Time for the February Promote Three. When I was checking out the Toplist looking for three bloggers to feature, I remembered one particular blogger who sent me a fine reminder several months ago about the Promote Three feature:
“That's a very nice thing you are doing, but I don't think the rankings on that list have anything to do with the quality of the blog. I've seen some much better blogs than mine have much lower rankings.”
And that’s exactly right – and it’s the point of this whole Promote Three thing – every month I point out three blogs that I like and that I think are under-trafficked and therefore under-ranked. Hopefully I can spread some link-love and send some traffic out to these guys who really have a lot of interesting material to read about on their blogs. With that said, I think the following three blogs deserve honors, traffic, and link-love greater than they are getting:
- to Becky’s Fine Martial Fiber – a blog about Karate, and sketching, and knitting and … other stuff. Becky has a lot going for her – first, she’s blogging from her secret headquarters in Mississippi. Maybe Dixie bloggers are taking over the martial blogosphere. We can only hope so. And not only does she have the right geography, but she posts really interesting opinion pieces related to her karate training. …and then there’s the knitting…
- to Rick Matz at Cook Ding’s Kitchen a blog about martial arts, history, poetry, etc… etc… etc… There’s a lot of thoughtful material here. This month Ding is starting his annual Lenten training challenge. Be sure to check that out and, if you think you’re up to the intensity, jump in there and participate.
- to Rory Miller of Chiron Training. This is really breaking the Promote Three rules because he’s not on Toplist, but I made the rules and I figure that, “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of a small mind.” This is an amazing blog! Possibly my all-time favorite. Rory thinks like a man of action and acts like a man of thought because if it has to do with use of force, he’s been there and done that. This is one blog that I never miss. Rory is coming out with a book the middle of this year. It is to be titled, "Meditations on Violence" and y'all will likely want to pre-order your copy from Amazon. Rory also gets bonus points because he identifies himself with Chiron, the Centaur warrior scholar who taught Achilles to fight.