Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Blogroll Amnesty Day

Blogroll Amnesty Day started back on February 3, 2007 when the proprietors of a couple of first-tier blogs, ie Daily Kos and Eschaton, decided to start pruning blogs from their blogrolls that they no longer found useful. This ticked off the proprietors of some other, lower-ranking blogs, ie Skippy the Bush Kangaroo and Jon Swift, who declared it their intention to deliberately start highlighting and linking to less popular blogs. For this third anniversary of B.A.D., Skippy has decided to extend the festivities to the week preceding February 3rd (though it'll apparently still be called Blogroll Amnesty Day rather than Blogroll Amnesty Week, because it's just such a badass acronym), and has urged that all participating blogs link to at least five other blogs.

Since This Blog is down at the very bottom of the heap, and I would be hard-pressed to find blogs that are less popular than my own, by the terms of B.A.D. I can link to any blogs I like. I find that I had already inadvertantly started participating when I posted about the Miss-a-pointed blog back on Sunday. With a one-blog head start, I figure I might as well go all-in. Here are four more worthy blogs.

First up is a blog overseen by one of my few readers, Nomi Hurwitz, I Dreamed I Saw Grace P. Last Night, which Nomi describes with the words Love, Justice, Mishpoche, and frozen lemonade. "Grace P." is a mix of Providence-based political and social activism, poetry, and literature.

Next up is Kmareka, another Rhode Island-based blog run by social workers Kristen Marek and David L. Jaffe and registered nurse Nancy Green. As Kristen says, Kmareka "Sounds like America but less repressive — a place where social workers and citizens speak out." Based in Cranston, Rhode Island, Kmareka focuses on local issues, health issues, local health issues, and social work.

Continuing the Rhode Island trend is Miss Poppy Dixon's Providence-based Adult Christianity. Miss Poppy describes her blog as "Christian pop culture through the eyes of a radical housewife and part time atheist, Miss Poppy Hussein Dixon. Online since 1995. Stop by every day for the latest in Christian crime, intimidation, fraud, and foolishness."

And finally, we conclude the Lil Rhody madness with Hard Deadlines, the Portsmouth-based blog of John G. McDaid, science fiction writer and management consultant. McDaid focuses like a frickin-shark-mounted laser on his home town, keeping an eye on the Portsmouth town council, the school board, and the local tax-cut crazies who call themselves the Portsmouth Concerned Citizens.

Well, that about wraps up this year's Blogroll Amnesty Day. If you enjoyed reading it half as much as I enjoyed writing it, then I enjoyed writing it twice as much as you enjoyed reading it.


Nomi said...

Is "Adult Christianity" really based in RI? I thought it came from California!?

No matter. It's wonderful. Thank you, Johnny Pez, and I am going to belatedly add Hard Deadlines to one of my blogrolls.

I mentioned Johnny Pez to some science fiction fans at a Bat Mitzvah party on Saturday night...(Rebecca Shays rocks!)

Johnny Pez said...

Whoops, looks like you're right, Nomi. Don't know what I was thinking.