What are trackbacks for? They’re for letting bloggers and readers know that you’ve linked to them, providing an easy way for people to find the commentary and reactions to a post that piques their interest.
They’re not for shameless self-promotion aimed at becoming the next hot libertarian blog chick with a picture on her sidebar. Case in point: Jacqueline Passey, who has sent trackbacks to just about everyone who linked to Catallarchy’s Libertarian Girl revelation. Readers following those trackbacks will find no mentions of the blog they were just looking at, but they will find Jacqueline linking to eight pictures of herself and a story about how short her skirts are.
That’s nine blogs I’m aware of and there could possibly be more. As for the trackback she posted here, I think Homestar Runner says it best: BALETED!
[Instant update: I’m an accidental ass. I tried to be conscientious and turned off the feature that automatically pings the blogs listed above. It turns out I missed a step and, as Steve of Hammer of Truth points out, sent my own round of unrelated trackbacks. My apologies to them and please feel free to delete the pings.]