Before we start, let’s read one of Aesop‘s fables. Fine, go grab a coffee first.
The Wild Ass and the Clown [Aesop was never Freshly Pressed, obviously.]
A WILD ASS and a Clown entered into an alliance so that they might capture WordPress with greater ease. The Clown agreed to assist the Wild Ass with his magnificence, while the Wild Ass gave the Clown the benefit of his greater looks. When they had taken as many blogs as their necessities required, the Clown undertook to distribute the readership, and for this purpose divided it into three shares. “I will take the first share,” he said, ”because I am Le King: and the second share, as a partner with you in the chase: and the third share (believe me) will be a source of great evil to you, unless you willingly resign it to me, and set off as fast as you can.”
Obviously, the clown in Aesop’s fable was a douche. Thank you, Aesop, double douche… clowns are people too. Good people. As a matter of fact, as a show of gratitude for your loyalty, for the coffees we share together, each morning, sitting in front on our respective computer screen – eyes red, skin radioactive green, weak bladder – I made you, my Carnies, badges to add on your blogs – one for those on my blogrolls, one for the winners of the Blogroll Contest, and one neutral – for the sake of Switzerland.
Of course, there is no obligation to use these badges… After all, they’re only a gift from me to you, a benevolent gesture. But why would you throw a fortune out the window? Exactly. These badges take their full splendoUr when linked back to my site, obviously (obviously was brought to you by Sesame Street, and the makers of I’m too lazy to Thesaurus a synonym). If you browsed through A Clown on Fire lately, you might have also noticed:
How many times have you seen this badge on the blogosphere? Damn right! It’s Le Clown trademarked. Here’s more magnanimity: take it. For free. Eat your decomposed heart out, Aesop. Thus ends two weeks of shameless self-promotion.