Ho Ho Ho! Happy Holidailies!

Holidailies 2006

It's Holidailies time again. Holidailies is a community writing project for online journalers and other web writers. Participants aim for writing an article a day through the entire month of December.

The project, now in its seventh year, was founded by my wife. I've been assisting for the past four. I developed the portal that allows people to register and post their daily entries.

This year I got lazy and just reused last year's code without much change. That explains why this year, for the first time since I've been involved, we're actually starting the project on December 1 instead of partway through the month.

Last year I signed up as a participant. I finished the month with 23 entries posted.

This year, I probably won't. At this time last year I had wrapped up one contract and didn't expect to begin looking for a new one until after the new year. So a daily writing project seemed like an interesting project to try. This year, I fear I can't realistically commit to that.

But just because I'm being a total wimp doesn't mean that you have to. If you want to participate in Holidailies, you can. It's totally free. You just need to sign up. Just be warned that every year past we've had to cut off registrations early, so as not to overload our readers panel. I have no reason to expect this year will be any different.

If you do sign up, also consider becoming a sponsor. It's a great way to publicize your personal or small business site. Or, if you are associated with a non-profit group or organization, and would like some free public service advertising, drop me a line. We have a small number of "comp" slots set aside for non-profits that might be of interest to Holidailies participants.


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re: Ho Ho Ho! Happy Holidailies!

hmm, i can't manage to register for holidailies at home with the URL http://www.livejournal.com/~_fool despite the fact that it is the address for my journal.

re: Ho Ho Ho! Happy Holidailies!

I've confirmed that this URL is failing with an error saying, "Operation timed out with 0 out of -1 bytes received."

The problem is that Live Journal appears to have inserted a 30 second delay in the response to the link verification, and the Holidailies check is timing out after 10 seconds.

Here is a workaround: the URL you gave is actually a redirect to http://users.livejournal.com/_fool/. I think if you use that URL it should work correctly.

If you want to forward this to Live Journal, here is information that demonstrates the problem:

$ time telnet www.livejournal.com http
Connected to www.livejournal.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
HEAD /~_fool HTTP/1.1
Host: www.livejournal.com

(delay for about 30 seconds...)

HTTP/1.0 302 Found
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 16:04:36 GMT
Server: Apache
Set-Cookie: ljuniq=bG9QWgCFFGN2bsZ:1164038676:hbx0; expires=Friday, 19-Jan-2007 16:04:36 GMT; domain=.livejournal.com; path=/
Location: http://users.livejournal.com/_fool/
Keep-Alive: timeout=30, max=100
Connection: keep-alive
Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1

Connection closed by foreign host.

real 0m34.993s
user 0m0.000s
sys 0m0.008s