Rosegardens and Thorns Blogging Challenge Event: Sunday Satires: Oh My Gaffes!

gaffe  ɡaf/  noun
  1. an unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator; a blunder.
    “in my first few months at work I made some real gaffes”
    synonyms: blunder, mistake, error, slip; More

Have you ever been out getting some shopping or other business done, something causes you to look down and that’s when you realise that you’re wearing a different pair of shoes on each foot? (Happened to me last evening. Thank God they were both black, and it was night :).

Or maybe you’re scrolling through your  Facebook or Twitter feed one day and found one of your friends had committed one the biggest gaffes ever?

Ever had a memory just pop in your mind, and you find yourself squirming with embarrassment? Then suddenly you can’t hold back the giggles or the guffaws?

You know you’ve had one of those moments, right? We’ve all had them. It’s part of being human.

Your Invite

Well, here’s an invitation to all bloggers to share your human gaffes and giggles by participating in my event: Sunday Satires: Oh My Gaffes!

Blogging and Posting Instructions

The rules and conditions for participating in this Challenge are simple:

1. Share a post about your own gaffes. Post an anecdote of a personal social gaffe that caused you embarrassment. The episode may be that whimsical moment that caught you off guard (like I described earlier), and caused you to enjoy a secret giggle, chuckle, grin, or guffaw to yourself or be one of those OMG wish-that-the-earth-would-swallow-me-on-the-spot type of gaffe where the memory still makes you squirm 10 years post-incident.

2. Not limited to you. You may write about other people’s gaffes and bloopers as well. Mass media and social media has several examples of public figures committing gaffes almost daily. Start looking out for these.This article in the The New York Post should give a fair idea of what to write about. Social and political gaffes are welcome.

3. A moral. End all posts with a moral, principle or a universal lesson showing readers what the incident has taught the blogger and can teach the reader. It may also include a reflective note-to-self.

4. Tone. The tone can range from whimsical to rueful to the satirical, but never mean-spirited. The object is to amuse, deride folly, ridicule vice, or just provide a light, pick-me-upper moment.

5. Post Length. May vary according to form, but keep verbal posts short and spiffy.

6. Event Duration. The challenge opens Sunday, November 9 and ends November 30, 2014.

7. How to Participate. Each week, link your published posts to my blog by Saturday midnight. By noon Sunday, I will publish a Weekly Roundup of responses. Participating bloggers and other readers are also expected to leave Likes,  Comments and Share posts they like on the blogger’s as well as host’s weekly Roundup posts.

8. Last Hurrah/Rewards. At the end of the year, I’ll check the number of Likes each blogger has received for his posts and ask readers to submit final nominations during the week leading up to and ending on Friday, November 28. Bloggers can still submit posts up to November 23, which is the final date for the Challenge. From these popularity indicators/votes, I will then choose 20 nominees and assemble a Top 20 All Favourites List (not necessarily by that name). The List will be published on November 30.

All 20 nominees will receive a Rosegardens Humour/Satire Best Blogger Award. All the others will receive a Badge of Participation to registered candidates once the challenge starts.

Publicity: The List will be heavily publicized across personal and accessible social and mass media networks and within the WordPress community as much as possible.

7. Signing Up. Use the Comments box on this page to indicate your interest in signing up.

Post Forms, Elements and Format:

Posts can take several forms: anecdote, fable, cartoon/comic series, sketch, video, photograph of the gaffe (definitely a plus if you can capture it) or satirical poetry like limericks.

My Big Gaffe:  Clearly share the blunder in a pithy way to evoke a reaction (amusement, shock, reflection) in your audience.

The Moral of this story/incident/experience (choose one): Use a pithy maxim to summarise the ironies and/or lesson (s) the gaffe reveals or teaches.Which universal principles or working guidelines were ignored?

Note to Self: a personal reflection or self-reminder you will pay attention to in future to avoid future blunders.Your aha moment, even. This part is optional or can be embedded with the Moral/Lesson section.

So start posting. After all, who doesn’t love a silly satire on a Sunday? And a couple of giggles will certainly keep the Monday blues at bay.

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