Remember the Artful Quilters Blog Ring?
Many of you are members, or were members. Back when I started blogging, the only other blogging artquilter I knew was Melody Johnson. We agreed to read each others' blogs, so even if no one else ever found us, we'd be guaranteed of an audience! Still, as much fun as it was reading Melody's blog, I wondered about the other quilt artists out there... and that led me to start the Artful Quilters Blog Ring, and what an amazing community it is. I've made so many friends through the ring!
But you may have noticed that the ring host site, Ringsurf, changed its format, and I hate it. Many of you dislike it too, I know, from your comments to me. So, in the spirit of a healthy change:
The Artful Quilters Blog Ring is MOVING!
If you are already a member of the ring, here is what you need to do to move your blog into the new ring:
1. Click here to go to submit your blog to the new ring host, alt-webring.com. You will be asked to provide info about your blog, and you will be asked to create a site id and password for your own site. (This does not have to be the same as anything you had on ringsurf. Create an ID name and password you'll remember in case you need to go in and change the site's details for the ring.) Click "submit."
2. Once you have submitted your blog, you will get a confirmation screen that instructs you on adding the ring code to your blog. Click on the "Get Code" button in the lefthand sidebar. That will give you the HTML code for the ring box. Copy the code, go into your blog's code, and insert the code somewhere it will be visible to your blog readers.
3. Your blog will appear on the ring as soon as I activate it.
If you are not a member but would like to join, please read the rules below to make sure your blog suits the ring. If so, we're happy to have you join. Follow the two steps above.
Here are the ring rules:
- The ring is intended for blogs that focus primarily on art and contemporary quilting. While we enjoy traditional quilts, this ring is not for blogs about traditional quilting. Your blog can be about other things, too; it's fun to read about what else you are doing in your life. But if a reader finds your blog and can't tell that you make art or contemporary quilts, then this is not the ring for you. As a rough guideline, your blog should have some quilt-related content once a month or more.
- The blog needs to be regularly updated. Any blogs not updated at least once a month will be moved to the queue. If you have not updated in over three months your site will be removed from the ring. You are welcome to re-join the ring if /when you start posting again. I understand that real life can and does get in the way of blogging, so there is no judgment implied if your blog is moved. It's just that people stop using the ring if they repeatedly travel to blogs with stale entries.
- You must include the ring code on the face page of your blog, so that visitors can surf to the blogs of other members more easily. After all, that's the whole point of this ring. At a minimum, the ring code must include a link to the ring's home and the Next and Previous links. Anyone who has not added the code to their site within two weeks of application will be removed from the ring. If you have trouble finding the current ring code, email me at dphock(at)comcast(dot)net and I will help you.
- This is NOT a commercial site. This ring is not for commercial sites, general quilt-gallery websites, or other non-blog websites. If your blog is merely a listing of items for sale or advertisement for your shop, this blog ring is not for you. You are welcome to sell things on/through your blog, but for this ring, I ask that your blog have content which is largely non-commercial.
- You must have at least 5 entries on a new blog (some of which must be about art or contemporary quilting) in order to join.