Tuesday, August 30, 2005

I'll Take InstaPundit's Links!

It turns out some people are upset with Glenn Reynolds. You know him, right? InstaPundit? The Big Bad Blog Daddy? Yeah, him.

Professor Reynolds has upset some people with comments he made in a recent post:
I think that demonizing the ACLU is a bit silly. I do feel that they've
become overly partisan in recent years, but they still do good work
(I've worked with them in the past, on the New Orleans rave case for
example, and will probably do so again.)
Euphoric Reality sends word that some conservative or right-leaning blogs are upset with InstaPundit's attitude about the ACLU, with some additionally upset about Reynold's response to an e-mail that mentioned InstaPundit's removal from a BlogRoll over the post:
That's okay -- there are plenty of blogs out there, and this guy would clearly be happier somewhere else.
So, if you have a blog, you have a decision to make: To keep InstaPundit or to dump InstaPundit?

Well, I've to the answer: DO BOTH!!

How, you ask? Link to InstaPundit through this little blog! I mean, even if you don't like what Glenn Reynolds said, there's a chance you'll still read or refer to his blog as a source of information or a lead/source of tips. And, you might want to refer to a post of his.

But if you've decided you want to "de-link" InstaPundit, you can still refer to him without giving him the links. Give them to me instead! Remember this post?

Here's how you'd link to InstaPundit: http://www.basilsblog.com/?url=http://www.itsapundit.com/

Here's how you'd link to his "ACLU does good work" post:  http://www.basilsblog.com/?url=http://itsapundit.com/archives/025206.php

So, to link to InstaPundit or a post on his site, preface it with http://www.basilsblog.com/?url=

After that part, put what you would normally put for the link.

Because I wrote code here on this little blog to handle this, the link is to here, but takes your readers to InstaPundit when they click it. But InstaPundit doesn't get a link in the Ecosystem. I get that link!

Yes, it's a blatant link-whoring scheme. And it works for any site you don't want to reward with links. It doesn't punish them on hits, but they lose links.

That'll show them. And put this little blog in the top ten, if enough get mad at Glenn Reynolds.

By the way, did you hear what he said about you? And about your mama? I'd de-link him if I were you. And use the Give-Basil-All-Of-InstaPundit's-Links method.

UPDATE: InstaPundit himself calls me a "vulture." Gosh, Professor Reynolds. You don't look dead. But if you say so.

Anyway he adds:
As in New Orleans, it doesn't take long for the vultures to appear!  Is this "link-looting?"  Heh.
Keeping in line with the New Orleans analogy, I want to be the first to issue the call for President Bush to call InstaPundit a disaster area and eligible for federal assistance. Of course, he'd have to remove that notice:
InstaPundit:  An online magazine of opinion!

And thinks for the link!

[Listed on Outside the Beltway Traffic Jam]


  1. That's it. I'm going to fire Bruce and put you in charge of my PR department.

    Does this mean we're going to have to start talking about "basilanches"?

  2. Tuesday

    The Skwib: The Lost PowerPoint Slides (Frankenstein Edition) Basil's Blog: I'll Take Instapundit's Links! ScadenFreude: Oh, Baby! Platypus Society: New Hampshire Cracks Down... Scrappleface: Medicare to Cover Starbucks Antioxidant Treatments My Vast R...

  3. Ah, now, Bruce seems like a heckuva guy. And a nice guy, to boot.

    "Basilanche"? I just checked the Weather Channel. No reports of Hell freezing over, so I'd say no.

    But thanks for the thought. I can dream, can't I?

  4. Drop Glenn Like a Hot Potato

    Well, seems ol? evil Glenn at Instapundit has made a few people mad at him. Actually folks - they are mad as HELL!!!

    This is why:

  5. I posted about the big blog daddy last night , he had so pissed me off .. I have already delinked him , and if I have to refer to him at all I and I am on your site I will make sure you get all the links .. deal , and you do the same for me deal ?

  6. gina:
    Remember, you've got to have code on your site to make it happen. If you've got it, sure, I'll gladly link through you.

  7. Instapundit and the ACLU

    Hat tip for info: Junkyard Blog

    Several conservative blogs are calling for all right-oriented blogs to delink Instapundit, one of the most high-profile blogs on the internet, in light of this post. Owner Glenn Reynolds called outspoken disag...

  8. First the spankings

    Today's dose of NIF - News, Interesting & Funny ... It's a no-cause Wednesday

  9. Have any of you read the background on the case Prof. Reynolds assisted on? I remember that incident (that was back in my Slashdot days and they had conniptions over it) well, and I happen to agree with the ACLU on that one. While I find that I disagree with them 95% of the time, every now and then there are very real threats to our civil liberties, mostly on a local basis, that need to be stood up to. The ACLU does that.

    The way I see it, you just have to take the bad with the good unless you're willing to do it yourself. And clearly, someone needs to do it.

  10. Read the case? Nope. I'm just trying to steal some links.

  11. ... hey, and you got an Instalanche out of it too!


  12. My plan for world domination slowly comes together!

  13. If just once you'd charge for this, you could stop calling yourself a "link whore".

  14. Well, I would charge for this. But I'd have to charge what my writing is worth. And I can't live on that little bit.

  15. LinkJacking

    From this moment on may the practice of asking others to go through your blog to anothers for whatever reason be known as linkjacking. And that Instapundit is the first victim of deliberate linkjacking.

  16. This is a great service to those of us who believe in decentralized economies and just poking the hell out of whoever is King of whatever Hill we're climbing.

    Powerr to th people!

  17. Don:

    I think.

    Yeah. Thanks.


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