A Tribute to John Scalzi's Contributions to AOL Journals.

This is John Scalzi, award-winning writer of science fiction novels, non-fiction books, the venerable blog Whatever (since 1998!) and other stuff. He instructed, inspired and amused bloggers on the AOL Journal By the Way from August 20, 2003 until the end of 2007, when his contract ran out with AOL. During that time he created the Weekend Assignments and the Monday Photo Shoots, memes that have since been continued by other bloggers.

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!

Monday, December 31, 2007

Your Scalzi Tributes!






Comment from glendar0812 | Email glendar0812
12/14/07 7:00 PM
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was always a BIG FAN of John's blog and
particularly the Weekend Assignment.  I was actually reacquainted with
a fella who I hadn't seen since we were young children through a
Father's day entry.  Our dad's were friends "Back In The Day" ... and
there's a show on sports TV with that name where periodically I get a
glimpse of the man who was my dad's friend racing stock cars.

I
loved the way John expanded our minds and brought out our creative
side!  Thank You John for your never ending ideas.  I'm sure it must
have exhausted you at times, but we will remain ever grateful.




Comment from rachealcarol | Email rachealcarol
12/15/07 2:46 PM | Permalink





Although I've never taken part in the
challenges I've had much pleasure in seeing what people have been
inspired to take a photo of. And it's difficult to pick a particular
favourite.....so I thought I'd pick a couple of John's as a thankyou
for all the suggestions that have sometimes made me giggle when people
have added their own humour, and those that have left me fascinated and
in awe as I stroll away.

I can't do links but these are the ones
I chose. Monday February 27th 2006 'Winter Trying to re-establish it's
reverence'.....I love winter, this tickled me that it was trying to do
the lion thing, but was actually as weak as a lamb :)

...and
Monday April 17th 'something unexpected'....these are robin's eggs.  I
was amazed where they'd left them....another that made me smile.

So thanks John for the tips, the pics, and loads of enjoyable browsing.  Gonna miss yer :)

Rache 



Comment from monponsett | Email monponsett
12/19/07 11:10 PM

| Permalink Mine was "Blog Naked Day."
Nor'easter Blues



Comment from mariebm56 | Email mariebm56
12/21/07 9:01 PM | Permalink
 I most definitely will miss John Scalzi &
his Monday Photo shoot.  If it wasn't for him I don't think I would
have started a photo journal....& now I am up to 4 AOL Photoblogs.
 It all started with The Monday Photo Shoot.
One of my favorites was when he asked for "Opening Day" theme.  
http://journals.aol.co.uk/mariebm56/PhotographsMemoriestoo/entries/2006/04/03/john-scalzis-monday-photo-shoot-opening-day/1623

Thank you John for all your great ideas for blogging, & for getting ME get started with JLand thru my photography.  
You
were also for helpful when we experienced any issues regarding ANYTHING
with the AOL Journals, before Joe the JournalEditor came along.  

Wishing you continued success, John.
Marie
Photographs & Memories Too



Comment from salemslot9 | Email salemslot9
12/15/07 11:43 AM
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that t-shirt he's wearing
in the picture
reminds me of when he told us
how good IN-N-OUT is
so when we went to Las Vegas
we made a special trip
to the one out there
we even took a picture
of the building
good luck, John!
http://journals.aol.com/salemslot9/




Comment from ryanagi | Email ryanagi
12/18/07 1:31 AM
| Permalink I made some great friends thanks to you, John.
By doing your assignments and checking out what others had done, I came
across many people who struck my fancy and ended up on my blogroll.
 We're gonna miss you!

B
Where Life Takes You



Comment from mosie1944 | Email mosie1944
12/21/07 8:03 PM
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Ah John, you were the glue that held us
together for a long, long time.  I'm happy for your success, sad to see
you go, but confident in the knowledge that all things happen for the
best.  Best of luck to you, your wife, and your lovely daughter.




Comment from promiseluv372 | Email promiseluv372
12/21/07 8:30 PM | Permalink
 I can't even imagine JLand without you.  I've
learned so much not only about things you wrote about but also about
myself doing your weekend assignments and photo shoots. I can honestly
say you've helped me grow and I thank you!
You will be soooo missed.

Promise
http://journals.aol.com/promiseluv372/PromiseMe/
http://journals.aol.com/promiseluv372/TheJournalJar/



Comment from lifes2odd | Email lifes2odd
12/21/07 9:00 PM
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I've been here with you since almost the very
beginning. I remember way back when we were a tiny little community.
One of our most loved bloggers back then (Slomo) wrote an entry saying
something about you being our friend even though she knew you couldn't
comment on our journals because you worked for AOL. You became "real"
to all of us back then when you surprised us with leaving a comment on
that entry. We all really loved that and you have been "one of us" ever
since. You will be greatly missed John. All the best to you and your
family. Martha
Perception




Comment from lurkynat | Email lurkynat
12/23/07 1:41 AM | Permalink










Dear John,
I have written a tribute to you
in my blog Interface. I do invite other bloggers to add onto it. I have
linked it to you announcement in November in By The Way.
I learned so much from you. You have always been there for Jland; building laughter, making bridges, teaching us how to blog.
It is  sad because we have met each other at your site as bloggers and we have bugged and outbugged each other there!
We have enjoyed the photo challenges sooooo much!You have inspired many people to work on their craft and to share it!
We have loved hearing about your wonderful family and we will miss Krissy and Athena too very much!
We have enjoyed reading your books and we hope that you will keep us apprised of new publications coming up!
We
will sorely miss you and we can only say: Thank you so much! Please
come back and visit us from time to time; as we will miss you.
Yours Truly, Lurkynat
Interface



Comment from gravydogg55 | Email gravydogg55
12/29/07 3:39 PM
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I COMMENTED ON THE DECEMBER  ScalziCelebration   ,
 http://journals.aol.com/gravydogg55/samsays/
THANKS AGAIN JOHN FOR EVERYTHING.     sam




Comment from lifes2odd | Email lifes2odd
12/28/07 11:36 AM | Permalink





I think I know where he'll be this weekend!
Martha :-)
Perception



Comment from gravydogg55 | Email gravydogg55
12/29/07 3:32 PM

 | Permalink       JOHN, YOU HAVE BEEN A GREAT HELP TO ME
(BORN APRIL 24, 1920), AND HAPPY THAT MY CHILDREN ENCOURAGED MY
ACQUIRING A COMPUTER A FEW YEARS AGO.
       JOHN IT HAS BEEN GREAT
TO HAVE YOU HELPING ONE ON ONE WITH DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS, PATIENT
WHILE WE 'CATCH ON' LIKE A THIRD GRADE CHILD SO HAPPY TO HAVE LEARNED
SOMETHING NEW.
     I CERTAINLY LOOK FORWARD TO KEEPING UP WITH
'ScalziCelebration' AND WISH THE BEST FOR YOU AND YOURS THE COMING
YEARS.     sam
Sam Says




Comment from deslily | Email deslily
12/31/07 12:49 PM | Permalink
Inside I know this is a good move for you.. to let you write more and get your "fabulous author" career time to grow!

But
I also know it's one of many aol boo boo's.. you know.. like those ads
on journals. (you remember those don't you John? heh)  Anyway, it's
their loss!  And unfortunately ours also.  I am glad you have "Ficlets"
and "Whatever" so we can keep up with your True Profession..

Much good luck in the future!!!  May 2008 be a very good year for your writing!!!

Pat Neal/ DesLily
Here, There and Everywhere



Comment from justplainbill | Email justplainbill
1/1/08 1:08 PM
Well here the first day without John S.
sending us his thoughts for the day. I for one will miss them, it will
cut my alerts by 50%.
Have a great New Year All, Bill
Just Plain Bill




2 comments:

justplainbill said...

Well here the first day without John S. sending us his thoughts for the day. I for one will miss them, it will cut my alerts by 50%.
Have a great New Year All, Bill

gravydogg55 said...

   JOHN SCALZI IS A MAN THAT WILL TAKE THE TIME TO STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES.
             A GREAT HELP TO WE WHOM ARE TRYING TO LEARN.
                                                                          THANKS JOHN,
                                                                                                   sam