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Kat Frass
11-19-2007, 06:46 PM
In a moment of weakness I agreed to host the December blog chain. I think we should start on December 1, so we will be finished before the real craziness of Christmas starts (you know.. before I completely implode under the stress of buying just the right gift and trying to put a kick-ass holiday meal on the table... :cry:).

So - here is the official sign up. I will set up the order and post the coding when we get closer to starting.

If you have a preference on going early or late in the chain, please let me know.

If you need directions for the blog chain, please visit THIS POST (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=74596&highlight=blog+chain).

Let have some fun!

11-19-2007, 07:35 PM
I'd love to be part of the December chain. :)

Kat Frass
11-23-2007, 06:21 PM
Bump to the top! :-)

11-23-2007, 06:29 PM
want to be in on this one too, link in siggy

11-23-2007, 07:01 PM
Gigidy. I'm in. I don't mind when I go this time since I finally have a grasp on it.

11-23-2007, 08:02 PM
Dang it, Kat! This means you HAVE to have a story for the Flash Fiction Carnival III. I don't guess I could wheedle you into starting on the 5th, the day after the FFC III due date, could I?

*eyelash flutter*

At any rate, you know I love the blogchains, so count me in.


11-24-2007, 04:05 AM
Of course count me in :). same as last time, I think, since it's so much fun tying everything to food :) http://www.foodpast.com Gillian's Food History

11-24-2007, 05:35 AM
I'm in on my personal blog. I had a great time in November.

-- Joanna

11-24-2007, 05:45 AM
I missed the last one for some reason, but count me in on this one. I'd like to use Confessions of a Fat Chick (http://fatchickconfessions.wordpress.com) again.

11-24-2007, 05:46 AM
Checked out your instructions and I'm going cross-eyed.:)
I'm pretty useless when it comes to figuring out this kind of thing so I'll pass this round and see if I can't join in next time. Just made me a blogging plan that I think I can stick to so I'll probably have my hands full anyway.

11-24-2007, 10:17 AM
I need to defer on this one for now, until I figure out during exactly which parts of December I will have internet access. However I am interested. Just can't commit yet.

11-24-2007, 11:48 AM
This sounds like fun. I'm kind of interested. How many blogs did you have chained last time? I don't think I would do this and the carnival. I'll have to choose which one to do.

11-24-2007, 03:29 PM
Well, you only have to link to the blog that comes before you in the chain. Reading each person's entry is fun and interesting which is why so many of us like to do the chains.

Also, I'm hosting the carnival which means I have to make sure I do the coding right for all the links and so on and I'm going to do the blogchain and I haven't hardly begun my flash for the carnival yet.

If I can do it in my addlepated state, I bet you can too. :) At least think about it. Okay?


11-24-2007, 08:57 PM
Ok! I can never turn down a masked lady! Besides, I think I just recognized you from our Summerfriend blog, yes?

11-24-2007, 09:00 PM
I'm in at williebee.blogspot.com. Well time I got that place moving again, anyway. Thanks for hosting, Kat.

11-25-2007, 12:05 AM
Ok! I can never turn down a masked lady! Besides, I think I just recognized you from our Summerfriend blog, yes?

Yes, of course! I love Danette's blog and I remember seeing you there too. :)

And YAY!

I've converted another bloggersoul... Mwah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! ! !


11-25-2007, 12:13 AM
Will pester friends to explain it to me, but I want in!

11-26-2007, 03:29 AM
Thanks for the PM, Kat. If you all don't mind answering dumb questions, count me in.:)

Kat Frass
11-26-2007, 07:33 PM
OK everyone. I'm going to put up the code on Wed (11/28), so if anyone else wants to join in.. speak now!!

Linnea - I'm so glad you decided to join us. I promise we will answer ALL of your dumb questions... and even you smart questions too!!! LOL

11-26-2007, 07:39 PM
I'd like to try-- the coding permalink stuff is a little overwhelming, but I'm game.

Here's my blog:



Kat Frass
11-26-2007, 08:39 PM
MRasey - I'm so glad you decided to join us!! It looks like December will be a big chain!

For anyone else who is "on the fence" and worried about the rules... I have written out the basics and kept it REALLY simple.

These are the only "rules" you need to worry about.

Sign up
Wait for the person before you to PM you.
Go read their post, and branch off of it in your posting. Just take one (big or small) aspect of their post and morph it into something you want to write about.
Take the code that I am going to compile, and paste it into your post at the end (will need to do this in HTML view.. but that is super super simple!!)
PM the next person in line to let them know you are finished, and post a link to your finished post on the Blog Chain thread here at AW.
When everyone is finished, comment.. comment... comment.
At the very very end, I will compile updated code, and everyone can go in and edit their original posts. Just take out the original code, and replace with the updated code I post.

Just jump in! Nothing to worry about. We don't bite... much.

11-26-2007, 09:01 PM
Thanks, that sounds much simpler.

Looking forward to participating.


11-26-2007, 09:09 PM
Sign me up please. :)


11-27-2007, 07:33 AM
Kat, I just sent you PM.

Kat Frass
11-30-2007, 09:13 PM
OK Everyone, Here is the code for the December Blog Chain! Please look it over and make sure that I have chosen the right blog for you and that your entry is spelled correctly. ;)

When you post to your blog, please put this code in the post (needs to be done on the CODE tab while you are writing).

I am going to kick off the first post of the blog. I will blog sometime this weekend (probably on Sunday). Because a few of our members are also participating in the Blog Fiction Carnival (which has a deadline of Dec. 5), I'm trying to push our blog chain back a few days. I also tried to put anyone that I KNEW was participating in the Carnival at the end of our chain.

Don't forget to PM the next person when you have completed your post! Also - please post here when you are finished and give us the perma-link to your post. (If anyone doesn't know what a perma-link is.. PLEASE ask or PM me and I'll explain it). Don't forget to visit all of our participants and comment on their posts. At the very end of the chain, I will update the code with the perma-links and you will all need to go update the code on your blog.

<a href="http://theblog.frassrand.com">A Thoughtful Life</a>
<a href="http://www.foodpast.com/">Gillian's Food History</a>
<a href="http://confusedandundone.blogspot.com/">Getting Confused and Coming All Undone</a>
<a href="http://joannasandsmark.blogspot.com/">Life in the Middle</a>
<a href="http://fatchickconfessions.wordpress.com/">So You Want to be a Chic Chick</a>
<a href="http://williebee.blogspot.com/">Williebee</a>
<a href="http://twistedfantasy.typepad.com/my_weblog/">Twisted Fantasies</a>
<a href="http://dawnallcot.blogspot.com/">It Had To Be Said</a>
<a href="http://kateboddie.blogspot.com/">Finding Boddie</a>
<a href="http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com/">Virtual Wordsmith</a>
<a href="http://randomactsofunkindness.blogspot.com/">Random Acts of Unkindness</a>
<a href="http://sherryantonettiwrites.blogspot.com/">Chocolate for Your Brain</a>
<a href="http://virginialeenc.blogspot.com/">Virginia Lee: I Ain't Dead Yet!</a>

<a href="http://technorati.com/tag/awchain" rel="tag">awchain</a>

11-30-2007, 11:36 PM
Thanks, Kat!

Kat Frass
12-04-2007, 07:35 PM
OK - Blog chain has begun.

Here is my perma-link.

I'm off to PM Gillian.

12-04-2007, 09:53 PM

12-04-2007, 10:05 PM
:idea: Lets hope they come to me!

12-05-2007, 02:32 PM
I'm done: http://www.foodpast.com/blogchains-lists-cheating-and-fried-food-all-at-once-of-course/

Now I need to PM, too :)

12-05-2007, 05:44 PM
I'm done. Off to PM Joanna


12-06-2007, 10:09 AM
Okay, mine is done.


And Jen has been tagged.

Kat Frass
12-09-2007, 09:13 PM
I PM'd Jen since we haven't heard from her. I'm thinking she is out of town.. or super duper busy. If we don't hear from her by tomorrow morning, then I will just move her down in the list a bit. Give her time to catch up or get back... or whatever.

I'll PM the next person in line tomorrow morning if Jen is still MIA.

12-10-2007, 07:03 AM
I'm here, I'm here! :)

Sorry, guys. Things went a little crazy for a couple days. I'll be back in a bit with my link.

12-10-2007, 07:18 AM
Okie-doke. Sorry for the delay, but here it is. Off to PM williebee.


Kat Frass
12-10-2007, 06:36 PM
YEAH! Glad to see you are back, Jen. I figured you must have been crazy busy. It is a crazy time of year. :snoopy:

12-10-2007, 09:07 PM
And it probably doesn't help any that I'm half-crazy anyway. lol :wag:

I got Joanne's PM and kept thinking "Later. OK, tonight. OK, tomorrow. Later...." We know where that got me. lol

12-10-2007, 10:04 PM
Sorry I haven't been commenting on everyone's blogs in the chain! I thought we'd get PMed when it started and I didn't hear anything. This is my first time. I will add the perma-link to my blog and start commenting, etc. tonight!!


12-10-2007, 10:18 PM
I don't comment until everyone's done writing. It makes it easier on my workload, especially right now, to do that.

12-11-2007, 08:06 AM
Ok, Mine is up. Milady Rasey has been PM'd.

Time to go bake cookies.

12-12-2007, 05:47 PM
Okay I'm done.

12-12-2007, 11:18 PM
It's up! :) How exciting, my first blog chain. Williebee, LOVED the butterfly story! :D

12-12-2007, 11:39 PM
Ok, I'll try to write something tonight and post it tomorrow but if I can't post it until Friday, is that ok?

12-13-2007, 05:41 AM
Absolutely NOT, DonnaDuck. We demand a 12-hour turnaround. Where is your blog? Huh? Huh? ;) Slacker!! :D

<3 <3

Kat Frass
12-13-2007, 06:34 AM
LOL CatMuse. Give her heck! :)

DonnaDuck.. of course.. get to it when you can.

12-13-2007, 06:56 PM
Hey, at least I have a topic in mind thanks to all the kiddie bashing! Ha!

12-13-2007, 07:06 PM
Who is bashing kiddies? Huh? HUH???

It's the most wonderful time of the year....

Thanks, Cat. What concerns me at the moment is that sooner or later (more likely sooner) I'm going to run into Mom again. (It is a SMALL town.)

No way I'm asking her if she found the butterfly...

12-15-2007, 11:28 PM
I just wanted to give everyone an update that I'll be posting my contribution tonight. I had a last minute schedule change yesterday so by the time I finished everything, I spit out the illustrious "fuck it" and went to bed. My brain is better rested and thanking me for it. So . . . yeah . . . I'll make the tag tonight.

12-16-2007, 09:14 AM
Mine's finally posted. I shall go pm now . . .

12-17-2007, 06:21 PM
I'm done! PMing the next person.


12-18-2007, 04:28 AM
Oh man, totally forgot about this! But did it. Here it is! I'll pm Sherry!


12-18-2007, 09:25 PM
emailed Virginia Lee...mine is up. Thanks for doing this guys!

12-19-2007, 01:52 PM
Okay kids, the blogchain is done, even though there were a couple of *ahem* dropped links here and there. I did the coding to get to everyone's blogchain post directly at the end of my post. See below. It worked for me, so I hope it works for you. :D

I mistakenly misinterpreted VirtualWordsmith's post but she pointed out my error and I fixed the post so there has been that amendation. I'm sorry, Mary, for making that error. Thank you for correcting me. I know I hate being misinterpreted and I try very hard to be a better reader than I was in the wee hours when reading your post. I'm so embarrassed!

I'm pretty sure I commented on everyone's link in the chain, but if I missed you, please holler at me. I'm more than happy to go back. It's a great blogchain and I won't mind reading it again.


<a href="http://theblog.frassrand.com/?p=38">A Thoughtful Life</a><br>
<a href="http://www.foodpast.com/blogchains-lists-cheating-and-fried-food-all-at-once-of-course/">Gillian's Food History</a><br>
<a href="http://confusedandundone.blogspot.com/2007/12/absolute-write-blog-chain-13.html">Getting Confused and Coming All Undone</a><br>
<a href="http://joannasandsmark.blogspot.com/2007/12/absolute-write-blogchain-13-give-peace.html">Life in the Middle</a><br>
<a href="http://fatchickconfessions.wordpress.com/2007/12/09/controlling-responses-aw-blogchain-13/">So You Want to be a Chic Chick</a><br>
<a href="http://williebee.blogspot.com/2007/12/making-list-checking-it-twice-yup-still.html">Williebee</a><br>
<a href="http://twistedfantasy.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/12/my-first-chain.html">Twisted Fantasies</a><br>
<a href="http://dawnallcot.blogspot.com/2007/12/unchained-confessions.html">It Had To Be Said</a><br>
<a href="http://kateboddie.blogspot.com/2007/12/working-on-chain-gang.html">Finding Boddie</a><br>
<a href="http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com/2007/12/another-link-in-blog-chain.html">Virtual Wordsmith</a><br>
<a href="http://randomactsofunkindness.blogspot.com/2007/12/link-in-chain.html">Random Acts of Unkindness</a><br>
<a href="http://sherryantonettiwrites.blogspot.com/2007/12/why-we-have-artificial-tree.html">Chocolate for Your Brain</a><br>
<a href="http://virginialeenc.blogspot.com/2007/12/aw-blogchain-13-from-distractions-to.html">Virginia Lee: I Ain't Dead Yet!</a><br>
<a href="http://technorati.com/tag/awchain" rel="tag">awchain</a>

12-19-2007, 09:47 PM
I must get to commenting now. Is it the four-day weekend yet?

Kat Frass
12-20-2007, 06:08 AM
OK - I'm finished commenting on everyone.

And I would like to personally THANK Virginia for compiling that code for me. This is the new code that you should put in your blog posting. It has a direct link to your blog chain post, instead of a general link to your blog.

I hope everyone had fun. I know I did. Thanks for playing! And don't forget to comment on everyone's post.

12-20-2007, 08:39 AM
It was my pleasure, Kat! :)


12-20-2007, 10:02 AM
Argh, I haven't done my comments and I'm leaving town tomorrow early, so I'll have to wait to do them when I return. My apologies to all and hope you won't mind some delayed comments.

-- Joanna

Kat Frass
12-20-2007, 06:20 PM
Joanna, I think we are all pretty easy going. :) Get to the comments when you have time. Thanks for letting us know you'll be late.

12-20-2007, 07:59 PM
I've been updating my code as the chain when on but I slacked off a bit on the last couple. I must add those.

Kat Frass
12-23-2007, 07:04 PM
The December blog chain is finally finished. Thank you so much for participating. It was great fun!

Please don't forget to comment on each post in the chain. If you don't have time to comment before the holidays, then please come back to comment after.

Oh.. and if you have finished your comments... then just ignore this gentle reminder.

Thanks again, and hope to see you around the next blog chain!

(By the way.. I PM'd this to everyone too. Aren't I annoying!)


01-04-2008, 04:17 PM
I've finally finished! Sorry, folks, for taking too long, but I was extraordinarily clever and bacame unwell and have been making lists and prioritising this whole last month, just to keep up with essentials. Next time, I'll be very careful what I post about.