It has begun

November 2, 2007

Dear Staff of the Ministry of Silly Blogs, or Potential Staff of the Ministry of Silly Blogs, or Potentially Silly Random People Who Stumble Across the Ministry of Silly Blogs,

The Official Silliness of NaBloPoMo has Officially Begun. Official Ministry Job Titles are being distributed for the Express Purpose of Additional Silliness. Job Titles will be posted on the Official Ministry of Silly Blogs Blog, along with a link to your chosen Blog. More information (or possibly just more confusing information) can be found here.

Several of you have already tentatively accepted or requested Official Job Titles. So far, we have the following:

Chief Minister of Sillines, alejna of collecting tokens
Minister of Silly Socks, Calliope of Celticangel.org
Undersecretary of Fun, Jessi of The Quirky World of Jessi
Director of Silly Quality Control, Sassy of eye heart internet
Director of Everything Else, Magpie of Magpie Musing

The Following Positions are now Accepting Applicants:
Second Assistant Minister of Silliness
Semi-Permanent Under-secretary
Chief Silliness Advisor
Undersecretary to the Third Assistant Minister of Silly Blogginess
Grand Poobah [update: this Title has been Claimed]
Eighth Minister of Pants [update: this Title has been Claimed. And modified.]
Director of Chortles [update: this Title has been Claimed]
Director of the Bureau of Investigations of Particularly Silly Phenomena [update: claimed]
Super Secret Minister of Public Affairs [update: claimed twice.]
Head of Ministry Intelligence, Wit and Goofiness
Oversecretary of Underpants [update: This position has been claimed. Twice, even.]
Head of the Department of Jokes Involving Gerbils, Hamsters, and Other Small Mammals
Chief Investigator of Squid Intelligence
Curator of the Museum of Silliness
Very Important Personage Whose Job is Somewhat Mysterious [update: Claimed. Thrice.]
First Director of Secondary Silliness
Silliness Liaison
Chief of Staff
Chief of Stuff [update: Claimed]
Attache to the Undersecretary of Attaches

How to Apply for or Accept a Job Title:
You are welcome to choose from among the Job Titles above, or are invited to Designate a Job Title of your own Creation. (Or if you would like to add to the list of Job Titles for others to choose from.) If you would like to have a Job Title assigned to you at random, I will Happily assign one to you. If you have a Job Title listed, but would like to change it, let me know. If you would prefer not to have a job title and/or a link from the Ministry of Silly Blogs Blog, let me know that too.

It would be most helpful to me if you would send the following information to the Ministry ( ministryofsillyblogs@yahoo.com ):
1. your name (as you would like to be listed)
2. your blog name (as you would like it to be listed)
3. your full blog URL
4. your desired Job Title

The Ministry of Silly Blogs will also regularly be posting Links of Silliness. (Thanks to Nerevised for contributing our first Link of Silliness, which will be posted within the next few days. Or tomorrow. Probably not tonight.) You are invited to send me links by email (ministryofsillyblogs@yahoo.com) or by way of any of the comments sections here at the Ministry of Silly Blogs Blog. Links can be for your own Silliness, or for Silliness that you have found on the Web. Recent or Old work just fine, as long as there is Silliness.

In fact, I was thinking it would be nice to highlight the Silly Favorites of the Ministry Staff. If you have some favorite Silly Posts that you have written in the past, and that you would like to Share, send me a list of, say, between 1 and 5 links. (Send the full permalinks, please.)

Additional Opportunities from The Ministry of Silly Blogs:
If you would like to be an Official Co-Author of The Official Ministry of Silly Blogs Blog, I would Welcome your Company. You would need to have a WordPress account. If you don’t have one already, you can get one lickety split from WordPress.com.

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In other Official Ministry News, our NaBloPoMo group now has 8 Official Members. Welcome Silliness Afficionados! More information on the formidable history of the Ministry of Silly Blogs is available from this encyclopedic resource.

Soon to come: job listings for available Official Ministry positions, an Official Ministry Blogroll, and a Discussion of Official Ministry-approved topics of Silliness.

Here are some Official Ministry Seals and Official Ministry Badges as well as an Official Ministry Face with Googly Eyes.

Feel free to use these on your own blogs, with a link back to either the Official Website of the Ministry of Silly Blogs, or the NaBloPoMo Ministry of Silly Blogs Group Homepage. You are welcome to scale or alter them. You are also welcome to design new Ministry Bling, or make requests (such as for color changes).

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The Official NaBloPoMo group has been created for the Ministry of Silly Blogs.

What’s with this blog?

October 20, 2007

What have you done?
I done went and created a new blog. Largely because it’s so damn easy to do so.

Why have you done this?
The Ministry of Silly Blogs was created as a venue for bloggers particpating in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo), which entails committing to posting to a blog every day for the month of November. The official NaBloPoMo site allows users to create and join various groups. There are lots of groups so far. Some based on locality, others based on common blogging goals or personal interests. I felt the lack of a group for bloggers who are prone to silliness.

Who can join?
The official NaBloPoMo group (which doesn’t actually exist yet, but should any minute now) can be joined by anyone who has signed on to NaBloPoMo. In particular, you may want to consider joining if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You write posts that, at least on occasion, could be described as silly
  • You appreciate reading posts, at least on occasion, could be described as silly
  • You enjoy a good snicker, chuckle, chortle, cackle, giggle, guffaw and/or the occasional belly laugh
  • You have been known to write things that make someone laugh (even if that someone is yourself)
  • You have been called goofy, loopy, batty, cracked, boffo, funny and/or (the most coveted) silly.
  • Even if you’re not participating in NaBloPoMo this year, you can still participate in blogging silliness. If you post a silly post in the month of November, just leave a link to it in the comments to this post.

    What will become of me if I join?
    At this time, the Ministry is accepting applications for a variety of official Silly positions: Second Assistant Minister of Silliness, Semi-Permanent Under-secretary, Chief Silliness Advisor, Under-secretary to the Third Assistant Minister of Silly Blogginess. If you would like to propose an alternate position title, please do so.

    What’s in it for me?
    If you write a Post of Silliness, or find a Post of Silliness, you can submit a link to be included in regular Official Ministry of Silly Blog updates. (Pending Official Ministry Staff Approval.)

    How do I submit a post?
    Leave it in the comments, below. Or in the comments of any current Ministry post.

    The Ministry of Silly Blogs: Seeking an official seal since 2007

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