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A #BBloggers History Lesson...

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Okay - so Here it is. Plenty of us want to know - Plenty of us have asked...
This post is long overdue. 

How did #bbloggers Start? Who originally came up with the idea && how did it become what it is today? 
I am here today to give you the straight and honest facts. I can't tell you why the people before me let it pass on - I can't tell you why they started it, but I can tell you where it has been and who has had it. 

I am also going to give you links to posts that were written at the very beginning. 
Many people have said that I have 'created' rules that weren't there before... 
but as you will read - I haven't. 

The only thing I have done was make the whole thing a bit more organized. 
The girls before me; did an amazing job too. 

May 15, 2011{The FIRST EVER #bbloggers Chat} 
Fee of is the original creator of the chat. 
{click here} to read the first post ever written about the chat. 
The first chat happened at 8:00 PM UK time that night. 

The next few weeks - Fee wrote posts before and after the chats && from what I can tell she began asking people not to spam during the chats. She asked for re-tweets to be tweeted without the hashtag and asked for no spamming during the chats. 

Here are a few more posts from her blog. 

Some have said that there used to never be topics - this is not true {as you can see from above}

June 12, 2011
Fee decided to pass the {as she called it} 'Host of the #bbloggers chat' onto someone else. 
You can read about that {here}. 

She 'hosted' the chat on June 19, 2011, but after that I'm not sure what happened. 

From June 19 until July 17th - I gather that there was no 'host' - and there weren't any topics. The chat  just ran without topics. 

July 17, 2011
On July 17, 2011 - this post was posted by the lovely Lily over at Beauty's bad habit blog
In her own words: "After all of the fantastic #bbloggers chats on Twitter, I know I wasn't the only one who wondered where it would head once Fee of Make-up Savvy stepped out to let it run on its own. After tonight's #bbloggers chat, it became clear that a lot of tweeters felt that it was beginning to lose its direction and I had to agree. Instead of letting it die, I thought I'd help to organize it instead! Please don't think of me as 'the #bbloggers leader' - I'm not. I've come up with as many ideas to make sure that YOU the bloggers get as much say as possible about how the chat will run."

&& this is where the official 'POLL' was created. She also began requesting that links not be posted until after the chat. 
"All I ask is that you leave posting blog links to the END of the chat, unless it is relevant to the topic that week."

She also created 'moderators' - something I haven't considered because I wanted to eliminate the need for moderators; by creating a system where we all respect each other enough to not need them. 

August 21, 2011
&& so it begins. You can read {here} where Lily started having some trouble with the chats. 
"but you aren't the person getting the backlash of abuse and snarky comments when dramas kick off. I am. So, each week I try to think up relatively safe, new, decent topics and after five weeks it's getting difficult."

You can see that she was starting to feel the effects of hosting a chat with so many different opinions. 

October 16, 2011
Lily wrote a post titled 'No #bbloggers this week" You can read that {here} and decide for yourself how she was feeling. In the comments of this post - one person mentions that maybe #bbloggers has run it's course; but other's don't want to see it end. Who do you side with? 

I will always side with the one's who don't want it to end - because it won't hurt the one's who want it to end. They can just stop coming if they don't want to take part. 

the end of October 
I started to realize that their weren't polls and that people kept asking 'what's the topic' - some people welcomed the general chats; while other's wanted organization and wanted a topic to talk about. The chats started to consist of people asking 'what is the topic' and other's saying that 'it needed to be organized' - so I decided to contact Lily to ask what was going on. 

She let me know that she was in school and decided that she couldn't organize it anymore. 
I asked her if it would be okay if I did. She said yes and posted {this post}

November 6, 2011

From November 2011 until July 2012 
I hosted the poll on my blog. 

July 2012 - current
A #bbloggers blog was suggested by a #bblogger and this blog was created. 

Nothing has changed in regards to the chat. 
We still have a poll, we still have a topic, and we still ask for links not to be posted. 

There aren't any rules - because twitter is a free place. 
You can do what you want to do; we can't force someone not to post links. 
We are however; allowed to ask nicely not too. 

We have places for you to leave topic suggestions, we ask you to let us know if you have any questions or comments, we put a poll up every week and YOU vote on the topics. The topics are chosen by #bbloggers; not by us. 

We can't stop drama from happening; that's not what we are here to do. 
We host the polls and we post the topic. 
What happens during the one hour of chat time is completly up to all of YOU. 

If you want to get bitchy; then go ahead and do it. 
We can't stop you. 
If someone offends you - it's not our fault. 

Perhaps we should say: 'Chat at your own risk' 
we are a bunch of girls - and girls can be bitchy and competitive.
In the end - we do support each other and we are a community. 
There is no such thing as a perfect community. 

I really hope this little 'History Lesson' helps you in some way! 
If anything - we all have the facts now right? 

xoxo, Nykki 

Let's make this chat even EASIER! {Enjoy}

Hi #bbloggers - Nykki Here; I am bringing you something today that I think may help your chats go so much better! I know that it can be very difficult when there are so many of us chatting, chatting, chatting - it takes a while to get used to && sometimes it can be really hard to keep up. I have used this application in the past, and recommended it awhile ago; but the lovely Cristina brought it back to my attention today. I asked her if she would write up a post about it - and she kindly did. This is for all of you!! She has taken the time out of her day to write this up; in hopes that it can help at least one of you enjoy the chats more! It's a great post, and the application is amazing! Enjoy! :) 

Hello bbloggers :)

I am Cristina and I blog over at Cristina’s Beauty Box. I’ll start by saying that I have loved the whole #bbloggers chat idea since I found out about it in spring. At the beginning, I tried to participate in one chat, but it was so hard to actually chat and follow, that I gave up. I was still following the topics and voting for them, but I found it very hard to follow the actual chat. This was till autumn, when it was time for a topic that really interested me and I said to myself that I must find a way to follow.  So what did I do? I went to a very good friend, called Google and searched for a solution. This is how I found TweetDeck! I decided to share this with you after I saw a lot of bbloggers saying that is hard to follow when the chat is very active.

*** You don’t HAVE to download tweetdeck – you can use it from your browser ****
You can download TweetDeck for FREE from . It is available on PC, Mac and I found it even in the iTunes Store (also for free).  

First step to use TweetDeck is to download and install the program on your computer. When you launch it you will have the option to sign in or to create a TweetDeck account. If it is the first time you heard about this program you’ll probably need to create an account so proceed with that.
The next step is to link your Twitter account and I will show you how.

Click on Settings

Click on add Twitter account

Just write your account details and Voila

Now that you have your TweetDeck account and your Twitter account linked, it is time to add the #bbloggers as a column. 

click on “Add Column” (highlighted in the picture)
 click on “Search” (highlighted in the picture)

write in the search tab #bbloggers and then press enter. After the updates from the hash tag are appearing just press add column

Now you are almost done, but there is one more tip to make chatting even easier: add the Column “Me” the same way you added the #bbloggers column.

click on “Me” (highlighted in the picture)

Now you are DONE. Enjoy the #bbloggers chat!

This was my small tutorial for you and I hope this will help to have more people active in the #bbloggers chats. If you enjoyed it, have a look at my blog as well. Usually I am not writing IT tutorials, but if you are interested in beauty you might like it.
Have a nice day and talk to you in the next chat :)



Let us know if you have used this in the past; use it now; or try it out this weekend or even Wednesday at the General chat! 
We would like to know if this makes it easier for you as well!
If you have any other recommendations please share them with us!
Also - if you have something that you think would contribute to the chat; feel free to contact me anytime!

xo, Nykki and the bbloggersgirls