Saturday, March 29, 2008

Clearing the Queue and Approving New Members

I've been going through the list of sites and checking for broken ring code and other problems. Members may have received e-mail from RingSurf telling you to go copy the current ring code from the RingSurf website. There are two reasons for this:
  1. Your site's ring code may be broken.
  2. The website/blog for Fiber Arts Bloggers moved when I took over the ring from Joni.
These are top problems I have found. Please check your blog to make sure this isn't a reason for either being put in the queue/deleted or for being sent a copy of the ring code/prevented from joining.
  1. Incorrect member IDs. Please do not copy ring code from another blog. Please copy the code directly from Ringsurf for the correct code for your blog. If you copy from someone else, the member ID in the code will be incorrect for your blog. This will cause your blog to fail the code check and will also cause the ring to surf out of order, which will keep some people's sites from ever being seen.
  2. For your blog to be approved, the ring code must be on your blog. If it's not on the blog, I will not approve you for the ring. I try to send one reminder link to the current ring code, but if a blog persists in not posting the ring code, it will be deleted.
  3. You need to post at least once a month about fiber-related things. If you don't post at least once a month about fiber stuff, you'll end up in the queue. If you go three months without a fiber-related post, your blog will be deleted.
Note: Yes, I understand things change and sometimes fiber stuff ends up on a back burner. Should things change so that fiber things are once again a common feature of your blog, please consider requesting to be added back. There are no penalties for having been removed. If your blog is removed from the blog ring, you are very welcome to re-apply. Again, there is no penalty for having been removed from the blogring. If you have questions, please feel free to e-mail me.

The Rules of the FAB Blogring

Just so we're all on the same page, here are the rules for the blog ring:

1. You must have a blog about your textile projects, ideas, and adventures. Things like spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, lace-making, braiding and kumihimo, etc. It doesn't have to be *only* about fiber things, but should include fiber stuff at least once per month.

2. The blog needs to be regularly updated. Any blogs not updated in one month will be moved to the queue. If you have not updated in over three months your site will be removed from the ring.

3. You need to include the ring code on the blog page, so that visitors can surf to other bloggers' sites more easily. (Isn't that the point!) 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 don't have the current ring code, e-mail me and I can send it to you.

4. This is NOT a commercial site. If your blog is merely a listing of items for sale, this blog ring is not for you.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Fiber Arts Bloggers New Home!

Welcome! I've newly assumed the reins of the Fiber Arts Bloggers Webring. The original owner, Joni, recently had a baby and decided to pass the webring on to someone else. I'm learning the finer points of blogring ownership as I go, so please be patient. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me at msmorenna (at) gmail (dot) com.

As for who I am, my fiber habits are primarily knitting and spinning. I do have a lovely 4-shaft floor loom, but I haven't done much weaving. My fiber "play time" is somewhat limited and it's hard to figure out where I left off with warping and threading the loom. At the moment, my knitting is mostly socks, though I'm also getting hooked on shawls and stoles. I sincerely hope to finish one sweater for myself that I have started and ripped twice now (didn't like how the fabric felt, despite making gauge the first time). Perhaps this will be the magic year that happens. My fiber blog can be found here.

Please come join the Fiber Arts Bloggers Ring!!