A crazy thought!

I had this crazy thought the other day!

Of course anyone who has met me, or taken a peek at my blogs, may not actually be too surprised by this concept. I am just one bundle of crazy thoughts.

This particular crazy thought has taken hold though. All the voices in my head are having a field day with this particular thought. Once again it started with reading a blog post or four, as well as some comments I received the other day. The more I play in this wonderful universe of words, the more I see the ultimate power of blogging and the magic truly being wielded by the people behind the blogs.

So I hereby  present some questions and a challenge to my growing group of acquaintances and dare I say, friends, in the blogsphere. I am proposing a rather odd collaboration. I am not even sure it can be done, but ultimately I think the effort involved may well be worth the results. Or maybe that is one of the voices rationalizing.

Do any of you remember Hands Across America? Feel free to deny any knowledge … we don’t want any actual ages to be known. What I am proposing is a sort of Hands Across the Blogsphere. I used to do a game where a group of us would create a story together. One person would start with a sentence or two, then the next would add to it, and then the next, and we would keep taking turns until a story emerged.

I would love to try to do this across blogs. How might this work? Well we would each contribute a portion on a mutually agreed upon topic. In order to read the whole piece, on would have to visit all the blogs involved, in the correct order. Of course it would require a bit of coordination: scheduling the posting,figuring out who writes what, and making sure the whole enchilada was coherent (non-coherent enchiladas can be rather messy).

My questions:

  • Does anyone other than most of my internal voices even like this idea?
  • Does anyone else think it is actually possible?
  • Would anyone care to join me in doing such a thing?
  • If I actually got a few yeses to the last question, does anyone have suggestions for a potential topic?

The challenge:

Simple. Actually doing it. I think this could create something wonderful. Especially if the topic is something meaningful and important. And the more powerful if many bloggers actually did choose to do it. Not only could we share in expressing something important with many voices, we can also pretty much ensure a large number of readers. For each blogger will contribute their own unique audience. And it will also expand the exposure of individual blogs for those who are interested in that kind of things.

Any takers? Especially those of you in the Ahhsome Blogger Community? I would be more than willing to be the coordinator if anyone is actually interested in doing this.

Triple dog dare ya!

Anybody? Anybody? Bueller?

Sorry for the mixed movie references →

0 thoughts on “A crazy thought!

  1. The most simple way, would be to post a Title, and the basic plot with 1 character. You give that Character a name (sex/age) and start the story with 2 sentences. Then you ask yout readers to add a sentence or two, in your comments section. You can update the story with each comment.

    OR, we could do the passing thing. You do the above, but then you PASS it to another blogger to add their 2 cents (2 sentences) and they PASS IT…until the story has approx. 500 words, and then it returns back to the “original host” which in this instance is you- to tie up the ending.

    Then everyone posts the story. The host nominates the next host, who then selects a character (sex/age) and title- Old Man charlie turns 80, Sarah’s embarrassing Show and Tell. Is she 5, is she 15, is she 28? It would be kind of like the game “Telephone” where 1 person makes up a sentence, whispers it in the ear of someone, who then whispers to the next person, and so on down the line. The last person says the statement out loud and then it’s compared to the original.

    So funny!

    Let me know how you’d like to proceed, I’m game!

    • That would work too assuming that anyone else wants to do it. Part of the reason I was saying having only a piece on each blog is it kind of forces people to go to the other blogs if they want to finish the story. Kind of an ongoing cliffhanger! And a mutual promotion of blogs. Guess it depends on who else feels like jumping aboard…

  2. You would need explain to more to me, as I don’t get it…and I fear it may be too complicated to get others on board? Unless it can be simplied as much s possible.

    • Basically what you described in the passing idea. The only difference I was thinking was instead of everyone posting the whole work, they just post their portion. For example I right a paragraph, you right a paragraph, and Lisa writes one. I would post my paragraph and point it to yours. You would point to Lisa’s. The only complicated part would basically be when to post things. And the order it is written in (and only complicated if a lot of people doing it). That could be made pretty simple if one person coordinates. Like I said, a bit of a crazy idea. The reason I was thinking of doing it this way is it might get many more people reading each others blogs. Just a thought 🙂

  3. I like this idea – sounds quite exciting 🙂

    I think the difficultly with doing one long chain story would be that only one person could be writing at any one time – that means if they go on holiday, get bored, or can’t think what to write, the whole thing grinds to a halt and people will loose enthusiasm while waiting for their turn to write something. Also, until it’s actually finished it won’t be a complete story, but once it is finished nobody else can join in.

    To make it easier we could do multiple stories with a limit each total story to three posts (beginning – middle – end) . We could chain them along across many people – so for example – You write a beginning, then I write the middle and Lisa wrote the end. I would then write another beginning and so would Lisa. We would then go to find other people to write our middle and end. Then those people could write a new beginning.

    In this way we can keep getting more people in by making more stories until we’ve got everyone in the whole blogosphere involved in a massive collection of short stories.

    I guess you could even have alternate endings where more than one person can write a middle/end for a given beginning.

    So the first person writes a chunk (maybe 500-1000 words or so) and ends on a cliffhanger… then any number other authors take the possible outcomes, and write the next section. The only way to follow a story thru would be to follow the links on the ends of each post….

    I guess we’d end up with lots of random stories going off in all kinda of directions, but if someone comes along later and wants to join in – there’s always a place to write from.

    • I thought of the stalling factor too. In my mind the whole thing would be written behind the scenes, (with a whip wielding hulking figure looming over everyone’s shoulder of course) until it was done, and then everyone just posted at the same time. Kind of like these world wide candle lighting moments that occasionally pop up these days. Of course this massively authored post would likely only be a one time thing. But I also like your idea. More manageable and and can be done more often, and as you say have the effect i was kind of aiming for. Right now the most likely way it would happen anyways unless more show an interest in the idea.

  4. I love the idea. True, it could be a logistical nightmare, but then again that is half of the fun and all of the challenge, correct?

    Here is an idea. what if participants used the re-blog function. All that would take is a list of what order each author is to contribute, then each successive author could “re-blog” the story, edit/add to it and then submit the story. Unfortunately, that would not take readers to the next blog, but it would announce who was reblogged; maybe that would encourage the reader to check out the original blog.

    I have no idea whether that would work or if that is even possible; I am still trying to figure out just how everything works here anyhow…

  5. I say you start with random and just go for it. This is a brilliant idea! Plus, who doesn’t love a Mad-Libs approach to story telling? I think it could be the funniest or most insightful piece ever written, depending on who got involved.

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