power to the z-list

It's a short sideways hop from garlands to chain letters (and we'll be back to garlands later this evening) but every so often along comes a blog meme that appeals to me.

Renown and authority online arise largely from the quality of a site's content, but reputation also comes from hyperlinks, the currency of the world wide web. Because of the way power laws work, it can be difficult for some worthwhile, entertaining, and inspiring sites to find the audience they deserve. It can be equally challenging for the audience who want to find those new blogs to read. (If you can't find it, how will you read it and/or link to it?) Enter blogrolling and the power of the z-list.

So here's a list of possibly unsung blogs for you to explore. (You can think of the z-list as the opposite of the A-list - which are the blogs everyone seems to know about and link to.) I've looked at some of them and look forward to discovering others as I click my way through the list during my winter vacation...

Christine Kane was kind enough to link to me. I have added five new blogs to the bottom of the list - ones you may not have seen before, but well worth a visit.



Customers Rock!

Being Peter Kim

Pow! Right Between The Eyes! Andy Nulman’s Blog About Surprise

Billions With Zero Knowledge

Working at Home on the Internet

MapleLeaf 2.0



The Copywriting Maven

Hee-Haw Marketing

Scott Burkett’s Pothole on the Infobahn

Multi-Cult Classics

Logic + Emotion

Branding & Marketing

Popcorn n Roses

On Influence & Automation


Servant of Chaos



Presentation Zen

Dmitry Linkov


John Wagner

Nick Rice

CKs Blog

Design Sojourn Frozen Puck

The Sartorialist

Small Surfaces

Africa Unchained



Marketing Nirvana

Bob Sutton

¡Hola! Oi! Hi!

Shut Up and Drink the Kool-Aid!

Women, Art, Life: Weaving It All Together

Community Guy

Social Media on the fly

Successful Blog


Instigator Blog

The Future of the Web


You Already Know This Stuff

Talking Story

Make It Great!

Simplicity Mary’s Blog

Carpe Factum

Ramblings from a Glass Half Full

Brain Based Biz

Home Business Wiz

Leading Questions

Web Metrics Guru


turned out

Purple Wren



Kristie T


Christine Kane

Steve Olson



the department

in viaggio col taccuino


... so those last five links are from me. You'll also find some terrific blogs via the BlogHer site and via Danny Gregory's Everyday Matters list if you are in a browsing mood.

And don't forget to check out my sidebar for other great links... links galore.

If you'd like to participate in this meme, here's how:

You create a new post on your blog, then cut and paste the list below (in Firefox, view > page source to find the code to cut and paste) and then add as many blogs as you like - blogs that you believe deserve more "link love."

I could have added many others, but I decided the round number 70 sounded good for a total, so I limited myself to adding 5, and excluded members of my immediate family (see my sidebar for those!).

The names that you add to the list can then do the very same thing on their blogs. Thus, one VERY long list will eventually get created. Some versions of the instructions suggest that you ought to remove your own blog from the list, but not everyone seems to be doing that.



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