View Full Version : January Blog Chain. Theme: "Writing"

L M Ashton
01-15-2008, 04:23 PM

Yeah, I'm adding a theme. Since, after all, this is a writer's site, I thought it would be appropriate. :) I'd like us to start next Sunday.

For the uninitiated, here's how it works.
As each person signs up (and provides me with the name of their blog and their blog URL), I put them in a list.
Once the list is closed, the person at the beginning starts with a post about writing.
As you write your entry, please remember to provide the permalink to the person's entry before you and link to the person after you.
When the post is up, that person posts in here to announce it's done and gives us the permalink and PMs the next person in line.
That next person takes some element from the first post and incorporates it into his or her own. Then s/he posts in here to announce it's done and PMs the next person in line, and so on.As well, I'll provide a list of all the blogs and participants. Please post that list to your blog. When the chain is over, I'll provide an updated list of links which provides the permalink for each post in the chain. Using the permalink will give us better ranking in Technorati and with search engines than a link to the main page. You can either post the updated list in a new entry or update the old entry. Either way is good.

Each of us who signs up here also agrees to comment on each and every post in the blog chain within a week of that post going up.

And that's about it. Any questions, let me know. :)

If you prefer the beginning, middle, or end, please let me know and I'll do my best to accomodate.

So, who's in? :D


Here's the list of participants. The order can be changed, so please let me know if there's a problem. :) Also, please check to make sure I didn't make any mistakes - like, I put the wrong URL with the wrong person, or spelling mistakes, or the like. :)

living my life all over again (http://www.auriacortes.com) - escritora (beginning)
Spontaneous Derivation (http://www.spontaneousderivation.com/) - Ava Jarvis (Beginning)
Jenn Hollowell: Working Writer (http://www.jennhollowell.blogspot.com/) - jennhollowell (beginning)
Peregrinas (http://lmashton.com) - L M Ashton
Techtainment (http://techblogbiz.blogspot.com/) - razibahmed
Anything That Pays (http://allcotmedia.blogspot.com/) - CatMuse33
Polenth's Quill (http://polenth.blogspot.com/) - Polenth (middle)
wfg thinks out loud (http://wfgthinksoutloud.blogspot.com) - wfg (I put you a little later so you have a good idea of what's happening before you have to jump in. :))
Spittin' (out words) Like a Llama (http://www.colbymarshall.blogspot.com/) - colbymarshall1 (middle)
A Thoughtful Life (http://theblog.frassrand.com/) - Kat Frass (middle or later)
The Speakeasy (http://speakeasy1935.blogspot.com/) - MrsCogan
Virtual Wordsmith (http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com/) - wordsmyth
The Writer's Round-About (http://www.writersroundabout.com) - laffarsmith
Copious Notes (http://blog.aaroncrocco.com/) - Slider10
Tennessee Text Wrestling (http://thommalyn.blogspot.com/) - Thomma Lyn
Writings (http://ampfiction2.blogspot.com/) - bunnygirl
Twisted Fantasy (http://twistedfantasy.typepad.com/my_weblog/) - MRasey

And here's the code you need to enter in your blog that shows the URLs for every participant.

<a href="http://www.auriacortes.com">living my life all over again</a>
<a href="http://www.spontaneousderivation.com/">Spontaneous Derivation</a>
<a href="http://www.jennhollowell.blogspot.com/">Jenn Hollowell: Working Writer</a>
<a href="http://lmashton.com">Peregrinas</a>
<a href="http://techblogbiz.blogspot.com/">Techtainment</a>
<a href="http://allcotmedia.blogspot.com/">Anything That Pays</a>
<a href="http://polenth.blogspot.com/">Polenth's Quill</a>
<a href="http://wfgthinksoutloud.blogspot.com">wfg thinks out loud</a>
<a href="http://www.colbymarshall.blogspot.com/">Spittin' (out words) Like a Llama</a>
<a href="http://theblog.frassrand.com/">A Thoughtful Life</a>
<a href="http://speakeasy1935.blogspot.com/">The Speakeasy</a>
<a href="http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com/">Virtual Wordsmith</a>
<a href="http://www.writersroundabout.com">The Writer's Round-About</a>
<a href="http://blog.aaroncrocco.com/">My Copious Notes Blog</a>
<a href="http://thommalyn.blogspot.com/"> Tennessee Text Wrestling</a>
<a href="http://ampfiction2.blogspot.com/">Writings</a>
<a href="http://twistedfantasy.typepad.com/my_weblog/">Twisted Fantasy</a>

<a href="http://technorati.com/tag/awchain" rel="tag">awchain</a>
As each of you posts your entry and posts the permalink here, I'll update this to reflect those change and I'll let you know at the end when I'm done with changing everyone. :)

01-15-2008, 04:45 PM
name of blog - living my life all over again
blog url - www.auriacortes.com

i'd like the beginning

Ava Jarvis
01-15-2008, 08:20 PM
Spontaneous Derivation

http://www.arachnejericho.com/ <-- old, don't use

http://www.spontaneousderivation.com/ <-- new one

Beginning, I think.

01-15-2008, 08:49 PM
Polenth's Quill

I'd prefer the middle.

01-15-2008, 08:52 PM
I'd like to be in the beginning, please:

Jenn Hollowell: Working Writer

(This is my first time doing this, so I'm afraid of screwing it up . . . but, since it meshes well with the theme of my blog, I couldn't pass it up! :D)

Kat Frass
01-16-2008, 01:10 AM
A Thoughtful Life

I'd like to be middle or later, please. I'm STILL trying to get caught up from Christmas and New Years!

01-16-2008, 01:49 AM
I took part in 2-3 chains and I enjoyed.

01-16-2008, 02:39 AM
Name of the blog: wfg thinks out loud

URL: http://wfgthinksoutloud.blogspot.com

I don't have a preference for position...but this is my first time doing one of these, so be kind! :)

01-16-2008, 02:48 AM
Ooh, ooh, ooh, I'm in. With Anything That Pays (http://allcotmedia.blogspot.com). I don't care where you put me. I'm flexible.

Thanks so much, looking forward to it!

01-16-2008, 03:08 AM
Name of the blog: Virtual Wordsmith

URL: http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com

I'm in. :D

01-16-2008, 03:53 AM
Me! I like the middle.


L M Ashton
01-16-2008, 05:44 AM
Yay! I have people to play with ! Yay! :)

So, who else is in? :D

01-16-2008, 07:49 AM
Sign me up!


put me wherever you want me.

01-16-2008, 08:24 AM
Sign me up:


somewhere in the middle, por favor!

L M Ashton
01-16-2008, 04:04 PM
Thanks for playing! :)

01-16-2008, 04:27 PM
Ok, I'm just about crazy enough for this one. No preference on location. :-)

Blog's Name: The Writer's Round-About
URL: http://www.writersroundabout.com

01-17-2008, 02:15 AM
escritora's link is broken in the list above.

And thanks for adding me!

L M Ashton
01-17-2008, 05:22 AM
MrsCogan, thanks - escritora's been corrected. :)

Thomma Lyn
01-17-2008, 07:18 AM
Sounds like fun -- sign me up! :)

The name of my blog is Tennessee Text Wrestling, and the url is:


01-17-2008, 11:23 AM
Oh, what the heck. I'll let a few folks here twist my arm. :)

Here's my Writings blog: http://ampfiction2.blogspot.com/

I have no preference as to where I'm listed.

01-18-2008, 03:49 PM
okay does this mean i'm first?

on edit: never mind, the answer is yes. i'll post on monday.

btw, i started a new thread on blogging. check it out: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=89659

L M Ashton
01-18-2008, 04:23 PM
escritora, that's where I have you at the moment, but if you'd really prefer not being first, you don't have to be - just let me know. :) If you do stay at the beginning, you can post on Sunday.

01-18-2008, 04:30 PM
i'll go first. this is my first time participating so i don't understand all the rules. i'll write a post today. stay tuned...


on edit: oops, i'm supposed to post on sunday. will due. until then

01-20-2008, 04:45 PM
Okay, my post is up. Go check it out! Here's the link: http://auriacortes.com/random-thought-find-your-voice-as-a-writer/

L M Ashton
01-20-2008, 06:40 PM
...and we're off!

escritora's written an excellent post to get us started. Yay!

Ava Jarvis
01-21-2008, 02:54 AM
My blog URL changed from http://www.arachnejericho.com/ to http://www.spontaneousderivation.com/ . Can this change be made before it gets a bit too late? :)

L M Ashton
01-21-2008, 05:21 AM
Change is made. :)

Ava Jarvis
01-21-2008, 06:46 AM

I already PM'd Jenn.

My post's here:

Sticking Out Like a Sore Thumb: Writing and the Mysterious, Nebulous, Fickle Audience (http://www.spontaneousderivation.com/2008/01/20/sticking-out-like-a-sore-thumb-writing-and-the-mysterious-nebulous-fickle-audience/)

01-21-2008, 05:33 PM

What's Your Path? (http://jennhollowell.blogspot.com/2008/01/whats-your-path.html)

Off to PM L M Ashton now!! :D

L M Ashton
01-21-2008, 06:03 PM
Okay, yeah, it's my turn, but it's nearly bedtime, and I still have things I have to do before we head to bed, so it'll have to wait until the morning... :)

Thanks, Jenn!

01-21-2008, 11:56 PM
Is this chain closed? I'd love to be a part of it, as I'm working on my writing aspirations!

L M Ashton
01-22-2008, 03:10 PM
The Writer's Path (http://lmashton.com/2008/01/the_writers_path.html) is up, and I've PMed razibahmed.

L M Ashton
01-22-2008, 03:16 PM
Slider10, yeah, I'll let you in. I hadn't actually said the thread was closed... I'll add you near the end. :)

Welcome to AW! :)

01-22-2008, 08:07 PM
Done. Here is the link:

01-22-2008, 08:08 PM
I have PMed CatMuse33 too.

01-22-2008, 08:21 PM
Is this chain closed? I'd love to be a part of it, as I'm working on my writing aspirations!:welcome:to the Cooler! I'm looking forward to getting to know you around here - and reading your blog! :D

01-22-2008, 09:03 PM
slider10 is part of my writing group...he's pretty cool. :-)

01-24-2008, 04:38 AM
On a related topic to this, I don't suppose anyone knows why Technorati can't see my blog posts? I've tried asking it to ping, but it still doesn't see them. At the moment, it isn't going to know I've linked to other people in the chain.

01-24-2008, 07:39 AM
Gah! Please don't kill me. I've been swamped with work. I'm going to try to see if can come up with a post tonight... if not, definitely by Friday. I'm so sorry!!!! I got hit with everything at once this week!

01-24-2008, 11:53 AM
I was away in a secluded place writing furiously and I didn't know there was a blogchain going on. Waaah! What a cool topic, too. I could have used my LJ blog for it. I guess, though, that I shall hae to wait for the next one, at this stage. Have fun, folks!

Ava Jarvis
01-24-2008, 09:04 PM
Gah! Please don't kill me. I've been swamped with work. I'm going to try to see if can come up with a post tonight... if not, definitely by Friday. I'm so sorry!!!! I got hit with everything at once this week!

Don't worry about it. :)

01-25-2008, 09:15 PM
Whew, done. So sorry about the delay! I PM'ed Polenth, too. :)

01-26-2008, 03:35 AM
'Tis done.

The Snail Within the Writer (http://polenth.blogspot.com/2008/01/snail-within-writer.html)

I'm off to do the PM thing now...

L M Ashton
01-26-2008, 04:51 AM
Everyone, please remember to let us know the permalink for your post. :)

01-26-2008, 06:03 AM
My post (http://wfgthinksoutloud.blogspot.com/2008/01/im-participating-in-blog-chain-from.html) is up.

L M Ashton
01-28-2008, 05:40 PM
wfg, did you PM the next person in line?

01-28-2008, 06:47 PM
Yes, ma'am. I did.

L M Ashton
01-28-2008, 08:42 PM
Thanks, wfg. :) If we don't hear from MRasey pretty quick-like, I'll bump this on to the next person in line. :)

01-29-2008, 08:17 AM
next person in line standing by :-)

L M Ashton
01-29-2008, 05:46 PM
Colby, go for it! Thanks for standing by! :)

01-29-2008, 07:51 PM
Have to run out for the day but will have the blog post up tonight.

01-30-2008, 08:06 AM
post is up... Spittin (out words) Like a Llama (http://www.colbymarshall.blogspot.com)

I've PMed next in line...

Kat Frass
01-30-2008, 09:16 PM
Okie Dokie.. Mines up at:

Off to PM the next person.

01-30-2008, 11:20 PM
Hey, just wanted to let everyone know I've fallen behind on commenting but will catch up this weekend. It has been a crazy, crazy week here.

01-30-2008, 11:40 PM
(I had to run through and play catch up on some of the posts this morning. hee hee So don't feel bad!)

01-31-2008, 12:53 AM
My link in the chain is up and it's here:

The Speakeasy (http://speakeasy1935.blogspot.com/2008/01/aw-blogchain-post-writing-ending.html)

I'm off to PM Virtual Wordsmith now.

01-31-2008, 01:16 AM
I'll have my post up tomorrow morning. I've been working on an article most of today and now the kids are home from school.

01-31-2008, 06:07 PM
Done! http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com/2008/01/january-aw-blog-chain.html

Off to PM now.

01-31-2008, 08:06 PM
Thanks for the PM, Mary. I've got my one up and I've PM'ed Slider. :-)

Sorry about the wrong URL. The correct one is: http://www.writersroundabout.com/2008/02/does-all-writing-teach.html/

01-31-2008, 10:53 PM
slider10 is part of my writing group...he's pretty cool. :-)

Thanks! lol. You're cool 2!

I'll go through and comment on the chain tonight or tomorrow. I'll do my post at that time too.

Thanks for letting me in on this!

02-03-2008, 05:04 AM
Done, here's mine. (http://aaroncrocco.wordpress.com/2008/02/02/optimism-i-think-not/) I'm PM-ing as we speak. :-)

Thomma Lyn
02-03-2008, 07:41 AM
Okey dokey, my post is up! Hope y'all enjoy. :)

Optimism, Pessimism, or Realism? (http://thommalyn.blogspot.com/2008/02/optimism-pessimism-or-realism.html)

Gonna go PM Bunnygirl now!

02-03-2008, 09:37 AM
Done! The Whys and Wherefores of World-Building (http://ampfiction2.blogspot.com/2008/02/whys-and-wherefores-of-world-building.html).

Gonna go PM our last link in the chain!

Ava Jarvis
02-03-2008, 10:36 AM
Whoosh, y'all FAST.

02-03-2008, 09:18 PM
Whoosh, y'all FAST.LOL That's exactly what I was just thinking!

02-05-2008, 04:08 AM
I posted but the code isn't copy pasting correctly. It's showing up in a text box of some sort that I can't seem to delete.

I tried pasting it in word and copying it line by line out of the box, but no go, the box shows up every time.

Anyone know what I'm doing wrong?


L M Ashton
02-05-2008, 06:06 AM
MRasey, have you tried adding the code while in HTML view? It could be called code view or something similar at your blog host.

Also, please remember to provide the permalink to your post. There are also at least two others who have not yet provided permalinks, so please, all, double check and then provide. :)

I'll have the permalink list up in the next 24 hours.

L M Ashton
02-05-2008, 10:34 AM
Here's the HTML code for the permalinks for the chain. Please remember to post this to your blog so that we all benefit from increased page rank, search results, Technorati rank, and so on. I like it when we all win. :)

<a href="http://auriacortes.com/random-thought-find-your-voice-as-a-writer/">living my life all over again</a>
<a href="http://www.spontaneousderivation.com/2008/01/20/sticking-out-like-a-sore-thumb-writing-and-the-mysterious-nebulous-fickle-audience/">Spontaneous Derivation</a>
<a href="http://jennhollowell.blogspot.com/2008/01/whats-your-path.html">Jenn Hollowell: Working Writer</a>
<a href="http://lmashton.com/2008/01/the_writers_path.html">Peregrinas</a>
<a href="http://techblogbiz.blogspot.com/2008/01/from-one-failure-to-another.html">Techtainment</a>
<a href="http://allcotmedia.blogspot.com/">Anything That Pays</a>
<a href="http://polenth.blogspot.com/2008/01/snail-within-writer.html">Polenth's Quill</a>
<a href="http://wfgthinksoutloud.blogspot.com/2008/01/im-participating-in-blog-chain-from.html">wfg thinks out loud</a>
<a href="http://www.colbymarshall.blogspot.com/">Spittin' (out words) Like a Llama</a>
<a href="http://theblog.frassrand.com/?p=59">A Thoughtful Life</a>
<a href="http://speakeasy1935.blogspot.com/2008/01/aw-blogchain-post-writing-ending.html">The Speakeasy</a>
<a href="http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com/2008/01/january-aw-blog-chain.html">Virtual Wordsmith</a>
<a href="http://www.writersroundabout.com/2008/02/does-all-writing-teach.html/">The Writer's Round-About</a>
<a href="http://aaroncrocco.wordpress.com/2008/02/02/optimism-i-think-not/">My Copious Notes Blog</a>
<a href="http://thommalyn.blogspot.com/2008/02/optimism-pessimism-or-realism.html"> Tennessee Text Wrestling</a>
<a href="http://ampfiction2.blogspot.com/2008/02/whys-and-wherefores-of-world-building.html">Writings</a>
<a href="http://twistedfantasy.typepad.com/my_weblog/">Twisted Fantasy</a>

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

***I'm still missing permalinks for three blogs - allcotmedia.blogspot.com, colbymarshall.blogspot.com, and twistedfantasy.typepad.com. If one of these is your blog, please provide me with the permalink as soon as possible so I can get it fixed here. :)

If you haven't commented on all of the blog posts yet, please do so within the week. And also know that you're not alone - quite a few of us haven't finished. No problem as long as you get it done. :) And here is the non-coded html so you can go directly to the blog posts in question:

living my life all over again (http://auriacortes.com/random-thought-find-your-voice-as-a-writer/)
Spontaneous Derivation (http://www.spontaneousderivation.com/2008/01/20/sticking-out-like-a-sore-thumb-writing-and-the-mysterious-nebulous-fickle-audience/)
Jenn Hollowell: Working Writer (http://jennhollowell.blogspot.com/2008/01/whats-your-path.html)
Peregrinas (http://lmashton.com/2008/01/the_writers_path.html)
Techtainment (http://techblogbiz.blogspot.com/2008/01/from-one-failure-to-another.html)
Anything That Pays (http://allcotmedia.blogspot.com/) ***
Polenth's Quill (http://polenth.blogspot.com/2008/01/snail-within-writer.html)
wfg thinks out loud (http://wfgthinksoutloud.blogspot.com/2008/01/im-participating-in-blog-chain-from.html)
Spittin' (out words) Like a Llama (http://www.colbymarshall.blogspot.com/) ***
A Thoughtful Life (http://theblog.frassrand.com/?p=59)
The Speakeasy (http://speakeasy1935.blogspot.com/2008/01/aw-blogchain-post-writing-ending.html)
Virtual Wordsmith (http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com/2008/01/january-aw-blog-chain.html)
The Writer's Round-About (http://www.writersroundabout.com/2008/02/does-all-writing-teach.html)
My Copious Notes Blog (http://aaroncrocco.wordpress.com/2008/02/02/optimism-i-think-not/)
Tennessee Text Wrestling (http://thommalyn.blogspot.com/2008/02/optimism-pessimism-or-realism.html)
Writings (http://ampfiction2.blogspot.com/2008/02/whys-and-wherefores-of-world-building.html)
Twisted Fantasy (http://twistedfantasy.typepad.com/my_weblog/) ***

02-05-2008, 10:50 AM
The Writer's Round-About doesn't seem to be the right link. It's to a contest thingy, not the blog chain.

Edit: Found it at http://www.writersroundabout.com/2008/02/does-all-writing-teach.html/

L M Ashton
02-05-2008, 10:52 AM
CatMuse, I can't comment on your blog. You've only allowed Blogger people to leave comments.

L M Ashton
02-05-2008, 10:55 AM
Thanks, Polenth. :)

If anyone finds any mistakes, please please please let me know. I'd rather not have any mistakes up there. :)

02-05-2008, 12:05 PM
I've put up my final summary post (http://polenth.blogspot.com/2008/02/blog-chain-revenge-of-rust.html) with the links. As far as I can tell, I've commented on all of them. But prod me if I've missed something.

Technorati still refuses to see blogspot, but I'm hoping it'll pick up on the MySpace version this time.

02-05-2008, 12:40 PM
Sorry about the wrong URL. Serves me right for having so many URLs going on. lol Thanks for grabbing the right one for me Polenth and sorry it caused any confusion.

02-05-2008, 05:03 PM
Okay, I blogged the final post (http://jennhollowell.blogspot.com/2008/02/aw-january-blog-chain-writing.html) just now and I'm pretty sure I've commented on everyone's posts. If I haven't, please let me know! :) This was a lot of fun, thanks for the opportunity! :D

02-05-2008, 06:58 PM
It sure was a lot of fun. I'll post my final post on Thursday. Got to keep to my blog schedule. I feel like I keep falling behind with informative posts. I wonder if it's worth bumping my schedule up an extra day or two a week. Then again, I don't want to add too much pressure to perform no matter how many fantastic ideas I have for posts.

Thank you for such an enjoyable chain. I really loved this one and reading everyones entries was a delight. So much thought and creativity coming at the writing topic from so many different angles! Thanks for the fun!

02-05-2008, 11:16 PM
I had fun. Thanks for organising it Laurie!

A comment based on Jenn's final blog, art seems like a nice theme for a future one. People could talk about the art of writing if they wanted, but it'd open it up for ramblings on other arts and crafts.

02-06-2008, 05:11 AM
my final post (http://auriacortes.com/january-blog-chain/)is up.

02-06-2008, 08:34 PM
I had fun. Thanks for organising it Laurie!

A comment based on Jenn's final blog, art seems like a nice theme for a future one. People could talk about the art of writing if they wanted, but it'd open it up for ramblings on other arts and crafts.Thank you! :) I'm hoping to see that theme pop up someday. :)

02-06-2008, 08:36 PM
a feb chain started here: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=91678

maybe polenth's idea can be the theme for march. just a thought.