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.”
“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:)
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!)