I did a major overhaul on the links I have to other blogs tonight… it was long overdue…
I apologize that so many were inactive and dead… I am a huge fan of a site called Frelic… which is a link monitoring website… but maybe Frelic could just not keep up with all the gay blogs that Blogger has closed down in their latest rampage!! (Blogger is the host of this blog btw)
Probably half of the links I removed tonight were due to Blogger’s actions!! A number of blogs that have been operating as long as I have were shut down in recent weeks, for no apparent reason! What is so insidious about this process is that there is no warning, no opportunity to “rectify” any offensive content, and no one will answer any questions about why it was closed… all you get is a notice that you violated Google/Blogger’s Terms of Service which is so loosely worded that it could cover just about anything!
Blogger is not the only hosting site that does this, so I don’t want to single them out, but they are the biggest, and like to promote themselves as being so damn gay –friendly. Well If you’re so gay-friendly, then at least give a blogger an opportunity to respond to any concerns, and maybe actually provide what those concerns are!! If it is a single post then just delete it and not the whole blog… there are all kinds of friendly resolutions available other than just shutting them down completely… Jeff and Brent have been blogging about this issue for quite awhile… Google/Blogger Closes Gay Blogs
Advertising Blogs – I also have to apologize for the embarrassingly large number of blogs I linked to that were for the sole purpose of generating “click-through” revenue… I hate ads… with a passion… but I especially hate blogs that portray themselves as “no ad” gay blogs, yet every pic you click on leads to some pay site that will put money in their pockets if you sign up. I have no problem with pay sites, I just don’t like the thousands of blogs created for the sole purpose of luring you to them.
Blog Ads in General – I am still linking to a number of blogs that run ads, and a few that are really really ad heavy…. and I am conflicted about whether to continue to link to those few, but at least they have some pics that actually open a bigger pic when you click on them… I dunno… I am in no position to judge other blogs content or critique their presentation styles… I just hate ads :)
The process of going through all my links was very disheartening as so many blogs I liked have been shut down… but there are a lot of great blogs still out there… so give them a visit…