Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Map of the Bead Soup Blog Party

(click the map for a larger view)

Saturday the 17th launches the beginning of the 4th Bead Soup Blog Party.  And I say "the beginning" because this is the largest party we've ever had, and it's going to take more than a day, or even a weekend, to visit all 362 blogs!  

Not only is this the largest BSBP we've had, it's the most international.  We have jewelry designers in five continents and twenty-one countries, and in the United States, we're in Hawaii, Alaska, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as well as all over the continental US.  In fact, there are only three states not represented by someone (North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana, where are you???)  

See all those red dots?  Those are people!  And some of the dots are in the same city, one on top of the other, so if you see one pin, there may actually be five or more!

What countries are we partying in?

The Netherlands
South Africa
United Kingdom
United States

Can you believe it?  Neither can I (or my husband, who helped me pin all those suckers, twice, because of course the computer had to crash at least once in the process).

In case you're wondering how to manage visiting all those blogs, here's a couple of helpful hints to keep you hydrated and in the party mood for a while.  Cut and paste the list (which will be posted on the 17th) into Word and mark the blogs off as you visit them.  Pace yourself -- the partners will be listed in groups of ten.   And I'll have a permanent link to the list on my Bead Soup Blog Party page (again, posted on the 17th).

Stay tuned -- soup's almost on!


Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene and is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.


  1. Looking forward to seeing bead soup from all over the world. Sounds delicious to me =)

  2. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with - even though I didn't participate.

  3. I use tabbed browsing- I open the group of 10 at the same time, go through them then move onto the next. I copy and paste the blogs that have not posted to a word document so I can go back later and check.

    It does take quite some time to get through the list and this one is even bigger than the last. I can't wait.

  4. WOW! Lori that is so awesome!!! What a great job you have done pulling this all together.

  5. Anonymous7:11 PM

    this is really exciting, and a testament to your efforts, Lori. Can't wait until reveal day-I'm so happy to be a part of this!

  6. How exciting to know the party is being celebrated around the globe!

    I love you idea of using a word document to keep track of the blogs we've visited. I can't wait till the fun begins!!!!

  7. So cool! How amazing to see so many people from all over the world unite with a common interest: a love for beads! I am looking forward to seeing what everyone has created as well as getting to know people in the beading community.

  8. Yey! I'm so excited! Getting ready to party!!!

  9. Wow! Very Impressive. Many thanks to you and of course your husband as well, and Zack too. I am ready for some soup.

  10. I'm stunned...I better block out a few days to see it all...lol!

  11. WOW!! That's a whole lot of dots!! My one suggestion while doing the hop is if you want to look at something again, or you really liked how something looked, make a note on your word document, because you will never, ever remember which blog it was on!!

  12. I'm so excited I could pee myself! lol. I wish I could take a week off just to visit all of them at once!

  13. This party is really going to be something. I'm glad I'm a part of it.

  14. Congrats on pulling such a big party together!! Still sad that I had too much on my agenda to do to participate.
    Can't wait to see all the wonderful pieces!!


  15. Wow...I can't wait to see all the creations from all over the world. It is just amazing it is so large. I really hope to participate in the next one!

  16. I just can-not wait for the weekend. I am so proud I am all complete and ready for the auto post (I am usually a last minute kind-of-gal). Thank you for the heads up on that blog info. Love that map thats A-MAZING, Lori you have done a WONDERFUL JOB! THANKS, THANKS, THANKS :)


  17. Really awesome map, Lori. Thanks for sending that along, it's so much fun to see in print!
    Also, thanks so much for all your hard work in getting this bead soup party together. I'm sure it has been countless hours for you, but what happiness you have created for all of us, and those too, who are not participating. I'm so glad to have been included. 'looking forward to party day! =)

  18. Can't wait. My post is all ready to go. Looking forward to seeing everyone else's "soup"

  19. I'm so excited!!! The map makes it look so cool. =)
    I didn't know there were other Alaskans involved! (Aside from my sister and me)

  20. WWOOOOO. I am excited !!
    I am the only dot in the middle east. !! Israel. That's me.
    WWWAOOOO. Can't wait to see the beadsoups all over the world. well done Lori :-)

  21. Wow, that's huge, how exciting!


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