Chain, Chain, Chain
Originally uploaded by ozoni11.
Most of the links on my sidebar I found through reading blogs and getting so excited about what they contained that I wanted more. I wanted to read everything this blogger wrote. Or at least check in on a regular basis.
Not all of them though.
Three or four were added when an enterprising blogger wrote and asked me to exchange links. I usually comply. Just seems like the polite thing to do.
Most often the link traders have no real interest in my blog; and once they acquire another link in their chain, they're never seen again.
One link was added after I got a rather irate email from a man wanting to know why I linked all his friends, but not him. I probably should have ignored the email. But I felt bad that I hurt his feelings so I apologized and added his link.
Once he got me to admit I was wrong, he never visited again either.
A few times I've linked blogs and frequently left comments on them because I loved their words, and they always said something that made me want to yell YES! Loudly!
But they never visited me back or left even a stone in the comment box.
Maybe they were too busy or had no interest in the stuff I wrote. But I started to feel like the high school outcast. I dressed all in black when I visited their blogs. I sulked and said nothing--no matter how fast their writing made my heart pound.Maybe I even stopped visiting altogether.
If they didn't want to hang out in the alley with me in my black clothes, I wouldn't hang out with them either. So there!
Sometimes I even took their links down and exorcised them altogether like an ex-boyfriend who never liked you as much as you liked him.
I know it's not very mature, and I only denied myself the pleasure of some fine writing, but that's what I did.
Sometimes I take people off my sidebar because they've stop blogging for a while or because I have so many links and I can never seem to find the one I'm looking for.
There are several blogs I visit regularly, but haven't linked to. Not because I like them less, but because I got in the habit of connecting to them through a mutual friend's sidebar or through their comments here.
My blog roll is so diverse that if we all got together for a party, it might be a weird gathering. I wouldn't know whether to serve beer or blue martinis or double expressos. Come to think of it my life is like that, too.
And I like it that way. In my alley, anyone can hang out--no matter what color your clothes are.
What was the last blog you linked to and why?