Thursday, May 25, 2006

We Interrupt This Program...

Hello, Robins!

As it says in the title, "We interrupt this program" because due to some technical problems, we are going to postpone the announcement of our next challenge. Now shed no is only being postponed for one week. You can find out on Thursday, June 1st, what the subject of our next challenge will be. :) In the meantime, I think this is a good time for us to look back on how far we have come in just a little over a year!

That's right...we grew from a couple of friends, having some fun with a photo challenge, to 49 friends sharing our mutual love of photography. The challenges you have suggested have been both challenging and very enjoyable. All of you have made this a great success. This last challenge, "Reflections," was the highest turn-out since we moved to our new home, here on Blogspot. We have welcomed back old and dear friends, as we continue to make new friends. With that in mind, Karen and I thought this might be an excellent time to take a short break, one week, to refamiliarize everyone with how the Round Robin Challenges are played, and to make sure we have all our information correct about you. Such as your NAME, YOUR JOURNAL or BLOG'S NAME and the FULL URL of the journal or blog you would like listed on the Round Robin sidebar.

Karen and I want to keep everything running smoothly, so that when we play each time, we know we are providing the correct information that you need to know to play. It is very important that we ALL try to play by the "RULES of PLAY." Since we moved from AOL to Blogspot, we have streamlined them a little to make the challenges flow a little more smoothly. There are only a few that we ask that you pay particular attention to, and try your best to follow...

The reason for this is simple. It just doesn't seem fair to post your entry before the Robin whose turn it is to choose the subject. We give you two weeks to come up with your photo for the challenge, so you have enough time to join us on the challenge date. Sometimes things come up and you might have to post early. That's ok, but try to let us know ahead of time so we can link to you on a specific date or so we can make special arrangements.

It's also a good idea if you remember to post your entry on each challenge you RSVP for! ;) It seems that we always have a few no-shows. If you can't post on the day, you have up to a week afterward to do it. For maximum traffic to your blog, though, it works best if we all post on the announced date.

2. We must have your name, your journal or blog's name and the full URL that you will be posting to. Here is an example.

Ellipsis...Suddenly Carly

We ask you to do this even if you have posted with us before. It is the best way to ensure when we put in the main linking list on the challenge day, that we link to the correct journal where your entry will be. Some of us have more than one journal. That's cool, it's perfectly ok to post to more then one journal, but we need to know for certain which journal specifically you will be posting to. If it will be both and you want to be visited at both, then you MUST indicate as such when you sign up for the challenge. If we don't have a correct link, how do we find you? :)

3. There are two different alert services on the sidebar that you can sign up for which will let you know when we update this journal. Alerts are a funny thing. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. Please don't rely on them solely to let you know about the newest challenge. If you don't receive an alert from the alert service you subscribe to by the Saturday after each challenge is played, just drop by this journal to see if a new challenge has been posted. That way you won't inadvertently be left behind. Special note: Karen has tried many times to troubleshoot the Bloglet feed, and it keeps failing anyway. We recommend that you either use FeedBlitz, or just remember to check this blog a day or two after each Challenge.

Keep in mind, Wednesday is a weekday, that means that both Karen and myself have commitments that take us away from our computers throughout the day. We try to keep everything up and flowing smoothly, but sometimes glitches in life and online will come up. If we inadvertently make a mistake with a link, we will fix the error as soon as we can. We love doing this project, and we enjoy all of you so much. All of you do some awesome challenge interpretations... you are all inspiring and creative in your approaches. YOU GUYS ROCK!

So, for this entry only, Karen and I have a simple request. In the comment thread of this entry, please leave us your ...

Your Journal/Blog Name (s)
And the correct email address where we can find you. If you would rather not put your email address here in the comment thread, you can email it to either Karen or myself and we will keep it private. We promise. :)

That's it...that's all there is to it. We appreciate your enthusiasm, and we applaud each and everyone of you and the fine creativeness you show. We couldn't have had this awesome year without you. We are looking forward to another great year. Like I said before...YOU ROCK!

Be sure to check back here next week for the announcement of our next challenge!

Carly & Karen

Friday, May 12, 2006

Round Robin Challenge: Reflections (for 5/24/06)

This Challenge Is Now Closed!

Hi, Robins! It's time to announce the next Round Robin Photo Challenge, to be posted on Wednesday, May 24th. Cheryl, a.k.a. BoiseLadie, of the blogs Welcome to My World and Life Through My Lens, has given us a topic that's both simple and profound: "Reflections!"

What does that word bring to mind? A mirror image, of a face before and after makeup? Distortions of a funhouse mirror? Trees and flowers, sunrises and sunsets, reflected in a pond or a lake? How about the way we see reflections of ourselves in our children - physically, in behavior and attitudes, or all of the above? And then there's the other kind of reflections, in which we think about where we've been and where we're going, what we've gained and lost, and who and what is important to us.

So, Robins, it's time to reflect on what kind of reflections are most meaningful for you, and how best to reflect them through your camera's lens. Take your photos, and get ready to post them on Wednesday, May 24th, any time between midnight and midnight. If you need to do so, you can post up to a week late, but please do not post early. It all works best if we all post on the same day, give or take a few hours. This makes it much easier for everyone to go blog-jogging, and see what everyone has done!

If you're new to the game, welcome! Anyone can join in, and we hope you do. Please be sure to read the "Welcome and Rules of Play" entry for an explanation of how the Round Robin Photo Challenges work. If you'd like to play along on this topic, "Reflections," please leave a comment on this entry, giving your name, and the name and URL of each blog where you'll be posting your Reflections entry when the time comes. Please do this even if you've played before. Many people have more than one blog now, or have changed blogs or renamed them; so we can get pretty confused around here unless you're very specific. And please try to stop back and leave another comment once you've posted your entry, so we know it's time to come and admire it!

Got it? Good! If you have any questions, feel free to email us:


Now, as we like to say around here, go be photographers!

Karen & Carly

Round Robin Linking List:

Cheryl... "Welcome To My World" Posted!

Karen... "Outpost Mâvarin" Posted!

Carly... "Ellipsis...Suddenly Carly" Posted!

Valorie... "Retrospect USA" Posted!

Sachin... SacWorks **Welcome, New Member!**

DesLily... "Here There And Everywhere 2nd Edition" and "Here There And Everywhere" Posted!

Kimberleigh... "I Shaved My Legs For This?" Posted!

Erika... "Stealing Time" Posted!

Nancy... "Nancy Luvs Pics" Posted!

Julie... "Julie's Web Journal" Posted!

T.J. ... "Every Picture Tells A Story" Posted!

Suzanne... "Suzanne R's Life" Posted!

Derek... "Through My Eyes" Posted!

Tammy... "The Daily Warrior" Posted!

Connie... "Moments To Remember" and "Connie's Photo Pages" Posted!

Steven... "(sometimes) photoblog" Posted!

Deb... "SassysEYE" Posted!

Dorn... "Through the Eyes of the Beholder" Posted!

Steve... "PAPARRAZI BY PROXY" **Welcome, New Member!** Posted!

Betty... "My Day, My Interests" Posted!

Duane... "sotto voce" and sotto voce USA Posted!

Tess... "First Digital Photos" Posted!

rRose... "WAIT-NOTYET"" Posted!

Becky... "Where Life Takes You" Posted!

Amy... My life and pictures ***Welcome New Member!*** Posted!

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