Three-years, and over 1,500 posts ...
On one hand, if you asked me 3.5-years ago, that I would sit, toiling away nearly everyday, attempting (admittedly, some days are better than others) to be creative, to be entertaining and then posting whatever I produced on-line, out into the World Wide Web, I would likely have said " Get outta here! ...
And yet, on the other hand ...Only 1,500+ posts ... What a feeble effort ... Time to move the computer down into the kitchen ... Master some voice-recognition software and just write and blog non-stop ...
It's been a gas! ...
While I have had certain challenges, particularly this past year, it still manages to get done ... Sparks ignite and, even through some rough periods, The Garlic plods along ...
An enormous, gigantic THANK YOU!, to all the readers, to all the other bloggers who have linked, or plugged The Garlic or, otherwise, gave valuable advice and assistance...
We well endeavor to carry on ... To keep The Garlic: All The Cloves Fit To Peel growing and, hopefully, entertaining ...
And the anniversary this year happily collides with Blogroll Amnesty Day.
It seems, as the story goes, some of the liberal Big Dog "A List" bloggers began dissing the smaller liberal "Little Guy B-List" bloggers, booting them off their Link Lists and creating a echo chamber of just the Big Dogs.
Jon Swift wrote about it here
Skippy The Kangaroo picks up the banner (quite literally - thanks Skip!)
Carl, and Michael Stickings have some posts up over on The Reaction on it.
And Shaun Mullen, over on Kikos House posts on it as well
The Garlic, I believe, can say that sharing has been at our heart since the beginning.
While our Link List is modest (at least, in relation to a good many other blogs), without counting, I would hazard to say it is populated by more "B List" people than the Big Dogs.
While they have trickled down to a handful-per-month, The Garlic used to be flooded with the requests to exchange links, often, those queries looked boilerplate, the sender, doubtful to have actually read The Garlic before making said request (and, when I did go out to their sites, to see what they were about ...Well, they were more about links, than content).
The Garlic chose not to play that game, to become a link whore, solely to push up the ratings on the bevy of measurement sites.
The Garlic's Link List is comprised of sites that The Garlic likes ... That The Garlic reads and, hopefully, our readers will find similar interest in them.
More importantly, we believe, once we learned how to tag (link) in our posts, it was pedal-to-the-metal ...
Regular readers know that The Garlic liberally tags in its' posts, and, yes, at times to Big Dogs and MSM, but just as often, if not more so, to "the little guys" ... People with great posts, tremendous viewpoints, or just flat out entertaining ...
So, as we hurtle into Year 4, there'll be no change in that ... Or, the change will be to increase the sharing, the highlighting of others out here in the blogosphere, on the World Wide Web ...
The Garlic encourages you to click on those links embedded in the posts, or take a scroll down the right sidebar and visit those on the Link Lists ... Think of it as a "high tech Sunday drive", like when we were kids, packed into the station wagon to go off somewhere we had no idea about ...
And, when you do that, and you find that you enjoy it, bookmark, make regular visits, add them (and The Garlic) to your RSS feed list
Once again, Thank You, for visiting and reading The Garlic!
Let's Make It Easy For You
Save this post, as we have replicated The Garlic's Link Lists for you ... Spend some time today, and during the week of exploring the sites and finding others that you like, that thrill you, entertain you and otherwise enlighten you.
TenTen Graphic Design
A VC - Fred Wilson
Nick Zanio - The Optimistic Curmudgeon
The Savvy Girls of Summer
Dennis Perrin - A Red State Son
The Huffington Post
Eat The Press
Citizen Hunter - Flavia Colgen
The Raw Story
The Moderate Voice
Dan Kennedy's Media Nation
Crooks and Liars
Salon's Blog Report
The Carpetbagger Report
The Populist Blog
The News Hole - The Blog of Countdown
Copeland Institute for Lower Learning
Seeing The Forest
Donna Barstow Cartoons
The Largest Minority
A Tiny Revolution
Shaun Mullen - Kiko's House
I Am TRex
Larisa Alexandrovna's at-largely
Talking Points Memo
The (liberal)Girl Next Door
State of the Day
Larry Johnson's No Quarter
Iraq For Sale: The War Profiteers
The Joseph and Valerie Wilson Legal Support Trust
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Appeal For Redress
National Priorities Project - The Cost of War
Thank You Lt. Watada
Glenn Greenwald's Unclaimed Territory
After Downing Street
Let's Try Democracy - Writings by David Swanson
The Smirking Chimp
The Peace Abbey
Stop Global Warming
Just Foreign Policy
Stop Iran War
Air America Radio
ABC's Brian Ross
The Sleuth - Mary Ann Akers ...Behind the Scenes in Washington
The Caucus Blog
Crawford List - An independent, nonpartisan blog on media & politics
Charlie Rose Show
Bill Moyers Journal
CNN Situation Room
Good Morning Silicon Valley
San Jose Mercury News
The Washington Post
Editor and Publisher
Los Angeles Times
(If anyone wants to replicate these Link Lists, contact me and I will be happy to send them to you, coded and ready to paste)