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L M Ashton
12-05-2007, 03:53 PM
THE LIST IS CLOSED. START COMMENTING, FOLKS! :D

Who: ???? Other than me, I mean... :D

What: Commenting at each other's blogs over a one-week period.

Where: Online. The URLs list is at the end of the post.

When: December 9th (Sun) through December 15th (Sat).

Why: Why not? And to find new readers for our blogs, and to find new blogs for us to read. :) And because it's fun.

How:
Sign up by posting a response in this thread. Please indicate the name of your blog and the blog URL. If you don't specify the blog name and blog URL, I'll pick the first one I see. :D I'm looking for 15 participants total. THE LIST IS CLOSED TO NEW SIGNUPS.
Start commenting on December 9th at each of the blogs on the list (excluding your own). Leave at least one comment per blog, on any post you like. Comments that are supportive, constructive, and/or witty are much appreciated. [For anyone participating in an AW blogchain: Blogchain comments do not count as Blitz comments. Blitz comments must be created separately.]
Finish commenting by or before December 15th. Then come back to this thread and leave a note saying that you've finished.By signing up, you are committing to commenting to 14 blogs over a 7-day period (Dec 9-15). Please note that this will take both both time and effort. If you aren't sure that you'll be able to do it, please don't ask to be added to the list. Thanks!


Participants:
Peregrinas (http://lmashton.com) / quidscribis
Virginia Lee: I Ain't Dead Yet! (http://virginialeenc.blogspot.com/) / valeenc
Twisted Fantasy (http://twistedfantasy.typepad.com/my_weblog/) / MRasey
Marilyn's Royal Blog (http://www.marilynsroyalblog.blogspot.com/) / Marilyn Braun
Finding Boddie (http://kateboddie.blogspot.com/) / DonnaDuck
A Thoughtful Life (http://theblog.frassrand.com/) / Kat Frass
What Am I Doing in Mexico (http://melanieavila.blogspot.com/) / melaniehoo
Thingymablog (http://thingymablog.blogspot.com/) / Soccer Mom
thursdaybram.com (http://thursdaybram.com) / thursdayb
One Vote Matters (http://onevotematters.com) / thursdayb
Virtual Wordsmith (http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com) / wordsmyth
The Writer's Roundabout (http://www.writersroundabout.com) / laffarsmith
Musings from the Mitten (http://geisswordsmith.wordpress.com/) / wordsmith
As Yet Untitled (http://www.elrenaevans.blogspot.com) / mamawriter
LunaChicks (http://luna-chyck.blogspot.com/) / BranwynSTART COMMENTING, PEOPLE! :)

valeenc
12-05-2007, 04:14 PM
Yeah, I had to check as I was getting ready to go...

I'll play. I may as well. I mean, what's life without some crazy blogging activity to do? :eek:

:banana:

L M Ashton
12-05-2007, 04:17 PM
I'm gathering you want the blog in your siggy, or is there another one you'd like to use instead?

MRasey
12-05-2007, 04:31 PM
Sure, I'll play.

M

Marilyn Braun
12-05-2007, 04:39 PM
Count me in with Marilyn's Royal Blog (http://www.marilynsroyalblog.blogspot.com)

DonnaDuck
12-05-2007, 09:57 PM
What the hell, I'm in. Finding Boddie (http://kateboddie.blogspot.com).

Kat Frass
12-05-2007, 10:02 PM
ME ME.. OOOOHH... PICK ME!! I wanna play!

I'm in for A Thoughtful Life

melaniehoo
12-05-2007, 10:05 PM
I'll play!

What Am I Doing in Mexico (http://melanieavila.blogspot.com)

Soccer Mom
12-06-2007, 12:24 AM
I'm in! Mine is still all new and shiny. The link is in my sig. It's called Thingymablog!

L M Ashton
12-06-2007, 05:16 AM
Yay! People want to play with me! Yay!


Who else is in? :D

thursdayb
12-06-2007, 07:51 PM
I'm in...


quidscribis, I've got an odd question: can I put in two different blogs if I promise to do lots of commenting? I've just started up a new one.

My longer-running blog is thursdaybram.com and the new one is onevotematters.com.

melaniehoo
12-06-2007, 10:35 PM
Can we start early?

valeenc
12-07-2007, 01:09 AM
Ah, since I'm hosting the Flash Fiction Carnival III, I'd like to have people make sure they comment on something I've written rather than one of the stories I'm hosting, please. They'll be clearly labeled, of course, but I want comments to be all about ME!

:banana:

And yeah, quidscribis, that's my only blog so far. I haveanother one in development but it's sooper tahp seekrit and all. :D

wordsmyth
12-07-2007, 01:12 AM
I'm in! http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com

laffarsmith
12-07-2007, 03:12 AM
Ohhh! I'm up for this one. I hope I'm not too late! Sign me up with http://www.writersroundabout.com

L M Ashton
12-07-2007, 05:01 AM
quidscribis, I've got an odd question: can I put in two different blogs if I promise to do lots of commenting? I've just started up a new one.
I have no problem with that as long as you comment enough to compensate. As in, at least two comments per blog. :)


Can we start early?How early? By my calendar, we're only about 42 hours out anyway.


Ah, since I'm hosting the Flash Fiction Carnival III, I'd like to have people make sure they comment on something I've written rather than one of the stories I'm hosting, please. They'll be clearly labeled, of course, but I want comments to be all about ME!
Only natural. :) I'd want it that way myself. :)

thursdayb
12-07-2007, 04:57 PM
I can handle at least two comments. Thanks!

L M Ashton
12-08-2007, 04:03 PM
Yeah, I figured you could, thursday. :)


So, anyone else? Anyone? Anyone?

And, by my clock, commenting can begin in, oh, a couple or so hours. I mean, I didn't specify which time zone, now did I? ;)

wordsmith
12-08-2007, 07:43 PM
Count me in!

Musings from the Mitten (http://geisswordsmith.wordpress.com/) / wordsmith (not to be confused with wordsmyth :) )

mamawriter
12-08-2007, 07:55 PM
Am I going to squeak in?

As Yet Untitled, http://www.elrenaevans.blogspot.com

L M Ashton
12-09-2007, 04:54 AM
Yes, wordsmith and mamawriter, you squeaked in. Thanks for playing. :)

The list is now closed and the time for commenting has begun. Have fun!

If I've made mistakes with anyone's URL, please let me know and I'll make corrections. Post here if there are any problems, and also, please make sure to post in here when you're done to let us all know. Thanks for playing! :)

L M Ashton
12-09-2007, 05:33 AM
There is a problem commenting to my blog. Leave mine aside for the moment until I can figure out what the problem is. I'll post in here again as soon as I have it fixed. Thanks!


ETA: soccer_mom can't post a comment to my blog, and neither can I. Without getting all technical, we know it's not an IP-based problem, and we're trying to fix it.

Soccer Mom
12-09-2007, 06:36 AM
Oh, if y'all get a comment from "MaryB" that's me. Some accounts will list my name that way. I'll try to add "Soccer Mom" so you'll know it's me, but I might forget.

Fahim
12-09-2007, 07:12 AM
Quid's comment issue is now fixed - she's cut off from AW and so can't post herself to update y'all :)

Branwyn
12-09-2007, 07:40 AM
Rats. I wanted to play, but was busy finishing a novella.

I was just posting at my blog thinking-- what's the point? I seem to be the only one reading it. *sigh*

laffarsmith
12-09-2007, 08:11 AM
Rats. I wanted to play, but was busy finishing a novella.

I was just posting at my blog thinking-- what's the point? I seem to be the only one reading it. *sigh*

I'll stop by and pay a visit anyway Branwyn! No one should be feeling lonely. Keep blogging and I'll be by in the next few days. :-)

wordsmith
12-09-2007, 09:44 AM
I couldn't open the link to one vote matters (thursday's 2nd blog). I got one of those annoying 404 errors and then it jumped to a bunch of mysql gibberish. Anyone else get this?

L M Ashton
12-09-2007, 03:09 PM
I couldn't open the link to one vote matters (thursday's 2nd blog). I got one of those annoying 404 errors and then it jumped to a bunch of mysql gibberish. Anyone else get this?
Um, yeah, cuz I screwed up the URL. But it's fixed now, so give it another try. :)


My only problem with it is that it appears to be about American politics. What do I know about American politics?

thursdayb
12-09-2007, 04:38 PM
My only problem with it is that it appears to be about American politics. What do I know about American politics?


It's a pretty new blog, but over time we're hoping to focus on how much elections cost and other financial aspects of politics... rather than the partisanship and campaigning that takes up so much attention.

L M Ashton
12-09-2007, 07:56 PM
It's a pretty new blog, but over time we're hoping to focus on how much elections cost and other financial aspects of politics... rather than the partisanship and campaigning that takes up so much attention.

I'm sorry if I sounded like I was complaining. It was mostly me thinking I don't really have anything relevant to say, so I'm at a loss as to what kind of a comment to leave. But never fear, I'll come up with something. :) And hopefully it won't be dumb or stoopid, either. :)



Rats. I wanted to play, but was busy finishing a novella.

I was just posting at my blog thinking-- what's the point? I seem to be the only one reading it. *sigh*Um, Branwyn, if you commit to doing this in the next, um, eight hours, I can probably be convinced to add you to the list. :) I don't want you or your blog to feel lonely, either.

wordsmith
12-09-2007, 10:48 PM
[quote=quidscribis;1871293]Um, yeah, cuz I screwed up the URL. But it's fixed now, so give it another try. :)


Cool beans. Thanks. It's working. :)

mamawriter
12-10-2007, 12:21 AM
Hello, fellow blitzers!

Just wanted to let you know that I currently have a contest going on, too, on my blog -- but it's back a few posts so you might not see it. I'm giving away an autographed copy of Susan O'Doherty's Getting Unstuck Without Coming Unglued, which is the most awesome book about overcoming creative blocks that I've ever read. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me you want to play -- convenient, huh? :)

Here's the link (http://elrenaevans.blogspot.com/2007/11/pay-it-forward-book-exchange.html). Good luck and happy commenting!

valeenc
12-10-2007, 01:23 AM
I want to try and hit everyone's at least twice, but I may not begin until tomorrow or the next day.

Heh. Who am I kidding? I'll probably start as soon as I finish typing this sentence . . .

:roll:

melaniehoo
12-10-2007, 02:32 AM
Just wanted to apologize for having such a boring entry the first day. Oops. I'll think of something more interesting so you don't have to struggle to comment on my quote of a passage from a book. ;)

L M Ashton
12-10-2007, 04:41 AM
But melanie, we're not limited to just the latest entry. We can pick any entry on your blog. So, no worries. :) And no, that's not confirming that your topic is boring - I haven't checked out your blog yet, so I have no idea what it's about. :)


Mamawriter, does that contest also apply to international people?

L M Ashton
12-10-2007, 04:47 AM
And Branwyn is a late entrant to the blog list, so please make sure you comment on hers as well. :)

DonnaDuck
12-10-2007, 06:22 AM
Call me dumbass for putting so much on my plate at once. Gah! I have this and I need to get going on the FFCIII. *headdesk*

L M Ashton
12-10-2007, 06:28 AM
Oh, hey, me too. Valeenc twisted my arm - I do her FFC, and she does my comment blitz. So, yeah, I feel your pain. :)

But think of it this way. The comment blitz is over on Saturday, but we can leave comments on the FFC until the end of the month. :)

DonnaDuck
12-10-2007, 06:58 AM
Holy crap, it ends on Saturday??? *headdesk*

Branwyn
12-10-2007, 08:35 AM
I'll stop by and pay a visit anyway Branwyn! No one should be feeling lonely. Keep blogging and I'll be by in the next few days. :-)
Thanks!!!;)

Thanks for adding me.:Hug2:

Marilyn Braun
12-10-2007, 04:07 PM
Just wondering - can people remove comment moderation on their blogs for the duration of the blitz?

L M Ashton
12-10-2007, 04:37 PM
I get a half dozen or so comment spam an hour on my blog, so for me, it's not really a good option.

I do, however, get email notification of new comments, so during my day, I tend to approve valid ones fairly quickly. It's the ones made when I'm asleep that are delayed. For the future, however, I'm looking at at upgrading to a newer version of MovableType that also theoretically has better spam filters, spam plug-ins, and better control of whitelists and so on.

valeenc
12-10-2007, 05:51 PM
Yeah, same here. I've got a lot of extra traffic to my blog right now due to the Flash Fiction Carnival so I'm leaving my email notification up all the time so I can keep up with comments. Sorry if it's an inconvenience, but I really HATE spam and I don't want to give unsavory types a chance to be abusive to any of my writers or to moi.

:banana:

DonnaDuck
12-10-2007, 09:11 PM
Ditto. It's also the only way that I actually remember to look at my comments. Otherwise I completely forget they're there. Why would that cause an issue for the poster, though? It's only those of us that moderate comments that would have to wade through all of the ones we get that would have to deal with it.

DonnaDuck
12-10-2007, 10:59 PM
I tried replying to Twisted Fantasy but the verification image wouldn't come up for me. Granted it might be my work server and they like to block very random things so I'll try when I get home. If that doesn't work, blah!

melaniehoo
12-10-2007, 11:01 PM
I tried replying to Twisted Fantasy but the verification image wouldn't come up for me. Granted it might be my work server and they like to block very random things so I'll try when I get home. If that doesn't work, blah!

That one took a couple tries for me but it eventually posted.

DonnaDuck
12-10-2007, 11:03 PM
That one took a couple tries for me but it eventually posted.


See, I just don't have the patience, especially with everything else that I'm doing. I tried the "show picture" a couple of times and reloaded the page but that didn't work either. Hopefully I can see it at home.

melaniehoo
12-10-2007, 11:04 PM
That sucks. I just left the window open while i did something else, then after half an hour went "Oh crap!" it's still there, and hit reload. :)

MRasey
12-10-2007, 11:04 PM
That's strange. I have a standard typedpad account. I'm not sure why it would glitch.

M

melaniehoo
12-10-2007, 11:05 PM
That's strange. I have a standard typedpad account. I'm not sure why it would glitch.

M

It kept reloading the page with the code. After several attempts (and the above-mentioned wait) I hit back till I got to the original page & my comment was posted. Go figure.

MRasey
12-10-2007, 11:09 PM
I'm trying to test comment now and it's just spacing out.I didn't get any verification at all. Typepad must be glitching.

ETA--I turned off captcha so we'll see if that helps.

M

mamawriter
12-10-2007, 11:12 PM
Mamawriter, does that contest also apply to international people?

Absolutely! Anyone can enter. :)

Marilyn Braun
12-10-2007, 11:23 PM
I get a half dozen or so comment spam an hour on my blog, so for me, it's not really a good option.

Ok, I understand. I'm just going by what some comment chains have done in the past - removing the moderation while the blitz was on. It just makes it easier to see that the comment was received and posted right away.

L M Ashton
12-11-2007, 05:18 AM
Marilyn, I understand where you're coming from - it's nice to see your comment posted immediately, nice to know it went through without any problems. It's just annoying that there's so much spam that ruins it for everyone else. If I were talking about one or five spam a day, I would think about turning off moderation for the duration, but...

DonnaDuck
12-11-2007, 07:46 AM
MRasey, I was able to post my comment without any issues at home. It might have been my work server. Who knows but it's posted!

MRasey
12-11-2007, 07:32 PM
Thanks Donna.

I've commented on everyone at least once if not twice and I'm updating my fledgling blogroll.
M

Soccer Mom
12-12-2007, 12:15 AM
Okay, I've made it through once and I'm working through a second time.

Cheers!

valeenc
12-12-2007, 01:09 AM
:eek: Thank heavens the blogchain is moving at a rational pace. :eek:

I'm workin' on it . . .

melaniehoo
12-12-2007, 01:13 AM
I shuold get through the rest of the list today. :)

L M Ashton
12-12-2007, 05:13 AM
Gee, I haven't even started...

DonnaDuck
12-12-2007, 05:30 AM
I only have three left, I believe. Yay!

DonnaDuck
12-12-2007, 10:40 PM
Done! Yay! One weight off my shoulders although I do believe I've replaced it already! Gah!

melaniehoo
12-12-2007, 10:46 PM
I've got one left - then I shall do a happy dance!

And start round 2. :)

Kat Frass
12-12-2007, 11:15 PM
I'm done with commenting! Thanks for letting me play.

I was not able to comment on Branwyn's site as she only allows blogger user comments.

I'm going to PM her and ask if she will open up other comments.

Thanks everyone!

L M Ashton
12-13-2007, 05:21 AM
Okay, now I'm starting to feel like a real slacker...

L M Ashton
12-13-2007, 06:34 PM
Yup, I can't post any comments on Branwyn's blog either. Branwyn, please update us here if you open it up to non-Blogger bloggers. :)

laffarsmith
12-14-2007, 02:16 AM
Ok, I'm pretty sure I got around to everyone at least once, some twice. There are some fantastic entries out there and it was interesting to step out of my normal reading spheres and try to provide a thoughtful, value-adding comment. Thank you everyone's who has been by my blog and commented. It's always lovely to see an influx of readers and I hope you enjoyed the posts.

mamawriter
12-14-2007, 03:41 AM
Okay, I think I'm done! Thanks for all the great reads -- and thanks for all the wonderful comments left on my blog! This was fun. :)

L M Ashton
12-14-2007, 06:23 AM
There are only two more days left. If you haven't already started commenting, you might want to today... :)

wordsmyth
12-14-2007, 07:20 PM
I'm pretty sure I got to everyone's. Great blogs!

L M Ashton
12-14-2007, 07:28 PM
Except for Branwyn's blog, which I can't comment on without a Blogger account, I've got everyone's. I think. If I missed you, please let me know...

It's been fun. I read a LOT of interesting and enjoyable posts. :)


Oh, yeah! I also really enjoyed the comments on my blog, too. Interesting comments, fun comments, great comments! :D

melaniehoo
12-14-2007, 11:18 PM
I've enjoyed this too! It's been fun discovering new blogs and I love having so many comments. :)

Thanks everyone!

Marilyn Braun
12-15-2007, 01:06 AM
I'm done!!!! :hooray:

This was a lot of fun - some great posts out there.

L M Ashton
12-15-2007, 04:38 PM
Just a reminder, everyone, that TODAY IS THE LAST DAY! So, if you haven't already, COMMENT LIKE CRAZY!!!!!

laffarsmith
12-15-2007, 05:41 PM
Are we going to vote for our favorite commenter again this time?

L M Ashton
12-15-2007, 06:33 PM
Oh! I didn't know we did last time, but that's a great idea. How do we do that - does everyone send me an email or PM, for example? Or set up a poll? :)

thursdayb
12-16-2007, 12:03 AM
I know I got everyone a couple of times. Thank you for all your great comments!

DonnaDuck
12-16-2007, 03:08 AM
Yes, thanks everyone! I enjoyed reading what everyone had to say about my blog! Very fun indeed! I might have to participate in the next round.

laffarsmith
12-16-2007, 03:21 AM
Last time we sent the host a private message but I like the sound of a poll. Is there a way to keep the poll results private until they're announced? It's more exciting to have no idea about who's leading until they 'win'. :-D

L M Ashton
12-16-2007, 05:33 AM
Okey dokey smokey, the poll is up (http://lmashton.com/2007/12/who_was_the_best_commenter.html).

L M Ashton
12-16-2007, 06:39 PM
So, is everyone done? A few people have checked in, but a bunch haven't... If you're not done yet, then please do so lickety split!

And remember to vote in the poll for your favouritest commenter. I'll post the results here as soon as the polling period is over. :)

Branwyn
12-16-2007, 11:05 PM
I'm sorry, I've been MIA. I had a book signing yesterday and was preparing for that, I have since changed my settings. I didn't even realize it was restricted. I'm going to attempt to comment on...:partyguy::e2headban

valeenc
12-17-2007, 01:57 PM
Eeeek! I'm so sorry, folks. I'll be finishing up today. I lost track of the date and thought I had another few days. Please forgive my slackness. I'll holler when I'm done. :eek:

L M Ashton
12-17-2007, 02:56 PM
:D And people wonder why I post nag alerts... :D


(In all seriousness, I know how real life gets in the way - these things happen to all of us - so I'm just teasing, that's all.)

Branwyn
12-17-2007, 08:47 PM
Poll...what poll?:Shrug:

melaniehoo
12-17-2007, 09:07 PM
Ok, I voted. But it was a tough decision.

L M Ashton
12-18-2007, 04:41 AM
Branwyn, I announced it and linked to it on a previous page. It's a poll for the best commenter. :)

valeenc
12-18-2007, 10:21 PM
HOLLER ! :tongue

<teeny voice> I'm sorry I was pokey. I don't guess I have a shot at winning the poll, huh? :D </teeny voice>

laffarsmith
12-21-2007, 12:53 AM
So, what was the poll result? Did everyone get around to voting?

I wanted to drop in again with a heartfelt THANK YOU! I really love these Blitzes (is that the right way to plural a Blitz?) It always feels a little lonelier afterward but for that week the wealth of wonderful comments is a lot of fun. Thank you everyone for your visit to The Writer's Round-About, for your comments, and for joining in!

DonnaDuck
12-21-2007, 01:49 AM
I think it's like moose, it's plural and singular all at once.

L M Ashton
12-21-2007, 08:45 AM
Nine people commented, and wordsmith is the winner. Congratulations, wordsmith!!!! :)

Branwyn
12-21-2007, 08:57 AM
Congrats!!!!!!:partyguy:

laffarsmith
12-21-2007, 12:20 PM
Way to go wordsmith!!!

melaniehoo
12-21-2007, 07:40 PM
Congrats!

DonnaDuck
12-21-2007, 08:03 PM
Yay! Congrats wordsmith! She deserved it! He? She? Damn androgynous internet!

melaniehoo
12-21-2007, 08:08 PM
I think she's a she.

CatMuse33
12-21-2007, 09:41 PM
Yes, she's a she. Erika of theWAHMmagazine.com.

Dawn

valeenc
12-22-2007, 01:03 AM
BRAVO! :banana:

And thanks, Quidscribus/Laurie for initiating this Comment Blitz! Yay! :e2bouncey

Soccer Mom
12-22-2007, 06:09 AM
I agree! Wordsmith rocked the comment blitz!

DonnaDuck
12-22-2007, 06:59 AM
Wait, I read it wrong. I was reading wordsmyth, not wordsmith. I've known wordsmith is a lady! Ugh. Damn these tired eyes. Congrats again!

L M Ashton
12-22-2007, 08:57 AM
You people crack me up. :) That is all. Nothing to see here. Move along. :D