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Monday, July 19, 2010

Happy Birthday, RevGalBlogPals!!

Born in a comment thread at St. Casserole's blog, RevGalBlogPals celebrates its fifth birthday today! Within 24 hours of that post, we had a webring, a group blog and a CafePress store. In our short history we've published two books of reflections and sponsored three Big Events. Today we have about 300 member blogs.

But what we cannot count are the friendships made through the ring. Don't let anyone tell you Internet friendships are not real. RevGalBlogPals has been the source of connections for far-flung clergywomen, of kindnesses in disaster, and a vehicle for the movement of the Holy Spirit through our lectionary and book discussions, preacher parties, sharing of wisdom and experience, prayers, and even our memes.

The board of our 501(c)3, RevGalBlogPals, Inc., is evaluating some of the guidelines established early on about ring and corporation membership. First, we are moving away from the idea of having dues-paying members of the corporation, and will let you know more about this soon. For the time being, we are not taking dues payments. Since there are by-laws to revise, it will take some time to transition.

Second, given some changes at Ringsurf, we are going to discontinue use of their service. Blogs applying for membership now must provide a 1000 word description, and while we appreciate the desire of Ringsurf to protect against spam, this feels onerous. Please go ahead and delete your Ringsurf code, and instead install our new button on your blog. Include a link back to http://revgalblogpals.blogspot.com/

(That's a picture from BE 2.0.)

In the next year, we have plans for Big Event 4.0, with Carol Howard Merritt, and more specifics will be coming on that soon. Meanwhile, please use the comments to share a favorite memory or thought from the past five years, or to leave a link if you blog about it.

Many thanks to all the ring members who have given their time and energy over the years to make the webring go and to provide the content on this group blog. If you haven't been a participant before but might like to try it, send us an email.

Happy Birthday!!!

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To grab our button, right-click on the image in the sidebar (that one has less gobbledygook than the one in the blog post), and save it to your computer. Go to your blog software and add via your picture or link instructions. In Blogger use the gadget for a picture, very easy to add. In Typepad, you have to save it to your Typepad files, which is a little more complicated, but they have instructions for doing it and embedding a link. If anyone has WordPress advice, please add it to the comments and I will cut and paste here. Thanks!

43 comments:

  1. Happy birthday! Could you link instructions somewhere for how to get the new button?

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  2. I love the button. I just right-clicked on the photo and saved it to my picture file then added it as a photo with the link. Is that right? It's at the bottom of my blog page and looks awesome! (I may have to reposition the items on my page....)

    I think I will try and write a little reflecion on my blog and will link back if I do. I am eternally grateful for this awesome blog ring. It has been a source of life, comfort, hope, grace, love, and friendship. I value the feedback I get from sermon that I post, and I'm not just looking for people to say its "good" - sometimes the feedback has really helped me see into the places I'm struggling with and develop it more fully. (HOw cool is that?)....

    anyway. this blogring is gift.

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  3. When I try to add it as a photo it says it's a corrupt file. Any ideas?

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  4. Robin, did you right-click on the version in the sidebar? That one should work.

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  5. mompriest, I thought that was your picture, but wasn't 100% sure, I hope it's okay we used it!

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  6. August 12, 2005 was when I first started to blog and three posts in I was welcomed by Songbird.

    What a tremendous gift to me this ring has been, from real life meet-ups to late night preacher parties (where IS Antonio Banderas with that sermon?), to being the extroverted lifeline to me when I was in a very introverted setting.

    This is a tremendous community and I am thankful to have been found and welcomed by it.

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  7. I can't remember how I first found RevGals blog, but I know that you--and your members--motivated me to start my own.

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  8. Happy Birthday from Scotland...

    In so many ways, this online community has been such a blessing. Thanks for the welcome, and for the kindnesses and encouragement shown to this trainee minister.

    Adding a couple of McSween's haggis - veggie and other - to the birthday table, some good Orkney mature cheddar and oatcakes, along with a peaty single malt so to share a wee birthday dram.
    And a toast: slàinte mhath!

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  9. OK, I have now saved the button 4x to my pictures. It saves as a Firefox doc and then when I try to link it says that it is corrupted or unreadable.

    I am the reason for the step-by-step instructions for Friday 5 links. Could someone please do this one again at the very most basic level.

    Thanks,
    Robin

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  10. When I posted my photo on my blog I thought the two looked alike..but I didn't really think about it.....so, yes! If it's "mine" of course it's fine to use it...

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  11. You all have been such a blessing to me as I began my work in ordained ministry. Many times you've been there for me offering support, advise and most of all love. I thank God for all of you and the ministry you provide.

    Love,

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  12. robin, I will try to email it to you as an attachment...let's see if I still have your email since my computer hard drive crashed...

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  13. My favorite memory is how the group took up my recipe for the Texas Chocolate Sheet cake and morphed it into a RevGals Solidarity cake when St. Casserole and I, along with other Gulf Coast area RevGals, were threatened with Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gus.

    Shouldn't we all make one in celebration of our 5th birthday?

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  14. Oh I so remember the excitement of our "birth" & am still both amazed and delighted at the friendships that I've made ...I wish I were a more active & responsive blogger these days - when there's time, there's nothing bloggable, and when there are things to blog there is little time to do so...but I'm so very grateful that my world has been enlarged by RevGalBlogPals.
    Love and hugs all round...

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  15. Happy RevGal Birthday from Canada!!!!

    This group has been such a blessing to me. It's difficult to come up with a favourite moment or favourite story - it's all good!

    I would like to thank all of the people who have been a part of our executive/organizers/BE committees. I know that this site doesn't just 'happen' - much work goes into it. So a great big THANK YOU and lots of hugs to our RevGal worker bees. Please know you are loved and appreciated - always!

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  16. Thanks to MP, I now have the picture on my sidebar. But isn't it supposed to link back to RGBP?

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  17. Robin, when you put the picture on, there should have been an option to include a link. Look at the layout box again, or email me for further assistance.

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  18. Happy B'day from me too ... I've been blessed to meet and share with "pals" here for the past 3 years. Join the chorus singing "Thank You"

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  19. Happy Birthday Everyone!
    I've tried the button and couldn't get it right. I really need some lessons. 'Course I've been saying that for 41/2 years!
    A toast to the new and improved RGBPS!!!

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  20. ta-da!
    a short reflection on the b-day!

    good idea st. cass...

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  21. I'll add my own sense of blessing over here.

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  22. Thank you MP and Songbird - works fine now!

    And Happy Birthday to All!

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  23. Thanks, everyone! I designed a Happy Birthday Card for the RevGals and Friends and I designed a Happy 8 Years Card for my theology blog that turned 8 last Friday. Many many wonderful returns of the day!

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  24. woohoo--happy birthday to us! I love birthdays!! I feel like I should go out and get us a present, wrap it up, and then accept it on our behalf. ;-) (I really like birthday presents...LOL)

    RGBP has been my saving grace more than once--thanks y'all for being awesome.

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  25. I'm a non-blogging participant, and I very much appreciate the ministry y'all have created here. You've helped me feel less isolated, more connected, and sane!

    Blessings on this happy occasion!

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  26. Yay. Managed to follow instructions and get button and link onto blog. Happy birthday. Look forward to celebrating more with revgals.

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  27. Happy Birthday, RGBP! Thanks to that well-timed Christian Century article, I ahve been a RevGalBlogPal since September 2006. Although I haven't been very bloggy lately, I am deeply appreciative for the friends I have made and will get back in the blogging groove again, I am certain. Thank you!

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  28. Happy RevGals Celebration. I do not remember how I first "found" RGBP...I lurked for awhile and then took the plunge and created a blog.

    I love the diversity, humor, the names, and the poignant stories shared.

    Thanks.

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  29. THANKS THANKS THANKS!!! I blogged more here...

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  31. Big HUG to all my blog pals. In honor of the day, I posted a silly poem I wrote a while back. Find it here. So, where is the party? :-)

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  32. When I added the button to my blog and then click on that photo/button it does automatically take me back here..so Robin, et al, it should work?

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  33. Hooray!

    A little more detail for the typepad users out there at http://help.sixapart.com/tp/us/faq.html

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  34. Happy Birthday! I hope to get around to putting the new button on soon.

    I think I can get the picture all right, but that other stuff -- well, I haven't done that for awhile.

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  35. I love y'all and when I can think straight (Saturday, perhaps) I will certainly make another attempt (the first was unsuccessful) to put the button on my(neglected) blog. Still struggling to adjust to my new schedule, but enjoying the job.

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  36. Happy birthday to us. Thanks from this infrequent contributor who always seems out of time for an inspiring place to be

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  37. The RevGals (whether you knew it or not) played a big role in the discernment process that led to my becoming a commissioned lay minister...and you've also been an amazing support during some tough times in my life. Cheers to all! Sending you a locally sourced blueberry bundt cake from Michigan!

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  38. Catching up now that I have a break in between jobs (isn't much of a break, but that's another story). Happy birthday RevGals! I love the new button on my blog.

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  39. I am so grateful to be part of this group of amazing folks. My thoughts on the last years are here.

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  40. Happy Birthday, RevGals!!

    I wrote a comment here on Monday but it looks like blogger ate it. Phooey!

    Anyway, I am so grateful for this space, and for the faithful women who birthed it and who have nurtured it.

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  41. Me, too. I wrote a comment on Monday that didn't make it the first time.

    What a great group of women RGBP is!
    I'm grateful for ecumenicity, diversity, shared joys and challenges, and laughter.

    Happy birthday!!!!!!

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