yeah write #55 is open: the great grid experiment

I don’t feel like Googling the subtitle of this post, so I’m hoping that phrase doesn’t symbolize some science lab formula gone terribly, horribly wrong.

Cuz this is a happy day at yeah write. After absorbing incidental feedback from two yeah writers who ended up on the final row of yeah write #54 and from an unrelated conversation on Twitter, I’ve decided to try something new this week. If it works, we’ll stick with it. If it goes terribly, horribly wrong, I’ll mourn my dead brain cells for a few days then go back to what we were doing in time for yeah write #56.

Who’s still with me?

We’re dividing up into two separate grids. The first one will close at our previous limit of 50 blogs. It’s still a writing competition, still a writing challenge. We will read all the entries so we can vote fairly for our five favorites. Our lovely and talented lurking judges will still decide your fate, along with my editor’s choice and the popular vote. For you more advanced storytellers with a competitive streak and something I like to call “the time and energy to read”, this is the grid for you. Let’s call it the yeah write challenge grid. Catchy, I know.

The challenge grid will be where the prizes are kept. So in addition to the superfecta challenge of winning all the writing awards over five weeks (earning the winner a new blog design) and the randomly drawn winner of a yeah write ad square, I’ll use random.org to draw yet another winner to receive a copy of Mike Young’s MC Oroville’s Answering Machine. I know the winner will love and cherish it as long as the winner has a U.S. mailing address.

The yeah write #55 challenge grid is open.

Want something just as awesome, but without the competition, voting and performance anxiety? The yeah write #55 hangout grid is here. Go look!

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So the yeah write #55 challenge grid has now closed at 50 blogs. Please consider grabbing a “hanging out” button from the sidebar to join the wonderful bloggers who are giving the new grid a try. Thanks!
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33 responses to “yeah write #55 is open: the great grid experiment”

  1. A Morning Grouch [Thu] 3 May 12 at 11:12 am #

    Neat idea! This thing is getting HUGE!

  2. WilyGuy [Wed] 2 May 12 at 9:51 pm #

    Post 3 is weirding out…

    • Erica M [Wed] 2 May 12 at 9:53 pm #

      The link worked for me. Can you try it in another browser?

      I’m hoping I’m interpreting “weirding out” correctly.

  3. WilyGuy [Tue] 1 May 12 at 11:23 pm #

    Two thirds through the posts, still anyone’s game for my 5 votes.
    I’m committed to reading and commenting on all 50. To those of you who heard my distracted 11pm words…apologies.

    WG

  4. WilyGuy [Tue] 1 May 12 at 10:27 pm #

    Post 27 is taking me back to the grid?

    • Erica M [Tue] 1 May 12 at 10:32 pm #

      Thanks! I got it fixed.

  5. Jay- The Dude of the House [Tue] 1 May 12 at 1:36 pm #

    Great idea, Erica! Takes a little bit of the pressure off (approximately 1/3). Looking forward to checking out everyone over the next few days…

    BTW, it’s 10:30am on Tuesday here and the grid is full. YW is blowing up!

  6. Pippi [Tue] 1 May 12 at 12:31 pm #

    I’ll try this next week. Doing the “water cooler” one this week, because I’m feeling kinda mellow.

  7. Pippi [Tue] 1 May 12 at 12:30 pm #

    I did the “water cooler” one this week. I’ll try this one next week.

  8. Lisa Nolan [Tue] 1 May 12 at 11:57 am #

    I am also having problems linking up, again, says “error” after I upload the graphic from my blog. I don’t have this issue with other link ups, only this one. I also have done a link up and there are other “codes” to use. I think maybe you’d have less problems with your link up if you used a different code. Here’s the post I’m trying to link up: http://www.lifehappensthenwrite.com/2012/04/twas-night-before-mothers-day.html

    Hopefully this can get worked out, and thanks for your time!

    Lisa Nolan

    • Erica M [Tue] 1 May 12 at 12:32 pm #

      I replied to you by email. I hope you and the Inlinkz developer can get this issue taken care of. Thanks!

      • Lisa Nolan [Tue] 1 May 12 at 12:55 pm #

        So I’m not sure how to procede? I have your button on my post and am not sure why there is not more support for writers like me who cannot, for whatever reason, link up. I did not want to keep asking to be linked, and instead offer a solution to the problem. I really, really hope Aris can help me. Thank you for your time.

        • Erica M [Tue] 1 May 12 at 1:30 pm #

          I’ve spent all morning as I do every single week of yeah write helping “writers like you” solve their tech issues, no matter how small. However, yours is recurring and beyond my scope as not-the-app developer. You took more than a week to respond to Aris’s initial email to you, which he sent at my request, and it’s unfortunate that you waited until right as the grid was opening then closing to instruct me once again to change my code that is working fine for everyone else on the grid and has worked fine for everybody for 54 weeks. I’m not sure of the level of support you’re expecting, but both Aris and I have given plenty of attention to your issue; you are incorrectly inferring otherwise with your comment.

          • KI [Wed] 2 May 12 at 1:23 pm #

  9. justkeepinitrealfolks [Tue] 1 May 12 at 10:30 am #

    OK, I’m certainly not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I’m a whole lot duller than I thought. I have the button on my post, but how do you submit the actual post itself? Copy and paste into the email you sent notifying us that Yeah Write 55 is now open? I better get out the knife sharpener real quick.

    • Erica M [Tue] 1 May 12 at 10:32 am #

      Look beneath the grid of thumbnail avatars for a blue button that says add your link. That should work.

  10. deborah l quinn [Tue] 1 May 12 at 10:21 am #

    oh sure, like having a baby ANY MINUTE is an excuse. sheesh. (you know I’m joking right @mamawantsthis?) Great idea Erica…I hope they don’t find you buried under grids one of these days muttering “must…make….badge….”
    How does it feel to have created something so successful that it’s taking over your life? Can you monetize this puppy (as they say in the corporate world?) SOMEONE should want to sponsor this linkup… thanks. Looking forward to another great week of reading!

    • Erica M [Tue] 1 May 12 at 10:30 am #

      Being out of the blogging PR loops has its distinctly wonderful advantages, but being an outsider can hurt when it comes to seeking sponsorship. I’ll revisit the possibility once I get back from winning a night out with the president at George Clooney’s house for three dollars.

  11. Donna B. McNicol [@donnabmcnicol] [Tue] 1 May 12 at 10:02 am #

    Boy, I got really confused…loved the new hangout graphic and snagged it, then got a not linked error. Read further and found out about the hangout page. interesting….

    My only feedback, wish you had a Yeah Write button in realm of tan/yellow/orange/brown/salmon so it would blend better on my website. ;-)

    • Erica M [Tue] 1 May 12 at 10:15 am #

      Twenty bucks and I’ll make one for you to match your grandma’s drapes you so fondly remember!

  12. Kimberly S. (Sperk*) [Tue] 1 May 12 at 8:31 am #

    I don’t really understand. But I see a grid. I see badges. I’m going to link up and hope for the best. ;) Once it all plays out, I’m sure I’ll get it. I’m sort of an experiential learner.

    • Erica M [Tue] 1 May 12 at 8:40 am #

      The new grid is in another post. You can check it out by clicking the sentence that says The yeah write #55 hangout grid is here. Go look!

      If you think you can make it through reading the entire grid this week with no problem, that’s great. But I know you’d been asking for more time to read, so I created the hangout grid that’s for reading without voting and that’s open until Sundays for linking up. Maybe take a look at it and decide which one is better for your schedule? Thanks!

      • Kimberly S. (Sperk*) [Tue] 1 May 12 at 8:56 am #

        I totally get it now and think it’s a great idea. Love the thought you put into it. Love that you took the time to explain it again here in the comments. ;) Here we go…. <3

  13. Kathy Kramer [Tue] 1 May 12 at 8:31 am #

    I like this idea a lot. I hope it sticks.

    • Erica M [Tue] 1 May 12 at 8:42 am #

      Me, too! Nervous, but hopeful. Most people don’t accept change as readily as I do (I am a born nomad and “ooh-let’s-see-if-this-works” kinda gal). We’ll see…

      • Kathy Kramer [Tue] 1 May 12 at 9:54 am #

        What I like about it is that if I have a post that I don’t want to have voted on or I think it’s not really “yeah write” material to link with the open grid, I can still participate.

  14. Inspiration to Dream [Tue] 1 May 12 at 8:16 am #

    I can’t even use pregnancy like Alison as an excuse for not really understanding what I need to do here. But I’m linking, I’m commenting and I’m blaming everything else on a ‘brain fart’ moment – you’ll need to drop by and read my post to understand what that means :-)

  15. Alison@Mama Wants This [Tue] 1 May 12 at 8:02 am #

    That sounds kinda complicated but I’m feeling kinda slow. Another week of not linking because I feel like I haven’t been writing very good stuff in time to join in the fun. If the baby isn’t here by the weekend or next week, I might have a post. MIGHT :)

    I see you have some fancy new buttons, I like!

    • Erica M [Tue] 1 May 12 at 8:43 am #

      Take your time, Alison. You’re a little busy right now.

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