Sunday, December 12, 2010 | By: Dorrie

JS SecretSanta

 What fun the SecretSanta game was!

Do you remember who YOUR SecretSanta was or who YOU sent a gift to?

My first SecretSanta was Wizardress, and I was SecretSanta to Xanadu. The next year Summerwind was mine and I was SecretSanta to Silvertag. Then JS crashed and at KCL we did it again. Blackbird (non-JS member) was my SecretSanta. Now, who was mine? Oh, dear... I'm getting old! lol

Those gals who organised the whole thing really had a job to do! I remember Ella doing it the one year and Amanda, as well as EvilFury during the KCL stint. Thank you all for all the work you did!

The down side of the organization of the game: some people signed up, got matched with other members, then never sent a gift or even commented on the whole thing.... they just dropped out without a word!

Some members set up special new journals just for SecretSanta. I have one called SecretSanta4JS. There were questionairs to fill out so that the Santa's could get to know their "person" better... making selection gifts easier. I usually sent some typical German Christmas things like a real Nutcracker, smoking elf, and/or CD with German Christmas music.

Anyone else with fond, or not so fond, memories of SecretSanta?

Sunday, November 21, 2010 | By: Dorrie

JS Facebook group

Last month, as most of you know, Elin from Denmark started a JS group at facebook. Within 2 days more then 200 former JS'ers signed up! It was amazing! If you are a former JS'er and want to join (it's by invite only), then send me a message at facebook.

Unfortunately some dropped out because they got bomb-barded with email notifications and didn't realise what it was about. For every entry in the JS group, you received an email. So in those first days, everyone's email account got overloaded. What many didn't realise, you could go to "settings" and remove the notification feature.

Some have come back, some haven't. The hype is off now and no longer are the notifications a problem (I'm too curious so I never turned mine off! lol).

It was great to get in contact with people once again who were once JS favorites and to see who is still running around in this cyber world. Many reconnected, some are lost forever.

I have been trying to keep the member list up-dated, but I do not have the time to check every blog link to see whether it's still good or not. So anyone reading this, please check the list and send me an email or a message via facebook.

I unfortunately didn't get as much response to my new site, Journalspace Revived, as I hoped I would. I would really like to receive some nostalgic entry that anyone would like to share. I would try to put them on a page matching your former layout, if that's possible (screenshots of your old blog would be a big help), otherwise in plain white. It would be so much fun to read some again!

I will also make some more additions myself but the past weeks were just too busy for me (real life, as usual, getting in the way of fun stuff).

Anyone with a blogger or other account can comment here. So tell me what you'd like to have added to the site.

Enough for now.....

Dorrie aka Westy
Sunday, October 31, 2010 | By: Dorrie

For all the JS Addicts

Ok, Ok, here's another attempt at giving all those former JS bloggers a place to remain in contact. Instead of trying to mess with setting up a whole new blog layout, I decided just to add a blogger one and link it.

There won't be many entries added here, unless someone requests me to put up one of theirs... maybe I'll add some co-authors later. At the moment, this will be just a place to add comments and perhaps follow other JS bloggers via the blogg roll. We shall see.

Anyway, this Westy aka Dorrie once again providing fellow JS'ers with a new home.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 | By: Dorrie

Beginning anew.....

As if I didn't have enough blogs already!

I just felt like starting once again at ground zero....