The [Linknotated] Law of the Blogger


How about adding Cox & Forkum's cartoon, The Blogger's Cycle, to your post?

Posted by Martin Lindeskog at February 12, 2005 12:36 AM

. . . and when some bloggers reach puberty, they'll have to leave the pack and go back to live with actual humans.

Posted by ccwbass at February 12, 2005 12:43 AM

Please clarify. Do I understand that it is okay to lie as long as I do so at the beginning of the day?

Posted by triticale at February 12, 2005 5:15 AM

I love Kipling . . .

Posted by Yehudit at February 12, 2005 7:12 AM

I've never Kipled... have to try it!
(Ducks, Runs...)

Posted by Old Grouch at February 12, 2005 7:48 AM

Smoked or pickled Kipling?

Posted by P.A. Breault at February 12, 2005 8:17 AM

What a wonderful poem.

Posted by FredJHarris at February 12, 2005 2:52 PM

...with props to Captain Hopwood RN

I knew that plebe year gouge would come in handy some day.

Posted by Gil Gilliam at February 12, 2005 3:22 PM

Robert Service would be proud!

Posted by I. Cummins at February 12, 2005 3:24 PM

I thought I was the only blogger who'd been playing w/Kipling lately. You, however, have set a new standard for us all! Well done, that's a great poem!

Posted by ras at February 12, 2005 4:33 PM

You're a better blogger than I am, Vander Leun.

Posted by Mr. Snitch at February 12, 2005 6:01 PM

Brilliant, Gerard. Meter-perfect. You inspire me.

Posted by Meryl Yourish at February 12, 2005 8:54 PM

And you can sing it, to the tune of "Gilligan's Island."

Try it!

Posted by SMASH at February 12, 2005 10:29 PM

I really enjoyed "Law of the Blogger." As I read it, I could hear the cadence of "Take Up The White Man's Burden," Rudyard Kipling's 1899 poem published first in McClure's magazine. Like comedians who use comedy to discuss important social issues, you used a poem to address issues worthy of consideration by all bloggers.

Posted by Munir Umrani at February 13, 2005 8:58 AM

The Eason Jordan reference, sadly, isn't familiar to me. How about this:

But best is to catch bad reporting, and seven times always catch Dan!

Posted by garym at February 14, 2005 7:50 AM

Considering it is Valentine's day, I now have a sudden urge to play around with "The Female of the Species." (The poem.)

(bows). Most excellent.

Posted by Thief at February 14, 2005 10:41 AM

This is too darn cute for any mortal to have written. I'm weeping.

Good job.


Posted by Quana at February 14, 2005 11:29 AM

Wonderful - and Kipling is simply wonderful, I've been kipling for years! [grin]

Posted by DrPat at February 14, 2005 11:22 PM

that was incredibly awesome.

Posted by Rey at February 15, 2005 11:16 AM

Kipling is wonderful, but the original wasn't Kipling. Gil Gilliam had it right.

Back in my plebe year, we used "My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean" as the tune for learning it.

Since most people won't have a copy of "Reef Points," you can find the whole thing here:

Posted by wheels at March 13, 2005 9:39 PM

I just this afternoon posted an essay in celebration of my 4th Bloggerversary this weekend.

As I move forward, this post will serve as a reminder of Blog Ettiquette, and practices, to try to live up to.

Posted by Kiril The Mad Macedonian at May 6, 2006 2:27 PM

And while the good Cdr was,no doubt, Kipling inspired.. only one [former plebe] seemed to recognize the real basis for this poem. Nicely and cleverly done.. Carry on!

Posted by oldav8r at May 6, 2006 4:46 PM

Sorry, Gilliam and Wheels, but Hopwood took it from Kipling: "The Law of the Jungle", in The Second Jungle Book, published 1895 according to

And from the US Department of the Navy ( (emphasis added):

The 23 July 1896 issue of the British "Army and Navy Gazette" presented a poem that was destined to become one of the Naval World's literary classics. Written by Royal Navy Rear Admiral Ronald A. Hopwood, this work, entitled "The Laws of the Navy", set forth what might safely be termed the "wisdom of the ages" for all who seek to make their way in large, hierarchical organizations, with special emphasis on the seagoing versions.
Posted by Mark Mandel at November 11, 2007 9:22 AM