Welcome to the Mansion!
Welcome to Beyond the Sphere!
My name is Tom, and I shall be your host for the next 24 hours. In a roundabout way, that is. I won’t actually be getting onto the blog until just after 19:00 UK time, Friday evening, as I have real life stuff to do in the hours in between (sleep / eat/ stroll around the Lake – those kinds of things!), but this is a party for everyone. And not in a political way, I’m pleased to add.
Firstly, thank you for calling by. If you’ve been here before, you know that you are always welcome, and I am really grateful for your visits. If you haven’t been here before, then hello! Pleased to meet you! Please pop a comment below with a link to your blog if you have one, and I shall call by over the weekend. There’s a lot going on this weekend, but I will endeavour to fit everything in.
There are many posts on this blog – I’ve done a fair bit of writing over the past few years. And some of it actually makes sense! There are some corkers of bad posts as well, if you happen to stumble across some of those (if you go for a look around, that is!) either ignore that you’ve seen it, or just pretend it’s the best thing you’ve ever read and move on swiftly. I won’t mind either way. There are some menu options up there, at the top of the blog, which lead off in various different avenues. The Mansion section (within the Features menu) is currently a work in progress, so there aren’t many links in there at present, although there are loads of posts tagged or categorised ‘The Mansion’ which will give you a brief understanding of just how crazy things are around here at times. And believe you me, they are.
Now, this is a blog party with a theme, which will become clear as time moves on. The theme is (see – I told you it would become clear!) Party Like It’s 1999! In the comments, if possible, add something linked to 1999. If not possible, just comment. And comment on other’s comments. And visit those other commenter’s blogs. I’d like this to be a really interactive experience if possible, bringing new bloggers together all over the world, and beyond.
I’m hoping things will get going a little. Or a lot. We’ll see… short notices tend not to work very well.
Ah. I feel a musical interlude coming on (although this is from a few years before 1999 (1994 actually) it fits in rather well):
If you’re feeling rather shy, or can’t think of what to write in the comments, don’t worry! I came up with a quick list the other day for some theme-based ideas, but you may have something better… if not, I’ll add the list again here. You could comment on…
1999 music – pop on a quick link to a music video if you so wish
1999 food – a quick and easy recipe idea so we can all make something quick and tasty whilst we’re at the virtual party
1999 tale – a quick and comical anecdote from 1999; or perhaps a 1999 joke (there has to be one!)
1999 art – perhaps you have a piece of art related to 1999 you’d like to share – or create, even!
1999 poetry – someone must have a poem related to 1999, surely!
1999 – anything. And if you don’t have anything 1999 related, don’t worry – pop along anyway.
Or bring a friend – if you think a friend from another blog you follow may be interested in calling by the Mansion – mention the party to them so they can call by and say Hi, if they so wish (and recommending one of their favourite posts on their blog is an easy way to introduce themselves). I shall be switching off the comment moderation thingy for the party, so the door will be open, so comment, Comment, COMMENT! I will reply (I promise – and I shall be catching up with all of the comments shortly as well… I’m nothing if not busy these days!)
Just have fun. Make like it’s 1999.
In some ways, it actually is!
I shall see you later!