Links. Blogrolls. Whatever you call them. That list of blogs over on the right side there. I've always liked to link to the people who frequent this site, as kind of a way of being a good neighbor, a member of a community, and just to say thanks for stopping by and spending some time here. Just to have a laugh and sing a song. Seems we just get started, and before you know it---whoa, sorry about the Carol Burnett attack.
Some people are very serious about their blogrolls and have rigid criteria for who gets on and who is removed. I've been more relaxed about it. Sure, back in the day when I was hand-coding each link, there were much fewer of them. But now-a-days it's not so time intensive. Basically if you hang around here, and comment, and I don't hate your site, you'll get a link back from me. Or if I really like your site anyway (wink wink, Strong Bad), you'll get a gratuitous link. Also if you send me money or presents.
Trouble is, I'm not always sure who is really hanging out here. And sometimes people come by for a few days, leave a bunch of comments, and then leave. And I never see them again. They...they don't write...what, they can't pick up a phone once in a while...?
I-I'm getting off topic. Basically, I rarely remove links, so I like to make sure people are going to be around for a while before I sign them up. And also, I don't get around to doing blogroll maintenance all that often.
So as a substitute, a booby-prize if you will, I've had a referer (sic) list. (BTW I don't really know what (sic) means, but I see it all the time, so I figured I'd put it in (ibid)). Referrer is usually spelled with 4 r's not 3, but it was misspelled in the HTML language, and so we are stuck with it. A referer is a site that just sent a visitor to your site. Anyway, there are several tools for tracking referers and displaying a list of them on your site. So if you link to Psycho Toddler, and you click over here relatively frequently, you get an automatic link back on this site.
The first program I used was Truefresco, which was actually on an art site that had a little feature that helped people track their referers for free. But it soon got overloaded, and started requiring registration and charging money, so I dropped it like a hot potato. Then I signed up for referer.org, which I'm still using, and for a while, many of you may have noticed links back to your blogs or specific posts. In fact, that was how I first found out I was nominated for the JIB awards, by seeing a link to the nominating post there.
So, if I haven't gotten around to adding you to my blogroll, don't take it personally. You can still get an automatic link under my referer list. And if you hang around long enough, I'm sure I'll be guilted into adding you.