Best week ever

So many new faces, so many returning faces from long ago. So many new stories and perspectives. As one of our 2012 yeah write summer series guest posts said: sometimes the grid can turn into one humongous blog post as we are reading the entries. This week, there was very little chance of that happening.

Regular writers who didn’t have anything new to say took a break.

New writers who’d been lurking for weeks jumped into the fray.

Our themes were wonderfully varied and fully explored within the limits of 500 words plus 100 words grace.

New and regular writers brought in voters who actually read our stories before selecting their favorites, increasing everyone’s quality traffic and spreading the word of our wonderful community. We got three new subscribers during voting!

It was a beautiful thing.

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What happened to the jury prize and the editors’ picks?

There’s no jury prize winner for yeah write #106.

Although we had more than 30 submissions to the challenge grid—the minimum number required to open the invitational grid and its jury prize—fewer than 30 were published by the time the grid closed. We are no longer holding entries in a moderation queue, but our editors are still working behind the scenes to make sure each submission clearly follows our submission guidelines. Sometimes, stories are too long. Sometimes, they are missing their so what. As much as we love stream-of-consciousness posts, those types of entries are not yeah write posts and, sadly, cannot be accepted onto the grid. None of these guidelines are designed to stifle your writing or discourage your personal writing style. They are what makes yeah write yeah write.

Who’s up for making it happen again next week? I know we are.

Crowd favorite

Joe at Living in Kellie’s World took this week’s top prize with Spousonomics, a detailed account of his attempt to appeal to his wife Kellie’s inner Keynes for more sex. With his post heavy on humorous econ-sexual innuendo, his readers especially loved the line: 

I’m more of a day trader. I just want to hit that market, make a quick score and then withdraw my investment and take a nap.

Oh, Joe, if only that promise could be believed, our markets wouldn’t crash at every little sign of volatility. Congrats on your latest crowd favorite award. If you haven’t already, please grab your winner’s badge from the right sidebar and display it proudly on this week’s entry.

BlogHer VOTY yeah write grid reminder

We’ve set up a special promotional grid for our yeah write subscribers who would like a little extra promo for their VOTY posts. Add the direct link from your BlogHer entry to the special grid and we’ll help you get a few votes. Our way of supporting the community that supports yeah write.

Weekend moonshine grid opens today at 6 p.m. eastern time!

moonshineYeah write is now open on the weekends—no editors, no voting, no writer’s block—just hanging out in the clearing among the trees and discarded moonshine jugs. Use this chance to show the yeah write community the other side  of your blog—your top 10 lists, your stream-of-consciousness posts, that hilarious text message exchange with your brother. No commercial or sponsored posts allowed, but this will be a good space for letting us all know when you have a cool blog event coming up.

The moonshine grid opens at 6 p.m. eastern time each Friday and will close by 12:01 a.m. each Monday. Grab the badge from the sidebar and go find the perfect post to share!

Win-win

The thumbnails are now sorted in the grid from most votes to the least. In the case of a tie, the thumbnails are additionally sorted by page views. Part of the top row five? Please grab a winners’ badge from the sidebar and display it proudly on your own blog. Congrats!

Do not be discouraged if your blog has landed near the bottom of the grid; it is always a tight race. The fun lies in getting better exposure for your blog and in the spirit of competition as incentive to improve your writing and blogging skills. It’s a win-win for everybody involved.

Thanks again, everybody, for linking up, for reading, for accepting the weekly writing challenge. And for making yeah write the most welcoming spot on the Interwebs for writers who blog and bloggers who write.

Yeah write #107 opens Tuesday…

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