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Friday, September 29, 2006...
New blogging for cash site [-]
I found a new advertising site that is made EXCLUSIVELY for bloggers. It seems like a really genius idea! If you decide to sign up, please use my email (bobbygriffin@gmail.com) as your referrer. You get paid for writing posts about different products and websites, so it's original content as opposed to generic ads in the margins of your site.

The only catch, well, not really a catch...but the only stipulation is that your blog must be as least 90 days old and have been continually updated during that time. This is to prevent people from creating new blogs just to make money. They want dedicated bloggers who have already proven their longevity!

So, if you're interested, the website is called PayPerPost.com. And again, if you do signup, please use my email (BobbyGriffin@gmail.com) as your referrer. My blog was just approved and I can't wait to get started!!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 6:14 PM   1 comments [-]
A helpful site for my readers... [-]
Hey guys, I just recently replaced the digital camera that was stolen from me on my European vacation during the increased security. I found a great digital camera reviews site that really helped me find a great camera at a great price. Probably a better deal than the camera that got stolen!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 6:09 PM   0 comments [-]
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/29/2006 [-]
Pregnant Pauses
...by Julie from "Flip This Body"

Pregnant Pauses, by blogger Irene Tuazon, is a cornucopia of fun, sassiness and humor. A self-proclaimed, "Photographer's Muse / Loony Stage Mother", Irene blogs from The Phillipines with a voice that is fresh and extremely funny.

Irene's blog description states, "A pregnant pause is a momentary stillness laden with significance. It is rich, prolific, provocative, wow. It is a threshold for ideas and can translate into one to one thousand emotions. It welcomes imagination and brims with untold possibilities. Sometimes, it is even pinched with humor. Life's most unforgettable moments are highlighted by pregnant pauses. Now, I gladly share with you mine."

Wow is right. If the description hasn't already sucked you in, try her post on her run in with WWE Smackdown's Big Dave Bautista, or the pics of her baby being cooked alive!! But, on a dime, Irene will turn around and hit you with a sentimental photograph / poignant quote combo that's heartfelt and true.

I really enjoy visiting Irene's site because you never know what she's going to do next. She keeps you guessing, in a really good way! So stop by Irene's Pregnant Pauses and tell her Julie from Flip This Body sent you, via the Bestest Blog of All-Time!!!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:07 AM   6 comments [-]
Thursday, September 28, 2006...
Have your blog be bestest for a whole month! [-]
Only 24 hours left of bidding for this month's "Bestest Blog of the Month." The current bid is still less than last month's ($51), even though this site has been continually growing, expanding, and improving. Check it out now, before it's too late!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 6:39 PM   3 comments [-]
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/28/2006 [-]
Is This REALLY My Life (or Co-Worker Hate Blog)
...by guest blogger Neila from "Blog that Mommy!"

Linka72 describes herself as a “Call Center Slave.” It is a job that provides her with endless tales, which she shares in her blog, Is This REALLY My Life (or Co-Worker Hate Blog). Linka’s blog debuted in June, and over the summer she has shared the rantings and musings of her daily life with a little hateful gossip about her co-workers thrown in for good measure.

When I discovered this blog, I sat down and read almost every entry. Not only did it catch my attention, but it made me laugh so hard I cried. Anyone who has ever worked in an office environment, or who has enjoyed the movie Office Space, will enjoy this blog.

Linka writes about everything from a co-worker (Belly) who won’t stop staring at her breasts in Stop Looking At My Hooters, to another co-worker who steals her food out of the refrigerator in the break room. I think many of us can relate to her saga of office life, which is what makes her blogs so humorous. We have been there!

Linka is also very helpful with her useful critiques such as Facial Hair – WTF?? or Songs A Straight Man Should NEVER Be Caught Singing. In her recent piece, Speaking of Embarrassment, Linka tapped on current events with her take on the new season of Survivor and the racial division.

If you head over to Is This REALLY My Life, get ready to read until your sides hurt from laughing, and let Linka know Neila from Blog That Mommy! (and Bestest Blog) sent you.
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:22 AM   5 comments [-]
Wednesday, September 27, 2006...
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/27/2006 [-]
Home Ec. for Grownups
Sometimes when I'm writing my reviews, I feel like it's cheating to copy and paste a description they have on the site. But sometimes they're so well-written and to the point that I can't help it, like this one: "'Real life' home economics – simple recipes that work, household hints and tips, bargain shopping suggestions, decorating ideas, popular culture and more. I don't write about it unless I've tried it."

Now, I'm newly married, newly living on my own, and I'll be the first to admit that I don't know crap when it comes to taking care of the house or preparing dinners that don't involve the microwave (well, maybe my wife would be the first to admit it, but that's another story entirely). This site is an excellent resource for people like me (without a clue) and even more experienced adults who are looking for a quick tip or great, new recipe. Polly even has a wide collection of shopping guides and tips, as well as mini-movie reviews. (Side note: Blogger Beta makes writing my reviews MUCH easier with the handy-dandy categories. Wowweeee!)

So, if you're a teenager, and mom makes dinner every night, and you only do the bare minimum as far as household chores go, then this site probably isn't for you. For the rest of us (in the "real world" as Polly puts it), go and check out "Home Ec. for Grownups". I guarantee you'll find at least one helpful idea to walk away with, courtesy of Polly (and indirectly Bestest Blog).
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:25 AM   7 comments [-]
Tuesday, September 26, 2006...
(At least) one happy customer! [-]
I just wanted to post a wonderful compliment I received today:
"Wow - Bobby, I can't find your email but I'm here to say that Bestest Premium really works. I got a bunch of traffic today.

I know this sounds like an ad but it isn't. It's one happy customer!

Cheers

Portnoy"

Portnoy donated $30 towards being a premium blog for his site Reel Hollywood. With the inception of the Random Blog Button, it would seem as though EVERYONE should have had a good traffic day today...especially the PREMIUM BLOGS!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 8:09 PM   10 comments [-]
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/26/2006 [-]
A Normal Life
...by guest blogger Gale from "L'esprit de l'escalier"

"Who is a wise man? He who learns of all men." --The Talmud

The quote from the Talmud says almost everything you need to know to know about why bazza's blog deserves a Bestest Blog nod. I found the quote on Bazza's site, A Normal Life, which abounds in common wisdom, good humor, and heart.

Bazza is a humanist, and I mean that in the best sense of the word. He's one of the most genteel souls I have met in cyberspace. He has well crafted opinions on a range of topics: history, art, music, architecture, classic cars, and football, to name a few. But it's not his style to shout anyone down. Bazza lifts up the people and places he profiles in his blog and elevates other bloggers up with gracious comments.

I first met bazza when he surprised me by stopping in on my book blog. See, I had designed it as a best-books-for-women site, all pink and dishy-- a place where only men completely secure in their sexuality would fear to tread.

Enter bazza. His comment on my book blog (the first I received, mind you) was: "I enjoyed your review of The Wonder Spot. Makes me want to read it and I'm not a chick. (English, middle-aged Jewish male). I think good writing is good writing and anything well written is worth reading."

Readers of a normal life have come to expect regular features such as lighthearted quizzes, pictorials of English countryside and architecture as he travels about England, and a growing list of his heroes--men and women--such as William Shakespeare (complete with sonnet), Maya Angelou, Andres Segovia, Homer Simpson, and Olympic medalist Michael Johnson. Perhaps my favorite hero post is about Charles Darwin from August 1. Bazza's biographical entry about Darwin is informative but congenial and relaxed. I felt as if I knew Darwin after reading that post.

Other favorite posts on A Normal Life are his photos of the flower gardens on Clacton-on-Sea from July 20, a quirky post on how cows moo with accents on August 23, the beautiful scenery of Old Amersham posted on September 9, his jpegs of Cezanne paintings sprinkled throughout, and a very funny photo he snapped on September 8 directing onlookers to a Secret Nuclear Bunk .

I have no doubt you'll find something you'll like at Bazza's blog. It's the kind of place you visit and think, "Now there is a beautiful soul. I'd like to read more of his work. I'd like to be his friend." Let him know that Gale and Bestest Blog sent ya!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:02 AM   8 comments [-]
Monday, September 25, 2006...
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/25/2006 [-]
Memoirs of a Gouda
...by Morgen from "It's a Blog Eat Blog World"

Today's Morgen Monday brings us to the Wonder Of Washington State: Allie D's Memoirs Of A Gouda.

Since her blog's subtitle is "Grabbing Life By The Curds, Searching For Wisdom Along The Whey..." you know you're in for a punny good time searching through her aged cheese bin.

She describes herself as "almost 27 years old, a full-time mother of two and a full-time student" and she maintains several blogs, on top of those two-full time occupations!

Whether it's skewering world leaders, wishing for special abilities, or waxing poetic about the failed marriages of celebrities, Allie delivers pointy wit and a bouquet of flavor, just like a shaker of romano cheese.

While talking about her children, she fills you with gooey goodness like a warm brie. My favorite posts of her involve candy, surprisingly, not cheese! Check out her Leave It Dead series on candy: from circus peanuts to ju ju bees to gummy worms, this Gouda knows her sweets!

Somehow, along with all her interests, school, and two adorable kids, she has time to blog. Blog On, Allie D, Blog On! So, head on over to Memoirs Of A Gouda, and tell her that Morgen and Bestest Blog sent ya!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:10 AM   3 comments [-]
Sunday, September 24, 2006...
Just so you know... [-]
There are 32 new blogs in the Recent Additions for your weekend viewing pleasure. There are also a bunch of new Premium Blogs, so be sure to check those out as well.

The "Random Blog Button" Beta has been well received, I hope to make it a little less beta before the weekend is over, but we shall see. But if you want to link to it now you can...even when it us un-beta, the URL won't change.

I am up to 76 links on Blogrolling.com. This is up from 53 when I initially encouraged people to use this service. #500 on the Hot 500 still only has 129 links, so I am quickly bridging the gap. If you haven't already, click here to Blogroll Me!

And finally, this month's "Bestest Blog of the Month" auction is up and rolling and has some bids already. Don't miss out if you're interested!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:26 AM   2 comments [-]
Rerun Sunday: 09/24/2006 [-]
Foxxfyrre's Honk'n'Holl'r
Foxxfyrre (Frank) is the "Spread Your Smile!" contest winner from a few days ago (there was one other submission, but I have no clue who it is...if it's you, let me know so I can list you as a Runner-up).

I'm actually kind of glad that Frank was the winner, because his blog is pretty good. It's a collection of fictitious stories inspired by his co-workers and patrons at a large hotel. To read Frank's introductory post, click here. The whole idea for the blog stemmed from he and another co-worker making fun of some of the people they have to deal with...but, just to be safe, they decided to use code names for everyone (Cheers inspired code names!).

So, please visit Frank's humorous, partly true (which parts, we'll never know) stories at "Foxxfyrre's Honk'n'Holl'r" and let him know "Bestest Blog" linked you up!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:01 AM   1 comments [-]
Saturday, September 23, 2006...
Bestest Blog of the Month TIME AGAIN! [-]
Bidding has commenced for next month's "Bestest Blog of the Month." Bidding starts are only 1 penny!!

Not only will your blog be featured in the top left corner, but you'll appear extra often in the "Random Blog" rotation for this month and months to come, with the new premium blog incentive. Check out the eBay listing for full details.

This month's winner has reported to me an increase in visitors so large that it averages out to less than 1 cent per visitor (try getting advertising that cheap with Google Adsense!). So, if you think your blog might be ready for the big-time, check it out! Or if you have a blog you really like that might be interested, let them know about this great opportunity.
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:07 AM   4 comments [-]
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/23/2006 [-]
Bible Study Blog
Onto week 6 of "Premium Saturdays" where we always feature a Premium Blog. Interested in becoming premium? Click here to find out how!
Well, I just finished my 3rd week of teaching high school...they say it gets easier as the year progresses, let's hope so! I teach at a Catholic high school, where the students are required to take a religion class all 4 years (in comparison, they only have to take 3 years of math). So, these students are definitely coming out of this school with a much better understanding and appreciation of the bible.

Now, certainly this blog choice today is not for everyone. But for any spiritual person (who maybe went to public school) who wants to gain a better appreciation of the bible, this is a GREAT resource. Even if you are well-versed in the Bible, Neil offers a lot of personal insight and sparks intelligent conversation in his comments.

This blog really is excellent in what it purports to do, study the Bible. Neil thought his blog was ready for the big-time and outbid everyone else for the title of "Bestest Blog of the Month" (sidenote: next month's bidding has now commenced). So far it's been impossible for me NOT to feature the "blogs of the month" with a "blog of the day" award, because they've been THAT good!

So, if you haven't already visited Neil this month, what are you waiting for? I don't think I could give you any more motivation to check it out, so go already!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:05 AM   1 comments [-]
Friday, September 22, 2006...
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/22/2006 [-]
Young and Broke
...by Julie from "Flip This Body"

Amanda, over at Young and Broke, has made quite a name for herself in the Personal Finance (PF) blogging community. This "recently married 20-something Chicagoan working in financial services/software development" writes a daily blog on being young and, well, broke! She gives really great, solid and practical financial advise. Even if you're not young (or not broke) the information she delves out is extremely valuable to living a prosperous and frugal financial life. Her readers are also (on the majority) financial gurus, so you can often learn even more from reading the comments to each post.

My favorite articles help define what the hell are IRAs, 401Ks, and HSAs (that's a lotta abbreviations!) and why should I give a crap about them. She has a wealth of good advice on getting out of debt. Amanda uses her own personal life examples to help the reader better understand the impact these financial issues make in our lives. And she also has created her own line of refurbished vintage clothing, Poor York, so Amanda is quite the entrepreneur!

Since it's launch in December 2005, Amanda's blog has been featured in such publications as the Chicago Tribune and Businessweek.com, so she's already gaining celebrity blogging status. I decided to honor her with Bestest Blog of the Day, not only because her blog kicks arse, but because I noticed an extreme lack of Personal Finance Blogs linked on the Bestest Blog of All-Time (there isn't even a category for it - very surprising to me, considering the wealth of PF Blogs out there; where are you, PF Bloggers???) I wanted Bobby's readers to benefit from the extremely valuable info, as I have.

So if you visit Amanda, let her know Julie from Flip This Body sent you, via the Bestest Blog of All-Time!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:18 AM   2 comments [-]
Thursday, September 21, 2006...
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/21/2006 [-]
Stupid Criminal File
This pick comes to us from Guest Blogger Charlene from "A Day in the Life..." We need more guest bloggers, so click here if you think you might be interested.
Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege. ~unknown
Reading through the Stupid Criminal Files is mind-boggling. This is where you meet the less intelligent family members of Dumb and Dumber. Every true story is linked to it's original news source, Reuters, Associated Press, Fox News, etc.

The blog begins in January of 2005. My pick for stupid criminal of the month is the 40 year-old Wisconsin man who stole a GPS Tracking Devise. Hello? That February a puffed up bank robber used his cell phone to call his favorite local radio station and boast ON AIR about the heist; while actor, Tom Seizemore, had a staring role in an impromptu piece entitled, Fake Urine + Fake Penis = Jail. In March a Police Chief Drives Drunk. April leads us to Norway where two robbers attempt a getaway in a row boat even though both of them lack Rowing Skills; then back to Las Vegas and Los Angeles for the infamous, Wendy's Chili Finger Case. In August a business man sexually assaulted a sleeping woman on an airplane -- where his chances of escape were seriously limited -- and earned the title, Brave But Stupid. December offers the charming Yuletide story of the Pickpocket at the Police Christmas Party.

The New Year brings a fresh crop of criminals. January of 2006 begs the question, How Dumb Can One Be?, when an angry man head-butts a car windshield and gets his head stuck in the glass; and a Mugger Hides in a Tiger Cage. April brings a slew of SCF Tips -- pointers for criminals with excessively low IQs. SCF Tip: In Jail? Remember, They're Watching You, points out that when you are in jail, you really shouldn't contact your friend to cover your drug trade.

The Stupid Criminal File has three contributors: Kicknit, Female Law Power, and G-MAN. They welcome contributions from sharp-eyed readers providing they send the source of the original news item. One such item is the sad tale of Snowy the Goat, who was Kid-napped (I couldn't resist). Another irresistible tale is, In Brief, the story of two clueless crooks clad in skivvies -- as face masks.

Reading the Stupid Criminal File may not raise your IQ, but it will certainly make you feel more intelligent (unless, of course, your story is here), and leave you laughing as well. So check it out, courtesy of Charlene from "A Day in the Life..." and Bestest Blog!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:03 AM   5 comments [-]
Wednesday, September 20, 2006...
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/20/2006 [-]
Critique My Blog
I've said it once, and I will say it again. No one in the history of blogging has made a successful blog without linking to other blogs, commenting on other blogs, and being part of the blogosphere community as a whole. This is the ideal that I have founded my blog on, and it appears to be the same ideal Billy Mac has founded his blog on.

Just like me, Billy Mac has a link exchange program going on. Where as on my blog, I choose one of the best each day and feature it for my readers, Billy Mac takes EVERY SINGLE BLOG and writes up a review about it. Mostly they're positive, but he's not afraid to give criticism when it's merited.

Now, I'm not about to sit here and bicker about whose idea is better...they're both good ideas, so let's get the word out on both! Many of the people I link to here, have already been critiqued by Billy Mac on his site (each word is a link to a different review to a site also in the directory here).

Also, in true blogging fashion, Billy Mac is helpful in doling out tricks and tips for maintaining a successful blog and perhaps even making a buck or two while doing it. So, check out Billy Mac at "Critique My Blog" and get your honest blog critique today (Well, maybe not today, depending on how positive the response is, we might keep him busy for awhile to come!).
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:30 AM   5 comments [-]
Tuesday, September 19, 2006...
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/19/2006 [-]
L'esprit de l'escalier (Gem's Blog)

Guest blogger, Mimi, from Dating Profile of the Day, proudly nominates........ L'ESPRIT DE L'ESCALIER (GEM'S BLOG) for Bestest Blog of the Day, September 19, 2006.

Want quality writing with a witty twist and lots of hutzpah? You've come to the right place. Gale Martin's entertaining blog never fails to live up to its French title, which literally means "staircase wit".

She has been called the Erma Bombeck of Blogging. I totally agree.

Her topics range from Blog-o-nomics to adventures at Dunkin' Donuts (the little chain that could) to Shaker Celibacy! A published author, yuppie extraordinaire and prolific writer, her style is fresh and her stories unique with well-placed pics for a visual delight. A Blog of "Gem-osophy" as she calls it, is full of original humor and sage advice.

Happy Friend Day and Global Warming in the Blogosphere are heartfelt tributes to happenings online and elsewhere. Always funny and willing to laugh at herself, her self-proclaimed "rants" are intellectually elevated above the usual mindless blog chatter found in personal blogs. She sometimes gets lost on the freeway (Circle of Death), savors brunette jokes, attributes "silly snake days" to the late great Steve Irwin and is fascinated with the minute and technical aspects of blogging.

GEM is an enthusiast blogger with heartfelt kudos and praise for fellow bloggers and always mentions new gems she finds in the blogosphere. You will also find glowing comments left by happy visitors; the mark of any good blog.

Light-hearted and witty, this site will leave you in stitches and craving a daily dose of GEM.

You want to "get me where I live"? writes Gale in her bio. "Write me something good. Or just write me."
Gale Martin knows the power of words - and uses them well. Give her a read and tell her that Bestest Blog and Mimi sent you!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:31 AM   4 comments [-]
Monday, September 18, 2006...
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/18/2006 [-]
Central American Rhapsody: A Cautionary Tale
...by Morgen from "It's a Blog Eat Blog World"

Today's Morgen Monday comes to us from that wild little country of Honduras. That's right kids, it's time for Miss Jill to share some hilarious moments at a Central American Rhapsody: A Cautionary Tale.

Jill is a 25 year old Mormon who teaches 6th graders in Honduras. She believes in doing something good in her life, and clearly she believes in doing it with a great sense of humor. Frankly, I had to get a map to locate Honduras, and I can only imagine what it's like there -- she has her own bodyguard (he wears a t-shirt that says "Player") but, she also has her own maid (who wears knock-off Hilfiger t's). Jill's Honduras is the land of cheap hit men, fawning church women who make horrific bakegoods (carmelized treebark, Jill writes), and a place where menthol Halls are divine treats. I guess after eating carmelized treebark, popping a Halls like a mint doesn't sound so bad.

Being a teacher, some of Jill's greatest stories come from her time with her students. While her choir cracks me up, it is little Juan who makes me laugh out loud -- he is a little fashionista, think a young Hispanic Carson Kressley. Then, of course, there are the classic lines -- like the answers she received when she asked her students: What is your best school memory?

So check out Miss Jill at Central American Rhapsody, find out why "Banana Republic isn't just a store at the mall," and tell her that Morgen and Bestest Blog sent you. Make sure to bring enough Halls so everyone can have one!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:29 AM   5 comments [-]
Sunday, September 17, 2006...
Super Awesome Random Blog Surfbar (beta version) [-]
Ok, so I've been working on this for awhile and I finally got it to work. As of right now it is functional, but not necessarily pretty and how I want it to be exactly. Here are the advantages:
(1) Easily surf blogs continually in the same window
(2) Link to it from your own site! (before you had to link people to my main site and then they'd have to find the button themselves).

So here is the website: http://randomblogbutton.blogspot.com/. I've had a lot of people request something like this and I hope this is what they were looking for. Please comment, I am interested in hearing your opinions!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 2:44 PM   9 comments [-]
Rerun Sunday: 09/17/2006 [-]
A World of Bloggers
Update: Many of the popular countries I have listed below are filled, but there are still plenty of vacancies left! So, if you live in or have lived in a semi-obscure country (or even if you haven't), check out this blog!

This blog choice is designed especially for those visitors who are reading from outside of the United States (though, Americans feel free to check it out too).

Rhys has a bit of a link exchange going on at his blog, kind of like I do here. But he doesn't accept just any old non-porno, non-spam blog like I do. Rhys is looking to exchange links with exactly 1 blog from every country. (I say sorry to my fellow Americans because I have already claimed the USA spot).

Rhys really has a creative concept here, but is just getting started with only 4 countries linked at the time of publishing (USA, Bangladesh, Burkino Faso, and New Zealand). So there are still plenty of countries left...lots of ones I know I have regular visitors in: Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, etc.

So if you're interested in becoming the blogging representative for your country, or if you'd just like to surf some culturally diverse blogs, please visit Rhys's "A World of Bloggers" and tell him that the USA rep. sent ya!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:02 AM   4 comments [-]
Saturday, September 16, 2006...
Improvements to make your surfing easier [-]
Ok, so first off, the "Random Blog" button opens in a new window, so it'll be easier for you to continually click on it by just closing the window that opens whenever you finish. I am still working on a version where the button is continuously at the top of the page, and the random blogs appear in the bottom.

Secondly, I've added a search box to quickly search through all blogs in the directory. I thought this was a pretty cool idea and I'm glad I got it to work. All it does is include "link:http://bestestblogofalltime.blogspot.com" in the search query. So if your blog has a link to mine on it, it will be included in these search results.

On a sidenote, to help with the proficiency of the search box...Blogger, by default, surrounds link lists with a [MainOrArchivePage] tag. This means that your link list will not appear on individual item pages. So, in other words if you have a post from last April about puppies and someone searches for puppies with this box, if my link doesn't appear on that puppies post page, your blog won't come up in the search results.

Ok, that sounded really confusing probably if you don't really understand what you are doing. To test this, click on the link for any individual post page on your blog. Does my link (along with the other blogs you link to) appear on this page? If so, don't worry, you're fine! If not, go into your template and find the area with your links code. Before and after this code you should see [MainOrArchivePage] and [/MainOrArchivePage] respectively (only with < and > instead of [ and ]). You need to get rid of these! Besides, don't you want your links to appear on every page of your blog? I know I do!

If you need any more help with this concept, please just let me know! And if you have any opinions about these changes and additions, I look forward to hearing from you.
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 8:13 PM   4 comments [-]
Big day of updates! [-]
So, I spent the last 5 hours updating the behind the scenes stuff for the blog. I am proud to say that there are 37 new blogs for your surfing pleasure in the "Recent Additions", as well as quite a few new "Premium Blogs". Especially noteworthy is that we have a new top donator on the Premium Blogs list, thank you very much Doctor Anonymous!!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 1:33 PM   1 comments [-]
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/16/2006 [-]
Top Jokes
This is our 5th edition of "Premium Saturdays" where only Premium Blogs can be featured. If you're interested in becoming a Premium Blog, click here!
I have always been very into comedy. All my favorite movies and TV shows are comedies, in college I was in an improv comedy group, and I once waited in line for 19 hours in January to see a live episode of Saturday Night Live. Another favorite of mine is reading jokes. I have a lot of people who forward jokes along to me, and I have a tendency to grab a joke book while sitting in the cafe area at Barnes and Noble. The reason I am telling you this, is that by this point, I have seen many of the same jokes regurgitated over and over again. But somehow, Archit over at Top Jokes has found a surplus of hilarious jokes that I have never heard before!

So, of course, in this paragraph, I am going to link you up to some of my favorites, all of which I have never heard before (there are a few funny ones that I have heard before, but that's not why this site won!): Father-in-law's Letter, Heights, and The CIA's Assassin.

There's a joke for almost every occassion, and a convenient search box to find them. Here is a very good one for all of us who run our own website or blog. And here's another one that I found particularly enjoyable since I'm a teacher (but you'll probably like it too!).

So for some fresh and funny jokes in the same, traditional format, check out Archit's "Top Jokes". I promise you won't be disappointed!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:36 AM   2 comments [-]
Friday, September 15, 2006...
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/15/2006 [-]
Looking in My Rearview Mirror
...by Julie from "Flip This Body"

In our fast-paced, media-crazed and superficial world, I often find myself searching for things that are inherently good; full of meaning, honest truth and simplicity. Sometimes a rerun of Leave It To Beaver can put me in the best mood. That show makes me long for a better world, where people are hard working, always look out for their neighbors and try their best to be a good person. You get a feeling of hope from watching that show; hope that a world like that is obtainable…somehow…someday…

I often find myself visiting Looking in My Rearview Mirror to find that feeling. Lue, the author, is a former Amish. She chose to leave the Amish faith 12 years ago and is now using her blog to look back at her choice and how it’s changed her life, for the better or worse. Lue is completely open to answering any and all questions about the Amish faith and encourages her readers to submit any questions they may have. Lue is a Christian, but I’m happy to say she does not force her opinions on her readers.

Lue still lives in Amish Country, Ohio, though; and even though she is no longer practicing strict Amish customs, there are certain values that are upheld in her community that put pressure on her on a daily basis. So much so, that she even seriously contemplated quitting blogging because one community member commented that many people in town were reading her blog; that she was hurting people with her words and she should watch what she says. I can’t imagine living in a community like that, where you are constantly scrutinized by your neighbors for voicing your thoughts and opinions. (It makes the world of “the Beav” seem a little less desirable.) But Lue forged ahead (unfortunately, after deleting all of her previous postings, in a knee-jerk reaction of fear and worry), and I am really proud of her for standing her ground and moving forward with bravery and dignity.

Her writing is super kooky-funny, wise, non-pretentious and the most honest and good-hearted you will ever read. Lue is quite a character; her personality reminds one of Goldie Hawn-meets-Edith Bunker. She writes about adjusting to the workforce (Amish women are not allowed to work; one big reason why Lue left the faith), her wonderful kids and husband (who are fabulous supporting characters) and her everyday adventures, with a Seinfeld-meets-Green Acres flair.

So check out Lue at Looking in My Rearview Mirror and tell her Julie from Flip This Body sent you, via The Bestest Blog of All-Time.
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:32 AM   12 comments [-]
Thursday, September 14, 2006...
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/14/2006 [-]
Peggy, as she is
This guest blogging pick comes to us from Ms. Peanut at "Peanut, Peanut Butter...Jelly!"
(Insert drum roll here) "And the winner of ‘Bestest Blog of the Day for September 14th, 2006’ is ‘Peggy, as she is’!"

Mommy Dearest, Boy, and Elsie’s mother complicate Peggy’s life on a regular basis-- from denial of visitation to not minding her own business. Between having a 2- and a 4–year old, running an eBay store, dealing w/ MD, and life in general, I don’t know how Peggy does it.

I especially love her rant about advertising on PBS and her rant about Mommy Dearest’s attempt at visitation denial.

You never know what you're going to read next with Peggy. It could be about PBS, Mommy Dearest, her secret admirer, or even garbage bags! So please check out Peggy at "Peggy, as she is" and tell her that Bestest Blog and Peanut sent ya!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:14 AM   4 comments [-]
Wednesday, September 13, 2006...
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/13/2006 [-]
Antichrist & Minotaur Man
Ok, my computer is kinda working, hopefully long enough for me to get through this post. This pick comes to us courtesy of Mo who writes the comedy blog Mo! where he writes as himself, as well former 'Bestest Blog' The Meathead Diaries, where he blogs as his character Guy Ernest.
If comedy is hard, a funny blog is even harder to write. Think I'm just writing a lazy intro? The highest ranked comedy blog on Technorati is "Overheard in New York," which is full of unintentional humor. Ze Frank's "The Show," the second highest ranked funny blog in the blogosphere, is a video blog. The highest ranked written, intentionally funny blog, "One Red Paperclip," is based on the incredible stunt of trading one red paper clip for a pen and so on all the way to a house. That blog is ranked 88.

Antichrist & Minotaur Man (WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE IS ON THIS SITE) is a rare find then: a hilarious blog that is constantly updated with a warped sense of humor. What this blog doesn't do is every bit as admirable as what it does do. Instead of focusing on found humor ("Hey, check out this funny video of a fat man falling off a ladder and into a dumpster filled with mayonnaise-covered rats"), easy political humor ("Bush is dumb," "Mexicans no speakee English") or anecdotal humor ("I went to the store and bought vegetable oil instead of olive oil! LOLz!") like most blogs, "Antichrist & Minotaur Man" has an absurdly funny, original joke/written sketch almost every day.

Favorite posts include Weed Industry Roundtable Discussion, Dead or Alive Musicians, Printer Assistance Monologue, Fill in that Emo Lyric and James Blunt Rocks the Fans.

The only reason I thought about not linking to this blog was because I did not want to feed Antichrist and Minotaur Man's egos. See, they are both 18 years old. So please check out their hysterically funny blog and tell them Mo/Guy Ernest/Bestest Blog sent you!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:01 AM   5 comments [-]
Tuesday, September 12, 2006...
Computer Down Time [-]
Due to the fact that my computer won't load the operating system, we are having an unexpected and undesired day off here. Hopefully, I'll get it fixed and push the guest blogger from today to tomorrow. Right now, I am on my wife's computer, but she doesn't have any of the files that I need, plus it's hella late I've been trying to fix mine all night.

Sorry folks!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:21 AM   3 comments [-]
Monday, September 11, 2006...
Site errors? [-]
I've had at least one report of my blog being down for some time over the weekend (I was out of town, so I'm not sure when or for how long). Anyway, if you didn't check her out already, be sure to check out Saturday's winner, Neila from Blog That Mommy!, as well as today's winner!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 1:01 AM   5 comments [-]
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/11/2006 [-]
Doctor Anonymous
...by Morgen from "It's a Blog Eat Blog World"

For my first Morgen Monday, I select Doctor Anonymous as Bestest Blog Of The Day for Monday, September 11. An infamous day for all of us. Best summed up with the words of the song quoted on Dr. A's Friday post (which was also his 100th post -- Congrats, Dr. A!). He was on call this past weekend, and I hope this honor picks up his spirits as he begins a new week of doctorly duties.

Dr. A is not only a doctor, he's also a funny guy who is a Blogaholic. He's self-described as "just a guy trying to find the humor in medicine and humor in life while dealing with the daily grind of the American health care system." His site is the "Unofficial Bloggers Anonymous" headquarters. Like most of us, he has reflected upon the frequency of his postings, what it means to Blog, and about the interaction he has with his commenters.

In Dr. A's own words: "Blogging is like being at the podium and to get people to listen to you, your thoughts have to be pretty well developed, or people will walk away. The good blogs that I've run into make me think a little bit and make me post a comment. The interaction with people (conversation like interactions) take place in the comment area. The blog is kind of like the lecture and the comments are like the Q&A." I love this quote. Written like a true Blogaholic!

So raise a bottle of Woodchuck Cider to Dr. Anonymous today, and tell him that Morgen and Bestest Blog sent ya!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:10 AM   3 comments [-]
Sunday, September 10, 2006...
Rerun Sunday: 09/10/2006 [-]
Twenty-three and Counting
Update: Since the original posting "Sara" has had a few more topics: Theme 3: If I Had a Million Dollars, Theme 4: I Need a Vacation!, Theme 5: Best Friends, Theme 6: Getting My Life in Order, Theme 7: Finance

This personal blog is run by "Sara" (an admitted alias). Sara has come across some blogging theories that I have long held as universal truths:
(1) "Blogs that keep my attention the longest have a focus."
(2) "As a rule, daily journals are kind of boring."

But Sara found herself without a definite "focus" to maintain throughout her blog's lifetime. Her solution: choose a new focus every Sunday, post 5 theme-related blogs Monday-Friday, and do a recap on Satuday (plus, she may throw in a "journal"-ish entry on Saturday as well.) To read the entire story of Sara's blog format dilemma, click here.

So, Week #1 is in the books. The topic: Best Loved Books (pun intended). To see the Saturday recap, you can click here.

So, it's barely Monday when I'm posting this and Week #2's topic has just been chosen: Life Changing Moments. I think that Sara has come across a fabulous twist to the traditional personal blog format and I can't wait to see what's in store for this week (maybe winning "Bestest Blog of the Day" will be one of her life changing moments, though I kind of hope that it isn't, because it's really not that big of a deal and she's already 23 [same age as me], so I hope she has some better moments to tell us about!)

...In any case, be sure to check out Sara's daily posts on the topic of "Life Changing Moments," as well as future topics, over at "Twenty-three and Counting" and tell her that "Bestest Blog" sent ya!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:08 AM   4 comments [-]
Saturday, September 09, 2006...
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/09/2006 [-]
Blog That Mommy!
Welcome to the 4th edition (wow 4th already) of Premium Saturdays, where always featured is a Premium Blog.
Interested in becoming a Premium Blog? Click here to find out how!
Neila is a stay-at-home mother who says her job is the most rewarding, fulfilling, and frustrating job she's ever had. I love the reason she lists for why she started her blog: "Lack of adult interaction...practice talking to people older than age four." I challenge anyone to come up with a better reason to start a blog, haha!

Here is an adorable picture of her kids from Halloween, and there are lots more where that came from! I absolutely love kids and can't help loving this blog. As you know, I am young (23), but am married and can without a doubt say that we will have kids someday. Whether it's by natural means, seeing a doctor, or adoption, there will be kids in our life. Who knows, maybe I'll still be running this blog then too! Maybe, my wife can join Neila in her webring of Blogging Mommies.

There are a ton of adorable stories about her kids, like Halloween Costume Shopping and Pre School Open House. One other less-kid oriented feature Neila has is her "Thursday 13" where she does a list, 13 items long, of something about herself. This week was talents she possesses, last week was a really good one, her brutal addictions.

So, please go and check out Neila's "Blog That Mommy!" an excellent site for anyone who has kids, plans to have kids, or just flat out loves kids (not in that way, you pervs). Tell her that Bobby and Bestest Blog sent ya!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:15 AM   2 comments [-]
Friday, September 08, 2006...
Big Announcement (drumroll please!) [-]
I started this site last June. Back then I was without a job, not even an interview lined up, I had no income and a LOT of free time. Now things are a little different...I have a job which has me pulling in enough to scrape by, but I have not nearly as much free time, and this site has EXPLODED in popularity. I have hundreds of returning visitors every day, hundreds of new visitors every day, all hungry for some great blogs to read (of which I have almost 1000).

As such, I have invited two of my most persistent and faithful readers to be regular guest bloggers for at least a month (or more!). Morgen from "It's a Blog Eat Blog World" will be writing every week for "Morgen Mondays"; and Julie from "Flip This Body" will have a blog pick for every "Flip This Friday" (which also happens to be the day she reveals her weekly weight loss). Both Julie and Morgen had already been guest bloggers and both had already requested another turn whenever I needed them!

So that means the weekly schedule will look something like this:
Morgen Mondays
Tuesday Guest Blogger
Wednesday (still me)
Thursday Guest Blogger
Flip This Fridays
Premium Saturdays (by me)
Rerun Sundays

Thanks so much to Morgen and Julie for agreeing to help me out every week, and I'm sure those two blogaholics will have some great picks for you guys! And this will give me more time to work on some of the behind the scenes things (adding links, removing old links, improving the random blog button, etc.)
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 1:58 PM   9 comments [-]
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/08/2006 [-]
New York Bathrooms
Today brings us another guest blogger, many of you have visited her already, Serena from "Life is falling to pieces: an illustrated journal". I guess I've kind of adopted the policy for guest bloggers of I can assign you a date, or you can just send it in and I'll run it when I can!
Interested in being a guest blogger? Click here to find out how!
I think I can say with some assurance, that if there’s one thing that we, human beings, all have in common as a species, it is our need to visit the bathroom on a regular basis. Thus, I can also speculate that since we are a mobile group, most everyone can relate with the situation of having to go, but not having a place to go, and having to settle for the closest public rest room available for use. Its kinda like Russian Roulette: will you be relieving yourself in the lapse of luxury, or be repulsed by having to do your business in the worst bathroom ever?

This is the very premise of New York Bathrooms, a blog dedicated to the various bathrooms of New York City. It’s such a delightfully odd, and strangely fascinating visual experience that I just can’t… look… away! “Cool!” “Gross!” “Wha?” These are just some of my reactions some of the more bizarre bathrooms, such as the porta-potty, the graffiti tagged pizzeria, and the e-bathroom.

Another cool thing about this blog is that Alex D. allows readers to submit their own images from New York and around the world to be posted on the site. Readers have submitted bathroom pics from as far away as Bagdad, South Africa, and Malaysia! It’s an interactive experience!

Perhaps the next time I go into the city I might be inspired to snap a few shots… you should do the same and head over to New York Bathrooms and say hi! Tell Alex that Bestest Blog and Serena sent ya!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:10 AM   7 comments [-]
Thursday, September 07, 2006...
Hot 500 [-]
Ok, so Blogrolling.com has this list called the Hot 500. If you are unfamiliar with Blogrolling, basically it's a site that offers a free service of making and maintaining a list of blog links (though really you can link to anything with it, not just blogs).

So, what the Hot 500 is is the 500 blogs (though again imdb.com comes in on the list at #163 for example) which are linked by their users, ranked by the number of links to the site. Right now I am currently linked by 53 other blogs through Blogrolling. For comparison, #500 on the Hot 500 is linked by 129, not that much more at all.

So, I am officially beginning a push to make it onto this list. Remember, more exposure for me means more exposure for anyone I link to...it's another win-win situation.

I really do recommend the Blogrolling service, it's free, easy, and useful...the only reason I don't use it here is the free account only affords a user one master list of links, which doesn't fly with the category system I have here.

So, if you have a Blogrolling account, you should be able to just Click Here to Blogroll Me! Even if you're not interested in the Blogrolling service, if you wanna help me out and create an account, add my link, and just not install the code on your site, I think it still counts toward my Hot 500 bid.

Thanks a bunch!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 7:13 PM   3 comments [-]
Just a reminder... [-]
Just want to remind everyone (or inform our new visitors) of the Testimonials page. If you've had a good experience here, I encourage you to leave a message...if you are new to the site, go check it out to see all my happy blogmates!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 6:06 PM   0 comments [-]
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/07/2006 [-]
A Day in the Life...
This pick comes to us from guest blogger Alessia from "Waiting, Wishing..." Please do support our guest bloggers and check out their blog as well as the winning blog. Side note, this choice is interesting since it is about a teacher...seems like one I would have picked anyway given my current state of mind :-)
Interested in being a guest blogger? Click here to find out how!
If you like reading teaching anecdotes told with lots of humor, as well as other funny stories, A Day in the Life is the blog you need to read! (Or should I say, the garden you need to visit?)

She is an excellent "gardener" (blogger), and as such, always has "fresh flowers" (recent posts). There's a new bloom nearly every day. It's a beautiful garden, I personally enjoy blogs with an interesting template, it highlights the content and makes you want to read more.

Quilldancer teaches in a school as well as a Sunday-school class, and always has interesting stories to tell about the children, and even better, parents. The class pets vs. parent episode is hilarious.

She also gets confused with employees in Walmart, with hilarious outcomes. She loves teaching, she loves her students, and her students love her, too. She asked them to "grade" her as a teacher, and the lowest grade she got on her report card was a B+. She also has a "Wordless Wednsday", where she posts funny pictures and videos.

So if you haven't already, go to Quilldancer's Garden and if you like it, leave a "bouquet" (comment). Tell her that Bestest Blog and Alessia sent you!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:04 AM   2 comments [-]
Wednesday, September 06, 2006...
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/06/2006 [-]
meloncutter musings
Another guest blogger today! Why? Two reasons: (1) Our guest blogger, "The Thinker" from "Theory of Thought" sent me a review without setting up a date first. And rather than add her to the end of the line (late September) and have the review get stale, I decided to post it now. (2) I am crazy busy and semi-stressed out with my first ever week of teaching. I'm sure things will settle down soon!
Interested in being a guest blogger? Click here to find out how!
He's absolutely hilarious. He has an obsession with flatulence. He's about to make his 200th entry into his blog. Why he hasn't won the Bestest Blog of the Day Award yet escapes me. Who is he? Meloncutter from Meloncutter Musings, of course!

I don't know of any other blogger who can turn the most profane and vulgar phrases we've become so used to into perfectly harmless sayings (that I will definitely start using). "KISS MY ASS. (alternative:) Please make smootchie smootchie noises down betwixt the bifurcated slabs of my gluteous maximus."

Who else would teach us what is and isn't appropriate touching in the workplace?

And who do we have to give us the weekly "That Really Chaps My Ass" (TRCMA) award where we get to laugh at all the things that annoy him to no end?

The funniest thing I've read in ages has to have been his Flatulence Etiquette, a set of eight guidelines that (and I quote): "the youth of the world can use to get the maximum benefit from their flatulence".

If anyone deserves to win Bestest Blog of the Day, it's him. If anything, he should be receiving an apology for not becoming Bestest Blog of the Day sooner. Nothing I could say to describe his blog would do it justice, so you'll just have to go read it for yourself. Tell him that Bestest Blog (and The Thinker) sent you his way!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:09 AM   7 comments [-]
Tuesday, September 05, 2006...
Another updating! [-]
25 new blogs in the Recent Additions, plus a bunch of new Premium Blogs, be sure and check em out!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 9:04 PM   3 comments [-]
God bless... [-]
In honor of Jessie's mother, we were able to raise $35.00 for the ACS to help cancer research. Thanks for your generosity, and also thanks to those of you who wrote such kind messages of condolence.

If you would still like to make a donation, you can visit www.cancer.org, now and whenever and donate a little or as much as you can. Thanks again everyone!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 4:42 PM   0 comments [-]
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/05/2006 [-]
Joke Diary
This pick comes to us courtesy of guest blogger Michael from "The Wonderful World of Nothing Worthwhile."
Interested in being a guest blogger? Click here to find out how!
Everyone likes a good joke. They can be used at parties, to loosen up a crowd before you deliver a speech or just to cheer you up. Today's Bestest Blog Of The Day, Joke Diary, has got plenty of them. This entertaining blog has jokes that range from adult to the simple.

Joke Diary's title says "The Best Collection of Jokes and Humor. Everyone needs a good laugh." The only thing you will find on this blog is jokes. People will pay good money for books full of jokes, but this blog posts them for all to see and use. My favorite joke was this one that listed real answers from a California Driving School. Joke Diary has been running since May of 2006 and already has a pretty impressive collection of jokes in their archives. You should definitely spend some time going through past posts.

Joke Diary is updated with a new joke daily and joke submissions are welcomed. As the blog says, "I'm sure there's something to make you laugh if not smile." So if you are looking for a good joke for your next get together or just want a good laugh, please head on over to Joke Diary. You won't be able to read just one. Go ahead and try, I dare you. Let em know that Michael (via Bestest Blog) sent ya!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:05 AM   3 comments [-]
Monday, September 04, 2006...
Happy Labor Day [-]
Well, it's Labor Day and I've been laboring over this new template. I think it's simpler and easier on the eyes.

If you guys could do me a favor, and if you find a link that isn't working, or if it seems the blog is formatting weirdly in whatever browser you are using, please let me know so I can (try and) fix it.

Thanks!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 11:44 AM   19 comments [-]
Sunday, September 03, 2006...
Tragedy continued... [-]
Ok, so we were able to get Jessie's address and mother's name, so Julie had the great idea to make a donation to the American Cancer Society in her name.

So, if anyone would like to contribute to this noble and generous cause, I will be physically making the donation, so you can send your donation my way by using the Paypal donate button in the top right corner of my blog (be sure to include your real name or your blogger name, or whatever you want to be known by).

And, of course, anyone who is generous enough to contribute to this will receive all the Premium Blog perks that they would normally receive, except the money will go towards this cause instead of towards my bank account.

I'll probably be sending out the donation sometime on Tuesday, so don't hesitate, send those donations now! Thank you.
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 4:56 PM   0 comments [-]
A Tragedy... [-]
A great supporter of my site and yesterday's "Blog of the Day" winner has had her mother pass away. Her name is Jessie and she is only 26 years old. She didn't even get to enjoy her award :-(

If any of you are regular readers of Jessie, or perhaps if Jessie is a regular reader of yours, or if you'd just like to show your support for a fellow blogger in a time of great need, please leave your name here and a brief message of condolance here so we may include it on an eCard that we send to Jessie. (Thanks to Julie for helping me out on this task.) Perhaps if we are able to obtain Jessie's address, we may consider sending an ACTUAL card and perhaps some flowers.

Thank you and enjoy your Labor Day weekend...
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 1:07 AM   5 comments [-]
Rerun Sunday: 09/03/2006 [-]
Flip This Body
Update: Julie is down 14.5 pounds so far, very impressive, so go check her out!

Julie is a 27-year-old musical theatre actress from Chicago. She currently weighs in at 200 pounds. Her goal: to "flip her body" down to 140 pounds in less than a year.

Anyone who's ever tried to lose weight knows it's tough. So Julie is hoping that chroncling her attempt for loads of friendly visitors on the internet will give her the motivation to succeed--maybe she'll even inspire some others to lose weight too.

As with any good diet attempt, Julie has posted her "before" photos. She also has a little graphic at the top of the page to keep track of the weight as she drops it. By the way, the dieting system she is attempting is called Nutrisystem. While I don't know anything about this, Julie has a nice explanation of it here.

I know I'm rooting for Julie and I'm sure many of you will also be rooting after you read this. So, please stop by Julie's "Flip This Body" and lend her some words of encouragement. Maybe when she loses the weight, she'll throw all us "Bestest Blog" addicts a big party in the Windy City!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:16 AM   6 comments [-]
Saturday, September 02, 2006...
The blogging world is a great place... [-]
It is my belief that if your blog is good enough, eventually it will do its own advertising.

What I mean is that if you can get a few people to visit your site JUST ONCE, they'll like it enough to come back again. They may even like it enough to add a link to it on their site. Hell, they might even write a mini-review encouraging all their readers to check it out.

This is what I do here. I sift through my directory and find the great blogs, the ones that have a chance at being something big (or at least bigger). The ones that if I can just give them a little push, the rest should follow.

So, I encourage you, if you find a blog you like to PLEASE consider doing one of these things. And if you add a link to them, 99% of the time they'll add a link back to you if you ask nicely! This is the idea of reciprocal linking, another key idea to this blog.

Now, all I require here is this reciprocal link. I have never once asked anyone to write a review, and there is no pressure to come back and visit here every day. But people have written reviews, and hundreds of you are coming back and visiting every day. It's the snowball effect.

I was just having fun googling terms like "bestest blog" and "bestestblogofalltime" to see what comes up and I was pleasantly surprised. Blog posts, message boards, and comments on random blogs out there, all encouraging them to come check out my site.

Now, there are sites out there like BlogMad and BlogExplosion that offer traffic increases. First off, what business does a website have promoting blogs? If you want to promote blogs, you should be a blog yourself. Secondly, basically here's how these sites work:
(1) They choose a random blog
(2) The blog sits on your screen for 30 seconds (usually while you check email or work on your own blog)
(3) You press a button to go to the next random blog
(4) Repeat
And what this does is earns you a "credit" which you can exchange for traffic for your site. But the people that are viewing your site are doing the same thing. At best half-reading your page while they wait for the counter to run out.

Why these BlogExplosion type sites have succeeded though is because in terms of pure visitor statistics (the kind you view through StatCounter or Sitemeter) you will see an increase. But you won't have many comments left, you won't have many links to your site added, and you definitely won't have many reviews.

So, BlogExplosion has something like 100,000 blogs. Now, each blog is offered 25 free visitors just for signing up. So that's at least 2.5 million visitors that it has directed out there (though I'm sure the exact figure is much higher).

Now if these 2.5 million visitors were actually really interested in checking out these blogs (and not just interested in the incentive of earning traffic for themselves), you'd think there'd be a lot of reviews out there with phrases like "This is a great blog that I found through BlogExplosion." So, how many sites out there do you think contain a phrase like this? A million? 100,000? 25,000? Well, I did a Google search for the phrase "found through BlogExplosion" and got 22 matches. Granted, there are many similar ways to form an equivalent phrase, but didn't you think it would be higher than 22???

Now, joining up with my site here isn't an immediate key to success. To have a great blog with a lot of visitors, you first have to have a great blog, the visitors come later. But, you can expect about 2-5 visitors per day landing on your page from the "Random Blog" button. And since there's no incentive to click this button, other than the hopes of finding a great blog, they will actually be looking at the screen and not watching TV for 30 seconds till they click away. Plus, if you do land on a shitty blog, you don't have to sit around for 30 seconds and wait, you can get outta there immediately.

So, if you become a Premium Blog, a Guest Blogger, help maintain the site, or win Bestest Blog of the Day you can expect even more visitors to come and read your blog.

Anyway, sorry for the stream of consciousness here, but I hope I helped at least one person better understand how the blogging world works (and why it is great!).
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 4:24 PM   7 comments [-]
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/02/2006 [-]
Who Are We
Welcome to our 3rd edition of Premium Saturdays, where we always feature a Premium Blog.
Interested in becoming a Premium Blog and reaping all the benefits? Click here to find out how!
This pick comes to us from a blogger named Jessie. This blog spawned out of Jessie's other blog (Hunna's Happenings), when a tragic event changed her life and made what was once a fun and light-hearted blog a little more serious than she cared for it to be.

Thus started the blog "Who Are We," "a fun blog, a place to find me again" as Jessie describes it. Just about every day, she features a personal question, posts her answer to the question, and invites her readers to leave comments with their answers. It's a great, interactive and organized approach to the standard personal blog.

Here are some of my favorite of Jessie's previous questions for your perusement: What is your first memory?, What is your most prized possession?, and Where is your favorite vacation destination?

So, I encourage you to check out "Who We Are" and leave a few answers of your own. Heck, if you like a question enough, you could make a post about it on your own blog and leave a link in the comments on Jessie's blog for her and her readers to check out. Then everyone's happy! Ok, goodbye...get outta here and go check it out, courtesy of Bestest Blog!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:12 AM   4 comments [-]
Friday, September 01, 2006...
Bestest Blog of the Day: 09/01/2006 [-]
The World of Yaxlich
New month, great new blogs being featured! Bobby really likes this blog and has kind of been saving it for a special occasion, but Bobby got sick of waiting and figured that a new month is semi-special enough to go ahead and post.

The first thing you need to know about Yaxlich is that he's British. The second thing is that Yaxlich ALWAYS, 100% of the time, refers to himself in the 3rd person (you may have already caught on that Bobby has adopted this style of blogging for this entry). It makes reading the blog more interesting, it makes it seem like a cave man has his own blog. It's a unique twist like this that makes reading a personal blog that much more interesting. Thirdly, you must know that Yaxlich is obsessed with Britney Spears. For anything else you mind need to know about him, check out his first post ever.

Yaxlich just hit his 100th post, which is an excellent sign of longevity for a blog, because Bobby really doesn't think many make it past that milestone. For reference, Bobby feels like he's poured his heart and soul out for a long time working on this blog and to date this entry will only be his 96th. Yaxlich with his unique caveman-ish style posts about a wide-variety of topics, which are always interesting. If you'd like a great recap on the topics he's had in the past, just check out his 100th post here.

One interesting thing that Bobby has to mention really quick is that Yaxlich is a little obsessed with numbers (as is Bobby, being a math teacher). He recently has this post on numbers. Two interesting figures that come from this post are:
"11 - The most comments he has had on any of his posts" AND
"63 - The most number of visitors to his blog in a single day"

Now, beating that record of 63 won't be difficult at all. Bobby could've probably simply written "ehh, this blog is ok," and so long as he included a link, Yaxlich would beat 63. But, Bobby doesn't want to assume that beating 11 is a given...so let's make it happen people!

So, please (at least 64 of you) check out Yaxlich at "The World of Yaxlich" and leave some nice comments (at least 12 of you!). Let him know that Bobby (aka me) sent you!
posted by Bobby Griffin @ 12:06 AM   7 comments [-]
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