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Forbidden Snowflake
03-02-2008, 07:38 PM
We have one of those in March right? I'd love to organize, got one simple, little problem though, I'm getting surgery next week and will be not really connected with the net from tuesday to saturday and the week after only sporadically. So, me, organizing, not the good thing.

But participating. Yes! So, I thought I start the thread, so that you people don't forget to chain :D

valeenc
03-02-2008, 09:02 PM
I've got the FFC going, of course, but I'm willing to head up a blogchain as long as it's not themed. I enjoy the challenge of the unthemed chain. If someone else wants to do it, please step in, but otherwise, I'm happy to do it.

And yeah, it would give me a push to get a new blog going.

mada
03-02-2008, 09:42 PM
Looks to me like we have a volunteer!

I'd be in for participating, but you don't want me organizing it, trust me!

valeenc
03-03-2008, 03:18 AM
Okay, I'm in. I got my new blog up and am ready to go. In general, this is how things will go --

1. This will be a blog CHAIN. That means that each post will be connected in some way to the post before and after it. To participate you read the post that comes before yours, find some aspect of it that you feel connected to in some way, and then write a post in your blog that relates to the previous post. Then the next person will come along and everybody will be linked in some way. There is NO THEME, just links in a chain. This kind of blogchain is lots of fun and can go anywhere and it's always interesting.

2. The number of blogs will be limited to a dozen. Sign-up in this thread and I'll add you to this post on a first come first served basis. The sign-up period begins now and will last until a week from today on the 9th at 7 PM US Eastern Standard Time or until we hit twelve. Please make sure the name of your blog with its relevant link is included in your sign-up post. Don't just indicate that which is in your signature, please. Humor me about this.

3. You MUST COMMENT on each person's entry in the blogchain. Seriously. It's incredibly rude to not do this. I recommend doing it as soon as each person posts so keeping up is not an issue.

4. If you don't like your placement in the final order, please let me know. I'll try to accomodate everyone's needs, but there ought to be enough time so no one is too rushed.

5. The beginning date will be Wednesday the 12th and I'd like the chain to be completed over two weeks' time, by the 26th so we have time to comment before April begins. Speed is nice, but writing something relevant and well is better. We'll be linking to the last post in the February blogchain. Please do NOT begin before everyone is finalized and in their preferred order as people may need to switch positions from the order in which they sign up.

Other things to know --

Your post must have a list of every blogger's blog and link and the technorati tag awchain at the end of it. I'll provide the code for this in this thread once everyone's signed up :eek: (or begging for help with same) and when everyone's done you'll need to update that list with everyone's direct link to their blogchain post. I'll have that ready too. I'm anal that way.

When your post is LIVE!, post your permalink to it in this thread to let everyone know. Also you will need to PM the next person in the chain to let them know you're done.

I think that's about it. Holler if I've forgotten anything or if you have questions.


NOTE: PLEASE REFER TO THE ORDER IN THIS POST (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2134525&postcount=34) so you can get the right nicknames for PMing.

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

2. Fantastical Imagination (http://fantasticalimagination.wordpress.com/)

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

4. Virtual Wordsmith (http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com/)

5. Polyspace (http://polyspace.wordpress.com/)

6. My Life, You're Welcome to It (http://mylifeyourewelcometoit.blogspot.com/)

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

8. Food History (http://www.foodpast.com/)

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

10. Fresh Hell (http://freshhell.wordpress.com/)

11. SLAKE (http://jerzegurl.livejournal.com/)

12. Secret Government EGGO Project (http://blog.dtkelly.net/)

13. Forbidden Snowflake (http://www.silversnowflake.net/liv/)

14. Virginia Lee's Vagaries (http://virginialeevagaries.blogspot.com/)

wordsmyth
03-03-2008, 03:27 AM
Me, me, me!!

Virtual Wordsmith

valeenc
03-03-2008, 03:30 AM
Yay, Lynn! :e2cheer:

WildScribe
03-03-2008, 04:12 AM
Mine is Polyspace, and the address is Polyspace.wordpress.com

valeenc
03-03-2008, 04:40 AM
Welcome, WildScribe! :)

Gillian
03-03-2008, 04:51 AM
Me too please! I think it's time to warp everything foodiewards again, so can I be put down for my Food History blog http://www.foodpast.com

Thanks :)

Gillian

valeenc
03-03-2008, 05:05 AM
Hurrah for Gillian! :banana:

ForbiddenSnowflake and mada/Heather, I need you to confirm you want to play, please. I prefer not to make assumptions.

Also, if we get the list filled before the 9th, please let me know if you are willing to begin sooner rather than later. And holler if you have a placement preference on the list, please. As of now, my plan is to toss everyone's name into a bowl and have my roomie take them out one at a time.

WildScribe
03-03-2008, 06:04 AM
Welcome, WildScribe! :)

Thank you! And thanks for the visit. I'll start whenever, just let me know!

Polenth
03-03-2008, 07:13 AM
I'd like to take part.

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

I'd rather be somewhere in the middle.

There are more posts on Technorati for awchain than there are for awblogchain, so I'm guessing the second is a typo.

valeenc
03-03-2008, 07:48 AM
Yes, Polenth. I'm out of practice. I'll fix that right away and add you to the list.

Welcome! :D

DonnaDuck
03-03-2008, 08:11 PM
I'm game for this. I'll be using [u]rlfantasticalimagination.wordpress.com[/url] this time around. I'd prefer to be towards the beginning, just not the first in the chain. I'm going on a long weekend to SF at the end of March and prefer not to cram the writing in then.

Dragonfly45
03-03-2008, 08:16 PM
Sure, I'm in if there's still room...what is our topic?

MTNester
03-03-2008, 10:12 PM
Would like to participate if there is room.

http://mylifeyourewelcometoit.blogspot.com/

valeenc
03-03-2008, 10:31 PM
Yay DonnaDuck! ! ! :hooray:

MTNester, WELCOME! :hi:

ColbyMarshall1, as I stated in the post with the rules (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2115990&postcount=4) for this blogchain, there isn't a theme because I don't like to play in themed chains and I'm running this one. Go have a gander at the post again (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2115990&postcount=4) and let me know if you still want to play. I have a placeholder in for you, so the space is yours if you want it. Okay? ;) I hope you do! :D

I'll tell you what, folks. Since the sign-up is going so well, if we have 12 bloggers by Wednesday or sooner, I'll open this blogchain up to 3 more people which will bring us to 15 and that's it. Any more than that is unwieldy.

DonnaDuck
03-03-2008, 10:39 PM
Heehee. Oh the insanity!

V, if you could bump me up a bit on the list, I would appreciate it. I know WildScribe didn't mind which place she started so if it's with her, I'd like to switch. Or, what would be even better, switching with one of the question marked people in slot 2 or 3 if that's ok.

valeenc
03-03-2008, 11:01 PM
DD sweetie, the list isn't in order yet. It's just a sign-up list for now. I'll have you at #2 when the final list is up, okay? I'll fix it in the rules post when we are good to go.

In fact, if someone wants to go first, they need to holler at me. Otherwise it's going to be the person whose name gets pulled out of the bowl first.

I didn't state it in the rules thread, but the first poster in the March chain will refer to the last post in the February chain, thus linking the two chains.

Anything else folks are wondering about? I'm sure I've forgotten other things too . . .

DonnaDuck
03-03-2008, 11:07 PM
Ah, gotcha.

valeenc
03-04-2008, 07:02 AM
Okay, mada and Forbidden Snowflake have been officially added to the chain and I'm waiting for colbymarshall1 to say yea or nay.

DonnaDuck's asked to be second and Forbidden Snowflake's asked to be near the end and they'll be placed accordingly. I'd just as soon go last to wrap things up if no one minds. If someone will volunteer to go first so I don't have to pick #1 out of a bowl, I'll be your new best friend. Really. I will. I WILL! :D

Dragonfly45
03-04-2008, 07:57 AM
Yeah, I'm in...sorry, I wasn't paying close enough attention the first time :-)

valeenc
03-04-2008, 08:21 AM
No worries, hon. And if I may be so bold, I ADORE YOUR BIG ORANGE KITTY! ! ! :D

(I lurves me some orange kitties, I do.) :e2cat:

And then there were TEN . . .

Ava Jarvis
03-04-2008, 01:19 PM
I'd like to be first on the block.

WOAH! No theme! Well, I'd still like to go. *rubs hands*

valeenc
03-04-2008, 01:34 PM
Well, you'll be connecting to the end of the February chain which did have a theme, so you could look at it that way, AJ. And :e2cheer: THANK YOU for volunteering to go first! Yay! :hooray:

Okay blogchain gang, the order is getting set now. I tossed out the bowl and began plugging in the preferences and the above is what I have so far. Holler if you're terribly unhappy. I'll do my best to satisfy you. :eek:

FreshHell
03-04-2008, 07:54 PM
I'd like to join, if it's not too late. I'm still feeling my way through AW. If it's too late, I'll try again in April. FreshHell http://freshhell.wordpress.com

valeenc
03-05-2008, 03:58 AM
Okay everyone, say HEY! to Fresh Hell. :eek:

And FH, I'll take the lima beans you don't want -- especially if they're the teeny tiny ones. We love 'em at my house. ;)

Okay folks -- since we reached twelve already, I'm going to open this blogchain up to THREE MORE BLOGGERS. So if you want to play with us, holler here and I'll add you to the list. First come, first served.


:welcome:

DTKelly
03-05-2008, 07:53 PM
If I can, I'd like to be included.

It's been a while for me....


The Secret Government EGGO Project (http://blog.dtkelly.net)

Joycecwilliams
03-05-2008, 11:10 PM
Love the cat cartoon. I still haven't been able to figure out how to put embedded media on my blog. However my blog contains a lot of my writings. Maybe I could write something about embedded media instead of ....




Slake (http://jerzegurl.livejournal.com/)

Joycecwilliams
03-05-2008, 11:23 PM
Okay everyone, say HEY! to Fresh Hell. :eek:

And FH, I'll take the lima beans you don't want -- especially if they're the teeny tiny ones. We love 'em at my house. ;)

Okay folks -- since we reached twelve already, I'm going to open this blogchain up to THREE MORE BLOGGERS. So if you want to play with us, holler here and I'll add you to the list. First come, first served.


:welcome:

I did post, but will add... I love Dirt also...

valeenc
03-05-2008, 11:40 PM
Gah. Still working on that review, Joyce. I've been rather scattered the last few days. :Shrug:

Meanwhile . . .

Everybody :welcome: DTKelly and Joycecwilliams to the March blogchain!

And now we are FOURTEEN! (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2115990&postcount=4)

I'll get the coding done and post that along with the rules again and if we get #15 in the next day or so, we can begin the chain this weekend.

Woohoo! :snoopy:

Dragonfly45
03-06-2008, 07:36 AM
valeen...thanks for my cat compliment...he is quite marvelous, if I do say so myself :-)

WildScribe
03-08-2008, 07:25 AM
**hums the Jeopardy theme song while waiting...**

valeenc
03-08-2008, 01:27 PM
Yeah, I'm pretty much in agreement, wildscribe. ;)

Okay, it looks like we are not going to get a fifteenth blogger for this chain, so THIS BLOGCHAIN LIST IS NOW CLOSED!

The code for the March blogchain is below. I checked it in my blog and it works so far as I can tell. Please put it in your blogchain post -- the end seems to work the best. :D Once the chain is done, I'll post the code for everyone's specific post so if anyone wants to follow the chain they won't have to go searching.

<a href="http://blog.dtkelly.net/">Secret Government EGGO Project</a><br>
<a href="http://fantasticalimagination.wordpress.com/">Fantastical Imagination</a><br>
<a href="http://heatheraynnebrooks.wordpress.com/">For the First Time</a><br>
<a href="http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com/">Virtual Wordsmith</a><br>
<a href="http://polyspace.wordpress.com/">Polyspace</a><br>
<a href="http://mylifeyourewelcometoit.blogspot.com/">My Life, You're Welcome to It</a><br>
<a href="http://polenth.blogspot.com/">Polenth's Quill</a><br>
<a href="http://www.foodpast.com/">Food History</a><br>
<a href="http://www.spontaneousderivation.com/">Spontaneous Derivation</a><br>
<a href="http://www.colbymarshall.blogspot.com/">Spittin' (out words) Like a Llama</a><br>
<a href="http://freshhell.wordpress.com/">Fresh Hell</a><br>
<a href="http://jerzegurl.livejournal.com/">SLAKE</a><br>
<a href="http://www.silversnowflake.net/liv/">Forbidden Snowflake</a><br>
<a href="http://virginialeevagaries.blogspot.com/">Virginia Lee's Vagaries</a><br>
<a href="http://technorati.com/tag/awchain" rel="tag">awchain</a>


I'm going to PM Ava Jarvis now with the link to the end of the February chain and tell her to get typing at her earliest convenience.

Holler if you have a question. Odds are I've left something vital out.

RULES RECAP:

1. Your post must link to the one before it. As this is an unthemed chain, you get to choose. If they type about liking purple porcupines, you can mention that and then type about how indigenous tribes made needles out of porcupine quills.

2. When you have posted to your blog, come to this thread and share the permalink to your post.

3. Send a PM to the person listed after you in the chain.

DTKelly will PM Donna Duck.

DD will PM mada.

mada will PM wordsmyth.

wordsmyth will PM WildScribe.

WildScribe will PM MTNester.

MTNester will PM Polenth.

Polenth will PM Gillian.

Gillian will PM Ava Jarvis.

Ava Jarvis will PM colbymarshall1.

colbymarshall1 will PM FreshHell.

FreshHell will PM Joycecwilliams.

Joycecwilliams will PM Forbidden Snowflake.

Forbidden Snowflake will PM valeenc.

PLEASE correct me if I've screwed this up.

valeenc
03-09-2008, 02:33 PM
*bump* :banana:

Ava Jarvis
03-09-2008, 02:50 PM
aware. have flu meds. will think of something fun for Sunday. is 3am where I am.

valeenc
03-09-2008, 05:23 PM
Take care of yourself, hon. If you need someone else to start the chain, holler at me. I'll arrange it. I'll even do it if need be.

Get well soonest!

DTKelly
03-09-2008, 08:47 PM
i'll volunteer to start if needed.

Ava Jarvis
03-09-2008, 09:12 PM
please do. Put me somewhere in the middle.

sorry about this. flu never strikes at good times :P

valeenc
03-09-2008, 09:57 PM
Okay, DTKelly is starting the chain. WOOHOO! :banana:

I changed the code accordingly, as well as the PMing list. (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2134525&postcount=34)

Everyone send Ava Jarvis some cyber chicken soup w/extra garlic as well as cyber fruits high in Vitamin C.

I do believe that is it for now.

LET THE BLOGCHAIN BEGIN! :e2bouncey

Ah yes, I PMed our starter too.

DTKelly
03-10-2008, 06:19 PM
I apologize for the delay. I had some things come up last night.

I hope to get it up and out before I head off to work today. If not, DEFINITELY by tonight.

I promise!

DTKelly
03-11-2008, 08:38 AM
Post is up.

Sorry for the delay, had blog problems.

http://blog.dtkelly.net/?p=588

PM on the way!

valeenc
03-11-2008, 05:40 PM
I think you did great! Thanks for starting off the chain. Doing that and the March FFC makes you my hero for the week. :hooray:

DonnaDuck
03-11-2008, 10:00 PM
I'll get mine up within the next day or two!

DTKelly
03-12-2008, 07:44 AM
Let me just say...

When I first posted the idea of an AW blog chain back in 2006, I never expected it to last as long as it has. So thank you all for the legacy! ;)

valeenc
03-12-2008, 08:22 AM
Dude! You came up with this idea? That is so cool! I remember my first one last year and I had no idea what I was doing, but I came to love the the concept and the fascinating people I got to meet as a result of playing.

WOOHOO for DTKelly! ! !

DonnaDuck
03-13-2008, 04:01 AM
Gigidy. My post is up.

http://fantasticalimagination.wordpress.com/2008/03/12/writing-with-a-dog/

Off to tag . . .

WildScribe
03-13-2008, 04:30 AM
Doncha hate it when puppies CHEW! Grrr....

mada
03-13-2008, 05:19 PM
I will post when I get home tonight. For some reason the first cup of coffee hasn't kick started the connection from my mind to my fingers.

mada
03-14-2008, 05:58 AM
Done (http://heatheraynnebrooks.wordpress.com/2008/03/14/canine-family/). Off to PM Lynn.

wordsmyth
03-14-2008, 06:07 PM
I'll get to it later today. Busy, crazy day here. :)

wordsmyth
03-15-2008, 01:23 AM
Posted. (http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com/2008/03/march-aw-blog-chain.html)

PMing now.

WildScribe
03-15-2008, 04:05 AM
Goin' live tomorrow...

WildScribe
03-15-2008, 06:54 PM
Posted (http://polyspace.wordpress.com/2008/03/15/pets-and-a-blog-chain/)!

MTNester
03-17-2008, 02:40 AM
I'm up and running:

http://mylifeyourewelcometoit.blogspot.com/

Polenth
03-17-2008, 06:07 AM
Posted!

Wildlife Gardening - Of Pigeons and Frogs (http://polenth.blogspot.com/2008/03/wildlife-gardening-of-pigeons-and-frogs.html)

DTKelly
03-18-2008, 07:00 PM
MTNester,

I can't post a comment on your blog because I do not have one a google account or one of the other options.

valeenc
03-18-2008, 09:12 PM
Has anyone heard from Gillian? She's usually right on top of this sort of thing if she signs up for a chain.

WildScribe
03-18-2008, 10:22 PM
Nup, been wondering why the chain stalled. :)

Polenth
03-18-2008, 10:59 PM
Has anyone heard from Gillian? She's usually right on top of this sort of thing if she signs up for a chain.

She didn't respond to the PM, but she seems to have posted to her blog yesterday. Maybe she's just thinking (or hasn't checked her PMs yet).

MTNester
03-18-2008, 11:16 PM
I have temporarily set it up to take any comments.

Please try again.

Thanks,

DTKelly
03-19-2008, 02:01 AM
Thanks. Posted. :D

Gillian
03-19-2008, 11:15 AM
Sorry - I was in Sydney and the chain happened faster than I thought and was up to me before I got back. I had a post I promised to do and it's done, so I'll be doing the blogchain when I get back from my meeting tonight. Tomorrow morning, very very early US time you should all be frightened...

Gillian
03-19-2008, 11:16 AM
Polenth - I posted to my blog when I got home and before I caught up on other stuff (still not caught up on email, which explains the tanglement). Sorry about that!

ETA: make that tomorrow. All I want to do is sleep....

Ava Jarvis
03-20-2008, 09:32 AM
(am i on yet?)

(damn, I got a lot of posts to comment on. good job, guys!)

Gillian
03-20-2008, 11:39 AM
You're on! (and you may never forgive me)

Ava Jarvis
03-20-2008, 12:04 PM
On the contrary; I think people may never forgive me.

http://www.spontaneousderivation.com/2008/03/20/sugar-gliders-no-sugar/

(And yes, the link is indeed correct. Hope folks enjoy. )

I'm fine with eating cute little animals. Actually... I wonder what panda or eagle taste like... except they're endangered, of course, so I won't. (I hear eagles are no longer as endangered... but still.)

(Dolphin? Hmmm. Definitely not monkeys though. I will never forget monkey brains. eww, and yuck, and still alive. Hate brains.)

Also PM'd colbymarshal1

Dragonfly45
03-20-2008, 06:09 PM
Got the PM--will be posting later today

Ava Jarvis
03-21-2008, 12:24 AM
Update on my post: I cut out the flash fiction (really, it was too long!) and replaced it with the picture of a sugar glider, which is a small cute furry animal that people do keep as pets.

Polenth
03-21-2008, 02:22 AM
I think that's a pity. I liked the fact that your post went off in a different direction. Chains can get into a bit of a topic rut at times, so sending it another way is a good thing.

Ava Jarvis
03-21-2008, 02:26 AM
Thanks, Polenth. :) But I think I forced people to read my fiction when they hadn't expected to. I still left a link to the flash if they wanted to read it.

I like to experiment, but sometimes it doesn't work. Which is fine. If I had a 500-word flash, I would have left it there, but I go long on the flash....

Dragonfly45
03-21-2008, 07:50 AM
My blog is up and I've PMed FreshHell...hope y'all enjoy it :-)

FreshHell
03-21-2008, 05:15 PM
I'm on it! I should have something up this weekend (kids + easter = busy-ness).

FreshHell
03-24-2008, 04:22 PM
Okay, my post is up: http://freshhell.wordpress.com/2008/03/24/otterly-adorable/. Sorry for the delay. Off to PM Slake!

Joycecwilliams
03-24-2008, 10:44 PM
I think I did this right.. if not somebody p.m. me.

I did pm forbidden snowflake.
http://jerzegurl.livejournal.com/9790.html

Polenth
03-28-2008, 04:41 AM
We seem to have stalled?

valeenc
03-28-2008, 04:45 AM
I haven't heard from Forbidden Snowflake. She PMed me the other day/last week and asked if she'd missed her chance and I told her no that she was next to last on the list and that she hadn't come up yet. I'll PM her now to check in.

Meanwhile, I'll be working on the recap portion of my post so I'll be good to go, so y'all be looking for my comments.

Oh yeah, don't forget to comment on each others' posts. :D

WildScribe
04-01-2008, 09:18 PM
Seems like 15 was too many.

Are we moving on to April?

Polenth
04-01-2008, 09:37 PM
Seems like 15 was too many.

Are we moving on to April?

The problem isn't being 14... it's the week with no action. Forbidden Snowflake's obviously had something come up, so it'd seem best to skip to the last person (valeenc). That way we can wrap up the chain in a tidy way, rather than having it just fizzle.

mada
04-02-2008, 02:09 AM
If no one else volunteers, I would be willing to coordinate April. It's been fun to read the blogs this month!

DonnaDuck
04-02-2008, 05:15 AM
For Forbidden Snowflake, is it just my computer or is most of that site in German? Just curious . . .

Unfocused Me
04-02-2008, 06:10 AM
If no one else volunteers, I would be willing to coordinate April. It's been fun to read the blogs this month!

If you are going to start an April chain (or someone else is), I'd like to participate.

escritora
04-02-2008, 06:19 AM
I'm also in Mada. Set it up! ((smile))

mada
04-02-2008, 07:07 AM
I PM'd Valeenc to make sure she's not planning on doing it again. Once I hear back from her, I will post a sign up if I'm organizing it.

Out of curiosity, do people prefer themed or unthemed?

Dragonfly45
04-02-2008, 07:08 AM
I'm in for April too, but we prob should start a new thread so it's not too confusing :-)

mada
04-02-2008, 07:22 AM
I'm in for April too, but we prob should start a new thread so it's not too confusing :-)


Just hang on to your britches there, missy! I sent the PM just to be sure I don't step on any toes with my still clumsy feet around here. Look for something by tomorrow night, I hope!

Unfocused Me
04-02-2008, 07:58 AM
I PM'd Valeenc to make sure she's not planning on doing it again. Once I hear back from her, I will post a sign up if I'm organizing it.

Out of curiosity, do people prefer themed or unthemed?


Themed, definitely.

FreshHell
04-02-2008, 05:29 PM
OOOh - count me in for April! Themed or unthemed is fine by me!

WildScribe
04-02-2008, 06:29 PM
I'm in, too, if y'all don't mind my craziness.

harri3tspy
04-03-2008, 05:08 AM
I'd be interested in joining the April chain as well, please!

mada
04-03-2008, 06:02 AM
Hmmm, I sent a PM yesterday. I think we have an eager group, so I'm going to post the sign up. Please PM me if you have a preference on where you are in the chain.

Forbidden Snowflake
04-08-2008, 10:52 PM
The problem isn't being 14... it's the week with no action. Forbidden Snowflake's obviously had something come up, so it'd seem best to skip to the last person (valeenc). That way we can wrap up the chain in a tidy way, rather than having it just fizzle.


Me, I had to move and didn't get my internet until a couple of days ago, shall I post now or not??

And my silversnowflake site is mixed German and English ;)