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mada
04-03-2008, 06:14 AM
This will be a themed chain. Most bloggers who have a preference seemed to prefer a common theme to follow. With the snow finally melting in the north, I thought Spring and New Beginnings would be a good theme.

Deadline to enter: Saturday, April 5th, 10:00pm CDT.

A quick run down of the guidelines:

1. Email, PM, or respond to this message to sign up. If you have a preference on where you're placed, include that information. I will update the list as I get more names. If you don't see your name, make sure I didn't miss you!
2. On Sunday, April 6th, I will post the list here, including the code for a list of links for all the participants.
3. When it's your turn, please:
Post a permalink of the person before you.
Post a link to the person after you
Post to the Blog Chain thread here to let us know you've posted (include the permalink)
PM the person after you to let them know it's their turn
4. In keeping with the spirit of a chain, please try to take some element of the previous post and build on that. Last month, we had some interesting turns!

If you have any questions, let me know!

So far, I have:

Escritora
Polenth
Unfocused Me
ColbyMarshall1
Gillian
FreshHell
Mada
WildScribe
Livin
harri3tspy
KTC
Nancy_sv
Wordsmyth

Polenth
04-03-2008, 06:24 AM
Yay for signups!

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

I'd like to go second, as I have other commitments at the end of the month. And going first is scary, so second'll be good.

escritora
04-03-2008, 06:46 AM
I'd like to be first

nancy sv
04-03-2008, 06:47 AM
I think I might try that - New Beginnings sounds right up my alley right now!

Unfocused Me
04-03-2008, 08:06 AM
Thanks - no preference where you put me in the line up. Good theme.

wordsmyth
04-03-2008, 04:23 PM
I'm all in on this one!

DonnaDuck
04-03-2008, 07:38 PM
I'm game again. I don't mind where I go and, as you can see, only one blog in my signature now so feel free to use that one.

FreshHell
04-03-2008, 08:06 PM
I'm happy with the placement as you have it up there. I'm ready....

WildScribe
04-04-2008, 01:07 AM
New beginnings... BOY can I write about that!

mada
04-04-2008, 03:56 AM
Just a couple more days to sign up!

Thanks to everyone who likes my theme choice. I was worried that it would be too cliche, but nothing else came to mind. I hope it's a great chain!

WildScribe
04-04-2008, 06:38 PM
Cliche? Maybe, but the posts are what are supposed to break the mold anyway. :)

mada
04-05-2008, 02:33 AM
Cliche? Maybe, but the posts are what are supposed to break the mold anyway. :)

And you strive to do your very best at that, right??

KTC
04-05-2008, 02:56 AM
I'm game. But can you explain it just a little bit more for the slow old people? I did a blog chain once, I think? I don't understand the theme. Do we write a post on our blog on the theme and then comment on each other's post?

Just a few more details... please. I'm old and fragile.

My BLOG: http://wanderingpoetics.wordpress.com/

And I don't care what order I am placed in.

mada
04-05-2008, 03:49 AM
Just a few more details... please. I'm old and fragile.


Themes are open to interpretation. You can see the February Chain beginning with Unfocused Me (http://theunfocusedlife.com/2008/02/10/february-blog-chain/). The theme that month was "balance" and it varied from balance in life to balance as a writer to balance as a parent, etc.

Essentially, it's the same as any chain. When it's your turn to post, you pull some morsel from the person in front of you and create your post. In turn, the person after you will pull from your post.

Does that make sense?

LIVIN
04-05-2008, 05:24 AM
Hey, I just gave birth to a blog the other day, so this is highly appropriate - a new beginning and all. Count me in, although be warned, I'm a newbie and do not know in what ways a permalink differs from any other link. :rant:

mada
04-05-2008, 05:41 AM
Hey, I just gave birth to a blog the other day, so this is highly appropriate - a new beginning and all. Count me in, although be warned, I'm a newbie and do not know in what ways a permalink differs from any other link. :rant:

A permalink is when you link directly to the post. For example, http://heatheraynnebrooks.wordpress.com/2008/04/04/journaling-by-candlelight/ is a permalink to my most recent post.
A "regular" link would be directly to your main blog page (http://heatheraynnebrooks.wordpress.com)

Make sense?

KTC
04-05-2008, 06:39 AM
Argh... No. Sorry. I guess I'm just slower than I thought? So somebody posts on the theme on their blog...and then the next person pulls something from that post and posts on the theme as well, on their own blog with a tie-back to the blog from that person?

Why am I not getting this?

Polenth
04-05-2008, 07:20 AM
Argh... No. Sorry. I guess I'm just slower than I thought? So somebody posts on the theme on their blog...and then the next person pulls something from that post and posts on the theme as well, on their own blog with a tie-back to the blog from that person?

Why am I not getting this?

It sounds like you understand, but you could check previous chains to be sure. These two posts list out the final entries for two blog chains. If you read the posts in order, you can see how it went:

February Chain (http://theunfocusedlife.com/2008/02/27/156/)
January Chain (http://polenth.blogspot.com/2008/02/blog-chain-revenge-of-rust.html)

mada
04-05-2008, 05:19 PM
Today's the last day to sign up! We have 13 people so far, it should be a great chain!

LIVIN
04-05-2008, 11:38 PM
A permalink is when you link directly to the post. For example, http://heatheraynnebrooks.wordpress.com/2008/04/04/journaling-by-candlelight/ is a permalink to my most recent post.
A "regular" link would be directly to your main blog page (http://heatheraynnebrooks.wordpress.com)

Make sense?

Cents have been made.

mada
04-06-2008, 02:50 AM
I'm about to pry myself away from the computer to get ready for a girls' night out, but I promise to not have too much fun to the point where I can't post the list of links tonight or in the morning!

escritora
04-07-2008, 03:06 AM
In case any of you missed mada's post regarding the code. I pasted it below. For her orginal post, click here (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=98573).




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

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

<a href="http://theunfocusedlife.com" target="_blank">Unfocused Me</a>

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

<a href="http://www.foodpast.com/" target="_blank">Food History</a>

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

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

<a href="http://polyspace.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Polyamory From the Inside Out</a>

<a href="http://livininsanity.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Livininsanity</a>

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

<a href="http://familyonbikes.org/blog/" target="_blank">A Wayward Journey</a>

<a href="http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Virtual Wordsmith</a>

escritora
04-07-2008, 03:09 AM
Click here (http://auriacortes.com/outlining-works-for-me/) to read my post. I'm off to PM Polenth's Quill.

The permlink is: http://auriacortes.com/outlining-works-for-me/

Polenth
04-07-2008, 08:11 PM
I'm done. Here it is:

http://polenth.blogspot.com/2008/04/3d-idea-benefits-of-learning-basics.html

DonnaDuck
04-08-2008, 03:02 AM
Ok, I'm not even on the list and I did post above. I don't feel the love.

LIVIN
04-08-2008, 03:13 AM
Ok, I'm not even on the list and I did post above. I don't feel the love.

Unfortunately, DonnaDuck, we are a very elitist group who frowns on anyone who ever ran two blogs at once. :D

mada
04-08-2008, 04:38 AM
Ok, I'm not even on the list and I did post above. I don't feel the love.


Can you forgive me??? I will get that corrected and give everyone the new code RIGHT NOW!!!!

LIVIN
04-08-2008, 05:35 AM
Can you forgive me??? I will get that corrected and give everyone the new code RIGHT NOW!!!!

Have we thrown out the manifesto declaring war on all double-bloggers? Or, are you free from such retribution once you stop double-blogging? What's that saying, "Once a double blogger, always a double blogger?"

Off to fix my blog with said changes demanded by the blog dictator.

mada
04-08-2008, 05:46 AM
Have we thrown out the manifesto declaring war on all double-bloggers? Or, are you free from such retribution once you stop double-blogging? What's that saying, "Once a double blogger, always a double blogger?"

Off to fix my blog with said changes demanded by the blog dictator.

BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! Once a double blogger has taken over the blog chain, all rules pertaining to double bloggers are thrown out the window! At that time, double bloggers will be held in the highest regard!

Polenth
04-08-2008, 05:53 AM
The links on my post are updated, and I did it before Technorati visited... so hopefully it saw the updated version.

LIVIN
04-08-2008, 08:57 AM
BWAHAHAHAHA!!!! Once a double blogger has taken over the blog chain, all rules pertaining to double bloggers are thrown out the window! At that time, double bloggers will be held in the highest regard!

See, that's the type of manifesto I like: No double bloggers permitted, unless, of course, they find their way in, at which point, no one is allowed to kick them out, because a double blogger that has surpassed the double protection scheme is doubly desirable indeed.

KTC
04-08-2008, 02:07 PM
Please remove me from the list. Sorry. I jumped in and I now realize I just really don't have the time. I have a lot of conference stuff to do in preparation for the, well, conference. Sorry.

Forbidden Snowflake
04-08-2008, 10:50 PM
Can I also join? With alleslinks.com?

DonnaDuck
04-09-2008, 02:13 AM
Unfortunately, DonnaDuck, we are a very elitist group who frowns on anyone who ever ran two blogs at once. :D

Yur yust yelous of my double blogging tecknique.

Pretty soon, I shall be a triple blogger. What then???

mada
04-09-2008, 02:34 AM
Yur yust yelous of my double blogging tecknique.

Pretty soon, I shall be a triple blogger. What then???

I will bow before you! I'm having enough trouble double blogging!

Unfocused Me
04-09-2008, 07:11 AM
Okay, I posted my entry here (http://theunfocusedlife.com/2008/04/08/april-blog-chain-new-beginnings/).

Colby's up -- I'll PM her now.

Dragonfly45
04-09-2008, 07:29 AM
Got the PM...I will post my blog chain entry tomorrow!

Dragonfly45
04-10-2008, 07:42 AM
My post's up, PMing the next in line as we speak.

WildScribe
04-10-2008, 07:23 PM
Wheeeeeeeeee!

DonnaDuck
04-12-2008, 03:58 AM
I got my tag and I'll get to it probably tomorrow. I want to catch up on the other posts and Bones starts in two minutes. Must watch!

escritora
04-13-2008, 06:28 AM
Hi Everyone, please don't forget to include the perm link. Thanks!

Dragonfly45
04-13-2008, 10:06 AM
Sorry! I forgot! Here's my perm link: Flash Steps Aren't For Flashing: an AW Blog Chain Post (http://colbymarshall.blogspot.com/2008/04/flash-steps-arent-for-flashing-aw-blog.html)

DonnaDuck
04-13-2008, 06:25 PM
Mine's all set--http://fantasticalimagination.wordpress.com/2008/04/13/spring-allergies/

Off to PM Freshhell now. And just as a recommendation for the next chain, it would probably be better to keep everything in one thread. I had no idea the other thread even existed and there are people posting permalinks there and not here and it's just easier for everyone involved to just be centered around one thread. They don't amount to many pages over the course of the chain anyway. That's my two cents on the matter.

FreshHell
04-14-2008, 02:07 AM
I'm it! I'll post Mon or Tues. No later than that. (I also didn't know there was a second thread but then, there's a hell of a lot I don't know....)

mada
04-15-2008, 08:01 AM
I'm it! I'll post Mon or Tues. No later than that. (I also didn't know there was a second thread but then, there's a hell of a lot I don't know....)


My fault! I'm trying to figure out whether to use the, "I'll know better next time" excuse or follow the "If I screw up, they won't let me do it again" philosophy!

FreshHell
04-15-2008, 05:05 PM
Okay, my post is up: http://freshhell.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/the-dawning-of-a-new-era/. I'll contact ForTheFirstTime!

Gillian
04-16-2008, 06:02 AM
I think you should use the "Gillian's mistake was much bigger when she ran it" doctrine. My mood today is full of self-pity (it's that feeling you get at the end of a virus - nothing's actually wrong - in fact, some things are extraordinarily right and if I had known they were going to happen, I would have suggested my other blog for the chain) and I think you should take full advantage of it. Besides, it's true. My mistake *was* bigger than yours!

mada
04-16-2008, 08:17 AM
Posted (http://heatheraynnebrooks.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/aw-blog-chain-new-beginnings/). Off to PM.

jennydecki
04-16-2008, 11:27 PM
Hello chain bloggers!

Is it too late to participate in April's blog chain?

WildScribe
04-17-2008, 03:07 AM
Hi Jenny! We're over halfway done and I think reg is closed, but I'm not the boss by far!

Mada, thanks for the PM... I'll post tomorrow morning and pass the torch. In fact, I may write and save the post now... doodeedoo...

mada
04-17-2008, 08:05 AM
Hello chain bloggers!

Is it too late to participate in April's blog chain?

It is too late for this month, but watch for the May sign-up!

WildScribe
04-17-2008, 07:23 PM
Mine is up (http://polyspace.wordpress.com/2008/04/17/next-up-in-the-blog-chain/)! This is going really well this time! :)

WildScribe
04-17-2008, 07:25 PM
Ok, the next PM in the chain is off! :)

LIVIN
04-18-2008, 02:11 PM
The early bird catches LIVIN'S blog chain entry (http://livininsanity.wordpress.com/) and gets to play my Mad Libs first.

Polenth
04-18-2008, 04:59 PM
When I went through to comment, I couldn't see the Food History permalink. I might be blind, but I'm pretty sure it isn't in the thread. So here it is:

http://www.foodpast.com/to-eat-or-not-to-eat-that-is-the-question/

mada
04-21-2008, 05:26 PM
Harri3tspy, are you there? We seem to have stalled!

harri3tspy
04-22-2008, 03:40 AM
My post is <a href=http://spynotes.wordpress.com/2008/04/21/canít-even-focus-on-a-coffee-cup/>here</a>. And thanks to Donnaduck for pointing out that there were two threads for this chain. No wonder I couldn't find the username of the next chainer!

nancy sv
04-22-2008, 03:43 AM
Mine is up!! Next up is Virtual Wordsmith.

Oh yeah - the address of my post is: http://familyonbikes.org/blog/?p=202

wordsmyth
04-22-2008, 03:41 PM
I should have my post up by noon today.

wordsmyth
04-22-2008, 05:12 PM
Done. AW April blog chain (http://virtualwordsmith.blogspot.com/2008/04/aw-april-blog-chain.html)

WildScribe
04-22-2008, 08:09 PM
Sweet! It worked!

mada
04-27-2008, 11:40 PM
Well, it looks like we made it through the chain! Is anyone else interested in organizing next month? If not, I will do it, as long as other bloggers want to participate. Any thoughts?

WildScribe
04-28-2008, 02:13 AM
GO MADA! I wanna go again!

FreshHell
04-28-2008, 05:49 PM
Yes! I'm in! Sign me up.

escritora
05-02-2008, 08:18 AM
I'm interested in signing up but can't find the thread. Has someone started the May chain?