Blogroll Amnesty Day: Guilty Conscience

I’ve a confession to make.  There are things I think I do well when it comes to blogging; I have my own little comfortable sphere in which I operate.  But I have always been a terrible blogger when it comes to sharing thelove with other bloggers.  It’s not something I do intentionally, it’s not as though I snub people on purpose, I just… well… lose track.

There is a kind of poetic justice here, though.  I find it interesting that the blogger who was so instrumental in perhaps my greatest humbling during my ventures on the web (a funny story I should tell you some time)has reminded me of my greatest continuing failure as a blogger.  Jon Swift’s observance of Blogroll Amnesty Day reminds me that I should myself be a little less like Atrios and start tossing some well deserved linky goodness around.

First things first.  If you’ve linked this way but don’t find yourself on the blogroll, please don’t hesitate to remind me of how rude I’ve been along with your URL, and I’ll rectify the problem ASAP.  I know there are some folks out there that I’ve neglected, and I’m eager to make it up to you.

Now, as bad at this as I am, I do have two blogs that I just added to the roll before starting this post, and you should definitely take a moment and check them out:

Positively Barack:  It’s no secret which candidate I support, and I find myself going back to Terry’s website time and again to keep up with the day to day of the campaign.  Initially, if memory serves me, I stumbled across Terry’s site around the time of the Hurricane Katrina anniversary.  She had a post I linked to during my own right up that day and since then we’ve been frequenters of each other’s sites, and Terry has been good enough to join us for our frequent debate liveblogging from time to time.  It’s a great site, especially if you are an Obama supporter so go ahead and check her out.

Raw Dawg Buffalo:  I’ll be honest, I don’t have much history with RDB.  He popped by to promote a post of his called “Hook, Line and Sinker”, and we began a conversation that I’m sorry to say I didn’t even commit enough to to see a middle much less an end.  Still, RDB provides an interesting read, though admittedly one that requires getting used to.

What awaits those who venture into RDB’s unique prose is a rich experience, one that is deep and intriguing and thought provoking.  With his words, Raw Dawg carries a weighty cultural significance that is perfectly balanced with textured wisdom and raw intelligence.  Unlike many of the blogs that I read, and I suppose my own blogging if I were to be totally honest, Raw Dawg Buffalo can’t be pigeon-holed into a set structure of beliefs and ideas.  His posts seem to rarely be definitively conclusive, instead preferring to be contemplative and provocative in nature.  Stopping by RDB’s blog may not necessarily get you the most relevent political information, but it will engage you in thought and spark an internal intellectual exploration.  If you don’t read it, you’re only cheating yourself.

And that’s it, but please, if you’ve linked here before, let me know, I’ll get you on the roll, and if not, it’s as easy as adding us on your roll and letting me know.  I can’t make any promises, but I swear to at least try to get better at this stuff.

Thanks Jon.


Hyer Standard is exactly what I’m talking about above.  Matt’s blog I know has linked here in the past, and it’s one of those things where I’ve always meant to put him up on the roll, as well as stop by and see what it’s like, but never got around to either.  Thanks Matt for dropping a comment and reminding me. 

Bonus, it only took me about a minute before I found something that piqued my interest.  Since Al Franken first announced his Senate bid in Minnesota, I’ve wanted to follow that race closely, but living in Virginia means I’m not exactly in a position to get up to the second news.  Thanks to Hyer Standard, I found out that Al Franken is currently polling better than Norm Coleman.  Go Al!  And thanks again Matt!

8 Responses to “Blogroll Amnesty Day: Guilty Conscience”

  1. Matt says:

    Show me some love! No I am kidding around, I would love for you to return the favor. I mean that in the sense you have been on my shortlist of daily reads for a while now. Good job and keep up the good work!

  2. Dont be guilty, its not your fault u as i are last of the thinkers. And I mean that, for thinkers are open to the dispositions of others and have a penchant for engaging in mutual instruction and learning. Thanks for the props, but do pls give yourself the props for having an open mind….i call us last of the free thinkers

  3. The props were well warranted, and you give me what I consider very high praise. I don’t know how open my mind really is, I fear I have never gotten out of that habit of waiting my turn in any given discussion. But I try and every great once in a while, that makes all the difference.

    We’ll have to continue that conversation on race one of these days.

  4. terry says:

    Thanks Kyle…I feel like I’ve arrived.

    And yesterday, after blogging about Obama for about a year, I received my first hate, profanity-laced email, complete with misspellings and bad grammar.

    Is that a good or a bad thing??

  5. ahahahahaha… Ah… I remember my hate filled comments and emails so well… You know, they really shake you up at first and I don’t know how everyone else deals with them but for me it’s like, the moment I realize what’s going on, my eyes kinda glaze over. I still read the whole thing, but I’m on autopilot.

    It’s good though, it means more exposure, you’re reaching more people. And the more the merrier, right? Well, unless they’re being total asses, but you know what I mean.

  6. Dyre42 says:

    I’ve blogrolled you. Keep up the good work! Thanks!

  7. Hey man, thanks for the add on, and you’ll be pleased to know I returned the favor.

  8. Hello,
    In honor of Blogroll Amnesty Day I have added your blog link to my blogroll at Please link mine to yours in return. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at Thank you!

    Rob Singleton


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