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Blog Roller

What I’m reading around the blogosphere today:

Write it Sideways: 23 Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger

The Book Designer: Fair Use, The Rights of Personality, and Unintended Consequences

Real Simple: 16 New Etiquette Rules for the Tech Age

Psych Central: Are Depressed Poets Still Creative?


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Breaking into Freelancing; The Basic Questions Answered

I’d like to thank Christina Katz for posting answers to these questions that I think most freelancers have asked themselves at some point when attempting to break into the field.

If you are just attempting to start writing on a freelance basis then these answers will help you; and if you’re already an established freelancer then perhaps you can pass this post on to a beginner who would benefit.

Thanks Christina!

Click here to be taken to Christina’s site.

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To Blog; Perchance to Write

While surfing my reader today, I came across this post from the blog “Write Livelihood” entitled “A writer’s guide to blogging”.

I felt that my readers could benefit from it and I also enjoyed the fact that there was a lot of information both in the blog post itself and also within the links below it.


Click here to be taken to the post.


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May Blogathon Begins!

This is it folks! The May 2010 Blogathon has officially kicked off starting today.

I’m so excited to be a part of this growing phenomenon for the second year in a row. I see nothing but great things in all of the participators’ future for ourselves and our blogs.

Being disciplined to write on your blog daily isn’t an easy task by any means. It takes planning and dedication to keep up with the demand of your readers. It’s not as simple as just posting daily, it’s also very important to keep your readers engaged and interested in your content so that they want to continue coming back to your blog.

I’ve been dutifully planning out my posts so that my readers and followers will be both engaged and entertained whilst reading and commenting on my blog. I’ve put work and thought into this years blogathon, rather than last year where I saw it as a “getting my feet wet” event for myself. I was new to the blogosphere and to blogging daily and I wrote whatever came to mind that day. Not this year, I’ve been a good little writer…planning where I wanted this year’s blogathon to take me.

I hope that you will come along with me on this journey and not only learn from my blog but also enjoy it enough that you want to recommend it to others and use the information supplied here to help yourself in your own writing journey.

Good luck to all the other bloggers participating. I can’t wait to read what’s on everyone else’s mind this month.

Please leave your comments below, I love hearing from my readers.


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May Blogathon 2010 Kicks off Tomorrow!

Well, I’m doing it again. Michelle Rafter’s May Blogathon.

Perhaps committing to blogging every day for a month didn’t convince me that I was crazy, so I figured why not try it again this year?

I had a blast participating in it last year. I made some new blogger friends, I gained readership for my blog, and even received some job offers from it. Overall it was a wonderful experience that gave me new insights into the world of blogging and the diligence that it takes to blog daily and make it interesting enough to hold a reader’s attention.

This year, I hope to gain even more readers and friends along the way. I know that the participation level has almost doubled from when the blogathon first got underway two years ago.

To learn more about the blogathon and what it entails, go here to visit Michelle Rafter’s blog.

Kick-off is tomorrow and I hope you will follow me on this year’s blogathon journey.

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A Writer’s Thoughts

words“But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling, like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.”  – Lord Byron –

It’s no secret that I’m a Byron (and a Poe) fan. His above quote ignites a rush of ideas that have been nesting within my loins, simply screaming to be written down. I think it’s the same for every writer that lands upon whatever it is that gives them inspiration. Be it the flowers outside, the birds singing their harmonic tunes, or the gentle breeze that ruffles the fall leaves, inspiration is all around us.

For me, inspiration speaks in forms of words, quotes, colors, sounds, and writing. I find that simply reading calms my soul. When it’s so quiet that you could hear a pin drop, the silence itself is astounding. I’ve always been a fan of solitude. Not just for the fact that I get to know myself, but also because silence speaks volumes without saying a thing. Cliche, I know…but true nonetheless.

So when writers begin writing, whatever it is they may be thinking of at that moment, something magical happens. Ideas mix with feelings and words intermingle with dreams, all producing a masterpiece that now has bore an audience. Once words amalgamate with paper, a story is given new life. Characters find friends, mothers bare children, men become fathers, and something that just a moment ago was nothing…now has been given a voice. And sing it shall, just you watch.

A single word, sentence, or paragraph means a world of difference from one person to the next. You may read a story and gain nothing, while the person next to you reads the same story and allows for the tears of their triumphs to rain down. Words are powerful, life giving, and tremendous. And never underestimate their influence over complete strangers.

I doubt that when iconic writers such as Byron, Poe, Melville, and Shakespeare were penning their thoughts, they allowed room for an audience. From studying them through college and on my own, I’ve learned that all the aforementioned wrote because their souls commanded it. Poe wrote The Raven inside a farmhouse while battling depression. I’m sure he highly doubted it would reach publication, let alone be canonized in high school and college classrooms today.

For all of you that are writers presently, and for all of you that are scared to write down your thoughts, my advice to you would simply be to WRITE. Write more…never less.  Whatever lives in your thoughts needs to be authored. It needs a home among the greatest literary geniuses that continue to live on today through their writing. Find the courage to start a journal, a blog, or even a book. You never know whose life you may change simply because they took the time to read your persuasions.

Please, share your writing thoughts. I admire other people’s determination when it comes to writing.


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Freelance Writer? Author? Editor? Who Wants to be A Guest Blogger!!

New FriendsHello friends. This wonderful idea sprung into my head today and I think it’s really going to help out potential writers and bloggers. Every week I’d like to start featuring a guest on my blog. These guests can be writers, bloggers, authors, et cetera on any genre. 

If you’re interested please either comment below this post, or send me an email through my website and we can get started. I’d like to post the first guest this Friday or Saturday (May 8 or 9). You can tell us about yourself in a short bio (100 words or less), tell us about your blog or website, what you do for a living, how you started, et cetera. 

I foresee it as a great way to get your name and website out to the public. I’m happy to say that I’ve gained lots of readers since joining Michelle Rafter’s blogathon and I feel like everyone that I’ve met has become a part of my “blog-family”.

I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and fellow bloggers through this guest spot. Can’t wait to hear from YOU.


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