This has taken some time coming. After residing in obscurity for a long time, Haphazard Linkages finally managed to link to fellow bloggers, rather haphazardly.
In true spirit of this blog’s preferred medium of satire, your friendly blogger assumes the role of a CEO proudly announcing a stellar quarterly performance.
Your consistent patronage helped us notch 6 Versatile Blogger Awards and 1 7×7 Link Award during the quarter. We at Haphazard Linkages jubilantly place on record our heartfelt gratitude for your unflagging interest in our activities. Your continued investment in the form of eyeballs, though completely non-monetary, catapulted us to the most scintillating quarter ever, in our limited history.
It behooves us to expressly thank the following investors for their unfailing kindness in devoting precious moments to confer their recognition.
Cindy at http://onemindmanydetours.wordpress.com/ (Random detours on nearly everything. A true Haphazard character)
Eric at http://ericalaganfanclub.wordpress.com/ (An assorted collection of writings on life. We particularly enjoy reading about Mechanic Leigh, a fictitious character in 20th century Singapore)
Finn Holding at http://thenaturephile.com/ (A doting father’s nuanced musings on Wildlife and Nature. The photographs are exemplary and the prose, fantastic)
Megan at http://makesomethingmondays.wordpress.com/ (A highly creative individual who revels in the Art of Making Simple Things. A true DIY gem)
Mira Jay at http://divinerhythm.wordpress.com/ (A pitstop for soulful original poetry)
MrTinney at http://mrtinney.com/ (MrT is the spokesperson of the humourous)
Steph at http://lostupabove.wordpress.com/ (Steph is a diligent presenter of a delightful collection of rarely remembered verses. A treat to the mind)
For the benefit of current and prospective patrons, it seems appropriate to share (random) insights into our activities.
- Our activity is centered around disbursing humour by inverting the sandglass. While we may like the Status Quo, we think it is fun to invert, and in the process question several commonly held notions. Satire is our preferred tool for lambasting the ludicrous and edifying the unobvious. Some of our competitors (The Onion, The Daily Mash, to name a few) are far larger in size and enjoy wide readership. Our humble endeavour involves exploring topical issues, as opposed to satirising news (which is fun, too). We hope this will aid our long-term survival. We will never run advertisements on this rather dour looking website. Ever. We just write because we love writing.
- We are strongly committed to CSR activities and believe in doing our best for the endangered. Long English words, unfortunately, are fast usurping the pedestal historically reserved for living organisms. Sesquipedalian references will feature rather liberally as a result. We use words in written communication that we seldom (never) use in verbal exchanges.
- We have a quirk. British English. While we do not intend the slightest displeasure to our American patrons, we find it a difficult endeavour to endeavor using American English. But we are thoughtful. We include American spelling tags for easy navigation. This extends to Metric Systems. We prefer round numbers to cumbersome numbers (100 degrees Celsius is far easier for a child to remember compared to 212 degrees Fahrenheit)
- We gravitate to patrons (bloggers) who are very different from us. Birds of a feather might flock together but we like the scientific idea of unlike poles of a magnet attracting each other. This attraction, frequently, is one-sided but we live happily. Diversity is life.
- ‘We’ everywhere here is actually an ‘I’. We find it rather uncomfortable to write in first person. Another quirk.
Finally, we strongly encourage you to explore the following avenues for grins, learning, fun and versatility.
Versatile Blogger Award (in alphabetical order)
Ankur Mithal at http://darkofficehumour.wordpress.com/ (Ankur’s Dilbertesque blog is a humourous sojourn through everyday office travails)
Adult Satires at http://sociallytolerable.wordpress.com/ (Adult Satire’s on-your-face damnation of issues is amusing and very different from our style (which is why we like reading). Stop over but do not blame us if you find yourself offended)
Chris at Random Deviations http://randomdeviations.wordpress.com/ (a new-ish discovery we look forward to sampling. A disciple of randomness)
Eric at http://ericalaganfanclub.wordpress.com/ (a shoutout for Mechanic Leigh)
Finn Holding at http://thenaturephile.com/ (mentioned above. A thoroughly delightful read)
Frances at http://francescannotwrite.wordpress.com/ (Frances says she cannot write. We disagree. Do you?)
Mira Jay at http://divinerhythm.wordpress.com/ (mentioned above. Recommended read)
MrTinney at http://mrtinney.com/ (MrT is the spokesperson of the humourous and a favourite of ours)
Sharmishtha at http://magicthought.wordpress.com/ (Sharmishtha manages several blogs simultaneously. We enjoy her impish writings and poetry. Her fiction is a delectable read as well)
William Lawson at http://ciderpress.wordpress.com/ (explorer of intellectually inclined, insightful topics)
Before we sign off, we caution that past performance is no indicator of future performance.
Spread the word. Not AIDS (even though it has its uses).
There is absolutely no obligation on those recommended to accept our munificence. It is just our way of expressing gratitude for bringing smiles. Everyday!
PS: Apologies for the rather delayed response. Preoccupied with staying active and afloat in the extremely populated blogosphere, we weren’t in a position to flash a glossy Rolodex of blogs to recommend. We are getting there.