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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ask Arlee & BOTB Winner

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Ask Arlee:  Asking  You

          Lots of asking in this post.   Today I'm asking you to answer some questions.

           A to Z Team Co-host M.J. Joachim has asked that I share the link to a recent post on her blog M.J.Joachim's Writing Tips.  In her post M.J. is asking her visitors to answer a brief survey composed of five questions plus one bonus question.  It's very brief and you can have fun with it.  And it will help us to improve the 2015 Challenge.

           Please help us out by visiting M.J.'s Totally Random A - Z Challenge Survey #1 and take a minute to answer the questions and then if you can, please go that extra step of sharing the post with others.  The more input we get on this, the better we can understand what you want most in A to Z.   We need your opinions!

            Oh, and if you're wondering about the #1 on this survey, M.J. is planning on a few more of these.  Watch out for them and be sure to answer each survey when they come up on her blog.   We thank you ahead of time.




 Best Version of "High Flyin' Bird"

           In last week's BOTB post I offered up three different versions of the oft recorded song "High Flyin' Bird".   Not too surprisingly the majority of you were not familiar with the song since, though recorded by many artists, the song never became a hit on the music charts.  It's a good song that musicians and singers liked to perform years ago, but it apparently wasn't good enough to resonate with the listening public.

           The versions of "High Flyin' Bird" that I matched against each other were by the Au Go Go Singers, Jefferson Airplane, and H.P. Lovecraft.    They are all very good in my opinion--I don't have a problem with any of them.   And actually if I had used the version by Rejoice I would have gone with that as my favorite--I love the riffing guitar in the back-up and the jazzy vocals.

           However, of my contestants, the version that I am most accustomed to hearing is the one by H.P. Lovecraft.  This is a style of music that I immensely enjoy--spacey psychedelia that you can mind drift along with.   Lovecraft put out far too few albums, but the legacy they left behind is a strong one.

            My favorite of the three choices is the one by H.P. Lovecraft, but even my vote doesn't get them near the top.   They end up with four votes.   The Au Go Go Singers makes out a little better with six votes.  The big winner as might have been expected is Jefferson Airplane with twelve votes.  They are worthy in my opinion.

Final Tally:     Jefferson Airplane wins with 12 votes
                         Au Go Go Singers    6 votes
                         H.P. Lovecraft          4 votes

Next Battle of the Bands will be Sunday June 1st  (What!  June already?)

            Will you answer M.J.'s survey if you haven't done so already?    Do you enjoy answering survey questions?   Do you think marketing surveys provide useful information?

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126 comments:

  1. Off to visit MJ! Hey Arlee, Happy Blitz Day, you are one guy who certainly deserves to be blitzed!

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  2. I did answer the questions at M.J.s. That was fun! Happy Blitz Day! :)

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  3. I've never taken part in A-Z because it's too big of a commitment for me, but I've enjoyed reading many an A-Z post. It's quite impressive that you founded the challenge and that it's caught on so well! Hope you have a happy Blitz Day! :)

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  4. Answered MJ's questions and voted for Jefferson Airplane.
    And - happy Blitz Day!

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  5. Happy Blitz Day!

    I didn't know there was an H.P. Lovecraft band.

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  6. Haven't participated in A-Z because it doesn't fit with our blog. But so awesome you founded it.

    Happy Blitz Day!

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  7. I love the A -Z! Happy blitz day!

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  8. Your BoTB brings back so many great memories. Would you believe that someone (who was rather young)asked me recently if Jefferson Airplane was a one-hit-wonder. :)

    BTW...your the recipient of a BLITZ today. Enjoy! :)

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  9. Happy Blitz. I voted for Jefferson Airplane. Have a great rest of the week

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  10. I didn't get a chance to participate in the A-Z challenge this year but I'll check out MJ's post. Happy Blitz Day Arlee!

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  11. I will stop by MJ's and answer her questions. Yes, I think marketing surveys are useful. Happy blitz day!

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  12. Missed the battle this time. Happy Blitz Day if you are happy. I withdrew from the Blitz crew as the though of being blitzed horrified me.

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  13. Happy Blitz Day to one of the best bloggers around!

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  14. I've actually heard High Flyin Bird because my dad sings it a lot.

    And happy Blitz Day!

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  15. For some reason, the challenge really knocked the stuffing out of me this year. But it's no big deal. What IS A BIG DEAL is that YOUR ARE BEING BLITZED!

    Happy blitz day Alree!

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  16. I think surveys can provide excellent information, if you get enough people to take them ;) Love your battle of the bands feature, keep up the great work!

    HAPPY BLITZ!!!

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  17. I would have picked Stills over HP but not by much.

    BAZINGA! You've been Blitzed!

    I can't think of a nicer guy to blitz, either!

    Hope you have a GREAT day!

    Heather

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  18. Hi! Hope you have a great blitz day! Enjoy!

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  19. Happy Blitz Day! Lee, I will be back to check out these links~ Life is crazy for me right now.
    I love Jefferson Airplane...but I will give H.P. Lovecraft a chance.
    I don't think they are going to sway me ;D ATBest Blitz

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  20. Happy Blitz Day Arlee Bird! Love your blog :-)

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  21. Happy Blitz Day! I'm off to check out MJ's survey.

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  22. I won't even attempt to address everyone individually, but most it's a big THANK YOU! which I can do once every so often.

    A special thanks to everyone who is taking the time to answer the survey at MU's.

    Happy Blitz Day to all!

    Lee

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  23. Just answered the survey -- so this may end up as a Blitz Day for MJ too!

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  24. Hi, headed over to answer the survey. Happy Blitz Day. It couldn't have happened to a better blogger. :)

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  25. Hi Arlee! I thought I'd been a follower of yours for a long time, but now I don't think I am...so I will now officially be your new follower. I'm also new to the Blog Blitz created by that cool guy, DL! So, I think you're the second or third person I've been honored to say, Happy Blitz Day! (P.S. If you aren't following me, will you please begin? Like you say on your blog, it makes your numbers look better, and yours are a whole lot better than mine!)Have a blissful day! :)

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  26. I'll stop by and take her survey. Thanks for telling us about that.

    I'm glad Jefferson Airplane came out ahead. :-)

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  27. p.s. I forgot to wish you a Happy Blitz Day!

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  28. It seems like ages since I've stopped by your blog; I have been off the radar for a while. But what a great way to venture back with the blitz. Happy Blitz Day!

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  29. HP Lovecraft only got 4 votes? I'm stunned...

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  30. An ongoing thanks for the ongoing Blitz. Appreciate you all for making it a Blitz Day for MJ's survey.

    Welcome new followers!

    HJ-- Too bad about Lovecraft. I guess not enough head-trippers were in the vote.

    Lee

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  31. Great blog!

    Have a Happy Blitz Day!

    -RB

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  32. "Rifting guitar and jazzy vocals" all the way!

    Happy Blitz day!

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  33. Must go follow the links and add my two cents. I like to add my two cents, but will refrain from the band discussion...not sure I know either well enough. Sad. I know. But, happy blitz!!

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  34. I answered the questions...I have mixed feelings about surveys. As a freelance writer, I'm regularly asked to take survey results and turn them into articles. Most of the time the business paid a marketing firm to conduct the survey and the results are pretty low...12 people might have answered and my job is to disguise that and use terms like, "75 percent of respondents said..." It's really changed how I see survey results...

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  35. I usually only do surveys when I know what the information will be used for.
    Happy Blitz day!

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  36. I am not surprised by the win from Jefferson Airplane...

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  37. Happy Blitz Day!

    I'm not so sure the average marketing survey provides such useful information, since the survey pools tend to be relatively small, and often from a self-selecting group. It's like reporting political opinions from readers or viewers of a newspaper or station that's slanted one way. Kind of a foregone conclusion given the audience, or not representative of a much larger group from a lot of backgrounds.

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  38. Hi, Arlee,
    I'll have a go at the survey. Don't know the song chosen for BOTB.

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  39. I'll be sure to visit the surveys. Hope you are having a super blitz day.

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  40. ASK ARLEE, you say. OK I've got a question for you. How does it feel to be on the receiving end of the Blog Blitz? Pretty Awesome, isn't it?

    I'm glad to know you are being Blitzed today just for being you and not because you need cheering up in any way, but then who doesn't need cheering up sometimes.

    Enjoy a comment box running over with fun and good wishes, my friend.

    As far as BOTB goes, all is right with the world, cause everybody voted my way for a change.

    I didn't participate in the Challenge, but I did go and look at the survey questions. What is the world is she going to do with that information. It should be fun. good luck with that.

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  41. You so deserve to be recognized by a blitz day, Lee. Enjoy!

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  42. Enjoyed the read and the surveys.

    Happy Blitz Day!

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  43. You've been blitzed!!!

    Have a great day :)

    Chippy

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  44. I've already answered the survey.
    Happy Blog Blitz Day!

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  45. I don't like surveys, and they may provide useful information if they're done correctly.

    Happy blitz day to you, happy blitz day to you...oops. Copyright issues there... :)

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  46. I love reading the A-Z challenge posts. Happy Blitz Day!!

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  47. My opinion on surveys depends on who's doing them and why.

    Hello from the Blitz!

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  48. Thanks for sharing an interesting song which I hadn't heard before. I did stop by and fill in the survey too =)
    Happy Blitz Day.

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  49. The A to Z Challenge is very cool. One day I hope to be able to do it.

    Happy Blog Blitz Day!

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  50. Ya might as well chill, dude, because you're getting BLITZED today. Enjoy!

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  51. Happy Blitz Day, Lee! And thank you so much for sharing the survey. We're getting a lot of good feedback that will help improve next year's Challenge so far. I'm not surprised Jefferson Airplane won the vote. It's such a good group.

    M. J.

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  52. Good to see new visitors, old friends, and regular commenters here for the Blitz. You're making MJ's day to by answering the survey questions. With a large sampling a survey becomes more useful.

    Lee

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  53. Good to see things rocking over here. Happy blitz!

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  54. Love Jefferson Airplane - saw them at Red Rocks as Jefferson Starship.

    I joined your site and Happy Blitz Day!

    Marlene at On Writing and Riding

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  55. Hi, Arlee! Happy Blitz Day! I hope it's been a fabulous day! :)

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  56. I probably would have voted for Lovecraft by virtue of their name alone. :P

    --Nick

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  57. BOTB posts are always fun! Happy Blitz! =)

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  58. I am sorta afraid not to comment after the Blogger vs Wordpress post.
    And I will go answer the questions. I am a good WP peep.

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  59. I visited MJ. That is a great survey.

    Happy Blitz day

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  60. Happy Blitz Day Arlee!
    Keep writing, your blog posts made me smile :) Following you on twitter and Netoworkedblogs. Oh, and for the record, not ALL WordPress bloggers are bad :)

    For Reals,
    Madi Brown

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  61. Now I have to head over to M.J.'s place. Thanks for the heads up, and HAPPY BLITZ DAY! Have some cheese. =)

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  62. Did MJ's survey! Wasn't TOO too hard. ;)

    Happy Blitz Day, Monsieur Lee.

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  63. Off to check out the survey.
    Happy blitz day!!

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  64. I'm here for the Blitz day, and also because I just enjoy visiting your blog! :)

    Love this BotB thing. :)

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  65. I'm discovering a lot of bloggers who are new to me and have gained three new followers. I've got some blog visiting to do!

    Thanks to all for dropping in and leaving your comments.

    Lee

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  66. I see the A to Z challenge all over the place, so cool! Happy Blitz!

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  67. Your blog is always so cheerful. This is why you've been blitzed:)

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  68. I'm not very musical, so I'm not sure how I would have voted in the BOTB...will have to ask my husband though, he's sure to have an opinion! LOL.

    Happy Blitz Day!!!

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  69. Happy Blitz Day! Nice to see what you've been up to since A to Z.

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  70. Happy Blog Blitz! I *almost* did the A-Z challenge this year but it falls during our spring break with our kiddo. Need to JUST DO IT next year!

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  71. Stopped by for the Blitz. I've participated in the A to Z for the past two years and appreciate all the work you and the others do to create this opportunity for us. I'm off to answer MJs survey. Happy Blitz!

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  72. Happy Blitz Day!!! Enjoyed your blog!

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  73. Hey, Arlee! Happy BLITZ DAY!!! Sorry I haven't been around for a while. Writing up a storm...

    Hope all is well.

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  74. Did it! Completed M.J.'s free association survey! Made it on the tail end of your blitz!

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  75. Been to MJ's. Thanks for the reminder. :-) I've heard the song but not in awhile. I admire those who put these battles together. Takes a lot of thought and time. :-)

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  76. If the survey is about something I'm interested in, I'll do it. Orherwise, no thanks.
    Happy blitz day, not that you need it!

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  77. I sometimes complete online surveys providing they're not too long and allow for more than yes/no responses. Life isn't always binary. Hope you've enjoyed the blitz.

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  78. Hey Lee :)

    I haven't been blogging much, busy busy at home. I'm sure next year's A-Z will be bigger yet.

    Have a good weekend.

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  79. Hey Lee,

    I'm here to comment on your posting. See, not just a mention of gosh n' stuff HAPPY BLITZ DAY AND YAY! No sir, no mention.

    So dude, are you impressed that in my ongoing acts of kindness, that I type to you at gone three in the morning? Do you appreciate my dedication, my loyalty? All my questions? My very long comments?

    If you subscribe to follow up comments by email, you will know, that amongst all the comments, including yours, of course, I left a comment on M.J's site. Strangely enough, no mention of the altruism that was The Alphabark Challenge, 2014! Community spirit, eh.

    Next Battle of the Bands. I can hardly wait.

    Okay, seriously, you know I'm just a really nice guy. Kudos to you and all you do, my friend.

    Gary, finally going to get some sleep.....

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  80. Still more wonderful visits! Those not familiar with A to Z be sure to check it out. It's the greatest blog event ever--just ask Gary at Klahanie, he'll attest to that.

    Gary-- I stayed up nearly all night due to some unpleasant circumstances and got some blogging done. I need to put in as much blogging time in as I can since my computer is so darn slow. And thanks for answering MJ's survey--I did see that you'd stopped by there.

    Lee

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  81. I'll head over and do the survey. And HAPPY BLITZ DAY! I can't think of anyone who deserves it more.

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  82. Hey Lee,

    Comment, part two. Absolutely, get all your adoring fans to come and ask me what I think about the amazing alphabet challenge. I will certainly attest to something. Odds are nobody will come and ask me. I don't have your blogging influence. Never mind, eh.

    I hear you about a slow computer. When I move, I going to get one that actually loads up. I wont mention that blasted Google+!

    M.J., like your fine self, is my friend and always glad to leave one of my highly collectable comments.

    Gary

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  83. You probably won't want my input on the survey, since I've never done an A to Z, but I think you're awesome for doing that, regardless!

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  84. BOTB - very cool idea, Lee! Heading over to the survey when I 'leave' here. Happy Blitz Day! :O)

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  85. So very not qualified to judge between the bands or I'd love to help out. Someday I'll go back in time and relive my youth so I don't miss out on all the popular culture (consequently not feeling like a dunce when people debate the merits of popular bands). Happy Blitz Day anyway!

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  86. Happy Blitz Day!! and thanks for creating the a-z challenge! I discovered it last year and loved it!!! I meant to take part this year but life got a bit hectic, looking forward to next years though. :)

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  87. Have a happy, super wonderful and awesome Blitz Day, dear Lee! I'm so glad to have gotten to know you a bit and to have worked with you this spring! :)

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  88. BTW joined your site, hope that you join mine soon :)

    munniofalltrades.blogspot.in

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  89. Happy Blitz Day - although there are times I have sworn at you for inventing the A - Z *hugs*

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  90. And the comments keep on coming! I'm sure you'll excuse me for not giving individual replies, but I'd guess you understand.

    Gary, you no blogging influence? My comments on a Blitz Day are the norm on your posts. Of course you seem to be the Superman of commenting on sites. Hard to believe that you have a slow computer.

    Lee

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  91. Done and dusted Lee re MJ - yes surveys provide a meaningful service.
    Thanks.

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  92. Always enjoy your blog! I live vicariously through those who rise to your challenges (says the too-lazy-for-challenged). Happy blitz day.

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  93. I'll head over and take the survey :)

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  94. Never heard of that song before either. Jefferson Airplane I know. They do my husbands and my song.

    Happy Blitz Day!

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  95. Happy belated blitz day! Sorry I'm a day late, yesterday was crazy.

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  96. I'm late to the Blitz party--great blog!

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  97. Hi Lee! Happy Belated Blog Blitz Day to you! I know, I know, I'm late. {Face/palm} I already told Medeia this has been my second or third time in a row I've been a day late. My apologies sir and I hope you enjoyed your day! Have a great one. Eva

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  98. Yup, did MJ's survey and tweeted it. Missed BOTB, but have never heard the song. I would probably have picked Jefferson Airplanes version as I really like that band.
    Happy Blitz day my dear friend. Sorry I was late for the party...
    Tina @ Life is Good
    On the Open Road! @ Join us for the 4th Annual Post-Challenge Road Trip!

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  99. I heard their was party going on here and me late as always. Great day for all things good. I hope all is swell, I am bringing SWELL back.. if it's good enough for Clark Kent. It's good enough for me.

    Jeremy

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  100. Yes, it was a swell Blitz and I think my head is sufficiently contained where it didn't swell too much. And thank goodness we saw a swell in comments for MJ's survey.

    Thank you all for visiting. No one is ever late at my blog. You're just early for the next exciting event.

    Lee

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  101. Sorry I am late to the party! But happy Blitz Day!!!

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  102. I'm slacking and late, but I made it to the party! Happy belated BLITZ day, Arlee!

    Cheers,
    marci from fuzzyundertones.com

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  103. I can't believe we're heading into June either. Heading over to MJ's. :-)

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  104. I was out of town yesterday, so happy belated Blog Blitz Day, Arlee!! :)

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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  105. I've done the survey!
    Mary

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Go ahead and say something. Don't be afraid to speak your mind.
I normally try to respond to all comments in the comment section so please remember to check the "Email follow-up comments" box if you want to participate in the comment conversation.

For Battle of the Bands voting the "Anonymous" commenting option has been made available though this version is the least preferred. If voting using "anonymous" please include in your comment your name (first only is okay) and city you are voting from and the reason you chose the artist you did.

If you know me and want to comment but don't want to do it here, then you can send me an email @ jacksonlee51 at aol dot com.

Lee