Rebel surfed some blogs in the same genre as her own when she stumbled over the words : Half-Nekkid Thursday. Or, abbreviated as HNT.
She thought nothing of it, until she stumbled over exactly the same on another blog. Both the blogs had the same logo posted with it.
Curiosity killed the cat, but Rebel is not a cat. She started to do some research and came across two blogs that explained what Happy Nekkid Thursday is.
Educate us: What is Half-Nekkid Thursday?
Ah, yes. Half-Nekkid Thursday. Now that is an internet phenomenon through which you might find “a good blog entry,” but also through which you can find some really … well, not so good blog entries. There again … “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” I’m a late-comer to the world of Half-Nekkid Thursday. As I understand it, it started as a fun thing where people would post a picture every Thursday of some aspect of themselves. It could be a photo snapped candidly on vacation, or a picture of the funny shaped toe on someone’s left foot, a scraped elbow, or the baby’s chubby knees.
It might be someone’s new hair color, or their growing lack of hair. People have used it to document and share their ongoing weight loss and health goals, trials and triumphs. It’s just a way of sharing an aspect of oneself that might not otherwise be known to the reader through text. Some people have used Half-Nekkid Thursday to tell a story in pictures. (If you intereview Marcel for this deal, be sure and insist he provide links to some of his best. They’re brilliant. In fact, why are you not asking him about this? He was there long before me.) Some people post art, some people post truly beautiful and artistic photography. And, of course, whenever someone coins a term that includes the word “nekkid” there will be people who take that part very literally and post photos that are decidedly NSFW, and in my opinion, not really all that clever or interesting.
It takes all kinds, I guess, and Half-Nekkid Thursday has really gone far beyond that original “let’s all post a candid picture with a bit of who we are” concept.
I participate sporadically. It’s fun, and it’s a way to connect with an even larger part of the worldwide blogging community. It has a huge following now!
And then another one: Views From The Back Row
Guidelines for “Half-Nekkid Thursday”
(Codes for the HNT buttons can be found below the guidelines.)
It was suggested that I include the inspiration for “Half-Nekkid Thursday”. I would agree. Originally, I credited Cathy with posting pictures for Half-Naked Thursdays. I wandered through her blog, and found numerous shots of kid’s tushes, bare shoulders, hubby’s tummy, etc. It didn’t appear to be an organized thing, but a cool idea. So I ran with it. After publicly thanking her for the idea, both she and her husband Doug informed me that the true originator of the concept was The Blue Sloth. He has a HUGE amount of pics on his site–a majority of them of his kids & family. He used to take the kids to the beach and take half naked pics of them. Voila! An idea was born! Many thanks to this unknown genius! I know that he’s been made aware of the phenomenon as it now exists. I hope he takes a little pride in its conception!
I offer these guidelines for “Half-Nekkid Thursday”:
- In that North American, Puritanical way that most of my readers think, “Nekkid”, or its variations, somehow insinuates sex, or its variations. WRONG!! The purpose of “Half-Nekkid Thursday” is not to see sex acts! It is the celebration of exposure. Of your big toe. Of your breastbone. Of your knuckles. Of your uvula. Whatever. Of course, sex acts can qualify, so if you want to post those…..
- “Nekkid” is not the same as nude! Again, nude qualifies, but it is not a requirement!
- Pictures should be taken of you or by you. Don’t be going to some internet site and downloading “Half-Nekkid” pics. And don’t use Uncle Bob’s pictures from Spring Break ’72, either. Let’s try to keep this fairly “real”.
- You don’t necessarily have to be the subject of the picture. By the same token, if you’re not, then the subject(s) should be known to you. No fair going to the beach and snapping pictures left and right. Yes, they might be “Half-Nekkid”, but they don’t follow the spirit of “Half-Nekkid Thursday”.
- While animals can be included in a “Half-Nekkid Thursday” picture, they are not the focus, therefore cannot be the subject. If an animal is all that keeps your picture “Half-Nekkid” rather than “Full-Nekkid”, that’s OK.
- You are allowed a very limited number of cute-kids-in-the-tub type of pictures. We’re interested in YOU!
- Use some originality with your shots. Facial shots should be limited. Artsy body landscapes, conversely, are highly encouraged. If a partner/family member is needed to take the picture, that’s OK.
- Props can help you with creativity, and their use is encouraged, but not necessary.
- As we get into this, you may find that you want to post more than one picture for “Half-Nekkid Thursday”. I would discourage this practice unless absolutely necessary. You should hold some pictures in reserve, in case you find yourself without a new picture down the road.
- While I can hardly control when you post pictures on your own blogs, let’s try to keep “Half-Nekkid Thursday” special, and post “Half-Nekkid” pics only on Thursdays. If you feel the urge to post them more than once a week, I might recommend just emailing them out, rather than posting.
- Tattoos are certainly an acceptable subject, regardless of location. Scars are also acceptable, but please respect the others who visit “Half-Nekkid Thursday” on a regular basis. Spread out the scar pictures over a few weeks’ time, please!
- Speaking of scars–If you use a picture of a scar, it must be accompanied by some sort of humorous anectdote as to how you got it. For a long, but good example, go here.
- Other skin conditions might not be acceptable, due to good taste. These include, but are not limited to warts, zits, lesions, ingrown hairs, boils, open sores, peeling skin, scabies, rashes, or any other assorted gross things. I’m not saying that you can’t post them. Just use your best judgement, for the sake of the rest of us.
- When referring to “Half-Nekkid Thursday”, please spell it correctly! Not Naked, not Neked, not Nakid. It’s “Half-Nekkid Thursday”.
- It’s very important to not be dissing other’s submissions! We’re all going to have half-hearted entries from time to time. None of us is better than the other. One the other hand, it’s completely acceptable to heap praise upon those that deserve it!
- IMPORTANT!–Remember to visit my current “HNT” post and leave a comment indicating that you’ve posted a picture for “Half-Nekkid Thursday”. Consider my blog as the informational kiosk for “Half-Nekkid Thursday”. You’ll be able to see who is joining the tradition. Commenting is much easier for all concerned, rather than updating my blog each time someone posts their picture. I will try to keep the Blogroll in my sidebar updated each week.
I hope that these guidelines help all of you. Get those cameras going!
Quite interesting don’t you think. Rebel did stop for a moment to think: Where have I been all these years and what else is there that I don’t know about? And something else Rebel thought about was: How can I participate in Half-Nekkid Thursday? You see, Rebel is naked on this blog – naked in some pix (very naked we might add) and nakedly expressing some of her deepest thoughts and fantasies. What should Rebel do on Half-Nekkid Thursday? Be dressed or half dressed? Or show her big toe or little finger?
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