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Dawno
05-20-2006, 11:27 PM
I'd like to start something participatory - not a contest, but something fun that would have all of us AW Bloggers doing something together and commenting on each other's blogs around the 'event' - with the group we have here it would go around the world! If we figured out a way to keep track of it (I know some of you haven't had great success with Technorati tagging) that might add to the ease of keeping up with what the rest of us are doing.

Any ideas?

BlueTexas
05-21-2006, 12:36 AM
It's a great idea, Dawno. Putting my thinking cap on...

James Buchanan
05-21-2006, 01:45 AM
Maybe something revolving around world literacy? But I don't know what.

Dawno
05-21-2006, 01:51 AM
Interesting idea - ponder it! :)

September skies
05-21-2006, 02:24 AM
I'm game - though I'm not sure what you mean. Can you give some kind of example, then maybe I can think up of some things too...

razibahmed
05-21-2006, 03:03 AM
Great idea. Yes excellent idea. I am waiting eagerly for it to happen. Yes, it will help all of us to improve our technorati ranking. No wonder, you are the moderator. Thanks again, for this.

James Buchanan
05-21-2006, 04:18 AM
Well, World Literacy Day is September 8. We're all authors, what about a short essay/rant/poem whatever strikes the bloggers fancy about what it means to be literate or illiterate in today's world.

Dawno
05-21-2006, 05:00 AM
I't's a great idea James and I'd be more than pleased to put something up on the AW Calendar and *try* to remember to start a thread in advance (say August 1) so we all have time to get an essay ready.

Between now and then, however... :)

BlueTexas
05-21-2006, 05:08 AM
We're talking about more than just a meme, right? And nothing too technical - though I can't think of a better way to connect us all than Technorati.

Do we want to pick a cause like James (fantastic idea!) mentioned, or something fun, similar to the Zombi Penguin tour? Or a new SOS push?

DTKelly
05-21-2006, 05:40 AM
I don't know how it would work with the differences in the way people blog--

but what if we got a list of participants, and the first person started with a "normal" blog post. That person comes to the appropriate thread, says that they've posted, the next person on the list goes and reads the blog, and picks something from the blog and writes about it. They publish their blog (with appropriate tagback to the post they got the 'idea' from) and then post in the AW thread, then the next person does the same, and so on, and so on.

The blogs can be about anything;

ex. Let's say my blog entry is the first. And I happen to blog on many fairly unrelated things (it could happen, :D), like Play Doh, Smurfs, Bubonic Plague and Irish Spring. *Ahem (http://www.dtkelly.net/?p=68)* The next person could pick anything from the blog post and write something, either along the same line or completely different. Maybe the person after me just happens to be good friends with someone who contracted Bubonic plague after camping in the southwest US. They write about that. Then the next person comes along and posts about how they once visited baseball's Spring training in the Arizona, and the next posts about the joys of spring, and the next on how Joy really does work wonders on dishes! and (HELP! ME!)...

Hmm..
Just had another thought. What if, then, the final person not only uses a theme from the previous blog, but also has to tie it in to the first one as well. Then the "round" would end. The person who posted first (in the example provided, me) will go to the bottom of the page, the previous number #2 become number one and everyone else moves up on the ladder. Anyone wishing to be added will be put either randomly places or specifically placed at the top or bottom.

Make sense to anyone else but me?

The AW Mobius strip. There's the tag. My work here is done, people. :D

And yes, I'm really tired. Can you tell I've been up chasing a three year old since 5 am?

Dawno
05-21-2006, 05:48 AM
towerkel that idea has legs - I'd like more comment on it - then we'll see if we can get it going - lets say by June 1st?

BlueTexas
05-21-2006, 06:29 AM
I like Towerkel's idea, too. Simple, cohesive, plenty of ways for us to distort and be creative!

Sury
05-21-2006, 07:07 AM
I write a food blog and "events" are fairly popular with food bloggers. The way it goes there is this: you are given a theme for every new event and have to post recipes and experiences based on that. These events are rotational in nature, which means there's a new host for each edition. Once all participating bloggers have posted on their blogs and have notified the host blogger with their permalink, the host posts a round-up in their blog. It's one of the best ways to connect with fellow bloggers. Often, it also leads you to blogs you have never seen before.

Think we could do something similar? We pick a topic--it could be anything--Summer, Editing Woes, AW Addiction...

Then, all participants write a post on the topic in their blog and the host blogger gives a concise round-up in his or her blog with links to the individual bloggers.

Just an idea. I am very enthused with the idea of an AW bloggers event. Thanks for coming up with it, Dawno! :)

Sury

L M Ashton
05-21-2006, 12:58 PM
Me, too! Dawno, this is a great idea! Thanks! :D

sthrnwriter
05-21-2006, 01:03 PM
I noticed some good ideas mentioned here. I thought I would add one to the list. It's most likely something to think about in the future rather than for this particular topic.

What about setting up a blog carnival (http://www.blogcarnival.com)? It's basically what Sury has described. The organizer chooses the host and subject for that month and notifies them in advance. Then, that person hosts the carnival and everyone who wishes to be involved submits their work. The host includes their submissions (along with their own thoughts about the subject) in a single article with their links.

bsolah
05-21-2006, 05:54 PM
Yeah, I love doing blog carnivals. Have you checked out the 'tastes of the darkness' thread? Tastes... is my own blog carnival of horror flash fiction. I've also hosted the first edition of the carnival of socialism on May 1 and they've been decent experiences.

KellyC
05-21-2006, 09:03 PM
Or what about a "pass it forward" effort? Jenna talked about random acts of kindness on her blog (http://jennaglatzer.blogspot.com/2006/04/my-first-meme.html), which is what made me think of this for our virtual event. I'm not very good at the technical part of all this, but I envision something like:

1. one person does a random act of kindness (could be donating to a charity, picking flowers for your neighbor, or writing a sincere, nice comment on the blog of someone you don't know, etc...)

2. She or he would write a blog entry about the random act of kindness, with an established paragraph explaining to everyone else what it's all about;

3. Then that person would "tag" someone else that's agreed to do this (we could even comment on their blog with "you're it").

I don't really know all the logistics, but I like the idea. I'm in on whatever else is agreed upon also, but I have a pretty narrowly focused blog.

Edit 1 -- OH!! And we could create a "Random Acts of Kindness" tag (if there isnot one already) and tell anyone who participates to put it on their post???

Edit 2 -- I checked, there is one, and a blog with a bazillion ideas for random acts of kindness http://www.daretobeanangel.com/index.php

Dawno
05-21-2006, 09:16 PM
This is all great stuff - perhaps we can try them all - not all at once! :)

Sometime next week I'll post the first event. You folk are the best!

ChaosTitan
05-21-2006, 10:25 PM
Just thought I'd toss in that I'm game for this. I tend to be very random with my blog posts, so I can yammer on about anything and everything. :D

PeeDee
05-21-2006, 10:48 PM
Bunch of really cool ideas, and I'm definitely game to try any of them. The Blog Carnival is not something I'd heard of before, but that does sound cool too.

Dawno
05-22-2006, 12:01 AM
OK, for our first event, what should be the goal? Do we want to get as many people involved as possible or are we looking to strengthen the community we're building here of AW Bloggers - that would help me with setting up the parameters.

I am thinking along the lines of Towerkel's idea for our first one. Then we can try the blog carnival next.

Holding James' idea about the literacy day, too - that has a lot of promise and is a great theme for writers, no?

PeeDee
05-22-2006, 12:05 AM
Towerkel's idea seems like a good bet. It's a simple, but enjoyable way to start off.

It will degrade into filth and terrible jokes, though. Just watch. I have a feeling. :)

Dawno
05-22-2006, 12:07 AM
That's the chance we'll have to take...try and set a good example, ok? ;)

JennaGlatzer
05-22-2006, 12:39 AM
Kelly, does it surprise you that I love your idea? Random acts of kindness across the blogosphere sounds fun!

Maybe we can have an "event" every month so we can use all these cool ideas. :)

Dawno
05-22-2006, 12:58 AM
Kinda what I was thinking, Jenna - but that will depend on the ideas being generated by participants here. I've decided to delegate that part :)

KellyC
05-22-2006, 01:44 AM
Kelly, does it surprise you that I love your idea? Random acts of kindness across the blogosphere sounds fun!


Haha - yeah I figured you'd like that;)

SueB
05-22-2006, 03:04 AM
This sounds like a wonderful idea to me. But guys I'm new at blogging. Please, whatever we do, try to explain it very well so that even this little old lady can understand how to participate. Thanks! And I can hardly wait!

MadScientistMatt
05-22-2006, 03:28 AM
I like Towerkel's idea. My blog is kind of topical, and I normally don't post outside of a certain range of things unless I can come up with a very good excuse. Towerkel's idea lets us have something that passes around from blog to blog, without calling for posts that are outside of the subject readers would expect.

unthoughtknown
05-22-2006, 03:50 AM
I'm game, too!

PeeDee
05-22-2006, 03:54 AM
There are a LOT of things that the AW community could do (not necessarily even related to Blogs). I mean, consider the sheer amount of writerly folk we have here. And some of them even write!

There's a lot that could be done. Hell, if we harnessed the writing power here, we could turn out novels on a weekly basis. :)

Dawno
05-22-2006, 05:58 AM
This sounds like a wonderful idea to me. But guys I'm new at blogging. Please, whatever we do, try to explain it very well so that even this little old lady can understand how to participate. Thanks! And I can hardly wait!

Sue, I will try my utmost to post clear and understandable instructions. I think the part that will be less easy (but it's going to be easy to do overall) is coordination so we make the event last a while instead of all posting pretty much at once.

Although an event where we all post the same day has some potential...keep thinking folk, this is where we all get a chance to contribute before the 'rules' go up!

L M Ashton
05-22-2006, 08:16 AM
We can also change the rules - whatever it is we're doing - every month, too. :D Just to keep you on your toes, Dawno. :tongue


Another thought - everyone who wishes to participate can post a suggested theme and everyone (who wants to, of course) can write an entry on that theme and either provide links to everyone else's entry on that theme, or post all the entries on the blog of the person who came up with that theme. With links back to the poster's blog...

Yeah, I'll go confuse someone else now...

Dawno
05-22-2006, 11:27 AM
quidscribis, I think that the rules *will* change with each event - the event itself will dictate.

The key to perpetuating involvement with the events will be to keep it simple as possible, IMO.

Your idea is good - I'll add it to the list. At this rate we can finish '06 and still have things to do :)

Gooch
05-23-2006, 04:56 AM
I'm game!

I like Towerkel's idea. It's open ended enough that we'd get a whole lot of variety in the posts that are written!

L M Ashton
07-03-2006, 04:31 PM
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Dawno
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Well! We sure did do something together out there over the past few days! I would guess that Dr. Babs is seriously thinking about her business model...hope that the other 19 are, too.

Please note the sticky thread at the top of the forum if you posted the 20 Worst list - it NEEDS the preamble!

After I recover some from these days of AW-lessness I'll get back to the project. Meanwhile KellyC did go and get the ball rolling on her Random Acts idea - if you got a message "You're It!" I hope you did something kind, posted about it and tagged someone else as next.

It's wonderful to be back here with you all but don't stop the great activity out in the blogosphere - please keep commenting on and linking to each others blogs! (especially with the newbies who started blogging during the shutdown and need our support to keep going!)
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quidscribis
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Yeah, that was quite the AW blogging event, unplanned as it was...

And I need to go back to HOW MANY ENTRIES TO ADD THAT PREAMBLE? Sheesh! :p
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Starting to catch up on threads here...

BWHAHAHA, the unplanned ones are the best.
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Alan Yee
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The AW shutdown was the perfect excuse for me to start my blog. I knew it was inevitable that I would someday, but this whole thing made it necessary to start it NOW. First I posted the Top 20 Worst List, then I ranted on BeelzeBarb, and then it went from there.

I know I'm not the only one who started their blogs during the Withdrawal Period. First it was me, then it was Shwebb, and then it was Zonk (out of the regulars in the chatroom). I'm sure there's others.

Sigh. I wish someone would give me the script of the little drama in the chatroom, in which I was BeelzeBarb and DamaNegra and Absolute Write defeated me and my flying hellhounds. ChaosTitan has already posted her little play, "Bauer vs. Bauer" on her blog. I thought my role as Her Infernal Highness was worthy of being posted on my blog.
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Dawno
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I hope all the newfound bloggers post up in the Absolute Write Bloggers thread! I'd love to get them on the blogroll here and at my site.
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robeiae
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How about an event wherein everyone writes an essay about the consequences of the pervasiveness of deconstructionist theory in the social sciences, as it relates to the ongoing divergence of post-modernism, realism, and pragmatism, particulary with regard to the effects on revisionist interpretations of seminal writings in these fields, in the historiography of the fields, and in history at-large?

Or it could be on favorite beers.

Rob
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I vote for favorite beer. The rest reminds me too much of college. Well, so does beer... but that's more fun.
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WHA? Methinks Rob has a much higher vocabulary than me. I can't even begin to comprehend that. Please translate it into Dumb-Speak for me.
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Well and the whole blog vett reminds me of the old (and badly misquoted saying) of never piss off a bard... for the pen is far mightier than the sword. You want to go down in flames of infamy, twist the panties of a bunch of people who write.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by robeiae
How about an event wherein everyone writes an essay about the consequences of the pervasiveness of deconstructionist theory in the social sciences, as it relates to the ongoing divergence of post-modernism, realism, and pragmatism, particulary with regard to the effects on revisionist interpretations of seminal writings in these fields, in the historiography of the fields, and in history at-large?

Or it could be on favorite beers.

Rob

No.

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robeiae
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Please remove your iron boot from my neck, Dawno.
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Medievalist
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Quote:
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Please remove your iron boot from my neck, Dawno.

That's not your neck Robeiae. And, umm, have I got a link for you.
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Looks over site. Brain freezes dead. And in five posts a thread is hijacked. I think Dawno needs to beat us all....

Sooooo.....

Now that everything is back ye mod God(ess) which are we starting with?
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That's not your neck Robeiae. And, umm, have I got a link for you.
Thanks. I've seen the generator before (used it for my doctoral dis.; Magna Cum Laude).

Rob
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Dawno
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Ok, children, back to the topic. Take your OT stuff to OP!!

*gives rob "The Look" (tm)*
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Originally Posted by James Buchanan
Looks over site. Brain freezes dead. And in five posts a thread is hijacked. I think Dawno needs to beat us all....

Sooooo.....

Now that everything is back ye mod God(ess) which are we starting with?

We're going to start with Towerkel's idea - give me a day or so to get my act together and I'll post some guidelines.

Note, I said guidelines - if you adapt, adjust or plain ol' mess with, the concept, that's ok with me. Towerkel, now, well, that's another matter all together...
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L M Ashton
07-03-2006, 04:40 PM
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I have my blog, but I suppose I should actually start updating it again if I'm going ot be part of this, hm? Well, maybe I'll find something to chatter about, then.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dawno

Note, I said guidelines - if you adapt, adjust or plain ol' mess with, the concept, that's ok with me. Towerkel, now, well, that's another matter all together...


HEY!

I resemble that remark!


Actually. I'm back form my weekend trip. If you want me to start off I should have a nice, long and entertaining blog entry up in the next day or so describing some of the things I noticed on said trip. There will be PLENTY of topics for the next person to choose from.

Let me know.
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Quote:
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I'm back form my weekend trip.

TYPO!!
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Good catch. You don't get full points, though-- Catching a typo from someone who just spent 7 1/2 hours in a car with a three-year-old and a seven-week-old isn't high on the "cash in" scale.

Sorry.


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bsolah
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Yeah, and I've left myself open now whenever I leave a typo
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dawno
Meanwhile KellyC did go and get the ball rolling on her Random Acts idea - if you got a message "You're It!" I hope you did something kind, posted about it and tagged someone else as next.


Thank you to all of you who continued with the Random Acts of Kindness Blog Tag. For those of you who didn't get tagged yet, You're IT!

http://kellycurtis.blogspot.com/2006...rite-with.html

and

http://kellycurtis.blogspot.com/2006...ontagious.html

And if you participate, remember to add the random acts of kindness technorati tag and come back to tell me what you did. Thanks!!
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I was tagged, but I haven't done anything kind in days.
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I was part of a group of 100 protestors who heckled the Prime Minister when he came to Sydney Uni yesterday morning. No one likes him so I did a favour for all those living in Australia. Does that count?
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Oh, in my opinion that so counts
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okay, I love this idea, plus it will get me back to blogging more. Here's my dilema though, and I'm not sure if I can participate--let me know. The dilema: I have two blogs, one is about my life as a writer (and now, an editor too), and the second is a blog for freelance writers. With the first blog I post just about anything--talk about my writing, talk about the e-zine I'm editor of, etc.... With the second blog, well, it pretty much explains itsself--I post things related to writing for writers. This second blog is one I actually created to help writers, and usually anything I post here has to relate to writing or publishing, and be helpful to writers.

Can I participate with both blogs? I am thinking of doing the random acts of kindness until something else comes up here, but first I need to think of an act of kindness to perform.
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Forbidden Snowflake
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My question is, can I participate with LJ? Does the Technorati work with LJ? And how?
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KellyC
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Hello all -

There are others on this board that are WAY better at explaining the technical stuff (like wil technorati work on LJ), so I'm hoping they'll chime in. Me, I'm an "Ideas" person

If you're looking for a definition for Random Acts of Kindness, I found a blog that lists about a billion examples at the Dare to be an Angel Blog .

As far as who can participate, my blog is a very narrowly defined blog about empowering youth, but my latest entries have been entirely about the AW mess and Random Acts of Kindness. Actually, I made the Random Acts the reason I could talk about AW. So, whether the topic fits your blog is your call.

And XThe NavigatorX - we KNOW you haven't done anything nice, that's why this is called an "assignment". Something you do that you wouldn't normally do Come on! it'll be fun!

I can't wait to read about what you all do. Please link to me and post a comment so I keep track of you! The Technorati tag helps too. Once I hear back from a few of you, I'll post an update on my blog and link to the players I know of.

Thanks!
Kelly

Edit - PS, thank you to all you AWers that have already blogged about your RAOK, talked about the project, or commented on my posts. This community is truly outstanding.
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I definitely have to think of something.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by robeiae
How about an event wherein everyone writes an essay about the consequences of the pervasiveness of deconstructionist theory in the social sciences, as it relates to the ongoing divergence of post-modernism, realism, and pragmatism, particulary with regard to the effects on revisionist interpretations of seminal writings in these fields, in the historiography of the fields, and in history at-large?

Or it could be on favorite beers.

Rob

Hehe.

Rob said "seminal."

Hehe.


(ETA: Sorry Dawno. This will be my last off-topic post today. On your forum. In this thread. Probably.)
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I have another suggestion, and it's rather serious.

With the whole AW mess, a whole wackload of us started linking the top twenty worst agents list to BBs name - Googlebombing (am I allowed to talk about this here? If not, Dawno, feel free to delete portions thereof.) But BB is only one of twenty agents on the worst list, and there are hundreds of other scummy scamming "agents" out there, and they're thriving because of newbie writers who don't know any better.

We know better. We're in a position, with our many blogs, to help educate the new, the naive, the easily taken in.

So here's my proposal, which of course is subject to tweaking. It wouldn't be a one time thing, but would take place over the course of months. Blog about what makes a bad agent a bad agent. Blog about what makes a good agent good. Blog about normal business practices in the publishing industry. Blog about what to look out for.

I realize that a lot of us already blog about that sort of thing already, but it seems to me that we can organize our efforts better to include links to the SFWA site, the top twenty worst list, and other such resources that can help new writers. We can also link to each other's blogs and add technorati tags and otherwise try to change the Google rankings so that good quality information shows up so that new writers aren't taken in.

I'm more than willing to hear suggestions on how to get the most bang for our blogs, of course. I want a (quiet) revolution where we do all we can to drive the scammers out of business by depriving them of their customers.

That's just my two rupees.
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Yeah, I'm interested in this idea. Personally, I think I'd not only teach people about common practice, but learn something from this too.
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Quote:
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I was tagged, but I haven't done anything kind in days.

Me too, but I had family I haven't seen in 15 years in town - tried to be kind, but mostly I just bit my tongue. I'm working on it, though, KellyC!
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Excuse my absence from the conversation today - bad day at work.
Technorati does pick up tags from LJ - a lot of the Barbara Bauer tags pointed to LJs. You probably have to do a manual ping to get it to "catch" but maybe not.

Towerkel, I don't even remember what the deal was - or how we were going to organize it but if you want to kick things off and post the guidelines as well, go 4 it, d00d!

Kelly, your RAOC rocks! Hope there are lots of participants.

Quidscribis - another great idea. I'd link to the blog post wherein all the 20 agents on the list were linked back to the sfwa site, but I'm soooooooo tired. Maybe I'll come back and edit - if nobody else pops up with the post. Don't forget the preamble paragraph people!

With that I say goodnight bloggers of AW. I love you all!
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Ok, then from now on, I'm in with those blog thingies you guys do
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Quote:
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Me too, but I had family I haven't seen in 15 years in town - tried to be kind, but mostly I just bit my tongue. I'm working on it, though, KellyC!

I'd say keeping family peace is a random act of kindness.
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quidscribis
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Especially in some families. Like mine. Yikes!
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I can completely relate! Sometimes we just tread water.
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I'd say keeping family peace is a random act of kindness.

Even when you don't want to, lol? Seriously, I think the ROAK thing is all about the intent of it, and I certainly did not intend to be kind.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dawno

Towerkel, I don't even remember what the deal was - or how we were going to organize it but if you want to kick things off and post the guidelines as well, go 4 it, d00d!

Done.

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34458
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Hi all. I'm trying to follow what you all are brainstorming about. Must admit though I do not understnad about the tech.......and some symbol you guys are using......
At any rate, my blog is up and running. It is proving to far exceed my greatest hopes. The connections I have made.......Wow!
Check me out at: http://www.birthmotherofadopted.blogspot.com
And I would still like to join you all in the blogging tag, if and when.....
Just not sure my site would allow a post that would fit in with many of your ideas and I cannot jeopardize the integrity of my site, if that is the case. I am just hoping that with so ideas floating around for the tag, that the theme of some will work nicely with my blogsite theme.
If you check out my site, http://www.birthmotherofadopted.blogspot.com
please leave some comments.
Thanks!
SueB
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