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Category Archives: Weblogs

Armchair BEA: Beyond the blog and why some writers blog

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Armchair BEA 2012

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Armchair BEA 2012Blogging leads to new opportunities Blogging is but one part of my writing arsenal. While it’s prevalent today, when I started writing the word “blog” hadn’t been coined. I came up the writer’s ladder the standard way: taking classes, learning the craft, participating…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Blogs that aren’t about books

Tuesday’s topic of the day is all about blogs but not about books. Yes Virginia, there are blogs out there that don’t have anything to do with books or book reviews. In the spirit of the task, I am also staying away from writing and publishing focused blogs. Now, I’m a fairly bookish sort so…

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The scary elevator pitch

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series 31 Days Blog Challenge

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series 31 Days Blog ChallengeThe idea of stepping into an elevator only to find the floor missing is a scary proposition. Not so for writers. It’s the elevator pitch that throws them into cardiac arrest. And so I had my first murmur this morning when I…

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I write fiction. I don’t need no stinkin’ social network.

Most writers are solitary souls: they inhabit their own universe apart from the rest of the world. The clutter of life is a distraction. All this new social media network stuff is nothing but quicksand guaranteed to suck your attention away from the important work: the book. So why bother to plug in? For sure,…

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What’s up with all this Twit and Luv stuff?

In the “just so ya know” department, I’ve stumbled across a couple of neat little applications that add some social media flavor to this blog. If you’re a social media maven, you’ll appreciate the addition of TwitThis and I’ll appreciate your ability to use it. If you’re a blogger, then using the CommentLuv application should…

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Internet Tools for Writers: What’s your IP Quotient? Assessing your Internet presence

This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersSocial networking has changed the way writers present a public face and they must now consider their IP quotient or Internet presence when engaged in online activities. Writers, many who are by nature introverted and wary of any crowd numbering more than…

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Down the Writer’s Path launches first Facebook ad campaign

One of the concerns of any blogger has to be readership. But doesn’t that become a concern for most writers? The first question generally revolves around defining who the reader is. Once that is figured out the really big question is where to find them. If you’ve noticed my Facebook profile on the left, then you…

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The Prayer of Jonah: Introducing my new blog

Today marks the introduction of my The Prayer of Jonah blog to the blogosphere. The Prayer of Jonah is a new writing endeavor–well, not so new to me but new to the world–that I’ve created to capture my more spiritual and faith-based writings. I created the blog back in 2004 when I first took up…

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Priming the pump of the writer’s well

Finally, my creative juices are stirring. I know this because I spent all day yesterday cleaning and reorganzing my office. After years of experience, I’ve learned that prior to starting a project or reigniting the writing habit, the embers stir releasing fits and spurts of movement that often result in rather mundane tasks such as…

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Internet Tools for Writers: Brainstorm a new word

This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersNext time you want to challenge a writer friend, see if they can spell and define the word “susurrus.” That’s today’s offering in the Visual Thesaurus Word of the Day. I signed up for Thinkmap’s daily offering not only for the definitions,…

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Internet Tools for Writers: What’s your blog’s reading level?

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersEver wonder what the reading level is for your blog? Sooner or later someone out in cyberspace comes up with a way to answer all your questions. I ran this Down the Writer’s Path’s URL through The Blog Readability Test. Not only…

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Internet Tools for Writers: Comb through your computer clutter with Google Desktop Search

This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 4 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersSeveral times lately I’ve needed to find a bit of information stored away in an old email or lost file. What once sucked up hours of time now happens in a blink. Using Google’s Desktop Search tool, I’m able to unearth anything…

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City Blogging: A new media trend in travel writing

I’ve resumed posting over at blogHOUSTON, a weblog dedicated to “Houston politics and current events, local media, and thoughts on the city’s cultural and entertainment options.” My niche is primarily arts and entertainment with a strong literary slant, of course. Not being up to date with the local music scene and being that rare individual…

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The Lavender Grouch Bunny: What’s a person to do?

Okay, today I trolled the Internet rather than write–at least so far. And what, you might ask, did I uncover? Well, I I found artist EtherBrian’s blog and this little gem. He’s free and utterly downloadable. Now I just have to figure out what to do with him. I’m open to suggestions. Right now I…

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DWP discovers: MyBlogLog

These days I feel like I’m running faster and faster to catch up with the world only to discover I’ve slipped back a few yards in the process. Somehow I missed the talk about MyBlogLog and hadn’t heard about Yahoo’s recent acquisition. At the moment I can’t even remember who or what tripped me into…

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