Friday, May 02, 2014

Notes Concerning This Blog

As though it mattered to the world at large, I'm going to tell you about a few things I've done to this blog. I hope you're bored to begin with, because then you won't realize how bored you've become by the end.

1 - I've trimmed the sidebar

That is, I've pruned away links that don't go where they used to or which are utterly dead.

(If you don't find yourself where you think you should be, let me know. I've been known to make mistakes.)

I've also moved some folks into the "relegated" category. If you haven't posted in the past 30 days, you're probably there, unless you haven't posted in the past year, in which case you're in the ether - and it truly hurts me to ever send anyone into the ether. A couple of my very long-time friends are now there; both damn fine writers. It's just that I don't want to clutter up the possible places where folks could go, after here, with links that haven't been updated in ages. Nothing personal.

Here's where it gets personal: If you post casual sexism concerning males (of which I am one) then chances are good I'll erase your link. I have nothing against jokes, but you had better be an equal opportunity offender. By that, I mean you need to denigrate yourself as well as others. For instance, I may sometimes say crummy things about women, people not of my skin color or ethnic background, folks younger or older than me, and whole bunches of other inferior people.* But, when I do, it is always with the understanding that I am willing to hit myself over the head with the same stupid cudgel. Ladies, if all you do is post "Men suck! Why do we put up with them?" jokes, without some sort of self-referential humor, at least occasionally, to even things up, I will not maintain a link to you.

*If you had to wait until you got to this asterisk to understand I made a joke there, you should never blog again without adult accompaniment.

Now that I think of it, that's about all I've done. There really wasn't any need to number this list. There isn't a list at all; just the one thing. Sorry! I'm a dope!**

**See? That's how it's done. Call yourself a dope every once in a while and everything will be peachy instead of preachy.

Oh, one other thing: If I have provided a link to you, I expect you to reciprocate (but, for God's sakes, lock the door first so nobody bursts in on you unexpected.) If a link to me doesn't exist at your place, I feel no overwhelming compunction to do you the favor you weren't willing to do for me. By the same token - whatever that means - if you've linked me at your place, but I haven't done you a similar good service, write to me and let me know. I'll immediately rectify the situation.

What a bunch of self-righteous unfunny crap this has been! I'm a dope!

Soon, with more better stuff.***

*** There is not, nor has there ever been, a good explanation for this.


Buck said...

Well, OK then. I see I've apparently met all the criteria for inclusion on the sidebar... and a quick glance at yer confirms this... and I am most pleased with that.

That said, you've reminded me that **my** sidebar is in dire need of editing/cleansing/purging. Mebbe tomorrow...

CLR said...

First of all, I want to thank you for including me over there in your linky list of blogs. I do not take that lightly. Second, good for you for not taking the sexism crap. I completely agree. I am not about women being treated as second-class citizens but I am NOT a fan of man bashing either. My take is this: we're ALL on this spinning marble and how about we look out for each other, forgive where applicable and quit being so danged self-righteous and realize we're all imperfect imbeciles from time-to-time.

You're a great guy!

Hilary said...

It's always a thrill to find myself included among such good company on your shorter list of favourites. Thank you.

And you remind me to do some blog housecleaning of my own. That used to be easier when Google Reader existed. I simply needed to tick or untick the blogs on my (otherwise invisible) reading list to include or exclude them on my sidebar. Now I have to do it the hard way.. but actually doing some work. ;)

messymimi said...

Of course there's a reason you say you will be back with more. Because, even if you take a break, will be back with more. And since the more you practice your craft of writing, the better it gets, of course it will be better. Anyway, that's how i'll take it. Or leave it, whichever you prefer. And i'm a dope, too.

Craig said...

I know that, just lately, I'm pushing the envelope on the posting-in-the-last-30-days bit, but I notice that, based on the empirical evidence of your actual sidebar, I seem to be meeting the criteria, at least for the time being. Phew!

Mich said...

....does that mean I have to make sure I post every thirty days?

My blogroll is acting contrary at the mo', but I think you're on it....


Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

I'm so glad your comments are still in a separate pop up box because otherwise I couldn't tell you that I appreciate being kept on the US list (despite having dropped all the way to the freaking bottom...yikes, I need to start posting more often again, clearly).

Can someone please explain to me why we can't just make a living writing like we want to? AKA our rambling, nonsensical, yet completely sensical, personal life stories? You and I would be laughing all the way to the bank by now sheesh!