It’s a Christmas tradition

Since the world didn’t end, there’s still time to participate in a tradition started by Jon Swift/Al Weisel, the “Best Posts of the Year, Chosen by the Bloggers Themselves.”  Jon/Al left behind some wonderful satire, but was also a nice guy and a strong supporter of small blogs.  (Here’s last year’s editionthe 2010 one, and Jon/Al’s 2007 and 2008 editions.)


If you’d like to participate,  write to (Batocchio9 AT yahoo DOT com) with your best post of the year.  Also feel free to pimp your post in the comments!


Blog Name
Title of Post
Author of Post
Brief Description/Pitch of the Post (1-2 sentences)
(Adding “best post” or “Jon Swift” in the subject line would be great.)


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19 replies
  1. 1
    Mark S. says:

    Many of Political Observer’s posts this year were hilarious. He was doing satire, right?

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    I’ve already submitted mine.

  3. 3
    WereBear says:

    The Way of Cats just loved their post, Village of Elves

    Remember wanting Sea Monkeys as a kid because the ads were so compelling? Their promise has been fulfilled; feline style.

    And appreciate the chance to share it with others!

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    blogs come and go and I seldom get very worked up about it, but Jon Swift was special and I miss him. doing Blog Honors to him is appropriate.

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    JoyfulA says:

    @Chuck Butcher: Jon Swift was the Stephen Colbert of blogs. Each set of comments produced hilarity; always some literal-minded visitor just plain didn’t get it, even cued by the name of the blog.

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    PaulW says:

    I submitted my “Romney’s Ever-Fixed Mark” article. Hope that’s alright.

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    Peter says:

    Thanks for this; it’s a great tradition, and I submitted my post about killing a woodchuck with a shovel. What could be more festive? I swear it’s entertaining.

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    JGabriel says:

    I don’t know if this quite counts, but I would like to nominate the comment thread at Amazon UK for the product Veet for Men Hair Removal Gel Creme 200 ml, particularly “Do Not Put On Knob and Bollocks“:

    Being a loose cannon who does not play by the rules the first thing I did was ignore the warning and smear this all over my knob and bollocks. The bollocks I knew and loved are gone now. In their place is a maroon coloured bag of agony which sends stabs of pain up my body every time it grazes against my thigh or an article of clothing. I am suffering so that you don’t have to. Heed my lesson. DO NOT PUT ON KNOB AND BOLLOCKS.

    (I am giving this product a 5 because despite the fact that I think my bollocks might fall off, they are now completely hairless.)

    and “Location Location Location“:

    I like the clean shaven look down in my gentleman’s log cabin, so for the past few years I’ve used a shaver. However the hair keeps growing back which means every 6 months I have to spend 20 minutes trimming again. As I’m sure you’ve realise this is valuable time I cannot waste. So I decided to get to the root of the problem and purchased this product.

    Probably the first thing you will notice after using this product is the pain. Although as a man I lack the required experience, I’m going to estimate that using this product is at least eleven times more painful than childbirth.

    Imagine sticking a rusty razor blade into your favourite eye, before tying your hands behind your back. Then imagine that you use the entrenched razor blade to slice open a raw onion. All the while being butt naked. This product is slightly more painful than that.

    However if we ignore the blinding, crippling and debilitating pain I should point out that this product is remarkably effective. Before, all manner of organisms great and small lived down there, now nothing can grow; not even on a cellular level. Sadly this includes my genitalia; I’ve spent the last four hours staring fixedly at Carol Vorderman’s arse, all to no avail. My tinkywinkleton hasn’t even so much as perked up, so if my review seems a bit harsh, it’s only because I wanted children.

    All in all an effective and reasonably priced product – 3 Stars.

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    WereBear says:

    @JGabriel: That is indeed hysterically funny.

    And, like the warnings not to blow dry one’s hair in the shower, a public safety warning that some folks might need.

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    Here’s pimping my best parody of the new Yale Professor of Humility. Best of luck to all!

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    Robert says:

    I think I’m definitely going to have to submit to this. I haven’t had as many opportunities in the past to cover news-like stories on my own site as I did in 2012. It’s hard to get out substantial pieces of entertainment criticism when the blog trend has shifted to silly lists and short snarky news blurbs. I’m heading out the door but I already earmarked a few possibilities to go through. I’ll share with the class when I’ve finally made the selection.

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    PaulW says:


    Was that woodchuck chucking your wood?

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    Uncle Ebeneezer says:

    @JoyfulA: It was especially hilarious when the idiot visitor was the one-and-only Anne Althouse! Al was a true genius of satire. He is dearly missed.

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    Robert says:

    I knew it would come down to my two most controversial posts of the year. I opted to go with the one that looked at the strangest entertainment news story of the year. Reality Reflecting Criticism: Tropes vs Women in Video Games

    This is all about how Anita Sarkeesian was systematically attacked by trolls during her Kickstarter project because she was a self-proclaimed feminist launching a web series about gender roles in video games. Come for the run down of the horrifying story, stay for the comment section where someone white knights the trolls while assuming that the author named Robert is REALLY a a man-hating shrew who should go back to the kitchen. That was a wild ride.

    It was that or my massive piece exploring why the Internet decided The Hunger Games ripped off Battle Royale even though the two works on the page are totally different in style and content. I think I made the right choice.

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    aarrgghh says:

    for those following the antics of the real americans™ of freeper gulch, i submit “still struggling to come out”, wherein a conflicted wingnut asks for advice on coming out to his gay friends.

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    Peter says:

    @PaulW: You’ll have to read it and find out.

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    From the midst of the 47% aftermath, reflections of the downsides of Mitt Romney’s privilege.

    I found that I spent a lot of time talking about Mitt’s foibles, because it was fun, and, well, it made me feel better.

    Profiles in Cowardice, with bonus West Wing references, was a close second.

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    b-psycho says:

    My reply to Ta-Nehisi Coates re: race-based reaction to Obama: “Vertical Solidarity Is Nonsense”

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