Our good friend and ally Batocchio of the legendary blog Vagabond Scholar is carrying on the tradition of the late Al Weisel AKA Jon Swift, in which he rounded up the best blog posts of the year as chosen by the bloggers themselves.
As Lance Mannion puts it:
Our late and much missed comrade in blogging, journalist and writer Al Weisel, revered and admired across the bandwidth as the “reasonable conservative” blogger Modest Jon Swift, was a champion of the lesser known and little known bloggers working tirelessly in the shadows…
One of his projects was a year-end Blogger Round Up. Al/Jon asked bloggers far and wide, famous and in- and not at all, to submit a link to their favorite post of the past twelve months and then he sorted, compiled, blurbed, hyperlinked and posted them on his popular blog. His round-ups presented readers with a huge banquet table of links to work many of has had missed the first time around and brought those bloggers traffic and, more important, new readers they wouldn’t have otherwise enjoyed.
It may not have been the most heroic endeavor, but it was kind and generous and a lot of us owe our continued presence in the blogging biz to Al.
Not to put too fine a spin on this, Jon Swift was very kind to me and very kind to MPS, often linking to us in his always funny tongue-in-cheek posts. You don’t have to look much past the influence of Jon Swift, my blog-father Morse (of the late and lamented Media Needle blog, alas no more), Blue Gal (the godmother of all small bloggers), and of course Watertiger to know why it is that I jumped onto the Crooks and Liars gig, which I use to help promote small blogs and less-read bloggers. I think I may have linked to a Scissorhead or two, now and then.
Anyway, please visit Vagabond Scholar and enjoy the posts; dare I say it is required reading. It’s a labor of love and your thanks to Bat are, as always, welcomed.