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April 20, 2013

Today is M-day. No, not that M-day; that one’s not for another few weeks. This M-day is marked only by this, the one-thousandth (the “Mth” if you will) post on the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest blog.

Since July 2010, these posts have wandered far from the Whatcom County, Washington, poetry contest that inspired them to explore poetry walks, prompts, inspirational quotes, great websites, readings, publications and other poetry-centric topics, primarily in Washington State, but frequently beyond. We continue to be dazzled by the world’s creativity and excited to share it.

To those of you who subscribe, a particularly robust THANK YOU. If you haven’t yet subscribed, we invite you, encourage you, to do so today. We are grateful to each of you who visit, Like, comment, bookmark or share what you’ve discovered here. We welcome your input and hope you will add a link to the Boynton blog on your own site.

Thank you…and now onward toward MC.

2012 in review

December 31, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 18,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals.

Thank you for your visits, your Likes and your Comments. If you haven’t subscribed, please do. If you have suggestions or events/readings for the NW Lit Events page, please send them (in any Comment field). See you in the New Year!

Click here to see the complete report.

The MillionsForget the boat, the garden, the picnic, the barbecue. Don’t open the curtains or answer the phone. Sit down at your desk and click on The Great Taxonomy of Literary Tumblrs: Round Two.

In case you’ve been sleeping, Tumblr allows users to post text, photos, quotes, links, music and videos. It puts a visual face on just about everything and allows users to display their obsessions — er, interests — for all to see.

Over at The Millions, Nick Moran has put together the second list of his favorite literary Tumblr accounts. Organized into categories (humorous, publishers, bookstores, authors, libraries, etc.), this list of links takes you to Tumblr after literary Tumblr. It’s enough to inspire just about anyone and certainly enough to keep you out of the fresh air over the long weekend.

But just in case it’s not, you can always visit Nick Moran’s first Guide to Literary Tumblrs, assembled six months before the second.

Have a great holiday weekend.

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November 26, 2011

500Welcome to the 500th post on the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest blog! When we launched this blog on a whim on July 2, 2010, we never imagined it would take on a life of its own and still be going 499 posts later.

The WordPress platform provides all kinds of stats about the blog, including listing the search terms that brought people here. In honor of this milestone, we thought we’d share a few of the top searches.

Not surprisingly, variations on Sue Boynton Poetry Contest was at the head of the pack. For general information on the contest, see the About page. For information on the upcoming contest, see the 2012 Contest page.

Next by numbers of searches was Sue C. Boynton’s poem, We Walk Together, which is a love poem and has taken on a life of its own as a reading in wedding ceremonies!

Third in line is Sue Boynton, which may include people looking for the contest as well as people looking for information about our namesake, Sue C. Boynton.

Next we have the words bare feet, which take visitors to (then) 3rd grader Tessa Haggerty’s 2009 Walk Award-winning poem, Bare Feet.

Fifth is a large number of searches for information on how to count lines and characters in a poem, a subject that’s emphasized in the contest guidelines and covered in some detail here.

Next in number are people searching for the words Indian plum, which lead them to the 2009 Walk Award poem Indian Plum by Esme Dutcher.

Finally, among the significant-search numbers, are people looking for the terms placard design. Of course the beautiful poetry placards for the contest are displayed throughout this site and have been designed each year by Egress Studio.

However you happen to arrive here, thanks for visiting, for reading, for Liking these posts, for Commenting and, of course, for Subscribing!
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366 and counting…

July 6, 2011

Thank You!The Sue Boynton Contest blog launched just over a year ago, on July 2, 2010. This is our 366th post. Special thanks to the poets and poetry enthusiasts who are our readers and even to the people who enter a term in a search engine, find us accidentally and linger here for a while. We value your comments and appreciate your support of community creativity in Whatcom County, Washington — and elsewhere.