poetic tribute for the occassion. Mad props to them all for keeping this holiday going.

Although BAD started in anger at the A-listers, I love that it's morphed into a linky lovefest among the lower tier blogs. As I said last year, in the end the big guys did us a favor. We may never have found our sense of solidarity if not for our spontaneous united outrage over the original purge and I, like so many others, made friends and found blogs that I might not have otherwise.

This year finds me in an unusal place in that I'm one Eschacon away from becoming a full-fledged Atriot. Yes, I'm now one of those commenters that everyone loved to mock for their failure to stay on topic and takes inordinate delight in being first on a thread. I spend way too much time over there and have come to adore and appreciate the regs for their wit, their knowledge, their kindness and their relentless scouring of the intertubz to find interesting links. Truth be told, I've even come to love Atrios and finally added him to the blogroll here at The Impolitic again, after swearing I never would until he linked to me. He still never has but to paraphrase Joni Mitchell, he's a mean old daddy but I like him. And despite his terse style, he really does often catch good links that I might have otherwise missed.

What hasn't changed is that the A-listers still pretty much only link to each other with the notable exception of Crooks and Liars where Mike's Blog Round Up regularly gives a nod and a huge traffic boost to little known bloggers and also Avedon Carol whose rankings belie her reach and is the most generous linker to little blogs that I know, not to mention an extraordinarily astute polictical analyst and a really terrific person. Oh, and Joe at TMV who has always given a leg up to new bloggers, including myself. I don't think that will ever change so it's good to celebrate this holiday once a year to remind ourselves that links truly are the currency of Blogtopia (and yes skippy did invent that phrase).

Here at The Impolitic, I try to keep the spirit of BAD alive every day. I make it a point to link to lesser trafficked blogs in my regular linkfests and my blogroll is mostly populated with B-listers, many of whom found their way there from previous BAD days. So let this day remind us all, that BAD isn't just a celebration of an isolated event, it's a state of mind. It's all too easy to fall into the habit of linking up to big guys ourselves instead of linking laterally. Remember to reach out to each other. It's the only way to raise a louder voice for those of us who don't get the big megaphone.

So then, on to the links. I hate this part because I want to link to every single blog on my roll and don't want to offend those who aren't included. That's impossible, of course, so I would encourage you to check out my blogroll and read a few blogs you don't recognize. Otherwise, I'm just choosing a few at random that I either just discovered or haven't linked to in far too long, including some Atriots who so often get neglected on this day.

Starting with Keeping it Lit, a brand new blog by a long time Atriot who too often keeps her light hidden under the proverbial bushel basket.

The smart and snarky Southern Beale, who probably doesn't qualify as a smaller blog than me, but deserves much more attention than she gets.

Rorschach at No Capitol is doing fine work and already on my blogroll, even though I'm not on theirs. An oversight I'm sure.

Uncle Blodge doesn't do much politics, but his stories of life on the front lines of an inner city urban school are fascinating reading.

Also non-political are 4 Legs Good at Plush Life where the photos will soothe your psyche and Tlazolteotl who doesn't post nearly often enough, but maybe a traffic boost will encourage her to post more, so if you only click one -- go check her out.

Moving off the Atriot list, Truth 101 at Truth Shall Rule is a new regular in the comment section here and is more moderate than me but has a good perspective on politics and life.

A new discovery is Ordinary Gentleman, a group blog that I didn't even know existed, featuring some friends.

I'm including Comments from Left Field even though they're bigger than me because it's such a terrific blog and to my horror I just discovered that somehow they never made it to my blogroll. An error that will be corrected today.

Drink Liberal in New Milford has been on my radar for a while. He took on the thankless task of moderating an extremely unruly forum at a local newspaper and did the best of anyone who had the job. The forum I believe has folded, and I don't agree with everything he says, but that's the whole point of BAD. Gathering various viewpoints so as not to lapse into an echo chamber.

Neither do I always agree with my friend Mark at Publius Endures who blogs from a libertarian POV. In fact we often disagree, but we share a hope that someday bloggers will be able to unite around their common goals, no matter what their ideology.

And last, but far from least, my friend and blog-child Kathy at Stone Soup. We don't see each other often enough anymore because we both have too many blogs of our own but there's no better blogger out there on workers rights and all things Michigan.

This is already over long, so let me close by reiterating my own blogroll policy. If you blogroll me, I'll reciprocate and if you've already blogrolled me and I haven't noticed, email me or leave your blog in comments so I can. And remember, every voice counts, no matter how small, so be BAD, not just today, but every day of the year.

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Blogger TRUTH101 said...

Thanks fir the link. And I don't know why the sites, yours included, don't have much more traffic and renown. My old site did 3 to 4 thousand hits a week at it's peak and it was 75% local issues with a satiric spin. This blog, Swash Zone, Brain Rage and others are far better bloggers than I ever was. Daily Kos. Huffington Post Firedog and the rest have nothing on the blogs linked here or at Truth Shall Rule.
Thank you for letting me join your family.

4:25:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Blogtopia, like the rest of the world isn't built on merit as much as connections, although the high traffic blogs of the left produce quality content and deserve the traffic too I think.

Anyway, sorry it took so long to get you on the blogroll. I've been meaning to add you for a while but I'm terrible at getting around to template maintainence.

4:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Mark Thompson said...

Hey Libby:

Thanks for including both my old site and our exciting new project at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen in this, especially since I think the League is one of the best things that's happened for our mutual vision of Blogtopia in awhile. I put up our BAD post over there. I think I speak for us all when I say that we'd love to see you poke your head in every so often and add your comments to our little debates.

I do hope all is well with you, and it's always nice to come over here, if only to say hi.

4:29:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Somehow I missed the launch Mark. I've been in a bad place lately and not keeping up well with what's going on. I'll surely be over now that you're on my radar and the blogroll.

Sorry about Culture11. I had just discovered that one as it was shutting down.

4:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Mark Thompson said...

Good to hear you'll be around. I am terribly sorry to hear that you've been in a bad place of late, though. That seems to be running rampant these days. Please, please let me know if there's anything I can realistically do.

And thank you for the thoughts on C11. As one of our friends noted, hopefully it will become like the Velvet Revolver of center-right new media.

5:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Mark Thompson said...

Sorry- Velvet Underground. I stink.

5:43:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Thanks for the kind thoughts Mark. A job would cure what ails me I think and it appears I just have to wait for the universe to deliver the right one. In the meantime, thank the Goddess for blogging. At least it keeps me occupied.

I'll be seeing you around the Gentleman's club and please do drop in and visit here in my little hideaway now and again.

6:47:00 PM  
Blogger ERGG said...

libby, thank you very much for the links and hits...so cool of you.

one note: i'm more of a lurker at atrios. i do post infrequently, especially after having met some truly wonderful folks over there. and because ntodd makes me--but, by no means 'long time' :-)

7:27:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Lurking counts E and you're a longer time lurker than me.

Love your new blog. It's about time you started one. And congrats on the upcoming nuptials, in case you didn't see it over there.

7:37:00 PM  
Blogger Connecticut Man1 said...

God I hated that BBcode forum! lol... I wish I could take credit for upending it all on my own, but it was many Bloggers hitting it from the outside (ctblogger, for one) and some from the inside (You included, IF I am correct?) that turned the tides there. I am certain that the conservatives hated opening it up every morning and finding anti-bush posts lining the top of the board.

The new format has a moderator, but we still kick them when the threads get thick with bigoted views. (Often)

And God help us if everyone agreed with me. :) Thanks for the mention!

8:31:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hey CT Man. I didn't realize that they still had a forum over there. Last I checked, which was a really long time ago, it was the same crew of a dozen bigots and a handful of trolls who took over the board. I lost my patience with them long before you got there but for a while we did a pretty good crew of lefties pushing back on the stupid.

Frankly, it was the idiot webmaster, closet neocon who finally drove me completely out the door.

Anyway, you're on my blogroll but I have to tell you that you some kind of script running on your site that hangs up my computer so it has been putting me off from visiting you as often as I'd like. I have an interest the area, having grown up in Fairfield County.

9:01:00 PM  
Blogger TRUTH101 said...

Just another word Libby. I don't have much to do in winter except blog. You're a kick ass blogger. And the great irony is that I was turned on to this community by a deluded right wing fool that linked some gibberish posted on a deluded right wing blog that banned me and will remain nameless. Isn't this a wonderful Country?

9:52:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL Truth. Turns out he was good for something.

Life is funny but it's not a joke.

11:36:00 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Thanks for including me in the list, Libby. Truth be told, we don't see each other often enough anymore because we both have too many lies and distortions to fight.

Geez, this could become a full-time occupation! Too bad it doesn't pay, eh?

5:07:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL Kathy. If I got paid by the word, I wouldn't be worrying about money anymore. But still you have to fight on if you can and with all the lies and distortions, no wonder we have so many blogs between us.

9:35:00 PM  

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