A Tribute to John Scalzi's Contributions to AOL Journals.
Scalzi's other contributions while working with AOL included a financial column in the 1990s, and a "secret" area that existed on AOL for a time. Most recently, he wrote and blogged for AOL's Ficlets interactive fiction site from March to December 2007.
Please help us thank our "Blogfather" for all he's done for the blogging community!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Yep, that's right, it's the return of Flat Scalzi! I saw him just yesterday here in Berkeley, California. He was strolling across the Cal Berkeley campus. Have you seen Flat Scalzi in your neighborhood? If so, download the photo of Flat Scalzi, grab your camera, take a picture, then write your own Flat Scalzi entry, and we will feature your link here.
I wonder where in the world Flat Scalzi will end up next?
Flat Scalzi Sightings...
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
John Scalzi has announced
that his contract with AOL runs out at the end of this year and is not
being renewed, as he moves on to devote more time to his award-winning
writing elsewhere. Please help us thank him for over four years of his
humor and helpfulness to all of us with AOL Journals and to the greater
blogging community. Leave your comment below, and we will include it in
the next new entry. If you've written a tribute on your own blog,
leave us the link and we'll pass it on.
Also, please see the entries below for more reasons to appreciate Scalzi, and more ways to join in the celebration. Thanks!
"I suggest a thing to photograph, and you either go out and photograph it, or, if you already have a suitable photograph you want to share, go ahead use that. Then post the photo on your own AOL Journal, and then just come back here and post a link in the comments."
Simple and easy to participate are the two ingredients of a great meme but it did take a while for photo sharing via Journals to gain momentum. Photo sharing in 2003 and 2004 was a dicey process at best. Online photo sharing services offered photo sharing but in a limited context like e-mail or password protected gallery viewing. By 2005 enough Journalers had mastered the choices of FTP, Photobucket, AOL Pictures and other photo services to make the Monday Photo Shoot a reality.
On a Monday in March of 2005, John Scalzi asked to see our Sunsets and the AOL Journal community responded. A photo meme was born.
Starting with Sunsets to the current topic of "Frosty," the Monday Photo Shoot has let participants share their photos through the community lens. Our Graduations, our Fireworks, our Holiday Celebrations and, of course, our Pets all became subjects for the Monday Photo Shoot cameras. Great photography, good photography or snapshots, it did not matter just as long as you posted a photo to your Journal and posted your link on time. People noticed, looked in and commented on the photos shared.
Connections were made and friendships formed around the Monday photos. Buddy Lists grew as people discovered not only did they write about similar topics, they also admired the same scenery and used the same camera brands. Shutterbugs, snapshot takers and photo story weavers all crossed paths every Monday on John Scalzi's By The Way. A visual conversation of sorts began to happen in comments across the Journal community.
"Where was that photo taken?"
"What is that?"
"Who is that?"
"How can I make my photos bigger?"
"What camera do you have?"
"Nice to finally see you."
"Wow - how do you do that?"
"I want one of those"
"Nice blue sky, it's raining here."
"You just made me hungry!"
"I have the exact same rug!!!!!"
"I just see a red X"
"Awwwww, she's lovely."
We communicated through our pictures while admiring the results of the Monday Photo Shoots. Sharing photos each Monday on By The Way. Good fun.
What are your recollections? The Best Monday Photo Shoot ever? Your favorite topic? Your favorite shutterbug? Whose photos did you always want to see? Post your links to your own entries in comments about participating in the Monday Photo Shoot and we'll share them here on the Scalzi Celebration blog in the coming days.
A Tribute To The Weekend Assignments
Since John Scalzi first introduced the Weekend Assignments, way back in April of 2004, we had been assigned 195 different topics! We have tackled everything from Kitchen Tips, to Random Things About Ourselves, to our current Weekend Assignment: Way Back When. Along the way, I have certainly had my favorite editions of the Weekend Assignment, how about you?
Lets show our appreciation to John, for all his hard work by picking a past edition of the Weekend Assignments, and sharing it again with him. Just leave us the link, in the comment thread for this entry, to a particular Weekend Assignment you really enjoyed doing, and we will post the link right here in this entry. You can also take a past topic, and post a completely new entry for it on your blog or journal. Either way is fine.
See you soon!
- Karen: Outpost Mâvarin
- Carly: Ellipsis
- Steven: (sometimes)
- salemslot9 journal
- Nor'easter Blues
- Where Life Takes You
- MY COUNTRY LIFE
- Promise... Me
- The Journal Jar
- IT'S A FLAT, FLAT, FLAT, FLAT, FLAT WORLD
- Daily Snooze
- Carpe Diem - Seize The Day
: "Blooms and Blossoms."
Bits and Pieces: "Me and My Camera."
- My Day, My Interests Photo Blog: "Feet or Cats"
- Photographs & Memories: Opening Day!
- Sam Says
- Here, There and Everywhere
- Just Plain Bill