View Full Version : February Blog Chain: Balance

Unfocused Me
02-06-2008, 05:36 PM
The January blog chain looked like fun, so when no one posted anything about a February blog chain, I asked Arachne Jericho when the next one was going to start. She and Auria Cortes ganged up on me and suggested that if I wanted to participate in a blog chain, I could just start one. I thought that over for about 30 seconds, and now here I am.


Deadline to enter: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2008, 6:00PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME (GMT-6:00)

Most of you with 2500+ posts on the boards probably know how this works. For the newbies like me, my understanding is that it goes like this:

1. Tell me that you want to participate, by email, private AW message, orby replying to this thread. If you have a preference for beginning, middle, or end, let me know that, too. Make sure you give me the name and URL of your blog.
2. On SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, I will post the list here, including (assuming I can figure out how to do it) the code for a list of links for all the participants. You should post the link list to your blog right at the beginning.
3. When it's your turn, make sure you: (1) post a link to the permalink of the entry of the person before you; (2) post a link to the main page of the person after you; (3) post a comment in this thread notifying us all that you've posted, with a permalink to your post; and (4) email or PM the person after you so that he/she knows you've posted.
4. For your post itself, take some element from the post of the person before you in the chain and incorporate it into your own.

The theme, as I said, will be BALANCE. If any of the instructions are unclear, let me know by a reply here or by email. Please let me know by 6:00pm CST on Saturday, February 9, 2008.

02-06-2008, 05:54 PM
I'm in www.auriacortes.com - living my life all over again. Beginning

Ava Jarvis
02-06-2008, 10:44 PM
I'm all in! Beginning, please.


02-06-2008, 10:56 PM
I'm definitely in. I've been away from my blog for too long, and want to get back into the swing of things. No preference on where in the chain. :)


02-07-2008, 01:08 AM
I'm in! I just started blogging, so I'd like to be near the end, please :)

Green Diva (http://greendiva.wordpress.com)

02-07-2008, 02:26 AM
Count me in! Balance is a great topic!

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

Looking forward to it and you can put me anywhere. :-)

02-07-2008, 02:32 AM
Count me in, don't care where.

Use williebee.blogspot.com (http://williebee.blogspot.com) please.

02-07-2008, 02:35 PM
Please can I join in? Given the topic, I think my everyday blog is going to be a better fit than my food history one. "Even in a Little Thing" http://gillpolack.livejournal.com It's a pity, though - I was enjoying twisting everything madly into food history :).


02-07-2008, 02:38 PM
There is a history of the need for balance when it comes to food. ;-) You can swing everything with those three topics, food, history, balance. *grins*

02-07-2008, 08:32 PM
I'm in!

Unfocused Me
02-08-2008, 02:50 AM
This is a great response so far, and I've had a few people respond to me with private messages as well. There's still plenty of time before the deadline to sign up to join the chain, though (until 6:00pm Central on Saturday, February 9). Just post a reply in this thread, PM me, or send me an email.

02-08-2008, 06:06 AM
Polenth's Quill

I don't want to be first, but other than that I don't mind.

02-08-2008, 07:31 AM
Ok, I get the rules, but what's a blog chain?

Is it where one persons starts a story and the next person continues until one person finishes it?

Unfocused Me
02-08-2008, 07:35 AM
Not exactly - it isn't a story, it's a series of blog posts, each of which starts with an element or concept from the post before it in the chain. Of course, if you want your post to be fiction, that's perfectly fine.

02-08-2008, 08:24 AM
Ok, I get the rules, but what's a blog chain?

Is it where one persons starts a story and the next person continues until one person finishes it?

You could look at the January blog chain (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=89313) for the basic idea.

Unfocused Me
02-09-2008, 06:46 AM
One day more. I'm closing the chain to new links on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 6:00pm. Post here, PM me, or email me before then if you're interested.

Ava Jarvis
02-09-2008, 07:37 AM
6pm CST?

Unfocused Me
02-09-2008, 09:59 AM
Yup, 6:00pm CST. That's 4:00pm PST, 5:00pm MST, 7:00pm EST, 8:00pm AST, and 12:00am Sunday Greenwich Mean Time. Other time zones are on their own.

02-09-2008, 12:06 PM
EST is obviously not Australian EST :). (besides, we're on summer time right now)


02-09-2008, 09:10 PM
Ok, I'll stay out of this one. I want to see how this works out. I read a bit about the other blog chain. I'll join next month.

Oh, and Gillian, you can keep your summer timezone, I'm enjoying my wondrous -20C time zone on the ski hill. ;)

Kat Frass
02-09-2008, 09:37 PM
Count me in please. I'd love to participate.

Middle or later, please.

A Thoughtful Life http://theblog.frassrand.com

Unfocused Me
02-09-2008, 10:48 PM
EST is obviously not Australian EST :). (besides, we're on summer time right now)


So are we. It's just that on this side of the planet, we like snow in the summer.

Don, sorry to miss you on this one. Learn from my mistakes.

Unfocused Me
02-10-2008, 04:11 AM
Enrollment on the blog chain is CLOSED. I will post the chain, in order, tomorrow. Many thanks to those of you who volunteered to participate. Check back here tomorrow afternoon!

Unfocused Me
02-11-2008, 05:45 AM
OK, everyone, here's the official blog chain. PLEASE CHECK YOUR LINK - if I messed it up here, I will have messed it up on my blog post which will go up in a couple of hours. Please email me with questions, comments, complaints, etc., as that will ensure the fastest response.

The Unfocused Me (http://theunfocusedlife.com)

Auria Cortes (http://www.auriacortes.com/)

Spontaneous Derivation (http://www.spontaneousderivation.com/)

Organized Chaos (http://chaostitan.blogspot.com/)

The Writer's Round-About (http://www.writersroundabout.com/)

Spynotes (http://spynotes.wordpress.com/)

Williebee (http://williebee.blogspot.com/)

Even in a Little Thing (http://gillpolack.livejournal.com/)

Spittin' (out words) Like a Llama (http://www.colbymarshall.blogspot.com/)

A Thoughtful Life (http://theblog.frassrand.com/)

Life in Scribbletown (http://freshhell.wordpress.com/)

My Path to Publication (http://mariannewriter.blogspot.com)

For the First Time (http://heatheraynnebrooks.wordpress.com/)

Green Diva (http://greendiva.wordpress.com/)

Polenth's Quill (http://polenth.blogspot.com/)

02-11-2008, 08:45 PM
my post will be up in a bit. below is the code you can use to post on your blog.

<a target="blank" href="http://theunfocusedlife.com/">The Unfocused Life</a>

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.auriacortes.com/">Auria Cortes</a>

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.spontaneousderivation.com/">Spontaneous Derivation</a>

<a target="_blank" href="http://chaostitan.blogspot.com/">Organized Chaos</a>

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.writersroundabout.com">The Writer's Round-About</a>

<a target="_blank" href="http://spynotes.wordpress.com/">Spynotes</a>

<a target="_blank" href="http://williebee.blogspot.com/">Williebee</a>

<a target="_blank" href="http://gillpolack.livejournal.com/">Even in a Little Thing</a>

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.colbymarshall.blogspot.com/">Spittin' (out words) Like a Llama</a>

<a target="_blank" href="http://theblog.frassrand.com/">A Thoughtful Life</a>

<a target="_blank" href="http://freshhell.wordpress.com/">Life in Scribbletown</a>

<a target="_blank" href="http://mariannewriter.blogspot.com">My Path to Publication</a>

<a target="_blank" href="http://heatheraynnebrooks.wordpress.com/">For the First Time</a>

<a target="_blank" href="http://greendiva.wordpress.com/">Green Diva</a>

<a target="_blank" href="http://polenth.blogspot.com/">Polenth's Quill</a>

02-11-2008, 10:24 PM
okay my post is up. you can read and comment here: sweet dreams (http://auriacortes.com/sweet-dreams/)

i'm off to PM Spontaneous Derivation.

02-12-2008, 01:21 AM
I have no idea how this works, but I'll go check out your blog and see. Maybe I'll join in March, if I can figure out how. ~Karen

Unfocused Me
02-12-2008, 06:20 AM
Great - and remember, each member of the chain should post the entire chain, with links, to their blog.

Ava Jarvis
02-12-2008, 07:57 PM
Just posted Blade off the Feather (http://www.spontaneousderivation.com/2008/02/12/blade-off-the-feather/). Off to PM Chaos Titan.

02-12-2008, 09:58 PM
Post is up. Permalink: http://chaostitan.blogspot.com/2008/02/february-blog-chain-balance.html

PM-ing Rebecca. :)

02-13-2008, 03:37 AM
I've posted (http://www.writersroundabout.com/2008/02/balance-important-for-writers.html/) but I can't find the username of the person who is up next. Would SpyNotes please step up? And if anyone else recognizes that site could you PM the blogger for me? I'm out of time and away from the computer the rest of today. Thanks!

02-13-2008, 03:53 AM
i just posted a note on her blog.

02-14-2008, 12:06 AM
Sorry to be MIA. I just joined the forum this morning. My post is up now. You can read it here (http://spynotes.wordpress.com/2008/02/13/balancing/). I left a comment on Williebee's blog that he's up. I'm new to Absolute Write and blog chains in general, so if there's some other protocol that I need to observe, please let me know.


Harriet M. Welsch
spynotes (http://spynotes.wordpress.com)

Unfocused Me
02-14-2008, 05:46 AM
Sounds like you've got it under control, Harriet. I'm impressed with how quickly the chain is moving. I expected more hang ups; glad to see we're a motivated bunch.

02-15-2008, 08:12 AM
OK, mine is up. And I fixed my bloglist. (gremlins)

The good Doctor has been PM'd.

Happy Valentine's Day all.

02-15-2008, 08:08 PM
This was kind of quick, but Gillian who was next let me jump ahead of her in the chain, so I've posted my entry. I PM'd Unfocused Me about this and also Williebee - thanks guys!

Unfocused Me
02-17-2008, 07:04 AM
Thanks for jumping in, Marianne. Did you let Gillian know she's up?

02-17-2008, 05:32 PM
Yup :)

02-18-2008, 03:55 AM
I'm done, and my permalink is http://gillpolack.livejournal.com/348163.html

Now to PM!!!

02-19-2008, 08:35 AM
Blog post up...off to PM.

Kat Frass
02-19-2008, 08:37 PM
Mine is up. :)

I didn't know who the next person was (at least not here on AW), so I just put a comment on their blog instead. If anyone knows who they are... please PM them for me.

02-19-2008, 08:42 PM
I'm here - brand new to this. I'll be posting something Wed morning! FreshHell

02-20-2008, 06:23 PM
Okay - my entry's up: http://freshhell.wordpress.com/2008/02/20/through-the-looking-glass-darkly/. I'll contact the next one in line!

02-22-2008, 05:54 PM
I'm next. I will get mine posted after work today.

02-23-2008, 08:43 AM
Posted (http://heatheraynnebrooks.wordpress.com/2008/02/23/balance/)and sent a message to Green Diva.

02-27-2008, 07:05 AM
I've been told it's my turn, but I can't find Green Diva's post. Did she drop out or am I missing something? If no one knows, I'll assume she dropped out and follow on from mada's.

Edit to Add: Green Diva's definately dropped out, so I'm now after mada in the chain. My post'll be up in a few hours.

02-27-2008, 10:54 AM
It is done:
The Death of the Horses (http://polenth.blogspot.com/2008/02/death-of-horses.html)

And I'm last, so I didn't PM anybody.

02-27-2008, 01:59 PM
I think I'm done commenting. I hope I didn't miss anyone!

Kat Frass
02-27-2008, 08:18 PM
I've finished commenting as well. Great chain everyone!

02-28-2008, 11:22 PM
I'm finished as well.

02-29-2008, 02:33 AM
*rushes to catch up with comments*

02-29-2008, 10:55 AM
I have a few comments left to do, but I have listed out the entries in this post: Blog Chains (http://polenth.blogspot.com/2008/02/balancing-blog-chains.html)

So if your post isn't listed, it means I'm confused and you can prod me.

03-01-2008, 06:45 AM
Okay, I listed the final entry here (http://auriacortes.com/februarys-blog-chain-comes-to-an-end/).

Please everyone, don't forget to do the same.