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Written by Brian Ling (Design Sojourn)
Dec 15, 2006


My first ever Blog Meme, and one that is pretty good as well!

Getting a “tag your it!” from a fellow designer blogger AiAlone.com, I feel compelled to join in! Basically the idea is “Mack over at Viral Garden has started a little pyramid scheme to try and disrupt the technorati rankings. He thinks the Z-list bloggers need more love” and yes we all do!

The instructions are as follows:

What YOU can do is simply create a new post on your blog, but CUT AND PASTE the list I have below, and then ADD any blogs you feel aren’t getting their due either. It can be 1 blog, or a hundred(or none if you simply want to repost the same list), but the idea is, find those great blogs that, for whatever reason, you feel aren’t getting their due, link-wise.

Then after you leave your post, the next blogger will do the same thing, cut and paste YOUR list, and add THEIR blogs to the list, then repost it. Add the same instructions in your post that the next blogger should cut and paste YOUR list, and add any blogs they feel should be on it to THEIR list. The list will get increasingly long, and all the blogs will get a sort of reverse ‘pyramid-affect’ of link-love.

Here is the original list with quite a few designer blogs too!
Shotgun Marketing Blog
Customers Rock!
Being Peter Kim
Presentation Zen
Dmitry Linkov
John Wagner
Nick Rice
Design Sojourn
Frozen Puck
The Sartorialist
Small Surfaces
Africa Unchained
Bob Sutton

Here is my link love with even more designer blogs!
Accure’s Carpark
Design East
Design Milk
Design Asides
Fugly Designs
Gem Sty
Bjorn Lee
Pluit Solutions
Signs and Wonders
Wifi Cat
Sumajin Blog
The Foo Logs
Uniquely the Epitome
Aen Direct

Phew what a list! I can only imagine and pity the poor fellow 10 levels down the line, anyways, MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Edit: Well it did not do a whole lot for me frankly…not sure if it means much but it moved my technorati ranking from 29K to 21K. Well actually thats not too bad. I must say too also that I had Digg and Stumbleupon to help as well. Now I’m going to spread the love yet again! This is going to be the updated list of link love, some great blogs there I must say so myself.

Creative Think
Movie Marketing Madness
Blog Till You Drop!
Get Shouty!
One Reader at a Time
The New PR
Own Your Brand!
Work, in Plain English
Buzz Canuck
New Millenium PR
Pardon My French
Troy Worman’s Blog
The Instigator Blog
Diva Marketing
Marketing Hipster
The Marketing Minute
Funny Business
The Frager Factor
Open The Dialogue
Word Sell
Note to CMO:
That’s Great Marketing!
Shotgun Marketing Blog
Customers Rock!
Being Peter Kim
Pow! Right Between The Eyes! Andy Nulman’s Blog About Surprise
Billions With Zero Knowledge
Working at Home on the Internet
MapleLeaf 2.0
Two Hat Marketing

The Engaging Brand
The Branding Blog
Drew’s Marketing Minute
Golden Practices
Tell Ten Friends
Flooring the Consumer
Kinetic Ideas
Unconventional Thinking
Conversation Agent
The Copywriting Maven
Hee-Haw Marketing
Scott Burkett’s Pothole on the Infobahn
Multi-Cult Classics
Logic + Emotion
Branding & Marketing
Popcorn n Roses
On Influence & Automation
Servant of Chaos
Presentation Zen
Dmitry Linkov
John Wagner
Nick Rice
CKs Blog
Design Sojourn
Frozen Puck
The Sartorialist
Small Surfaces
Africa Unchained
Marketing Nirvana
Bob Sutton
¡Hola! Oi! Hi!
Shut Up and Drink the Kool-Aid!
Women, Art, Life: Weaving It All Together
Community Guy
Social Media on the fly
Jeremy Latham’s Blog
SMogger Social Media Blog

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Dec 15, 06 – 3:47 pm

thanks for the link love, merry xmas and happy holidays to you and everyone too!

Dec 15, 06 – 7:45 pm

Link Love shall spread like a Virus…

After an exposure to the “Link Love” virus at Design Sojourn, I got infected and became a vector. An infected blog generally shows the symptoms of an acute outbreak of hyperlinks and a detectable rise in the blog’s Technorati rankings…

Dec 15, 06 – 9:22 pm

No love for me. :(

You got my link wrong.

But thanks for the plug anyway, I know it wasn’t intentional.

Design Translator
Dec 15, 06 – 10:14 pm

So sorry, in my haste I messed up. I have updated and fixed the link!

Dec 16, 06 – 1:51 am

Trackbacks are so nice. Neh DT have you got any links from this virus yet?

Design Translator
Dec 16, 06 – 6:54 pm

hahah, sad to say only from 2 other people, with you included. Guess the rest may view this as a spam or chain email and broke it!

Well it was fun while it lasted! :)

Anne Simons
Dec 17, 06 – 12:53 am

Well, you have at least one other link now! And thank YOU for the link. Nice blog. I look forward to visiting again.


Dec 17, 06 – 8:50 am

I didn’t include you in my post list, DT, because right now (and for some time now, actually), you’re the only design blog on my blogroll. You were in the body of the post, though.

That out of the way, I have to confess I’m not sure what the “Z-list” is. Please elaborate.

Design Translator
Dec 17, 06 – 9:02 am

Hi csven,

Well I suppose there is the A-List, the B-List…and the Z-List? Thats my guess and assumption.

Its about giving credit when its due, and its really about giving the unknown blogger some spotlight and perhaps some traffic, even though the original author intended it as a technorati breaker. But I think in spirit we are all there.

BTW I constantly lurk your blog, but rarly leave comments and I must admit I dont quite understand alot about what you write, but I usually take it a park it in one corner of my brain for later use.

And yes thanks for putting me on your “Links of the Moment” as I’m honored and thrilled that you have put me there.

Dec 17, 06 – 9:10 am

Y’know, I just got done reading someone’s A-List to Z-List explanation somewhere. The Z-List (aka “Zzzzz-List”) are the blogs supposedly written in the middle of the night; rife with typographical errors and full of stuff that mostly puts people to sleep.


Now about not understanding stuff, it’s all about design. Just not directly. One of these days it’ll all coalesce.

Design Translator
Dec 17, 06 – 9:16 am

Hah-hah, well point taken. But I must say, some of the blogs on the links are pretty good, so I suppose nice idea, but pood branding eh?

Well that teaches me to type (instead of talk) faster than I can think?

Dec 18, 06 – 12:56 am

Thanks for the link! What a nice surprise on this bleery Sunday morning.

Dec 18, 06 – 1:52 am

Ahh shucks. Thanks for the love, I appreciate the link. Have a great holiday.

Chris Kieff
Jan 06, 07 – 6:50 am

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of dedicated people to change the world. Indeed, it’s all that ever have.”

by Margaret Mead

The Z-list is the embodiment of this quote.


written by the author of: YOUR MARKETING SUCKS

Design Translator
Jan 06, 07 – 7:38 pm

Hi BrockSky, Marc and Chris,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your feedback. This Z-List has done wonders for those that deserve it!

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