Friday, September 30, 2011

{it's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights}

Blogtoberfest 2011 
designed by Betty Jo Designs

I'm so excited that it's time for yet another Blogtoberfest to begin.  Sometimes I really do have to pinch myself when I think about this humble little festival and all that it's become.  But today is about practicalities not sentiment.  I'll save that for another day.

If this is your first Blogtober let me give you the scoop.  By signing up you are taking on the challenge to post daily to your blog in October {of course if you don't quite make it nobody will hold it against you and you can sign up anytime throughout the month and join in from there}.

You'll also be giving yourself the opportunity to connect with new blogs, ramp your blogging mojo right up and have a whole lot of fun.  I like to think that Blogtoberfest is a celebration of the best things about blogging - self expression, creativity, community and fun.  It's also a great way to celebrate the ordinary and every day.

A word on giveaways:  lots of people like to have giveaways on their blogs during Blogtober to add to the celebrations.  If you are having a giveaway you'll be able to add it to the giveaway list that CurlyPops hosts on her blog {more details to come}.  Please don't feel like you have to have a giveaway.  It's totally cool if you do and totally cool if you don't.

Big, big thanks to Betty Jo for the gorgeous blog button.  I'm such a huge fan of Liz's work and I was so excited when she agreed to create this year's button.  You can pick it up over in my sidebar.  

To add the button to your blog: select all the code in the text box and copy it.  To add it to your own blog you need to find the design area in your blog, choose the "add a gadget" or "add a widget" option and choose add "html/java script" or something along those lines.  If you're struggling with this I can do a tutorial for blogger.  Let me know in the comments section.

So without further ado, let's get to it.  If you're joining us this year add your link to the sign up list below.  If you've got any questions you can email me at tinniegirl/at/optusnet.com.au

I'll see you tomorrow for Day I peeps!

it's time to sign your name up
for Blogtoberfest to start!

57 comments:

  1. I'm totally doing it this year! hooray!

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  2. This should get me 'regular' again Cathy - thanks!

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  3. "It's time to raise the curtain on the Muppet show tonight!"

    I loved the Muppet show and I LOVE Blogtoberfest! Thank you for being the Hostess with the Mostest, Cathy!

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  4. I did this two years ago - at a ridiculous time in my life. It was good, so here's to trying it again (at another ridiculous time in my life!)

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  5. I LOVE Octoberfest and I so want to pop my name down and get that awesome badge for my blog but I just cannot set myself up to fail and I know that so many of the places south from here on our road trip wont have internet acess. But have fun y'all. I'll play again next year. x

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  6. Signed up to give this a whirl :) x

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  7. Yay! Looking forward to it again this year :)

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  8. Wow! Sounds like a lot of fun. I've been away on hols in Europe for 1 month now and a week and a half to go and I've been blogging every day. Pity our hol wasn't starting tomorrow I'd have lots to write about.

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  9. I am in! I found out about this right at the end of October last year and was so dissapointed! It is just what my poor neglected blog needs right now!

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  10. Can't wait to start a new month nice and fresh. Bring it on!

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  11. Ok...30 days..this could almost be harder than exercise. I am making myself accountable by adding the button! Here goes....
    Julie

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  12. I blog-hopped my way here and I'm all signed up! I'm excited for the challenge!

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  13. Okay, I'm doing this along with Blogging Your Way. Busy month! I'm nervous. But excited for sure!

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  14. Hi Cathy,
    For something different I am *trying* to get a post a day happening at the Gleaners Inc.blog.
    It maybe just a picture, but I'll give it a go!
    x Liz

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  15. Glad to be signed up again for another year!

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  16. I'm excited!
    Missed it last year as we were away, so it's good to be back.
    thanks for organising it!

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  17. Wow that's dedication, I sometimes struggle to post once a week, although with our Melbourne weather the way it's been lately it's conducive to staying indoors. Good luck with the quest.

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  18. Thanks for hosting Blogtoberfest Cathy. Many things resonated with me in your post and I've jumped in as well. Sounds like a tonne of fun!

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  19. Hey Cathy! This'll be my first time - I don't know whether i can do one every day!! But will try!xxJ

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  20. LOve a challenge, now I'm buying nothing new and blogging every day in October.

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  21. Hi all - I'm in!! First time for me too and as a fairly new blogger, will certainly be a challenge, but a good one!

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  22. Ohhhh goodie! This was fun last year, I'm glad you're organising it again, Thanks a bunch, I am in need of a good dose of blogging self discipline and blogtober is just the thing to get back in the groove! Have an ace day, Julie :)

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  23. Yay! And this year, I'm going to finish :D

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  24. Joining in for the first time - look forward to the challenge!
    Arrrgh - your comment thingo, is the same as the question I have just asked on my blog

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  25. Cathy, thank you for organising such fun event.
    Happy blogtoberfest to all!

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  26. A little late to the party, but I saw this on Mel's (I speak Melsh) blog just now and thought it looked like a great idea. I'm in!

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  27. I think I have been hit by inspired madness and I have sign up both of my blogs. So I too now am buying nothing new for a month and blogging for two all of this month......well I better go get on with then. Happy blogtoberfest to you all.

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  28. Sounds good, blogging every day in October. Not sure how I'll go doing it ... but here goes anyway.

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  29. Holy Crap!!! I new the list of participants grew every year but I never really realized how much till just now!

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  30. I'm up for the challenge:) Thank you for hosting again.

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  31. Oh dear! In my enthusiasm to sign up I seem to have spelt my own blog address wrong, gah! I've re-entered it in #191, but is it possible to delete 190? Sorry! Excited!

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  32. just signed up!! I'm not sure if i'm mad to do this since I normally only post 2-3 times a week but I'm looking forward to it :)

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  33. I just signed up, this is a wonderful incentive to post every day!
    Quilting by the River

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  34. I signed up for this. Hopefully this will inspire me to create more posts! xoxo

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  35. Ok - I'm going to give it a go! Thanks for a great motivator to post to my blog more!!

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  36. Hi Cathy, What a challenge! Ok - I'll give it a go. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  37. I need to re-engage and re-energize my blogging! I'm in!

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  38. Thanks for hosting! I look forward to meeting some awesome bloggers!

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  39. Oooh, I feel like I've done something naughty! I don't know if I can keep up with this, but it sounds like SO MUCH FUN, I'm going to try! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this! (My name is Dawn...This may post as "Mountain Muddah", which is also what I am :))

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  40. I love this challenge! It will encourage me to be more diligent on getting my posts out to the world. I have many ideas, but they get lots somewhere on the way to my job.

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  41. Exciting, this is my first blog event/challenge! Looking forward to it :D

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  42. Hi all, I joined Blogtoberfest 2011 yesterday - a big challenge for me as I am new to blogging. So this is my 2nd day. I'm Flash Harry Designs and only have 5 followers to date (how pathetic I know !) If you like my blog, please join.

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  43. So cool! I just found this! Im game!!

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  44. Hi everyone. What a challenge, what a commitment for a new blogger ! Now I just have to find something to post about everyday - and starting today.
    I look forward to discovering some new blogs too.

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  45. I joined up for Blogtoberfest on 2nd October and so far I've managed to blog every day. I'm not a regular blogger so this has been quite a challenge. I just hope I don't run out of things to say before the end of the month!

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  46. I am very excited. I'm a new blogger and now I am in Blogtoberfest -and am even having my first giveaway. What fun!

    What a great idea {tinniegirl}. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  47. Yikes I don't see me listed above ... did I, or did I not register? Was I having a senior moment or was that a smidge of fog? Drat off to sign up now despite Blogtoberfest being over the hump but ... I've blogged every day :)

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  48. I just found you this morning, but there is still time. I added your beautiful button to my links page. Thanks for this wonderful idea!

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