Welcome to the new and experimental yeah write #55 hangout grid.

I’m nervous and excited about offering you a choice each week of what kind of blogger you’ll be: the sharp shooter or the cool surfer. With unlimited spots on the hangout grid, you’ll never again arrive “too late” to link up, and that’s gotta be a big relief. We’ll accept you as you are when you get here. If you’re feeling a bit grumpy, ply us with moonshine, and all is forgiven.

This second grid will be a little more loose with no limits on how many bloggers can link up. Yes, the backlink is still required, no, you cannot link up your personal promotions or linkups. However, there will be no competition, no voting and you can read at your leisure. It opens at the same time as the challenge grid, but stays open until Sunday afternoon US eastern time [-4 GMT]. You even have your own button.

The hangout grid will be good for those who aren’t sure if they like the competitive aspect of yeah write, but who love the spirit of community that has grown so freely here. Link up, make the rounds, if you don’t get to everybody, there should be no guilt on your part. Just remember: just like any other project in the universe, you should put into it what you expect to get out of it.

On the hangout grid, you guys are in charge of your own social media campaign. Tweet out your faves, share on Facebook, blog about your new friends, it’s all what you make it. I’ll be available for technical issues as long as you cut me some slack on Tuesdays through Thursdays while I’m managing the challenge grid.

Each week, you can only choose one grid for your blog post, however, if you link up with the hangout grid this week, you can certainly choose the challenge grid next week. You can commit to challenging yourself for six weeks, then hanging out for three. It will all depend on how you feel on Tuesdays when the grids open for lovin’. Nope, you cannot link one post on the challenge grid then an entirely different one on the hangout during the same week. If you accidentally link to both, I’ll help you along by deleting your challenge grid entry.

Thanks to @wilyguy, @thelyonsdin, @saidkristin, @momma23monkeys, @kdwald, @iamnotthemaid, @sensiblemoms,@sperk01,  @michellelongo, @dadofthedecade, @chicknoodlegrav, @foxinthecity_j, @writerinseblog and @peskypippi for the emails, blog posts, comments and tweets that spurred me into action and for some of the language I’m sure I’ve stolen to write this post and drive the mission of our challenge and hangout experiment.

The yeah write #55 challenge grid is over here.

The yeah write #55 hangout grid is open. Have fun with it!