I received an e-mail this morning from a gentleman who asked if I would be so kind as to add his film-related blog to the voluminous Thrilling Days of Yesteryear blogroll. Since it’s been a while since I did a post on the subject—and since I’m sort of stuck for something to post in the first place—I thought I’d take a brief second or two to explain my blogroll policy.
Simply put, it’s quid pro quo…e pluribus unum…and all sorts of Latin-type phrases. If you’re not embarrassed to have TDOY on your list of blog links, I’m only too happy to reciprocate. The only stipulation is that your blog isn’t of a pornographic or spam nature…or, as the late blogger and reasonable conservative Jon Swift once said, “anything else your mother would be embarrassed to read.” (Seriously, folks—I know it may not seem like it sometimes, but this is a family blog.)
Anyhoo, I’ve added this individual’s weblog to the roll of honor—and while I was doing this, it occurred to me that the roll had become a bit…well, unwieldy would be the best adjective I could come up with on such short notice. So I went ahead and rearranged the lineup, placing the TDOY-recommended blogs in certain categories in order to make it easier for readers to zero in on their particular points of interest. I need to point out, however, that this is not an exact science, and while I’m not entirely comfortable with labels or pigeonholing people I did the best I could. (If your blog is up there, and you don’t like the section it’s in, drop me an e-mail and I’ll try to rectify the situation.)
In revamping the blog list, I stumbled across one or two bloggers who have folded up their tents—in particular, I’ll miss The Vintage Reader (who has since answered the siren song of Twitter), The Classic Maiden and The Password is Swordfish (I really liked that title). My only other blog rule is that if I’ve noticed that it’s been a year since you’ve collected your thoughts and scattered them to the four corners of the Internets, I’m just going to assume that you apparently decided to throw in the towel and find honest work. (It happens to the best of us, so don’t sweat it.)
When Jon still blogged on this earthly realm, he once made a statement (in reference to starting a blog) that not only made iced tea come out of my nose but is one of the truest pronouncements ever issued forth: “’Build it and they will come’ apparently only works with magic baseball fields.” If you’re just taking your first baby steps in the blogosphere and are brave enough to include this ‘umble blog on your blogroll…please drop me an e-mail and let me know, because I would be most embarrassed if I learned that TDOY was a mainstay of people’s daily reads on some blog and I hadn’t quid pro quo’d, if you get my drift. (I’m usually good about keeping abreast with blogroll links but I can and will miss a few on occasion.)
So to close us out, I’d like to present this Moment of Zen and doff my chapeau to old friend Jaime Weinman, who has a nice piece over at his TV Guidance blog at Macleans Online about my favorite sitcom of the moment, Parks and Recreation. This revamped opening video just might save the show…though signing the petition (the info is located a little ways down on the right sidebar) certainly wouldn’t hurt, either: