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Monday, August 17, 2009

The First Round of Blogger Bingo

Welcome to the first ever game of Blogger Bingo. The prize for this round is a $20 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. Please read the directions below in order to understand how the game is played and sign up if you wish to participate. Sign up closed on August 23rd at 11 p.m. (EST). Once sign up closes, you will need to wait until the next round to sign up to play.

Why Blogger Bingo? Why not? And I need something to battle the late summer blues and this game will spread around blog traffic, hopefully increase commenting, and celebrate blogging in general. And I felt drawn to the idea of making up a new game. And even if you don't win the gift certificate, you will definitely win increased blog traffic (read below to see how this will happen).'s win, win?

The Participant List

These bloggers are currently signed up to participate in this round of Blogger Bingo. If you would like to be added to the list, keep reading below the list.
  1. Stirrup Queens
  2. Late for a Very Important Pregnancy
  3. Production, Not Reproduction
  4. Confessions of A Cocktail Napkin
  5. Weebles Wobblog
  6. Baby Smiling In Back Seat
  7. Building Heavenly Bridges
  8. I'm a Smart One
  9. Just Another Mommy Blog
  10. Infertili- T & A
  11. Opposite of Oops
  12. A Little Sweetness
  13. Just Multiply by 2
  14. Sippy Cups Are Not For Starbucks
  15. You expect my uterus to do what?
  16. Mommy Someday?
  17. Making Me Mom
  18. Dragondreamer's Lair
  19. Relaxing Doesn't Make Babies
  20. I Digress
  21. My Pathway to Motherhood
  22. My Little Drummer Boys
  23. Maybe Baby?
  24. Baby's Breath (tales of a brown-eyed-girl)
  25. Okaasan Mommy and More
  26. Hobbit-ish Thoughts & Ramblings
  27. In Due Time
  28. Woman Anyone?
  29. My Life In Stirrups
  30. Mrs. Spit Spouts Off
  31. Conception Deception
  32. Our Someday Family
  33. One Who Understands
  34. Elana's Musings
  35. IF You Only Knew
  36. Once an Infertile
  37. Semi-fertile
  38. Twists of Fate
  39. Thinking Miracles
  40. Sparkly Things Distract Me
  41. Perchancetodream
  42. happy-go-lucky
  43. Scarlet Baby
  44. Justamere IVF
  45. Our Family Beginnings
  46. From Chaos Comes Clarity
  47. Creating Motherhood
  48. Yes, We're One of THOSE Couples
  49. Tantrums and Tequila
  50. Child of G-d
  51. Not Just About Cancer
  52. Parenthood for Me
  53. Alana-isms
  54. Trying to get Knocked up by Another Man
  55. Rottweilers Ate My Laptop
  56. Three is a Magic Number
  57. TheNewLifeOfNancy
  58. We got hitched. We bought the 4 bedroom house. Now what???
  59. Raining Raining
  60. MeAndBaby's Blog
  61. All Aboard the Pity Boat
  62. The Life and Times of KitVonD
  63. Life, Family and the Pursuit of Sanity
  64. HopeinBriarrose
  65. In One Ear
  66. Getting There
  67. Infertility Instability
  68. The Mis-Adventures of a Modern Day Farmer's Wife
  69. Beautiful Mess
  70. All Grown Up
  71. Blurbs By Jennifer
  72. My fertility journey with PCOS
  73. BillieGirl
  74. Slaying, Blogging, Whatever...
  75. Exile In Kidville
  76. Isn't TTC Supposed To Be Fun?!
  77. Life After Infertility & Loss
  78. Not a Fertile Myrtle
  79. All My Peccadilloes
  80. Run Amok Amok
  81. Once A Mother
  82. Reproductive Jeans
  83. A Page In My Book
  84. Are we there yet?
  85. Ambivalent Womb
  86. The Unfair Struggle
  87. What a Shame about Me
  88. Salvageable
  89. Hold My Hope
  90. Three of a kind working on a full house...
  91. little birdhouse
  92. Confessions Of A College Angel
  93. Birds and Squirrels
  94. Project Kjetil
  95. The Light at the End of Our Tunnel
  96. The Queen's Rambles
  97. I Won't Fear Love
  98. PCOS Blogger
  99. Life with Endometriosis and PCOS
  100. Sorry; the list is now closed. A new round will open soon.

How to Play (yes, it seems complicated at first, but if you read carefully, you will see how simple it is in practice):
  1. Sign up to participate. If you are not on the list, you will not be eligible to win. You will need to provide a blog name, blog url (yes, you need to be a blogger to participate), the number for the card (see below) which you wish to use, and an email to use to contact you if I have questions. The categories on all the cards are the same though the order varies. Unfortunately, like IComLeavWe, you cannot participate if your blog is password protected. And another unfortunate thing is that sign up closed on August 23rd.
  2. Please place this code on your blog and keep it up until the end of the game. It will help connect people to the project and show other bloggers who are participating that you are on the list. You will be sent a reminder to remove it when a winner has been named. You will not be added to the list until the code is in place.
  3. The Participant List can be found above these directions.
  4. You randomly chose a bingo card colour during sign-up. Scroll down to the bottom of this post and click on your card. Then print out a copy so you can have it at home. Feel free to take notes on it. You cannot switch cards after signing up.
  5. Starting August 24th, I will pull one card each day. Each card has one category on it and that category will be listed in the top, permanent post on my blog (the one that contains a link to the current issue of the LFCA). I know, tricky isn't it? You will need to keep on top of things in order to have the best chance of winning because the card will be erased after 24 hours and a new one pulled. As I said, the card states one of the categories that you see listed on the bingo cards at the bottom of this post. For instance, I may pull a card that states: "find a blog post that mentions coffee."
  6. In addition to pulling a card, I will also list a date. The post you are looking for comes before, after, or during that date (more below). For example, now the command might state: "find a blog post that mentions coffee written after April 22, 2008." The date matters.
  7. Read blogs that are contained in the participant list to look for a post that matches the card of the day. For example, if I pull the card that says, "a post that made you sad before August 15, 2009," you will look for a post prior to August 15th that made you sad on any of the blogs on the participant list. You may not list a post from your own blog; it needs to come from another person. All posts need to come from someone on the participant list, it cannot come from a blog that is not participating.
  8. Leave a comment on that post (even if it is an old post) and then keep track of the url of that post at home (bookmark it somewhere). When you call Bingo, you will need to turn in the posts you used to "mark your space." Please leave a comment that shows that you read the post. Just writing, "nice post!" does not count as a comment.
  9. Once you have found a post on a person's blog, you cannot use that blog again during this round. In other words, if you use a post from my blog as your "a post that made me sad" you cannot use another post from my blog the next day when a new card is drawn.
  10. When you get five in a row, email me with the word "Bingo!" in the subject line. In order to win you will need to provide the five blog posts that fit the cards drawn as well as prove that you left comments on those posts (and have the comments be left on different days--not clumped together timestamp-wise after realizing you have Bingo).
  11. The first person who emails me with a winning card is the winner. The winner will be listed at the top of my blog in the space that normally holds the daily category.
  12. If all goes well, I will do this game again soon after we have a winner.
Okay, so you've waited to sign up until you read all the rules--good for you. Here is a second space to sign up for this current Blogger Bingo round. Remember, the list will close at August 23rd at 11 p.m. (EST).

You have a lot of questions about Blogger Bingo? They are hopefully answered here. Scroll down to get to the Q and A session. It addresses what to do if you are reading this post after the game has begun, how I've deterred cheating from happening, and what to do if you can't find a post that day.

The Point: this game fulfills three things that I think are fun: using blogs to get people to think and feel, ensure that people leave comments, and create community.

The Bingo Cards (click on the card you're using and print out your own copy for home-use. Ignore the four cards you aren't using--you can only use one card and it is the one you listed on the sign up form):

More questions? Didn't find it on the longer post about Blogger Bingo? Then email me...


Mad Hatter said...

What an awesome idea! I am so excited! I love BINGO! You've done a beautiful job of creating it - the cards look great! Thank you for giving me something to preoccupy myself with while I wait for things to get better! ;-)

JW Moxie said...

How in the world do you find time in the day to think up and maintain such brilliant blogger projects? If I haven't ever said so before, I love how nearly everything you do here promotes inclusion and reaching out.

Cara said...

This might be exactly what I need Ms. Mel.

Once again...brilliance in spades. said...

I don't want to play, I just wanted to say that I heart you. You are an amazing woman. :)

OppositeOfOops said...

How did you know that I was trying to figure out how to get through my 2ww? Great timing! :)

Meghan said...

Love this!! I'm trying to get back into blogging and commenting because I miss it so. This is exactly what I need. You are amazing!

Carrie27 said...

At first I was completely confused with all the rules, but as I kept reading I figured it out (just like you said we would). So creative! It looks like fun!

Billy said...

WOW!! You never cease to amaze me!

Anonymous said...

This is totally going to give me an excuse to get online every day. Thank you! You = genius!

Kathy said...

I am not sure if I am going to play this first time around, but regardless... This is such a fun, awesome and creative idea! Way to go! :)

Mrs. Gamgee said...

Woo hoo! How fun! I can't believe how creative you are!

Lori Lavender Luz said...

Continue. To. Amaze.

luna said...

not sure I can stay on top of it this round, but it sounds like an intriguingly brilliant idea.

I don't understand step #5 with the different cards. that sounds kind of complicated? maybe I'm just tired and easily confused today.

Chris Builder said...

A really clever idea, excellent..

Anonymous said...

You are my favourite genius, I swear! Love this idea with the power of a thousand suns, but it's more of a November game for me, time-wise. We can haz again later?

Kir said...

LOVE IT!!!!!
you are amazing, seriously!!!!

niobe said...

So totally genuis.

loribeth said...

Next week is probably not good timing for me to start something like this, but boy, am I tempted. If not this time, perhaps another. I love bingo.

You're a genius, Mel. : )

Lin said...

Brilliant idea! Sounds like a blast! I'll be impatiently waiting for 8/24! ;-)

Sunny said...

Oh I *love* this idea!! But my parents are going to be in town for two weeks, and I just don't think I'll have the time to participate. Or maybe I'll have more time, since they'll be playing with the kiddo... oooh, let me think on it....

Calliope said...

seriously. in total awe of your brain.

p.s. is there any way to ask participants that use blogger to allow for comments from people that don't have blogger accounts? I mean I have one, but it doesn't link back to my own blog.

laurie said...

i'm in! what is "show and tell" in this context?

Alana said...

Mel, once again, YOU ROCK. Loving your latest game/idea...super cool! :)

kathi said...

This really sounds like big fun and I am looking forward to it. Kudos for such a creative idea!

Jem said...

Fun! I'm in!

Bea said...

Mel, I love how your mind works. Obviously I am sitting this one out. I love 2009 but it is not going to be the year of the blog for me. Hope everyone has fun, though.


Aisha said...

I expected to enjoy this but what I'm amazed by is how for the brief time I'm searching blogs and trying to find a clue, my mind is not focused on the things IF related that normally clutter my mind. Thanks Mel

Thanksgivingmom said...

Oh I hope you do another round because I would LOVE to get in on this!!!

SueFitz said...

missed the cut off so how you do this again - sounds like too much fun