Welcome, Southern Knit Bloggers!
Hey y'all! Fancy meetin' you here!
Wanna join this here ring? We'd be pleased to have you! Give the rules a quick look-see, and if everything sounds good to you, come on and join us!
1) You must be a resident of one of the following states: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee. I don't remember my Confederate history very well, so one or more of these sites may not technically be Southern, but this isn't that kind of site, people. Heck, if you were born in, or even near, the South and consider yourself Southern, we'll letcha in. I'm from the West Coast, but have adopted the South as my home, and I run the joint, so I can't be picky now, can I?!
2) You must write a blog that is primarily about knitting and/or spinning. This is a Knitting web ring, see? So, yeah, the whole knitting/spinning/fiber arts thing comes into play here. I mean, you don't have to talk about knitting or spinning or yarn or whatever ALL the time. I'm the queen of rambling nonsensical digressions, and I talk about my dog a whole lot, so hey, I know how it goes. Still though. We're a knitting/fiberly pursuits ring.
3) The ring code should be visible on your page. Do I really have to say this? I mean, what's the point of joining the ring if you don't use the code? I can't move you to the members section of the ring until you put the code on your site. No code=not officially added to the ring. Once the code is there, I'll gladly move y'all over to the ring so we can all be attached in a circle of knitterly goodness.
4.) I check the ring queue about twice a week. At this time, I check to make sure your site has the ring code added. If it doesn't, I will re-send the code. If it does, this is the time when I move you to the members section of the ring. I have a day job that keeps me fairly busy, so if you've been sitting in the queue for a few days, please be patient with me. The queue also tends to get mobbed by spammers, and it's easier for me to check it periodically throughout the week than to check it every time I get a new submission.
5) I think I'm insulting all Southerners by saying this, but in case some roving band of KKKK group (knitting Ku Klux Klan) decides to take this ring on as their personal platform, this isn't any kind of heritage-ist, white supremacist, segregationist web ring, so just get those thoughts right out of your head.
If you immediately conjure up those images about the South, then you should visit us occasionally. We're no worse off than other parts of the country as far as idiots go. But, if you're in the ring and you're going to be rude to anyone, you're going to make the rest of us look bad, so please refrain from doing so. We've got an image problem, people, and you're not helping matters. If it gets bad enough, you may be asked to leave the group and nobody wants that.
Act right like our mammas taught us.
5) Consider welcoming new members real friendly-like, like with a virtual "Hey," a clever pitcher postcard, or an electronic casserole using a recipe from the latest Southern Living. Maybe if you're feeling especially productive and generous, you could knit them a mailbox cozy or something. Hospitality, people, that's what we're known for, and we've got to protect the shreds of positive image we have left. We're all in this together and it'll all come back to you eventually. Hence the "ring" part of this gig. Get it? Cyclical. That's what it's about.
6.) On Buttons-Please just take the button already. Linking to the image is impolite and uses up my bandwidth. This is not neighborly. If you have another button you'd like to submit, please do so and I'll put it up. We like buttons, especially when we have choices!
Welcome, friends, and join the club.
Major props to Rachel for letting me steal portions of "The Rules" from her original post.