yeah write #51 is open

Going away for the weekend for my toddler Ehren’s third birthday was a nice break from the Internet. We fished instead of Googling, ate home-cooked meals instead of writing blog posts, looked at family photos instead of tweeting. No wonder so many of us have such fond memories of grandparents. Ehren, Jon Alex and Jordan were trying to change school districts once they got a taste of Nana’s chicken spaghetti. All they were asking was for a double-wide near the fish pond and some live bait.

What does all that vacationing mean for you? Well, I had two posts planned to explain our next steps, and now you just get one. Maybe just a sentence or two:

Yes, this is the week we’re going back to limited spots on the yeah write grid, but instead of limiting the entries to 50, we’re closing it out at 75. Why, God, why, you ask? Two words: tra. ffic. 

75 blogs

I mean, you work hard every single week to write and edit your yeah write post, don’t you? Some of you now have writing partners and you’re running your posts by each other. Yeah write has altered your editorial schedule. You’re sweating it out wondering if you’re gonna finish in time. You should be rewarded for all that, and I noticed that the more excitement the grid generated during our superfecta challenge, the more visitors everybody got. And if I go back to closing it out at 50 blogs, the buzz may diminish, and who’s gonna do all that hard work for one extra reader? Yes, yes, intrinsic value and all that, but c’mon, guys: lots of new readers!

So.

The grid is now closing at 75 blogs. If it makes you avid readers feel any better, we’ve never had more than 67, we may never ever hit 75. I promise you won’t be up until 3 am reading and forgetting to feed your family. If you accidentally skip one or two, I won’t tell anyone.

More votes

I will give you guys 10% of the grid as votes, promising at least five, no matter what. If we hit our usual 50, you get five votes. If half the world falls into the ocean and it’s not my half and we have only 20 people linking up, you’ll still get five votes. Sixty-five on the grid? You’ll get six. Seventy? Seven. Stasha and Julie crack me up each week with the additional vote campaigning. I hope this makes them happy. They, along with Jacqui, Alison, Jamie and Ado, helped me launch this thing, so I try to give them what they want.

More lurkers’ favorites

When we get to 60 blogs, I’ll have another lurking judge ready to choose a favorite, and don’t forget about Whitney who stepped in last week when we had more than 65. So depending on the number of total blogs on the grid, there could be up to six judges’ favorites, including comment karma. 

Superfecta challenge

Then there’s the continuing challenge for the blogger who wins editor’s choice, Flood’s lurker’s favorite, Q’s lurker’s favorite, the popular vote and comment karma in five consecutive weeks without taking a break in linking up. So that’s five judges’ awards in five straight weeks. That blogger will earn a complete blog makeover from our judging team. Keep linking up and $640 million dollars, oops, wait, I mean, a whole new blog design could be yours.

That’s a lot of changes, all for the better. If this is your first time here and/or your first time linking up, you’re good to go since nothing has changed for you. All I ask is that you bring us your best stuff and that your best stuff is not already linked to other linking adventures. Let’s get it started.

Yeah write #51 is open.



33 responses to “yeah write #51 is open”

  1. Susie Newday [Fri] 6 Apr 12 at 4:42 am #

    Wow-so many posts this week and sad for me not enough time this week. Passover cleaning is less fun though than reading great posts.

  2. Kim [Wed] 4 Apr 12 at 2:30 pm #

    Really great posts this week – a lot of thoughtful stuff about religion. My computer is nearly kaput, but I’m trying to read as many as I can before it official dies and goes to someone’s version of heaven.

  3. Youngman Brown [Wed] 4 Apr 12 at 1:50 pm #

    Virgin here!

    I like what I have read so far from all you guys, and looking forward to reading the rest tonight, and tomorrow!

  4. Stephanie Sikorski [Wed] 4 Apr 12 at 1:17 pm #

    WHEW! I made it in! #71 but I did it! Thanks for taking 75. I appreciate it!

  5. Erin M. Threlfall [Wed] 4 Apr 12 at 12:24 pm #

    Thanks for the great connect to so many fabulous blogs! I accidentally posted my blog up there twice. I thought it didn’t work the first time… Sorry!

  6. laurel [Wed] 4 Apr 12 at 9:36 am #

    Just submitted, exciting! Will be back later today to read, I must go to the job that actually pays me now…

  7. Angela Shelton [Wed] 4 Apr 12 at 8:53 am #

    Oh my lord, I’m joining my very first linky dinky party (without a drinky). Very cute! Just now reading and getting the fun/funny on, thanks!

    • laurel [Wed] 4 Apr 12 at 10:45 am #

      HI Angela! I tried clicking on yours and it would not come up!

      • Erica M [Wed] 4 Apr 12 at 10:47 am #

        Can you try again? We got her link fixed!

  8. Lisa Nolan [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 11:53 pm #

    I too, have been trying for several hours to link a post here, but it gets stuck in the add graphic part of the process, inlinkz just freezes up… I hear it happens a lot with inlinkz! Bummer! Tried but could not get my post linked!(

    • Erica M [Wed] 4 Apr 12 at 8:04 am #

      I tried sending you an email, but it was returned with the wrong email address. If you send me your link, I’ll try adding it from my end. I’m sorry you had trouble.

      • Lisa Nolan [Thu] 5 Apr 12 at 2:20 pm #

        Thanks! I’ll try again next time! I actually Googled inlinkz and found their blog later on, and they were having coding problems for several hours as they updated their code (for the new Mac Safari updates–which messed up a lot of Mac users including one of my friends).

        Looking forward, however, to reading many of the submissions, today, and entering next time!

        What a great idea and way for writers to connect!

        (I misspelled my last name in my email, duh! It’s Nolan, not Nola! LOL!)

  9. Runnermom-jen [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 11:40 pm #

    Awesome changes, awesome group…I’ve only read a few, but will be back tomorrow to read the rest…my eyes are starting to droop.
    xo

  10. Jamie [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 10:18 pm #

    I told myself I would take a break after #50 but then you went and loved on me and now I feel warm and a little tipsy. I’ll be back with a post in the am. X’s and O’s

  11. David Wiley [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 5:34 pm #

    Well I seem to be having my attempts at linking up resisted by the inlinkz system. Not sure why, but I’ve been trying for over two hours to get it to go through. I guess I won’t get any votes or tra.ffic this week from it, but I’ll still be reading and commenting on all these great blogs.

    • Erica M [Wed] 4 Apr 12 at 8:03 am #

      I sent you an email. If you’d like to send me your blog post link, I can try from my end. I’m sorry you had trouble linking up.

  12. jenn @ so this is love [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 4:43 pm #

    Love having more votes!!!!!

  13. deborah l quinn [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 2:33 pm #

    wait. you curate this great linkup AND your teen & pre-teen help clean up when you bark at them from the bedroom. Now *I* have two words for you: god.dess
    happy 3rd birthday!!

  14. According To Mags [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 11:58 am #

    This is my first time linking up with you all. I am very excited. I, however, by accident linked up twice. I got an error the first time I tried, so I re-did the process. Now it is showing up twice. They are both to the same link. I can’t figure out how to delete one. So sorry! Thanks for your help!

  15. Julie [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 11:51 am #

    More votes! The squeaky wheel gets the grease, y’all.

    And, uh, it’s not even lunch time and you’re at 41 posts. I think 75 is definitely doable. Let me go harass some people real quick.

  16. Alexis [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 10:15 am #

    Oh you’ll hit 75 right soon enough. My prediction is this happens sometime in April. Which is great for the buzz-0-meeter but tons of work for you Ms. Promo Queen. How are you doing this all? I’m so impressed. I barely manage to do the occasional laundry and shovel some cheese and crackers into the kiddos. Blogging occasionally which I barely promote myself. And you’re keeping 67 balls in the air each week? Phew!

    • Erica M [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 10:24 am #

      Aw, thanks for the juggling compliment, but remember I have a teenager and preteen helping around the house. We all get the lazies from time to time, but it takes only a bark coming from the direction of my bedroom to get the kitchen clean again. They are also old enough to do their own laundry.

  17. L. M. (Chaotically Yours) [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 9:17 am #

    Gah! I don’t know how I managed to link up twice. (I must be having one of those Internet Illiterate days. Sorry about that. :P)

    • L. M. (Chaotically Yours) [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 9:19 am #

      Or maybe I didn’t link up twice…I thought I saw my link repeated.

      Okay… I’m going away now. Before my brain does something else strange.

  18. Alison@Mama Wants This [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 8:34 am #

    Aw, thanks for the mention!

    I’m not linking up this week because a) people are starting to suspect my middle name is ‘link’ b) my posts are just not that awesome.

    BUT, I will read as many as I can! Have a good week everyone.

  19. Megan Lawing [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 8:16 am #

    Oops… I didn’t mean to link up 3 times.. Can you delete two of them? SORRY!!!! :/

    • BtchyGirls [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 8:31 am #

      Hahahahaha! I only did it twice, now I don’t feel so bad :)

  20. BtchyGirls [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 8:12 am #

    Of course I couldn’t make this easy :)…my link posted twice. Sorry!!! Have a great day

  21. Ado [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 7:20 am #

    You are so cute with the 75. I think it’s a good idea and now that I’ve powered through so many blogs last week (Stasha’s, Blog Bash + Yeah Write) I think I can read 75.
    I love your two words: tra.ffic. Very funny. (-:

  22. Sarcasm Goddess [Tue] 3 Apr 12 at 12:56 am #

    Wow! This is all very exciting!

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