Sunday, March 29, 2009

Blog of the Week : 03/29 - 04/04 2009

The Blog of the Week for March 29th to April 4th 2009 is 'Painting On'; a blog from Margaret Ryall of St. John's. In her 'About me' section or her blog she says that she is "a visual artist whose mixed media work explores the effects of the passage of time on the natural world, objects, identity and memory" and her blog is an apparent reflection of that.

Please take the time to click the pic above and check it out!

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Introducing: Blog of The Week


The 'Blog of the Week' initiative started on March 29th, 2009 and each week following (on every Sunday whenever possible), one blog from the roll is be selected and designated as the 'Blog of the Week'.

With that prestigious title will come a few perks including (but perhaps not limited to):
  • One post about blog that will feature a snapshot of the site, a little information about the blog and of course a clickable link to get readers to the site.
  • This Blog of the Week posts will also be archived in a list on the right side of this Blog (up to a certain number of selections).
  • For the week that each blog is featured, the blog will also have a block dedicated to them featuring a link to the blog and a snippit of the last post on said blog.
As for the 'Rules' for this promotion, there are few:
  • Only blogs currently listed in the roll will be eligible. (Have an NL Blog? JOIN US!)
  • The blog selected must have had a post within the last 30 days of selection. (NOTE: This will not make you ineligible forever. You still may be selected in future weeks.)
  • Once your blog has been selected, it will not be eligible for selection again for 2 full years.
And that's it. Those are the only rules.

The whole purpose of doing this is to hopefully provide a little more attention to the blogs in the listing and help open up our community a little more. And please note, there may be other 'perks' to come with regards to this promotion. If you have any ideas or suggestions at all, please share them via comments on this post or by emailing me at

I hope you like it!

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Updates Not Showing on the Roll? Ping it!

PLEASE NOTE: The below information is not valid any longer. BlogRolling has shut down their service. Not all is lost however and this page will be updated soon with new information. Check back soon!

If you spend any time at all looking at the BlogRoll, I'm sure you've noticed blogs relocating to the very tip of the roll with an *Updated* tag next to it. This happens when you post a new entry to your blog. I've set it this way to keep fellow members of the roll informed of our community updates and provide a little more exposure to those who are actively updating their spaces.

So I ask; have you ever wondered why your blog listing is not bumping to the top of the list when you post a new entry? I'm sure some of you have as I am aware that some blog updates are being bumped... and I know the reason why; your blog needs a PING.

What I mean by that is you must communicate with BlogRolling to let them know your site has been updated, so the system can update your listing. A lot of blogs can do this automatically, however I find these auto ping services do not speak to BlogRolling... for whatever reason. Maybe this is a bug that's being worked on with BR2, I don't know... but there is a solution in the meantime.....

Use BlogRolling's direct PING service.

All you have to do is go there, enter your Blogs URL and within minutes your listing will be updated in the roll. This is the one sure fire way to ensure everyone knows your blog was updated.

Use it!

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Upgrade Complete!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I've gone ahead and paid the annual fee (a minimal $21 bucks a year for such a great service!) to BlogRolling and within seconds the roll was upgraded.

What does this mean for us?

Well, mainly, we no longer have ads on top of the blogs that are opened via the NL Blogroll list, which was a new addition to BR2 if you haven't been following. There are a few other perks I believe that I have to check out, but for now, the removal of the ads is a great start... not that I really had a huge problem with the ads or anything. I even toyed with the idea of just keeping them there, but in the end, I just wanted our blogs to open without the ads bar on top. I'm sure you all agree with that decision.

Things are certainly coming along! Stay tuned for more in the coming days and weeks.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Long Time No Newbies

It's been a VERY long time since I've been able to do this. A lot of these following blogs' owners have been waiting months to have this happen, so I'll make them wait no further; Welcome aboard!!

Another Day of Grace


Painting On


Everyday Miracles

Raising a Sensitive Child

Winston Smith

Please visit the newbies and welcome them to our community.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Back on Track

Well, it's been about a week or so since BR2 was launched and things now finally seem to back to normal. It took them a while to work through all the little bugs that popped up, but everything seems to be better than fine now. I'm able to get into the controls and edit the blogs (and by the way, I've cleaned the roll of any broken links or un-updated blogs already) and am also able to update any other controls we may need. It also appears that newly updated blogs are finally now being tracked (which was one of the bugs I mentioned). By that I mean, they are bumping to the top of the list with an 'Updated' tag next to them as requested. All in all, things are lookin' great! A big applause to the folks are BlogRolling. Thanks for working so hard and getting this back to us!

So, now that things are back on track, I can get to work on the goodies I have in store for us. Please stay tuned for further updates to the Newfoundland and Labrador BlogRoll.

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

BlogRolling is Back!

I think the title says it all!

I'm not sure if it's fully operation as of yet, but things seem to at least be back. I now have a lot of work to do to get things cleaned up, so... see ya!

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