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Quilting Bloggers Directory Updated and a Contest/Give-Away

Exciting news … we now have the latest blog post titles and dates for the blogs in the Quilting Bloggers Directory. You might remember we had this feature a couple of years ago, but it caused nothing but problems as it kept breaking. Well, now it’s back and it’s working very well! Woohoo!!

Check the Latest Additions page to see this in action or you can search geographically too.

screen shot Quilting Bloggers Directory

About 5% of the blogs don’t have RSS feeds that can be read correctly and their latest blog posts aren’t shown. That doesn’t mean that there is anything necessarily wrong with the blog, just that the script I’m using to access their RSS feed is unable to parse it correctly.

For those on Blogger/Blogspot: if your blog feed is not showing up, first try the instructions below that Pat in Florida was kind enough to send to me.

Within your Blogger dashboard, you need to turn on your blog feed, go to:

Design
Settings
Click on other
Site feed: change to Allow Blog Feed Full
Save

Then check your blog here to see if that worked. If not, use the Report Blog to send me a message indicating that you’ve done this and I’ll see if I can find another work around.

While implementing this change, I also took the time to update the directory by removing blogs that were gone and those that had not been updated in a year. Can I just say, this was a tonne of work, and boring as can be. More than 1,000 blogs were deleted. Yikes!

I am absolutely sure that I missed some blogs that should have been removed. So please, if you see one, just hit the Report Blog link to send me a message. The link appears next to each blog title/date and is unique for each blog. I would really appreciate your help to keep the directory up-to-date so that it is most enjoyable for all to use.

report-blog

Also, if I removed your blog in error, my apologies, send me your blog address and I’ll investigate. You can check your blog’s status by using the Search and entering your blog address at the bottom of the page. If your blog needs changes, use the Report Blog link to tell me about them.


A Contest … Give-Aways

I was really disappointed as I went through the directory and deleted more than 1,000 quilting blogs. Each one that I removed it was like, oh no another one gone … almost like friends that have moved away. *sigh*

When I first started the Bloggers directory back in May 2008, I ran a Reach a Thousand Contest to help spread the word. It was wildly popular and I’d like to do something similar again to get new quilting blogs in the directory for you all to enjoy.

All you have to do is write a new blog post on your own blog and invite your readers to add their quilting-related blogs to the Quilting Bloggers Directory. You can use one of the graphics below if you like in your post. Once you’ve written your post, return to this page and leave a comment below telling me you did so and include the link to your blog post.

I have two 6-month gift certificates available to The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. I just love this show! It works like a magazine subscription, so if you sign up mid June, you’ll get access to the shows released within the six months from your sign up date.

I’ll randomly pick two winners from those that are sharing on their blogs June 7, 2012 extended give-away date. If we have more than 50 entries, I’ll pick another two winners to receive a 6-pack of hand dyed fat quarters similar to these ones.

hand-dyed


Winners:

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Winners have been notified via email. Thanks everyone for sharing.


Quilting Bloggers Logos

White background, width: 180px, height: 70px

<a href="http://quiltinggallery.com/quilting-bloggers/" title="Quilting Bloggers"><img width="180" height="70" border="0" src="http://quiltinggallery.comhttp://quiltinggallery.com/images/quilting-bloggers-180.jpg" alt="Quilting Bloggers Logo" /></a>

Small Quilting Bloggers Logo

White background, width: 150px, height: 58px

<a href="http://quiltinggallery.com/quilting-bloggers/" title="Quilting Bloggers"><img width="150" height="58" border="0" src="http://quiltinggallery.comhttp://quiltinggallery.com/images/quilting-bloggers-150.jpg" alt="Quilting Bloggers Logo" /></a>

Smallest Quilting Bloggers Logo

Coloured background with gold border, 125px square

<a href="http://quiltinggallery.com/quilting-bloggers/" title="Quilting Bloggers"><img width="125" height="125" border="0" src="http://quiltinggallery.comhttp://quiltinggallery.com/images/quilting-bloggers-125.jpg" alt="Quilting Bloggers Logo" /></a>

Small Quilting Bloggers Logo


If you have a Blogger/Blogspot blog, please see How to Add a Logo to Blogger/Blogspot for instructions. For help with WordPress.com sites, see this tutorial on text widgets.

Posted: May 24th, 2012

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22 Responses to “Quilting Bloggers Directory Updated and a Contest/Give-Away”

  1. Lise says:

    Hi Michele, I can’t find my blog in the directory :( I have been in here for long long time I know I haven’t posted anything for few months can you check this …let me know …thanks…

  2. I just left a blog post on my blog, telling about adding more blogs to the gang. Here’s a liunk to my post:

    http://patspattering.blogspot.com/2012/05/quilt-bloggers.html

    Thanks for offering the contest.

  3. marjorie says:

    I’ve posted about adding to the directory….

  4. Teje says:

    Hi Michele! Great news – thank you for making the latest post show! I’ll write a post and hope that there will be lots of new blogs joining you and us! x Teje

  5. Joy V says:

    Hi Michelle. What a huge job you have just completed! I have left a posting on my blog asking anyone who is reading it, to come and join up, (if they haven’t already). Here is a link to my posting:
    http://seasidequilter.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/bloggers-directory.html
    Hopefully you will get some more people to sign up.

  6. Lorraine Shergold says:

    Will be posting in a few minutes so I will add encouragement to newbie bloggers to coma and get involved in this great cyber community we have here. Hopefully I will be starting 2 new blogs myself in the next month, I am hoping to encourage my quilt groups to join the fun. here’s the link to my blog which I have had fun writing for 2 years now.
    http://monkeybusinessquilts.blogspot.com/

  7. Connie says:

    Thanks for all the hard work you do Michele!! I remember when I first started quilt blogging and found your site!

    Here is my post and I already have a subscription to The Quilt Show.

    http://conniekresin.blogspot.com/2012/05/blog-directory-and-adding-search-button.html

  8. I’m happy to spread the word about your site and the directory. I posted about it here: http://describehappy.blogspot.com/2012/05/are-you-listed-as-quilting-blogger.html

    Hope you get lots of new folks stopping by!! And thank you for all that you do to give us such a nice quilting place to stop by :)

  9. Hello everyone,
    I was pleased to be able to answer the call for more help. I posted the beautiful gold button on my blog at: http://mountainjoyquiltingandcooking.blogspot.com
    Thanks so much for all your hard work on this directory!

  10. Ann Babillis says:

    Hi Mishka,
    Since I connected to your site a couple of weeks ago, I saw that 40% of my viewers connected through the quilting gallery. It would be my pleasure to promote your services as you have promoted mine. Here is my post. http://orange-crumpled-napkin.blogspot.com/2012/05/dont-miss-this-bus.html

  11. I found many friends through your site. I am thrilled to be able to help you, too.

    Thank you for all of your very hard work!

    http://www.aquiltingsheep.com/2012/05/quilting-bloggers-gallery.html

  12. Debbie Madigan says:

    One of the best things I’ve ever done was joining Quilting Bloggers, and I’ve shared this information on my blog:

    http://debbiesdabbles.blogspot.com/

  13. Mitts says:

    Miska, thanks for this wonderful new and improved Quilting Bloggers Directory and for the possibility of being a winner of one of your super fantastic giveaway gifts….
    I wrote about the changes in my Blog today and even if I am not a lucky winner, I am happy to share The Quilting Gallery with everyone.
    http://bagladyfromthebay.blogspot.ca/

  14. tricia m says:

    Hiya Miska,
    I have to thank you as you inspired me to set up my own blog during the March Blog Hop. I’ve been do lots of rambling on it about my quilts, projects etc. infact I did lots of it during today’s posting and was proud to mention quilter’s gallery in it too. I also thankyou for the chance to win your pretty pretty fabrics that I’m currently drooling about all over my laptop. LOL.
    Sincerely,
    Tricia

    http://tricia-ramblingsofaquilter.blogspot.com/2012/05/remember-when-i-talked-about-my-first.html

  15. Sandy says:

    Hi Michele,
    Thank you! I love the new layout! Navigating the new Quilting Gallery is so much easier. I posted on your link and talked about the new changes on my blog today.
    Sandy

    Here’s the link: http://quiltincats.blogspot.com/2012/05/calling-all-quilters.html

  16. Teresa says:

    I just added your Quilting Blogger button to my blog. I am new to blogging and have asked to be listed on here. Thanks for considering my blog.

  17. Karin says:

    That sounds like a lot of hard work. Thnak you for such a great resource

    Have posted about it on my blog. Not sure what the Quilt Show is but would love the fabric.

    http://thequiltyarn.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/quilting-bloggers-directory.html

  18. I added my blog and the link gadget thingy – I didn’t realize there are 7 other vermonters with blogs! I will definately check them out. thank you for all the work you do on this site – I enjoy it very much!

  19. quilary says:

    I’ve just posted about the directory and your invitation to new bloggers to add their blogs. Thanks for the fantastic resource!

    http://quilary1.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/quilting-bloggers-directoryis-yours.html

  20. Teje says:

    Hi Michele! Oh you had again so much wonderful things here in your blog to see! Wow, those creative quilts are amazing! I wrote in my earlier post about Quilting Bloggers and I think we get new blogs here!
    I hope I learn better there linky things but for now it’s in my post: “w.i.p and great links”.
    Sunshine from Greece! x Teje

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