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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Who wants to be an Intellectuelle?

(No cash prizes involved, sorry ;-) )

Several weeks ago, I asked Marla Swoffer if she had any suggestions to help me get a group blog together. Well, she did, and the Intellectuelles contest was born. Marla most generously offered me a spot on the Intellectuelle team without requiring my application (i.e., submission of a post to be judged) – which was way beyond the call of duty but hey, who’s arguing.

Intellectuelles, a blog for Inkling-type women, will be written by seven bloggers including Marla, me, and the five winners of the contest. Each member of the team will post once per week. The contest (which began May 17th) was originally to be judged by reader vote, but the task of judging has now been given to a panel including me and Joe Carter of Evangelical Outpost, as well as several more to be determined. Entries will be received here through next Thursday, June 16th, after which the contest will be closed. Winners will be announced on Tuesday the 18th.

Then the gun will fire and the Intellectuelles will be off and running at – are you ready for this? – the Evangelical Outpost! EO is a premier thought-provoking, culture-engaging evangelical blog. Here’s what proprietor Joe has to say about the prospect of a team blog by Christian women who spend way too much time thinking (and use way too many prepositional phrases): “It’s –
– an excellent idea, one that's been long overdue.

– a step in the right direction for evangelical bloggers.

Thanks, Joe!

If you are a female writer or blogger who seeks to serve God through Christ, who has something to contribute to that realm which searches the Truth for understanding and seeks to relate it to every aspect of life, and who seeks to understand the culture and engage it as well – then we covet your entries! And, since time is running short, the time to get your entry in is: now!

Thanks in advance!

What all this means for me is that, starting in less than two weeks (yikes), I will be doing most of my posting on the Intellectuelles blog. I will, however, keep posting photos here at Off the top. I will also post occasional bits that are of a more personal, anecdotal, or random ( ;-) ) nature than would be appropriate for the team blog. So please, those treasured few of you who do – keep visiting!

Update... ... ...

Marla informs me that the entry quota has been reached, so the contest is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

To read the entries, please visit Marla's blog, where most of them are already posted. The rest will be posted by the end of the week.

I will report on progress here at off the Top until Intellectuelles is off the ground.


  • I expect to keep visiting. Glad you and Marla are working together so well on this.

    By Blogger Martin LaBar, at 4:48 PM  

  • Hi Bonnie. Great write-up! The contest is now closed. I returned home today to see we had even exceeded the 30 quota by one, so I posted saying I would allow three more hours for people who might be working on something. We still ended up 31 entries, which I think is kind of cool since my former blog theme was Proverbs 31.

    By Blogger jane, at 11:36 PM  

  • Thanks, Martin!

    Whoa, Marla, that was fast! OK...

    By Blogger Bonnie, at 8:12 AM  

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