Sunday, September 18, 2011

Blog Gems: School Daze

Hey boys and girls! Yes, it's time for the Blog Gems - Air Your Archives link-up again!

As our kids have just (FINALLY) completed their first full week of school here in New York City, and the first salvos of the homework wars have been fired off, I'm thinking a lot about school. So I figured, why not make that the theme for this fortnight's Blog Gems linky?

So, because it's on my mind, now it's on yours... this week's prompt is: School

School... yours... your kids'... Elementary... High School... College... your workplace (if you're a teacher)... childhood memories of your own school days... back-to-school... graduation...  anything related to SCHOOL.

Now dive into those archives and come up with something... I know you've got one! The post you wrote about the time your kid's school REALLY pissed you off? That's the one I want to read. Or the one about running into your old 5th grade teacher in a silver lame bikini on a gay beach. That one, too. It's all good. 

NOTE: try to dig deep into your archives, if you've got them. Your regular readers will have read last week's post anyway. So go back a year  -- or two! -- find something in the attic that not enough people read, or that you just simply adore. This is your chance for fresh eyeballs... go for it!

If you've done this before, you can just skip on down to the linky at the bottom.

If you're new here: Welcome, read on....

Come! link up! Tell all your friends! I promised my friend Jen her lovely linky meme would be alive and well when she brings it back home to her blog, The King and Eye, some time in the fall (or whenever she's ready). So don't make a liar out of me.

About Blog Gems (from Jen):
How many posts do you have languishing in your archives? Great posts that will never be dusted off and brought out to breathe again! Maybe you created fabulous content before you had lots of followers, or maybe you have been blogging for years and your current followers haven't seen your older material.

Blog Gems - Air Your Archives is a fortnightly linky list where we will give a prompt and you select a post from your archives that fits the prompt. You do not have to create content for the prompt, unless you want to. All you have to do is copy and paste the url of the post into the linky list. Voila, an old post gets a second shot!

To take part:

1. Follow MY blog for now (and Jen's blog once I hand her back the reins) to get future Blog Gem posting information and linkys.

2. Grab the Blog Gem button and place it on your sidebar (html code here). Putting the button on your blog is not a deal-breaker, some people just don't like doing it and I have no problem with that at all. What I will say is that something like this can't be successful without 'word of mouth' so I would appreciate if you could find another way to let people know that this is available and they are welcome to join in.

3. Enter your link.

4. Read and comment on the submissions of the two blogs posted before you on the linky list. (Please!)

5. Help spread the word by telling your blogging friends, either by tweeting this or blogging about your entry.

The rule is that you're supposed to select a post from your archives that fits the prompt... but it's a lenient rule, and broad interpretations are welcome, so be creative!

And here's what I have to add:
It's a wonderful chance to get fresh eyeballs on your great posts from the past. People tend to put in recent posts because they're freshly in our radar, but I would encourage rooting around in your archive and dredging stuff up that's deeply buried, if you can.

So come on... link up a school-related gem from the past.  Aaaaand Go!

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