Thursday, February 16, 2006

Round Robin Challenge: The Animal Inside

This challenge is now closed!
Thanks for playing. :)

Okay, Robins! The next challenge is another interesting one. It comes to us from Derek of the journal Derek's Picture of the Day and the blog Through My Eyes. We'll let Derek tell you about it:
The subject is "The Animal Inside." Let's take a picture of an animal that really explains us, gives our personality or the animal you would want to be if you could choose. No restrictions, be creative. Maybe even tell us what that animal is thinking or saying.

Cool idea! So what come to mind, Robins? Do you tackle things like a tiger? Eat like a bird? Are you mysterious and aloof, like a cat, or friendly and eager like a dog? Are you slow and steady, or do you jackrabbit along? Do you build your house of sticks? Enjoy mud baths? Are you like a bull in a china shop? Do you give great bear hugs? Were you an elephant in a past life? (Okay, probably not.)

Figure out an animal that corresponds to something about who you are, or what you'd like to be. Then take a picture, or maybe play around with one you already have. The posting date is Wednesday, March 1st, anytime between midnight Tuesday night and midnight Wednesday night. If you need to you can post up to a week afterward, but please post it on March 1st if you can. And please don't post early, okay? This is so people will be able to find everyone's interpretations of the subject in one or two "blog jogs." Discovering fun blogs to read and look at is part of what this is all about!

Okay, we have a few more housekeeping items to cover:

1. Da Rules: please review the simplified rules in the first entry of this blog. You can get to them easiily from the sidebar. One we're having a little trouble with is the full RSVP info. I know we already have current links for most people who are likely to RSVP, but people do change or rename blogs, and typos happen. So please don't take for granted that we'll get all your info right without your posting it. Humor us: if you plan to participate in this challenge, please RSVP in the comments to this entry. Include your first name (or handle), your blog name, and your blog URL. And if you do RSVP, please do remember to post your entry when the time comes. Okay? Okay!

2. Da Schedule: People do seem to lose track of the where and when of all this, now that we're not emailing everyone all the time. But really, it's not a hard schedule to understand. Unless there's a holiday or something to get in the way, the challenges or every two weeks, on a Wednesday. So if you did one a week ago, you know you have a week to get ready for the next one! The new challenge is always announced the next day in this blog, give or take a few hours; and the wo of us (Carly and Karen) will each have at least one promo for each challenge in our own blogs to remind and inspire you.

If that's not enough, you may want to consider using an RSS reader, an alert service or something similar. Carly uses Bloglet. Karen uses Feedblitz. You can use whatever you want! Both of these send emails when a new entry is posted. To sign up for FeedBlitz, enter your email address into the little FeedBlitz form on the sidebar. (Note: you must register in order to use this service, but it's free.) We'll probably add something similar for Bloglet this week.* And don't panic if you don't get an alert for this blog right away. We only post a new entry every two weeks, and the alerts don't go out while nothing is happening!

3. Questions? Email us! ondinemonet @, or mavarin @

Ready? Okay, then! As Carly is fond of saying, go be photographers!

Karen and Carly

* The Bloglet subscription thingy is now on the sidebar, below the FeedBlitz one.

Linking List

as of Thursday, March 2nd:

Derek - Derek's Picture Of The Day Posted!
and Through My Eyes Posted!

Karen- Outpost Mavarin Posted (2 entries)

Carly - Ellipsis...Suddenly Carly Posted

Deslily - Here There and Everywhere Posted
and Here There and Everywhere 2nd Edition Posted

Sara - Animated Seasons Posted

Nancy - Nancy Luvs Pix Posted

Julie - Julie's Web Journal Posted

Kimberleigh - I Shaved My Legs For This?

Dorn - Through the Eyes of the Beholder Posted

T. J - Photo Inclusions: Every Picture Tells a Story Posted

Steven - (sometimes)photoblog Posted!

Tess - First Digital Photos Posted

Sassy... Sassy's Eye Posted!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Round Robin Challenge: Laisser le Bon Temps Rouler (Let The Good Times Roll)

Hello Robins :) This challenge is now closed! Thanks for playing. :)

How cool is this? Tess, author of the journal, "First Digital Photos," has chosen as our next Round Robin subject, Laisser le Bon Temps Rouler or Let The Good Times Roll. There are many holidays coming up, that offer a chance to showcase how each of us has a good time. Today, for example, the entire town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania will celebrate Groundhog Day along with the cutest little weather forcaster, Punxsutawney Phil. Imagine that! A whole town, and the world really, waiting to hear if we will have a longer or shorter winter all based on whether or not Phil sees his shadow! Then, once it is determined the celebrations begin. How much fun is that? :)

And how about Mardi Gras? That is one of the most "kick up your heels and let the good times roll" celebrations if ever there was one! Tess sent me some very cool information that I will pass on to you regarding Mardi Gras. "As her identity is announced, two weeks before Mardi Gras, the Queen of Carnival makes the proclamation and then permission is granted to let the merry-making begin!" So, Tess says to you..."Avoir du bon temps! Et puis, bonne chance!" (To have a good time and then good luck!)

Sounds good to me; who couldn't use some good times right about now? We have Super Bowl Sunday, on Sunday, February 4th. It's always fun to invite good friends over for special Super Bowl nibbles. Take a photo of your Super Bowl celebrations, even if it is just the tidbits your prepare especially for the big day. Don't forget that Valentine's Day is on Tuesday, February 14th, just one day before this challenge, so that could also me a good way to show yourself or someone else enjoying themselves such as at a party or fancy dinner. Maybe you will be cooking a special dinner or dessert for your sweetie. How ever you choose to have fun, and it is really all up to you and your imagination, all of your interpretations are very welcome.

Now, I want to remind you to please, read the WELCOME ENTRY & RULES OF PLAY. Some of our rules have changed since we moved from AOL to Blogspot. It would be a great help if everyone tried to follow the rules as we have them posted so that everyone has the same chance to have their entries be seen. Here are just a few of the most important guidelines to follow...

1. Please DO NOT post your entries early! It doesn't seem fair to post earlier then the person who decides what our subject will be. If for some reason you know that you won't be able to play along on the scheduled day, just drop either Karen or myself and email and we can make arrangements for you. You can also post your entry up to ONE WEEK following the challenge date.

2. When you sign up to play a Round Robin, you MUST include your name, the FULL URL of your journal, and the correct name of your journal, even if you have played before. It is the best way to be sure no mistakes are made. We want everyone to have the best chance of having their entries seen.

Ok...Go be photographers! See you on Wednesday, February 15th. :)

Carly & Karen
Email us if you have any questions and we will get back to you A.S.A.P


Linking List:

as of Thursday, February 16th

Carly... Ellipsis...Suddenly Carly Posted!
Karen... Outpost Mâvarin Posted!
Tess... First Digital Photos Posted!
Chris... My Photographic Life
Derek... Through My Eyes and Derek's Picture Of The Day Posted!
Betty... My Day My Interests
Julie... Julie's Web Journal Posted!
Sara... Animated Seasons Posted!
Celeste... My Day And Thoughts (AOL and BlogSpot)
Dorn... Through The Eyes Of The Beholder Posted!
Sassy... Sassy's Eye Posted!
Steven... (sometimes) photoblog Posted!
DesLily... Here There and Everywhere (BlogSpot and AOL) Posted!

(And yes, you can still join in! Just let us know the full details in your comment below!)