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Rabbit Hole Day: January 27th (Change Your Blogging Style)

Rabbit Hole Day: January 27th — change your blogging style! – Boing Boing.


Blogiversapaloozathon 2008: All in a Night’s Work

It’s 12:34 and all’s well. I just took a Zantac and a sleeping pill and I’m hoping they both kick in soon. (The chcolate cake, the hummus, the 1/2 gallon of sweet tea drunk at 8:30 p.m…)

I just had a ball at Blogapalooza 2008.

We raised over $1000 for the homeless in Asheville. I sincerely hope there will be more fundraising from the team of Smith and Saylor.

Gordon did the heavy lifting (I was more of a junior partner) and we both had help from all the BlogAsheville regulars, but Blogpalooza 2008 was a Smith and Saylor production. I think it only really hit me when I finally met with Gordon for coffee not long ago (the day I mangled my foot and started going into shock in the classroom — an event later reported in the Blog Log of the local alt weekly, no lie), that he and I were arranging a large fundraiser together. Just us.

Gathering hundreds of dollars of sponsorship money, arranging donations, feeding over 100 people, getting them a little drunk, arranging multimedia, emceeing… (Learning to speak up and slow down…)

The food was delicious. An amazing gourmet spread of several kinds of cheeses and spreads, whole grain crackers with sesame seeds, roasted veggies with hummus and some kind of amazing sauce. Sweet tea, coffee, three kinds of local beer. (So much Eric had to call in beer-drinking reinforcements form the college who were happy to help out.)

And Jodi‘s cake? So good that I told Mrs. Gordon & sibling that eating one piece of Jodi cake was like eating three pieces of regular cake packed into one. It was so rich and moist it was like humus, like rich soil. Cream cheese frosting, covered with organic, local flowers. Scratch-made and good to the last crumb.

I had a beer with an Australian man in a pink pinstriped suit and matching pink alligator shoes. Later he informed an audience of over 100 people that he possibly planned on offering me his virginity. (Yes, this kind of thing is all in a night’s work when you are me. You get used to it after awhile.)

I was whisked away into the relative quiet of the gallery for no other purpose than to be thanked sincerely by the gallant Paul for putting on such a great party.

And I had a front row seat for the Amazing and Soon to Be Legendary Disappearance of Mr. Ash Vegas. I was sitting between Ash and my excellent new friend Christy when we all heard realy loud crazy shouting from outside (N. Lex on a Saturday night…) . We kind of wondered what it was, but I was busy telling people about the food and the band and the raffle and taking money, and didn’t pay much attention.

My friend Stephanie said the police were involved, and had just had to carry some guy off “like a chicken.” (?)

Honest to God, you should have seen Ashvegas go. He was like a shark that smelled blood in the water. He got up camera in hand, looked out the courtyard gates, and disappeared into the night. Blogga just about had a hunting knife clenched in his teeth.

And that was the last we saw of him.

We ended up handing him awards right and left all night and happily propagating rumors he had left in a police car or something, hot on the trail of a story. He won Best Overall Blog while covered in human blood and developing fluid or something, I am sure.

Let’s see, what else… I got the lead guitarist of the If You Wannas to made awesome guitar laser sounds at me while making suggestive movements with the guitar neck. (This is something I must also frequently deal with.) And I got brand-new admin privileges over at BlogAsheville. It’s official, I am joining the team as the BA fourth administrator. Just call me Paul McCartney.

I didn’t win a damn thing. :0) Didn’t expect to. It wasn’t what I was there for.

I had a great time, though. BlogAsheville bloggers, I send you love. Congrats to the winners, which tonight I feel like is all of us. I am Jen and we are BlogAsheville and together we rocked a party to the tune of $1000 to people in our community who really need it.

Good night!

VOTE in This Year’s BlogAsheville Awards

BlogAsheville’s third annual blogger blowout is this Saturday, September 27.

Food, live music, DJ, three kegs, BYOB, standup comedy, snazzy downtown courtyard location, good times. We’ve even got a shuttle to take you back to your car and scratch-made cake from Short Street Cakes, which is the part I am really looking forward to. :0)

If you’re an Asheville blogger or blog-reader and want to come join the fun, comment or send email and I’ll send you details.

Party 6 p.m.

Awards 8 p.m.

$10 suggested minimum donation goes to AHOPE, a shelter/program helping the homeless here in Asheville.

The awards are voted on by Asheville’s online community. If you live in Asheville, this means you!

Check out all the nominees here. Cast your vote online here (the online voting tool doesn’t link to nominee’s blogs, so I’d keep another browser open for reference). Vote in as many or as few categories as you like

I’ve been nominated for the following 2008 awards:

Best Craft Blog

Most Deserving of Wider Recognition

Best Writing

Best Overall

I am grateful for all the nominations. Thanks to Jana and anyone else who nominated JSFW.

Whoever nominated me for Best Craft Blog, I hope you’ll come to the party so I can both buy you a beer and listen to your rationale for this nomination. I’m puzzled but grateful.

I’m emceeing the party this year, along with Gordon Smith of Scrutiny Hooligans, Master of Blog Puppets, the Sam Adams of Asheville.

I’ll be the one in the teal blue dress and feather boa, eating Jodi’s homemade organic cake and brown bagging it with a 7 and 7 or something similar. Hope to see you there!

I’m Busy, But I’m Not Too Busy to Post About Extravablogiversapaloozathon 2008

Blogapalooza is coming. I’m nominated. You’re invited.

Best Craft Blog (?????????????)

Most Deserving of Wider Recognition

Best Writing

Best Overall

Thanks, everybody. See you at Blogapalooza for the awards, food, music and good times downtown!

JSFW BlogAsheville Award Nominations 2008!

Blogiversapaloozathon III approaches, and Asheville’s bloggers and blog readers have until Sept. 10 to make your nominations for this year’s slate of about 20 different awards in Asheville blogging.

If you’re in Asheville, get yours in

This blog already has a few noms. Big thanks to Jana and anyone else who nominated JSFW this year. And huge thanks again to all the people who nominated me last year.

I really was thrilled by all my BlogAsheville noms last time around. I never did find out who some of you were, but I am truly grateful nonetheless. I DO like a nice nomination, in much the same way that I like a nice comment and some juicy stats. :0)

Here’s my own nominees for the 2008 awards. Most categories represented.

Good luck everybody!:

Best Craft Blog

All Knit and No Sheep

Most Likely to Make Money by Blogging

Don Mak

Blogger I’d Most Like to Have a Beer With


Most Likely to Make You Laugh Out Loud

The Hangover Journals

Best Art/Photos

(IMO this category needs to be split out!)

A Dark Topography

Best Design

Quilt Baby

Best Food Blog

She Who Eats

Blogger You’d Most Like to See Naked

I’m with Gordon again this year: SHAD MARSH!

Biggest Slacker

Domestic Bliss

Best Local Happenings


Best Political

Now and forever it’s Scrutiny Hooligans, if only for its amazingly thorough citizen investigation into and coverage of the Parkside debacle.

Thanks guys.

Best Blog Beginning with the Word “The”

The Hangover Journals

Most Inspirational


Most in Need of a Redesign

The Hangover Journals, a great blog that takes like 9,000,000,000 years to download, and I am not exaggerating. Felicity is way cooler than her layout.

Most Likely to Have New Material

Ashvegas again. That guy is a madman with the posting.

Best New Blog (created in the last 12 months)

Ami’s Anecdotes

Most Deserving of Wider Recognition

eatbees blog

Best Writing

The Hangover Journals

Best Overall


Big Asheville Blog Party Sept. 27

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cool…

Must mean Blogapalooza III is on its way!

This year’s event for Asheville’s blog community involves three kegs, catered food, live music, a dj and a snazzy downtown location. (I know this because I am one of the event planners! Couldn’t resist!)

If you’re in Asheville and you want to go, send email, comment, or send email to the address in the graphic below:

(Image from a great Bele Chere photo by local photographer Frank Merenda. Thanks Frank!)

Hope to see you there!

Nominations for this year’s awards are open — click here to nominate an Asheville blog.

Gordon has more here over at BlogAsheville.

Rest of My Life, Here I Come

Science blog?

Music blog?

Knitting blog?

College blog?

Personal blog?

Writing blog?

Me and the blog just don’t know anymore. We decided today that this blog reads like a group blog from five different people. We thank you for sticking around despite this.


As far as the garden is concerned, this is the very peak of summer. I wish you could see the yard.

butterfly bush (purple and white, crawling with a dozen species of butterfly & the monarchs are yet to arrive)

phlox (two shades of pink)

Japanese anemone (lovely pale pink-purple)

osmanthus (white)

nasturtium (orange)

dahlia (red)

oregano (pink)

mint (white)

freesia (purple)

sweet pea (pink and white)

gladiolus (pink)

black-eyed susan (yellow)

And all of it in bloom. My housemate stepped out of the house today with a look on her face of the kind of deep appreciation you give a large and delicious-looking plate of food that has just been placed in front of you. Having Julie here helps me see the place with new eyes.

Today I saw the first changing leaves, the leaves of some five-leaved weed turning a sunset red-orange. A harvest color. Harvest time is approaching, with its spiderwebs, crisp apples, cool mornings and skies of blue crystal. I do love early fall.

Rest of my life, here I come.