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Don’t Make Me Link You

Okay, okay, already. I get the A-list, B-list, and now Z-list meme stuff. (What the heck is a “meme”? Where did that word suddenly come from?) Why do link games remind me so much of “Spin The Bottle”?

The latest thing to know about is Revenge of the ‘Z-Lister’ by Mack Collier. His intent is to help promote possibly undiscovered blog gems and introduce them. Very nice. There are millions of blogs. Sifting through them to find gold and diamonds is time consuming.

So, he suggests that he make a little list of his choices. Then, you come along with your blog, copy his list to your blog and add your own choices. Then, you open it up to others, who will copy your list, add their favorite blogs and so on and so forth.

Sooner or later the bottle may point to your blog.

Seth Godin took the idea and made a ZList out of his list. In the past few days I’ve watched my blog do the Cha Cha up and down that list, get points, lose points and otherwise depress me or get me excited, depending on how you vote.

There’s lists and copied lists and lists about lists all over the place.

Is anyone reading these lists?

Seth’s (at this moment) has 415 links. I’m curious to know how many people scroll down lists, click on every blog, or the ones that look interesting. People must have a hell of a lot of extra time on their hands to do this.

I’m happy as heck to link to you, but I’m not comfortable throwing up a lot of links just for the sake of “linking” or “link bait” or creating meme’s or whatever the next thing is called. I have a Suggested Sites page of blogs I like or recommend.

I love to find you and write about you. Like the Stone Temple blog, who showed up on my MyBlogLog stats and I followed the popcorn trail to his site.

I kinda like just walking around and picking out my own stuff.

Gosh, I’m stubborn, aren’t I?


  1. December 28, 2006    

    “Gosh, I’m stubborn, aren’t I?”

    You’re unique Kim (and that’s a very good thing!)

  2. December 28, 2006    

    I had a neighbor tell me that once. We were living in a townhouse complex in suburbia, each with our cloned yards, decks and backyards. Everyone did the traditional playset thing in the backyard when the babies came. Not me. I wanted an organic veggie garden. So, we rented a rototiller and tore up the backyard, and for 3 years in a row I had a 150 square foot garden there. You walked out on the deck and stepped directly into the greenbeans. I fed all my neigbhors, who thought I was NUTS! at first, but that became “unique, in a nice way”.

    Eventually we sodded over it, and installed a huge wooden playset because our kids wanted that more than zucchini. To this day, I still run into many of my old neighbors (we all eventually moved into bigger houses) and they STILL tease me about my garden and waking up to the sound of a rototiller in February.

  3. December 28, 2006    

    Sigh – I am guilty as charged … Picked up on the Z-list “meme” and propgated it with a post on our blog.

    But as you say above, Kim, is there really any value to it? Perhaps not. After all, who would really read through the whole list of sites?

    In any event, I added to my list, only those sites that I thought had some pretty unique and cool value.

  4. December 28, 2006    

    I added to my list, only those sites that I thought had some pretty unique and cool value.

    As most will likely do Eric :) I think I was at your site about 4 times today, by way of links, email, etc.

    It’s nice to meet you!

  5. December 28, 2006    

    “Meme” (rhymes with dream) was coined by geneticist Richard Dawkins and refers to a unit of cultural information transferable from one mind to another.

    Leave it to the blogosphere to totally trivialize the concept. ;)

  6. December 29, 2006    

    Who knew? It actually makes more sense now…:) Thanks for that. I really had no idea. The word “meme” suddenly appeared everywhere. I figured everybody knew what it meant, except for me, of course!

  7. December 29, 2006    

    Don’t worry Kim. I didn’t know what it meant either when I first heard the term. I had that same feeling as you that I was the only one out of the loop.

    I think I either caught the definition on Brian’s blog or maybe at one point I just looked it up. I really can’t remember It was obviously a very big moment in my life.

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