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Carnival of Maryland

The first edition of the newly revived Carnival of Maryland will be posted on this blog on May 30, 2010. Anyone may participate, however I will need to be convinced that your post is about Maryland in some way. Please submit you Maryland related posts at right away!

Maryland State FlagI am going to take over the administration of the moribund Carnival of Maryland; at As soon as ownership is transferred to me I will post an announcement of the URL for submissions and the date of the first new carnival. It will probably be hosted here.

Posts in the Carnival of Maryland must be on a subject relating to Maryland in some way. Stay tuned and polish up your best Maryland related blog posts for inclusion in the carnival.

Morton Salt Girl grows up.

Morton Salt girl grows up.

I haven’t posted anything on this blog in six months and I find I have 40 or 50 hits a day still. The world has been going to hell in a hand basket without my wisdom and guidance, too.

So how are you people out there? Everyone still employed?

Feb. 3rd is the traditional Blogroll Amnesty Day, a day when obscure  blogs all over the world link to other obscure blogs in a vain attempt to lift each other by their collective bootstraps. Blue Gal, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo and Jon Swift have launched the amnesty early, so I’m joining in. This year Skippy has made some new rules, making B.A.D. a kind of voluntary meme, which relieves the real problem of bloated blogrolls, which the original B.A.D, the really bad B.A.D, which Jon Swift will tell you about, happen in the first place.

the basic rule for blogroll amnesty day weekend is simply this: take a moment to write a post linking to (and pointing out to your readers) 5 blogs w/traffic smaller than yours. this inclusive and magnanimous yet easy-to-do gesture will not only expose your readers to new voices and those voices to new readers, it will foster a sense of community, support and all-around kumbaya amongst the progressive infrastructure.

I am trying very hard to follow Skippy’s rule about not making that joke about this blog’s relative level of readership. Meanwhile I am going to introduce you to these five, which may or may not be galactically famous, what do I know?

Siberian Light, The Russian Blog, came to my attention last year, through a post in Windows to Russia. Andy Young lives in Irkutsk, which I always thought was just a spot on the RISK board, and writes about Russia in a fair and balanced way, although I don’t think he ever worked for Fox news.

Idiot’s Guide to Blogging is written by Raivyn who, even though she spells her name funny and is not an Edgar Allen Poe fan to my knowledge, has a lot of good advice for aspiring blog stars. She is also a musician, which is a nice thing to be.

Your Neighborhood Reverend is an impostor! Surely no real man of the cloth would brag about squiring a “traveling bra” around Memphis, showing her the sites.

Linus’s Blanket is not a comic strip. It’s a thoughtful blog filled with book reviews, however the author apparently feels a strange kinship with Linus Van Pelt., is a brand new blog, written by some guy named Macon Phillips, which will never get much of a readership until the author adds some LOLcats or something to relieve the dryness, but I’m willing to lend a hand to a beginner. Macon should give that old guy in the sidebar a haircut and a new set of dentures, too, IMHO.

If you would like to join in Blogroll Amnesty Day, just follow the instructions above and drop Jon or Skippy an email at the appropriate address (shown on their blogs.)

Recently I downloaded a Firefox plugin called SEOQuake. The reason that I did so is because it can be configured to to show all no-follow links on a web page with a strike-through font. This is useful, or so I thought, in finding do-follow blogs to leave comments on. I learned from somebody’s how-to-blog blog, that I should go leave comments on do-follow blogs in order to build link-backs to mine and build Page Rank. Page Rank is, of course the holy grail of blogging. Page Rank is what puts your blog high in the search results on Google.

The trouble is that Blogger, WordPress and Typepad, the three giants of blog software, all default to no-follow. Every blog that I look at has no-follow comments. Leaving comments, then, does not have the effect of building page rank through links from other blogs. It does help build community and may get you a spot on someone’s blogroll, eventually, which will, or should, be a do-follow link.

Then I discovered that for self hosted WordPress blogs there are plugins which will undo the no-follow default. This evening I installed one, sem-dofollow from Semilogic, on my self-hosted blog, Clark’s Picks. When you leave a comment there, you get some Google juice from me now.

I don’t know how, or if it is possible, to make this, WordPress hosted, blog, or my Blogger blog, I’ll Never Forget The Day I Read A Book! do-follow. What I can do is occasionally list links to all of my commenters. Here are the commenters, who have blogs or websites, on ROTUS for the last 12 months:

The Sirens Chronicles
I Quit Smoking
Windows to Russia
Inside Government
Hillbilly Willy

Zaius Nation
File Under Misc
Speedcat Hollydale Page
Your Neighborhood Reverend
The Painted Veil
SOS Georgia
Insane Baltimore
Book Calendar

Olga the Traveling Bra
Special Brew Man
Pick of the Literate
Guitar Control Man
Daddy Papersurfer
Broke But Still Drinking
Pennsylvania for Change

Life Onwards
The Witty Ways of a Wayward Wife
James Adams Floating Theater
UU Mom
Your Mileage May Vary
Learn How To Play A Guitar For Free
Jayleigh’s Grand Adventure
Scratch for the Soul
Serious Entrepreneur

Slingshot Thought
Moue Magazine
Dyre Portents
Blog Writing Course
Learning SEO & Online Marketing – Intermediate
Sugar Queen’s Dream
Vicezilla’s Views

Diary From England
Jaleen B Photography and Digital Painting
Some of Nothing
The Black Cordelias
buy new orleans
Letters Home

Little Rock Jams
Eys Shut Tight
A Total Blog
My Thermos
Outta The Cornfield
Left Handed Compliment
Much of a Muchness
Diary of a 70s Teen

Mystic Veg
Blue Gal
Huma B~Post
Comrade Kevin’s Cherestomathy
Gimcrack Hospital
Quality Tale
Like I was sayin’
My Stress Coach
Hugo Zoom
In the Interest of Sensibility

The Enchanted Heart
Julie’s Blog
Old Ford Road
The Crone Speaks
Brass and Ivory
Corporate Presenter
fran I am
Why Don’t You Blog?
Struck in Traffic

It All Goes Here
It’s My Right to be Left of Center
The Offended Blogger
No damn blog
The Quirky World of Jessi
Thoughts on Quotes
Victoria Everman

Colorado Cowgirl In Upstate New York
Expatriate Games
Gentilly Girl
Abandoned Stuff by Saskboy
Ironic Surrealism II
The Field Negro
When Will I Use This?

Center Face
The Boomer Chronicles
blogging out loud
Professor Zero
French Heart
Secure Your Trademark
Lost In A Sea

Costa Rica Tropical Paradise Properties
The Litterbox
Mistah Charlie
Peaclver’s semi regular blog
Full Contact
Stone Riley
Vagabond Scholar
Just His Words

Bringing Brands To Life
Catscratch Diva
Blogdumps Blog
The Art of Peace
Long Live the Village Green
Dandilion Salad
Chuck for . . .
The Midpoint

The Seminal
Drinking Liberally In New Milford
Zen Comix
The Politicat
Kiko’s House
Reno and it’s Discontents
My View of “It”
Notes From The TEFL Graveyard
Scholars and Drones

Music Portal
The Astonishing Adventures of Lord Likely
Musings of a Chick
Sense of Self
Smashed Frog
Vintage Guitars
The Views of the All Seeing Eye
Not John Chow
Crofty’s Blog

This Time This Space
David’s treks for the charity Mencap
The Wired Kayaker
Linky Love

Whoo! I won’t do that again. I learned something else, too. Most of my comments are from a few regulars and most of the blogs by people who commented here are still around, although some have not been posted on for a few weeks or months. The Googleplex seems to more stable that I would have believed.

Go take a look at the latest from Maryland at Monoblog. Every other Sunday the Carnival of Maryland appears on a blog, hosted by a Maryland Blogger Alliance member. I have a post in the carnival from Clark’s Picks, but not from this blog, this time.

If you have a connection to Maryland, or have written a post that is Maryland related you can submit it for the next carnival, coming up on the 14th of December, at this link to If you are a Maryland blogger, join the Maryland Blogger Alliance. It’s fun and it’s free!

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