We’re real friendly-like here

This is the third of four weeks where the challenge grid meets the 30-day blogging challenge affectionately known as NaBloPoMo. NaBlo is bringing in new traffic, voices, and readers to our little corner of The Interwebs. Thanks to all of our new friends who have jumped into the previous two challenges. To those of you still lurking on the sidelines, we’re ready for you when you’re ready for us. We don’t bite, unless you ask us to.

There’s a reason for everything

Remember when you were a kid and a grown-up would ask you to do something, and you’d ask why and they’d tell you it was because they said so? I hated that. This is not how we do things here. Not only do we want you to know how yeah write works, but we want you to know why. You can check out this page here which holds the answers to all of those burning questions you have about why you need a badge, and a central conflict, and a post written just for yeah write. 

We know there are blog hops, link ups and linky parties out there where you can share your work on your terms. We like some of those, too! (In fact, we have one. It’s called the moonshine grid and it’s open every weekend.) But this is not that nor those, this is a weekly writing challenge where we want to see the absolute best you’ve got in you. In order to bring that to you, some rules are a necessity. Rules make it more fair for everyone (notice I didn’t just say make it fair) and they level the playing field a bit. Is it a perfect system? Of course not, but then again, nothing is. We do try our best though to monitor the grid for appropriate submissions, offer a helpful suggestion if we can, and make the time spent with us as enjoyable as we can. 

Thank you for spending your time with us. We’re happy to have you.

A note about the grid

The grid is usually set to a random sort, meaning each time you visit the page, the thumbnails magically change their position. This is done to increase the exposure of each post and not always have the newest ones bumping out the old. The random sort has a shading feature which will allow you to know which posts you’ve already visited. Inlinkz is working on some new functionality and for now, that shading feature isn’t available. Until it returns, the grid will be sorted by last entry on top and you won’t see shading on the posts you’ve read. Keeping the thumbnails in order should make it easier to know where you’ve been.

Remember, voting is based on merit here, so you need to read every entry in order to vote fairly.

This is the second year yeah write is blogging alongside BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo for 30 days in November

this is the badge you are looking for

this is the badge you are looking for

Go here to learn all you need to know about NaBloPoMo. Sign-ups are closed for this year, but you can still visit your old favorites and discover some new to you bloggers. There are random prizes, guest bloggers here on yeah write and 18 more days of fun to come. Make sure to make the rounds and support the writers just nutty enough to take on this challenge.

So for all you challenge grid virgins wandering over from NaBloPoMo, we offer a hearty welcome and a quick tour of how things work around here. In the sidebar is a badge that looks like the badge in this post. Copy the code, then paste it into the HTML or text view of the post you’re planning to submit. Hit publish from that same view.

Feel free to add your current NaBloPoMo posts, but make sure those posts are within our submission guidelines. As we ask our writers to get tattooed somewhere lovely: bring us your best stuff when you know it’s going to be the best on the grid. That makes our competition better, it makes you better as a writer, reader and voter.

Welcome to yeah write #136 weekly writing challenge

Odds, ends, reminders

  • The badge you will need to add to your planned submission is over in the sidebar
  • This immediate past Sunday is the earliest your submission can be dated
  • Your post can be no longer than 600 words
  • Personal essays or traditional blog anecdotes only
  • There are no weekly prompts; the topic is yours. Be compelling
  • The grid is open from Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. to Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.
  • There is voting. Voting will take place Thursday from midnight to 10:00 p.m. US eastern
  • The challenge grid is limited to 50 bloggers
  • The winners’ post will be published by noon on Friday
  • No self-promotional posts are allowed on the yeah write grid, including those containing links to other blog events and Internet contests

Yeah write #136 is open…