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April 28, 2010

Five for Ten Again: Rules and Regulations

We’ve been bombarded with enthusiasm (and a few questions) since we announced the return of Five for Ten last week. So let’s go over the details, shall we?

  • Five for Ten will run from Monday, May 10 to Wednesday, May 19
  • Jen or I will post each day during the 10 days
  • You, dear reader, are asked to visit Momalom each day and leave a comment
  • We, in return, will visit your blog and leave you a comment

OK, is it getting clearer? Pretty simple, right? We give you five minutes (well, more like 10 or 15) if you give us five minutes, for 10 days in a row. All in an honest effort to get to know one another better and make more connections here online.

But wait! We’ve upped the ante this time around. You see, we really want to get to know you, and we really want to start a really, really big conversation. So, for those of you who want to take things a step or two deeper into this blog community, there’s a few more guidelines:

  • On Saturday May 1 we will post five specific Five for Ten topics
  • Each topic will have two days of airtime
  • Jen and I will each write a post on each topic
  • You will write a post on each topic
  • You will link up your post on each topic during the designated 2-day period

For instance, we might ask you to write about Chips and Dip. On May 10, Jen will write about Chips and Dip. On May 11 I will post about Chips and Dip. (Do I need to say here that the topics will be FAR MORE COMPELLING than Chips and Dip? They will be. We’re trying not to show our hand, OK?) You will stop by and read Jen and leave a comment on the 10th. You will stop by and read me and leave a comment on the 11th. On either of the two days (both, if you wish) you will add your own post (about Chips and Dip) to the SimplyLinked widget at the bottom of our posts. Then, we will come and read and comment on your post(s). And, if Five for Ten 1.0 is any predictor, many of our participants will likely be reading your post, too. Let’s build a conversation … through our posts and our comments. I mean, wouldn’t you like to know what everyone else thinks about Chips and Dip? (You get the idea.)

Just think: How cool would it be if we all wrote about the same thing? For 10 days? And everyone whose blog you visit is writing about Chips and Dip. And along the way, you (we!) are gaining all sorts of perspective about the same topic (chunky? mild? with cilantro?), and there’s this giant conversation happening on blogs everywhere with the same idea in mind. OK, it inspires me just to think about it.

Q & A

Q: What if I post everyday? Do I have to write two posts about the same topic?

A: No, you do not. Feel free to maintain your normal blogging schedule and post whatever you want on a day you aren’t posting on one of our five topics. Just link the relevant post to Momalom. However, if you would like to publish two posts on Chips and Dip and link them both, feel free.

Q: How will you know if I’ve joined?

A: Jump in on day one with a comment at our site, link up a post, and we know you’re in!

Q: Is there a minimum or maximum of words?

A: No, never. Your post can be short or long. It can even be a photo or an image of some sort. As long as it is original, it counts. Show us you; that’s all we want.

If you have other questions, big or little, just post them in the comments section below, and I’ll add them to the Q&A.

And, if you are wondering whether this is worth your time, you may want to ask some of our participants from Round I:

Momalom’s Mom from her weathered brown chair (of course)
Adrienne from The Strange Experiment
Aidan from Ivy League Insecurities
Amanda from Lady Evelyns’ Blog
Amber from Making the Moments Count
Becca from Drama for Mama
Big Little Wolf from Daily Plate of Crazy
Jillian from Blueshelled
Kristen from Motherese
Lindsey from A Design So Vast
Lynne Marie from Mind Body Mama
Melissa from Making Things Up
Nicki from Nicki’s Thoughts, Art and Friends
Shana from A Queen Among Kings
Amy from The Never-True Tales
Bre from Achieving Myself
Natalie from Boingerhead
Liz from …But Then I Had Kids
Kitch from The Kitchen Witch
Kelly from The Miller Mix
Jules from The Ranting Mommy
Jill from Draft Queen
JenLo from Thinks By Me
Heather from The Extraordinary Ordinary
Crystal from The Verve Path

I have a feeling that many of these ladies will give you a positive review. I know that I, for one, feel a whole lot closer to many of them due to our first Five for Ten experiment. (Oh, and for an address to Momalom’s Mom in her weathered brown chair, please e-mail me directly.)

Meet me here on Saturday for the big topic reveal…

Until then, feel free to consult the following links for more on Five for Ten:

Check out our participants below…it’s not a requirement to add your name, but we’d love to see you on board:

Also, if you are a Twitterer — a Tweetette? — be sure to add your Twitter name to your comments so we all have another way of connecting with you!

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Liz writes

I am suddenly craving something salty…pass the chips, please. P.S. I’m in, but I’m scared.
.-= Liz´s last blog ..Hand-me-down Mama =-.

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Sarah replies

Liz! You? Scared?! C’MON!

We just wanted to give y’all something to write about! I’m super excited, actually, and can’t wait to begin!

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Christine LaRocque writes

This is fantastic! You come up with the topics?! That’s half the work. Can’t wait…hope I can keep up with everyone.
.-= Christine LaRocque´s last blog ..The changing face of friendship =-.

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Sarah replies

Yay Christine! Exactly what I was thinking. I’m even excited for myself. Beats staring at a blank page with about 10,000 ideas bopping around my brain. The need to narrow it down to, say, 500, is a relief!

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Justine writes

Why, chunky with cilantro – of course!

This is so exciting. Feels like college again, with these assignments. At least this time, it’s fun. Yes, I’m such a geek.

Anything for extra credit?
.-= Justine´s last blog ..A Little Birdie Told Me =-.

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Sarah replies

Hmm, extra credit. Let me get thinking on that. I’ll have to consult the Professor Jen. :)

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Jen replies

Extra credit. Yes. I like.

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Jane writes

I’m a newbie when it comes to participating in something like this. But I think I get it. I think I can do it. Your instructions are so clear and simple. But the insecure part of me is hoping I don’t mess this up somehow and be the one person who got it wrong. How weird is that?
.-= Jane´s last blog ..A Blogger’s Law of Averages =-.

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Sarah replies

Oh man, I tried to be as simple as possible with the explanations. In a lot of ways, it’s the same MO that many bloggers already follow…you read me, I read you. But, in order to create a larger conversation, we’ll all be posting on the same topics, gaining different bits of perspective from our fellow blogger friends.

No insecurities, Jane! Your perspective would be a WELCOME addition. And…maybe they’ll be prizes! Does that help? Prizes? Like, I could…send you some laundry. No? Okay, chocolate-covered raisins? Getting warmer? Hmm, I’m sure we can think of SOMETHING fun and useful that fits my budget.

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Jen replies

Oh yeah, prizes. Sarah! We forgot to mention PRIZES. Stay tuned, ladies.

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ck writes

I’m totally eating chips with Heluva Good French Onion dip for lunch. Just when I though that jag was finally over…
.-= ck´s last blog ..the mom face =-.

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Jen replies

Sure beats “cheese worms” right out of the bag!

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Sarah replies

I laughed my ASS off about the cheese worms comment while in the car with mom today. OMG. Justin (our bro) was such a fan. And didn’t he at one point start eating cheese balls with a toothpick? Or was that me??!! Hmm…

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Jen replies

Uh, yes to the cheese balls with a toothpick. Goofy. And yet…

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Kelly writes

I am off the chips and dip for some ass shrinking, but 5-for-10 v2 made me want to pinpoint exactly when I entered the Momalom circle. It was the drunken clitoris! What a timeless and fantastic post to go back and read! :)
.-= Kelly´s last blog ..(Never) Still Life with Kids =-.

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Sarah replies

Oh that drunken clitoris. Where has she been, I ask you? I might have to revive her for Five for Ten!

:)

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Kristen @ Motherese writes

I hope chips and dip is a topic. On day one I shall post about chips and on day two I shall post about dip. Perfection.

You know I’m in! My nerdy, type A self has already penciled it into my calendar.
.-= Kristen @ Motherese´s last blog ..Mama Needs a Brand New Bag (and, apparently, a brand new scarf) =-.

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Jen replies

Momalom’s mom would be proud, Kristen, to know that you live a calendar-assisted existence.

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Leslie replies

There she goes with that calendar again! Oh, my envy! I mean admiration!
.-= Leslie´s last blog ..It’s never too early… =-.

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Amber writes

I am so excited! Round one is really where I met all my friends. I am SO glad you are hosting it again!! Plus, I think this new idea is fabulous. Can’t wait! (Nervously dancing up and down.)
.-= Amber´s last blog ..One Year Older and Wiser Too =-.

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Sarah replies

Amber,
I’m giddy, too! And excited for the topics. Can’t wait to read everyone’s posts on the same subject. I think it will really escalate Five for Ten to another level!
YAY!

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Leslie writes

So, if you find that chips and dip are actually quite compelling – maybe too compelling – would you assess that as a personal problem, or just a lousy blog post?
Can’t wait.
.-= Leslie´s last blog ..It’s never too early… =-.

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Sarah replies

Oh yes, Chips and Dip is certainly compelling. We may have to modify our current plan and resort to some of our original ideas. Hmm. Don’t want to give away too much…will have to leave it at that. :)

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Jen replies

A personal problem? No way. Great personal knowledge, more like it. Hope you can fit chips and dip into your writing next week. I don’t think you’ll be the only one! (Little did we know…)

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Maureen@IslandRoar writes

How did you guys come up with this?? Cool idea. I’d visit you anyway, but it’ll be fun to see how the topics “grab” me.
.-= Maureen@IslandRoar´s last blog ..I’m Back! =-.

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Sarah replies

Maureen,
I’m stoked for the topics, actually. Five for Ten was a super vague idea we had back in November. And it turned out to be something quite miraculous. I do hope you’ll play along!

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Tepary writes

Alright this sounds fascinating and the drunken clitoris post? I will have to go and look that up. Hope I can keep up.
.-= Tepary´s last blog ..Life Lessons – Community =-.

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Sarah replies

A few others have concerns about keeping up. But I have no doubt that once we begin you will be just as excited as we are to engage in the conversation! It’s actually kind of nice to have a blogging agenda for ten days. Albeit Jen and I will be scurrying here and there trying to keep up with all of YOU! :)

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Jen replies

Yay! Welcome! Don’t worry; you’ll get sucked in. :)

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Maria writes

THANK YOU for giving us a topic! As the school year draws to a close, this poor little brain of mine is closely resembling those cheese worms! (YUM!)

So looking forward to this great big conversation!

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Sarah replies

Yay, Maria! I think the topics will make it even greater this time around! And they will be broad, which will leave a lot of room for personal perspective and creativity!

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Jen replies

Cheese worms. Yummy and yet mostly air. I’m thinking there are possibilities within our topics wherein you could definitely include cheese worms in your posts. So glad you’re on board!

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Brittany at Mommy Words writes

Uh Oh I am drooling in the car over chips. Must make hubs pull over soon! This sounds like SO much fun. I’m in!
.-= Brittany at Mommy Words´s last blog ..Tuckered Out by Disney =-.

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Sarah replies

Oh dear. The chips are getting a lot of airtime! I think we must certainly find a way to incorporate them. So long to that dream of skinny thighs!

So glad you’re in!

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Jen replies

Yay! We love new participants! Welcome, Brittany!

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becca writes

I’m so incredibly excited but this time I’m feeling a little stressed! I feel like I’m going to get writers block when given an actual assignment! Even chips and dip is seeming overwhelming to me! Ok… I have a few days to pull myself together. And unlike Kristen, I’ve written the dates on a small scrap of paper that will surely be lost by the time the date rolls around. So, a reminder please?

Thanks guys and I can’t wait to get this thing started! :)
.-= becca´s last blog ..Little things to Love =-.

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Sarah replies

Yes on the reminders thing. Um, Jen? You remind me, okay? And I’ll remind everyone else! :)

And there will be no writer’s block. (Yup, I have to tell myself that since I’ve been folded into THE BLOCK for a few weeks myself.)

Do NOT STRESS, my dear Becca. The topics are wickedly broad and will leave room for plenty of interpretation and personal creativity.

Cannot WAIT to see what everyone writes about!

YAY!

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Jane Swinglehurst writes

I sooo love this idea. I wonder if this justifies the purchase of a new laptop, just so I can keep up ;)

Now if I can just get the calendar out of my kids mouth I could write this down. Mental note made..I’m totally in!

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Sarah replies

Oh man, calendar in kid’s mouth? I hear you. Though my calendar is on my phone, that, too, can often be found in his mouth. OOPS!

And, uh, if this gives you an excuse for a new laptop I am totally proud! New technology is like diamonds to me!

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Jen replies

OOh. A new laptop. Now THAT is inspirational. Can’t wait for you to join us!

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Magimom writes

I’m so in, a little scared, but I’m in! This sounds like a fantastic experiment and I cannot wait to see the topics!
.-= Magimom´s last blog ..Sadness and Grief =-.

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Jen replies

Yay! So glad to have another newbie.

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Gibby writes

I want to do it, but I’m nervous!!!! What if I can’t post 10 days in a row?
.-= Gibby´s last blog ..I Swear I’m Not =-.

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Jen replies

Gibby! Jump in. You’ll get hooked. Really. These ladies are amazing. And we’ll give you topics to get you going. :)

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Sue Campbell writes

Count me IN!

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Sarah writes

I love this idea and really enjoyed your blog. I can’t wait until tonight to have a chance to write my blog about courage!
.-= Sarah´s last blog ..The ADHD Roller Coaster =-.

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Debbi writes

I don’t know if I did something wrong when entering my info. I’m not showing up on the participants board. hmmm.

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Pam writes

It’s amazing how much motherhood changes your perception on happiness. My standards are so low these days:)

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Kate writes

Okay… I’m kind of new to this world and I just found you and this discussion (through a couple of blogs that led me back here. Yesterday, I thought and thought, and I’d love in, but I’m well… three days late now. Can I still join in?

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Kirsten writes

I’m so excited! I’m the sort of blogger who jes LOVES a topic & being told to ‘go to’. And hey: I was arm-twisted – I mean enthusiastically encouraged to come on over by Cheryl at SpecialSauceintheHouse. Also, anywhere where Heather of the EO is, I wanna be.
.-= Kirsten´s last blog ..Leopards, spots, those sorts of things… =-.

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Bina writes

…I am SO bummed to have just found you guys cuz this sounds GREAT!! Maybe next time round??? Following now!!

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Heather Caliri writes

I just decided to join late, rather than not joining. ‘Cause I’m like that. Nice topics, ladies. Thanks for the inspiration :)
.-= Heather Caliri´s last blog ..grateful =-.

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MashugaMom writes

I am late with lots of things, so although I am late to the challenge of 5 for 10, I love the concept. I love posting on my blog and love when people comment and enjoy.
I found your challenge through another blog and am beginning with Memory.I’ll try to catch up quickly. I’m a really good student:-)

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Sarah replies

Sounds great, and welcome. Catch up on our posts starting from The Sidelines and leave your links from Memory on. I’m pretty sure the link list for Memory is still open, but if not, let me know.

Happy to have you.

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Medyum writes

Sounds great, and welcome. Catch up on our posts starting from The Sidelines and leave your links from Memory on. I’m pretty sure the link list for Memory is still open, but if not, let me know.

Happy to have you.

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Cindy writes

Love 5 for 10 and so glad it’s back! I’m an infrequent blogger – your topics really help! Loved the whole chips and dip thing last time – did a funny post on chips/dip one day, and a more serious post the next. Can’t wait for May!!

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Boingerhead writes

I cannot wait!

If anyone is wondering…..Five for Ten is worth it ONLY IF you want to make new friends, get more exposure, find new blogs, laugh, cry, leak, and hiccup (sometimes all at the same time) and ultimately grow just a little as a human.

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BigLittleWolf writes

You ladies must be gluttons for punishment. This is a recipe for E-X-H-A-U-S-T-I-O-N. And we all love every insane moment of it.

But please clarify… half drunk?

(Wink, wink. Pass the LEDs and the canard.

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