Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Friday, November 25, 2011

November ORT Report

Note: there is some important information at the end of this post. Please read.

My ORT jar is looking pretty this month! Lots of threads from my Prairie Schooler ornaments and exchanges in the jar. Very Christmassy. I am gearing up for some extreme stitching these next few days so my now empty jar won't stay that way for long.

I want to clarify things about next year's Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long because I'm not sure I explained what I had in mind very well. Next year's SAL is a straight draw giveaway. The "members" are NOT required to make ALL the New Moon posts to be included in the giveaway. Yes, you must be on the guest list but if you miss a post you are not "disqualified" from the giveaways. Giveaways? Is that plural? Yup, there will probably be multiple prizes since there are so many participants.

During this year's TUSAL I noticed how stressed my guests were about their New Moon posts. I am three days late ~ oh no! Does that knock me out of the running? Do we empty our jar each month? Wait, am I doing this wrong? This is a blog GAME and it is meant to be FUN. I don't want anyone stressed out about their blogging experience! 

I also changed the sign-ups so people could join at any time. During the TUSAL this year, I had so many people emailing me (after the sign-up deadline had passed) wanting to join. Since it was a requirement to post EVERY new moon to be included I had to turn them down. I felt it wouldn't be fair to the others to change the rules after the game had already started. This rule resulted in some really angry bloggers! This is the main reason for the straight draw giveaway change.

So, if you were waffling about joining only because you knew you would not be able to post every single month don't worry about it, you don't have to! This is ONLY a game!

Another request: I noticed this year there are a lot of bloggers completely in the dark about your Totally Useless posts. They see lots of people posting pictures of ORT jars but they have NO IDEA why. They might want to join in the fun too! Please put a LINK to the sign-up page when you make your TUSAL posts. A link in your sidebar is great but ONLY if your readers SEE it and realise what it is. If you need to learn how to create links email me. I can teach you how!

My email: daffy-cat AT hotmail DOT com (remove spaces, replace CAP words with symbols)

Thank you for visiting my blog today!


Parsley said...

Got mine up. I should have thought to provide a link each month. {sigh} Live and learn.

Jessica said...

I'm sorry to hear of your troubles over the year about people who didn't get to sign up in time to "play along" and have a chance to win something. I'm a bit disturbed to know some people were angry over it!

Thank you for hosting the TUSAL again for next year!

Happy Friday! :)

Kathy A. said...

Poor girl - it is stressful being so very popular!!! I have enjoyed every minute of this past years TUSAL and have met some wonderful new stitchers along the way. Thank you for everything you have done with the TUSAL and I look forward to next year.
I hadn't posted in a month but did it today - thanks to the TUSAL LOL.

Margaret said...

Sounds good for next year. And your ORTs look so pretty too! My TUSAL report for this time will be a bit late as I post on Mondays.

Anonymous said...

I love your Christmas colored orts.

Thanks for clearing up the whole process for the TUSAL. This is a great help.

I can't wait for next year.

Kate said...

Nice ORTs

butterfly said...

Hi Daffy-Cat, looking forward to joining you this year, may need some help on the link, if you could let me know please.Have a great day.

Julie said...

Prairie ORT's do look nice in your jar

Lesleyanne said...

Great orts. Will post mine tomorrow. Sorry you had some angry bloggers.

cucki said...

sweet orts.. i love it..
love for you x

Fiona said...

I always think it is such fun seeing your ORT's - it's a little bit funny how people can get upset about some things!! your blog is always fun....

mdgtjulie said...

I can imagine you had some unhappy bloggers, lol. People get intense about their stitching passions!! Your jar is pretty Sharon.

Measi said...

My post is up! http://measi.net/measiblog/2011/11/25/november-tusal/

I've tried to explain what the TUSAL is every month. A few people are getting it. :)

I'm still sad that you had so much anger directed toward you last year with the signups. It was completely out of line. Hopefully the new change will chill people out a bit. I completely understand the change, and I'll admit that what you experienced influenced how I set up the drawing rules for the Wipocalypse next year.

(( hugs ))

Lynn said...

I'm so glad that everyone can join us at any time next year. Stressed? Blogging and stitching are the only things I don't stress about!
Sorry, I never thought to provide a link. I'll do that on my next ort post if not before.

Bonnie Brown said...

Mine is up and I am looking forward to next year!

Stitching Noni said...

Hi Sharon! Looking forward to seeing what you are stitching next!

ORT report is up and in the blogasphere! One more to do for 2011... then away we go again for another year. This has been so much fun and I thank you for resurrecting it this year and for "hosting" it again next year!


Sara said...

Mine is up too. I will try to start providing the link back here as well as get a link on the TUSAL blinkie on my sidebar.

Claudette497 said...

You know, if you make it too easy then everyone will do it, lol. I purposely don't post the link because sign-ups are closed, and it just makes people mad they can't join. I'm thinking of starting a "friends don't let friends blog drunk" campaign - I don't know how else to explain how some people act online. Thanks for hosting TUSAL again - I love every minute of it!

Anonymous said...

I know next year's hasn't started....but I wanted to join in for the last two posts of 2011! :)

My first TUSAL post! http://ferembachsampler.blogspot.com/2011/11/novembers-orts.html

Thanks for hosting this!

cerato said...

My post is up!

Sue said...

I hope to be able to join again next year!

I missed the October and NOvember updates. Lots going on, but mainly selling our home of 22 years and moving--and a serious illness of a family member (not mentioned on my blog). So thanks for having this fun tusal, and hope you will have me again next year.