What’s a #TeamBlogJack and How can I join in the Fun? Pick a logo

What's a #TeamBlogJack and How can I join in the Fun?What’s a #TeamBlogJack?

It’s a somewhat spontaneous decision to “hijack” someone’s blog post…but in a GOOD way. It’s kind of like a celebrity roast on a runaway train, whereby people are encouraged to drop by a post and engage not only with the writer of the blog, but with the community’s comments.

Its purpose is to:

a) add a comment on the post

b) engage some new people to the post

c) to have a party/fun (isn’t that what “social” is supposed to be about? Getting together with friends and enjoying good-natured fun and banter?)

d) to come together in the spirit of “luv, respect and good-natured ribbing”, and a #TeamBlogJack is just that… a hijack for fun and frivolity, community engagement, and bantering among friends.

It would be different if we were disrespectful, did this all the time (never sharing any comments on the actual post) or blogjacked the same places over and over.

Back on July 6, 2011 Jayme Soulati started the ball rolling over at Erica Allison‘s place, while Erica was on vacation. Jayme called upon a host of jamokes to come show some love over on Erica’s site, and here’s one of my comments:

“As I have now put in my request for cake and ponies and single malt and beer, I am bringing it home with a shout-out to Jayme for showing what true RELATIONSHIPS really are. Hijacked/skyjacked/blogjacked though it may be, this post, and the comments that followed, demonstrate what a true community is all about. People joining in, enjoying the ride, bantering back and forth, while never really losing sight of what the “highly professionally delivered message” was in the first place. If we were all looking for “numbers”, I’m sure the engagement would not have occurred as it did. We all just took the magic carpet ride of relationships, because Jayme, you put out the welcome mat, opened the door and welcomed us in. And Erica¬† you provided the forum and community gathering place we love.”

So Jayme: hats off to you for launching what might have been a one-time-only blogjack, but is now turning into (drumroll please) #TeamBlogJack.

Recently we headed over to Brian Meeks‘ place and, in his absence, had a grand ol’ time. Jayme commented: “So, uhmm, Kaarina, since the blog owner is conspicuously absent, should we uhmm, introduce a Blog Jack? I’m thinking all the sign are here for a party?”

I responded: ” I’m up for a good ol’ fashioned #TeamBlogJack! Let’s see if we can entice some cronies to join in. Heading over to twitter to roust up the troops, mwahahaha.”

You can find that #TeamBlogJack here, and Brian’s fab follow-up post here, where Brian said:

“I just know one thing, it was my first BlogJacking and I loved it. Blogjacking is how bloggers hug. Everyone loves a hug from time to time.”

A short time later we landed over at Ralph Dopping‘s place, and after a rousting blogjack, Ralph kindly offered to put some more substance to the whole idea by designing some potential logos, which can be found here.

We had a google hangout to discuss potential logos, and Jen Olney kindly offered to build on Ralph’s concepts and the feedback from the hangout and offered some additional logos.

Why a logo?

We didn’t really know. The idea just sprang up organically. Then there was talk of creating a facebook group, and so much more.

And the beauty is, ANYONE can join a #TeamBlogJack. Whenever you hear a shout-out on twitter, or within a blog commenting stream, feel free to jump in to the fun!

In the meantime, will you cast a vote for your favourite potential #TeamBlogJack logo? Here they are: [note: since Ralph’s 8ball received the most votes from his designs, I did not include the others. If that’s the one selected, we’ll just change the words to the decided-upon #TeamBlogJack and eliminate TBJ which is already being used. And yes…#TeamBlogJack is the hashtag we use on twitter and in our comments as we seek world wide domination, haha!) P.S. disregard logo #3 please…it doesn’t reproduce well, but I couldn’t figure out how to separate it from the others:)

TBJlogos 14 to 16Jacklogos 3 to 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please take a moment to vote on your favourite. And if you want to stir up a good ol’fashioned #TeamBlogJack here, that’s AOK too!

(And if you’re wondering why there’s a chibi of me as a cricket herder…Erin Feldman drew that when I wasn’t getting people to become involved in a blogjack, and we heard only crickets. That changed quickly!)

  • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

    I vote for the 8 ball with the guns.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      This should be interesting, based on the feedback from the hangout :) ;)

  • http://joshuawilner.com/ Josh

    The 8 ball with the guns is pretty cool.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Got it!

  • http://twitter.com/rdopping Ralph Dopping

    The 8-ball with the guns is cool but my vote is going to be #5 (just above).

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Ralph:)

  • http://twitter.com/bdorman264 Bill Dorman

    3, 5, 15, 4 is my order of preference. Pretty cool stuff as I have been a participant in a few.

    I love Erin’s chibi too.

    Let the count begin.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      The count it beginning…And of course you’d have to be the wild child and go pick #3, you renegade rebel. Oh yeah…that fits with a #TeamBlogJack perfectly!

    • http://www.late-bloomers.net Barbara Klein

      These numbers will win you the jackpot, Bill!

      • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

        Except @twitter-34985693:disqus cheated by including #3, haha!

        • http://www.late-bloomers.net Barbara Klein

          Then the lottery ticket is invalid, no?

          • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

            Don’t tell Bill that we already had the winning ticket, haha!

  • http://www.wonderoftech.com Carolyn Nicander Mohr

    Hi Kaarina, I’m going to go off the board. I would like the logo of the Jack with the yellow border (it doesn’t have a number) but have the Jack look like the bandit Jack. Yes, more work for Jen, but she can thank me later. ;-)

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Hahahahahaha! Are you listening Jen?

      • http://twitter.com/gingerconsult Jen Olney

        Yes, I hear you

        • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

          I knew that Jen…I just didn’t want to be the bearer of that fact, haha! I think we’re going to hear lots of “can this or that be tweaked”, so we’ll just bear the comments in mind, knowing what is…and isn’t…possible:)

          • http://twitter.com/gingerconsult Jen Olney

            Thanks, Kaarina. :) I will keep track of the tweaking comments – I have to say #5 and #16 are my favorites – with #16 it incorporates the cards and the bandit feature. The eightball with guns still has a unique feature to it.

          • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

            Duly noted:)

    • http://twitter.com/gingerconsult Jen Olney

      The graphic to add the bandit would not be possible, unfortunately there isn’t a way to incorporate the bandit into the card, Carolyn.

  • http://twitter.com/magriebler Marianne Griebler

    I just stumbled upon all this merriment for the first time, but I’m intrigued. When I was in high school, the greatest compliment you could pay someone was to TP their house. Blog jacking sounds like its virtual equivalent. Count me in! (Oh and I like #5, although there’s something about those guns ….)

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Marianne, so glad you found my site and all this merriment! I hope you’ll drop by again: the welcome mat’s always out. And I’m wondering if you meant #4 (which has the guns), or did you mean #5 (no guns)?

      It’s been really interesting to see the differences of opinion on the “guns” issue (we previously had a little google hangout and there was a diversity of opinion on that). Could you just confirm if it was #4 or #5 as your pick? Thanks!

      • http://twitter.com/magriebler Marianne Griebler

        It’s really #5. To be honest (and why not; you’ll get to know me a bit better this way), I’m always concerned about images with the potential to be misunderstood. The guns, while they made me laugh, really seem off-brand to me. They suggest some sort of violent take-over (albeit with a wink) when the exact opposite is the truth. Your blog jacking is all about supporting the great work people are doing. Like Brian said: it’s how bloggers hug.

        Hope this was helpful! I can’t wait to be part of my first one.

        • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

          Marianne, @wonderoftech:disqus is totally on the same wavelength. We had this conversation on our google hangout, and it was interesting to see the diverse difference between how the men viewed the images and the women. Carolyn (don’t mean to speak for you Carolyn, but I believe this is in line with what you said…correct me if I’m wrong) was very clear that the guns/pistols connoted a “violent” takeover, whereas some of the guys said it’s something that mom and dad bloggers debate all the time…the moms don’t want guns…the dads say that kids will find any way to make a gun out of anything.

          Love your honesty: love your spirit. Keep it coming! I do believe I’m going to have a tough time making the final decision, based on the votes, the feedback, the qualifiers and the clarifications. Ah well…it will be FUN!

        • http://www.late-bloomers.net Barbara Klein

          With you all the way, @twitter-23457467:disqus ,guns stand for violence! And how can I hug another blogger at gunpoint?

  • http://twitter.com/Soulati Jayme Soulati

    Thanks for the shout out; I remember that occasion well…I was GP’ing — Erica’s first invite for someone to cover whilst she was gone and earning 100 comments was oh, so rare. BAM! With your help; what fun, and each time we go for it, it is always that — fun.

    My vote remains #4 with the pistols and 8 ball eye.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Woohoo! The original #TeamBlogJack queen:) Like I said to @twitter-23457467:disqus , there’s an interesting diversity of opinion on the pistols. It will be intriguing to see how this all plays out. What do you think of my creating a #TeamBlogJack facebook group?

  • http://www.shiftdigitalmedia.com/shift-digital-team/justin-brackett/ Justin Brackett

    This is such a fun idea. My vote is for the 8 ball with the guns.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Justin: appreciate you playing along:) And hopefully you’ll join in when we do our next #TeamBlogJack too!

  • http://www.writerightwords.com/ Erin Feldman

    My vote remains the same: the eight-ball with the pistols and cowboy hat.

    Thank you for writing the post and for sharing the history of #TeamBlogJack.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Erin: I’m hoping that others will also enjoy our “history” and participate in future #TeamBlogJacks :)

  • http://www.thindifference.com/ Jon M

    My vote is for logo 14; the one with the Jack of Hearts. Good tie in to the initiative. Thanks! Jon

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks for chiming in Jon: I appreciate it:)

  • http://twitter.com/lorigosselin Lori Gosselin

    I like the Jack of Hearts too!

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Lori:)

  • geofflivingston

    I’m going with all of the two old school jacks!

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Geoff:)

  • http://newenglandmultimedia.com/ Michelle Quillin

    Jack of Hearts! Jack of Hearts!

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Which one, which one?

    • http://newenglandmultimedia.com/ Michelle Quillin

      That would be the single Jack with the black background and the red heart, by the way!

  • http://markharai.com/ Mark Harai

    It’s going to have to be #5 for me, Kaarina : )

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Mark:)

  • http://www.vidyasury.com/ Vidya Sury

    The chibi’s a darling, Kaarina!

    For the logo, I am still loving the 8 ball. There’s a nice dynamic sort of solidity about it.Though it was a close call in my mind with No.5

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Yes, @ErinFeldman:disqus drew me as a lovely chibi cricket herder:) Got you down for the 8 ball:)

  • http://www.late-bloomers.net Barbara Klein

    Jack of Hearts, please! How many votes do I get?

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Which Jack of Hearts, my friend?

      • http://www.late-bloomers.net Barbara Klein

        I like both of them, maybe the one on the right with the white background is better for legibility.

        • http://www.late-bloomers.net Barbara Klein

          Am I daft: 15 or 16 I mean, juggling too many balls at the same time …

          • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

            You make me smile:)))))

          • http://www.late-bloomers.net Barbara Klein

            Always aiming to make you smile, ma reine du printemps! Which reminds me of writing ….

  • http://www.facebook.com/katskrieger Kat Krieger

    I like 8 ball with the guns #4.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Kat, so nice to see you here, and thanks for chiming in: I appreciate it!

  • http://twitter.com/ExtremelyAvg Brian D. Meeks

    I like the 8-ball best. That is my vote.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Brian:)

  • http://twitter.com/RebeccaAmyTodd Rebecca Amy Todd

    I think I agree with Ralph- I like #5 too! #5 is alive!!! I really love this whole idea, Kaarina. Increasingly, my time on “social” is spent interacting with those in my informal blog network. I love the idea of a coordinated group discussion.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Rebecca: I’m probably going to start a fb #TeamBlogJack group, and when we finalize a logo, it will be an “open for all” team spirit.

  • http://twitter.com/BetsyKCross Betsy Cross

    I wish I had more time to hang out on Twitter! But I can look for the hashtag. Right? Remind me of being forked. You know when you wake up and see two hundred+ forks plunged into your front lawn? So much fun to know you’ve been thought of while away.
    As far as the logo…when I read the title (I’m tired) I immediately thought of Jack Steiner. LOL! I thought you were writing about him.
    I like #5.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Betsy: we’ll just tell Jack that it’s all about him:) And I usually post on google+ and fb too when I’m rousting up a #TeamBlogJack. Of course we want you to participate:)

  • http://twitter.com/kateupdates Kate Finley

    8 ball! :) LOVE this idea too.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Kate: I appreciate it!

  • Tim Bonner

    Hey Kaarina

    I love logo #4, so that has to be my vote!

    I always see or get to the #TeamBlogJack’s too late and find everyone else has gone already ;-)

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      I will be sure to get to you early then @timbonner:disqus , the next time we commence a #TeamBlogJack…promise!

  • http://www.lisatener.com/ Lisa Tener

    #5

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Lisa:)

  • http://brianvickery.com/ Brian Vickery

    I like #5, #15 and #16

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Brian:)

  • http://joshuawilner.com/ Josh

    We need a logo with a ‘stache for Movember, of course I am biased about that one.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Of course you are:)

  • http://twitter.com/02809Photo 02809 Photography

    I really like #5 and what a great way to connect with others while being exposed to new blogs

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks! Hope you’ll join in to our next #TeamBlogJack. I use the hashtag, note it on twitter and work to get as many involved as possible. Stay tuned:)

  • Adam

    I gotta go with #5

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Adam:)

  • ShellyKramer

    I love this concept! And would love to participate with you bunch of lunatics. And I pick logo 5. Many of the others are just too busy. However, I would move the text off of the image so that it can stand alone. Maybe put the whole thing in a box and see what that looks like.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Shelly, and consider yourself now part of the lunatic bunch, fondly known as #TeamBlogJack. Anyone can of course initiate a #TeamBlogJack…we simply find a site we want to show some luv (cough, antics too), and put out the call…on twitter, in comments, on google+, wherever! It’s something that often grows organically, and that’s half the fun.

      Thanks for the feedback on the logo. I think we might currently be in somewhat of a 3-way tie for choices. Hmmmmmmm…

  • http://hajra.me/ Hajra

    I like #4, and #5; somehow they both have the right essence in them! And please, do call me over for a BlogJack whenever! I thought this had something to do with Jack B!

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      I think many people had that same impression Hajra:) Thanks for the votes…I think it’s going to be a tough final decision.

  • Sharon Gilmour-Glover

    I’m not strongly visual so will abstain from voting for a logo. I really just wanted to say, I LOVE this idea!! What a great way to encourage interaction and have fun. I thoroughly agree with you Kaarina; social is all about getting together with friends and enjoying good natured fun and banter! Why am I not surpirsed Jayme’s involved in this???? I love Jayme’s energy.

    Thanks Kaarina,
    Sharon

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      You’ll love the energy of all those who participate in #TeamBlogJacks:) The “team” has no limit on number of “players”, and people can come and go as they please. Stay tuned for the next #TeamBlogJack. And come on now…visual or not, you must make a choice…I’m double dog daring you:)

  • http://twitter.com/TheChiefAlien HowieG

    I was hoping one of the logos was of justin bieber to make @ShellyKramer:disqus happy. I think I like number 4.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      #4 was originally justin beiber but his handlers made us change it ;) ;)

  • http://www.slymarketing.com Jens P. Berget

    This is actually the first time I’ve hard of the #TeamBlogJack. I have been too focused on my clients lately, I need to get out more :)

    I really like the 8-ball with the guns and #5, so it’s hard to decide between the two. But, #4 is really cool, so that’s going to be my vote :)

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Jens:) We’ll have to be sure to put out a loud and clear call to you for our next #TeamBlogJack. And focusing on your clients is a good thing!

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  • http://twitter.com/alchemy4thesoul Kath Roberts

    What a great concept, my vote goes to either #5 or #14

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Kath, for the vote and for stopping by: hope you’ll do so often (the stopping by, that is:) The welcome mat’s always out. Cheers! Kaarina

  • http://barrettrossie.com/ Barrett Rossie

    Please assign one vote in my name to each of them.

    :-)

    OK, if the voting is still open… #5 is my first choice, followed by the darker of the jacks (provided that you can actually see the heart, which gives me a little trouble in this version).

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      hahahahaha!…thanks:) Got you down for #5, which is currently the lead horse…or logo:)

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  • http://stanfaryna.wordpress.com Stan Faryna

    I like the image titled Jack (first one) but it needs a little work in terms of colors. Logo 4 is also good but needs a little work on color too. Logo #5 needs some help but I could see it working too.

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Stan: I appreciate your feedback!

  • http://twitter.com/AlaskaChickBlog Pioneer Outfitters

    I love #5! LOL, did you doubt I would? I love this whole idea!

    • http://twitter.com/KDillabough Kaarina Dillabough

      Thanks Amber-Lee. I’ll keep you posted on the results and the next #TeamBlogJack:) Cheers! Kaarina

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