November 2015 Blogging Bliss Newsletter - the Unofficial Newsletter for Blogging on WDC
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This Month's Editor: Wordsmitty ✍️
Hello again. Another month, and another edition filled with all the blogging info you're been waiting for.
This month the Feature dives into the realm of having multiple blogs. It's not for everyone, but many do have more than one. When you consider the points, maybe one isn't enough.
I know many may not have had much time to blog while doing NaNoWriMo, but there's still been lots of good entries and new bloggers as well as old blogs being reenergized. Make sure to give them a read and let them know you did.
Also, remember to drop us an email or leave a note in the Blogging Bliss Newsletter Forum if you have an idea for the newsletter or have a good tip on a blog. Enjoy this issue and let us know what you think.
Keep on Bloggin'!
One Blog, Two Blog, Three Blog, More?
by Wordsmitty ✍️
Most of us use our blog for anything that strikes us. We may wax on the beautiful morning walk and include a rant on a prompt we say. It might even include a few lines of a poem that popped into our head while we wrote. All sorts of little bits. After all, as a type of journal, that's what it's for.
However, I'm sure we discovered that some folks have multiple blogs. Not just old, filled ones, but different ones for different things. One for this group's blog prompts and another for another group's. There may be one for discussing ones writing, one for work, one for family, one for writing ideas, and even one just for stories. These may all be on WDC or some may be here as well as on other web sites.
So, you may be wondering why have all these blogs and whether you should have more than one. The simple answer is "why not?" For the longer answer, we need to look behind what's driving these.
First, let's consider what a blog is. It's a "web log." A log is used to track something. Many of us probably forget this base since we just consider it a journal by date whether it's daily or less (or more) frequent. However, blogs can also be by topic or event or collection of thoughts. This would sure make it easier if you ever needed to find something rather than have everything in one blog and each entry.
Second let's consider readers. If you're just doing entries about your daily life or family, you may want to have those just available to friends and family. Or those who want to read that may find it better to not have to sift through all your daily prompt responses that they may not be interested in. Limiting who can see your blog may not be that important to you, but keeping track of entries that are done for different reasons could be very helpful. Ever tried to find an old entry that didn't have the piece you were looking for in the title?
Third (as we continue a list) is to decide how many different things are in your entries and how you format and title it. Doing all blog prompts in one blog may make sense. Each can have section with a header to tell them apart. The trick may be to have the prompt subject in the entry's title. If you're not searching for the prompt, then that may not matter.
A work blog or specific subject blog that focuses on a single topic may be the most obvious to have as a separate blog. These are usually serious blogs that would be better served by standing alone. The same might be true for personal blogging, the old diary type journal.
Of course, this brings us to what might be the most important factor: how much do you blog or look back at blogs? If you have short entries and responses to prompts, putting them all together would be simple and easier than doing lots of separate entries. Having multiple blogs can take up more time and require you to remember all those you have and put things in the right place. Organization always takes time and it just may not be that important.
So the next time you're considering giving your blog a face-lift, think about whether you've grown beyond a single blog as well. You can always have more than one. It's your blogging.
Please note that some blogs are restricted to Upgraded Authors and higher.
"You Mean I'm Going to Die?!" by vivacious
"Dear Diary" by Cobe
"Invalid Entry" by L.L. Zern
"Everyday Things" by sindbad
"Invalid Entry" by PuppyTales
"Invalid Entry" by angela32
"Invalid Entry" by Shana-Batgirl-Allen ~WeGotThis
"Stray leaves" by Bryce Kenn
Here's a WDC member's off-site blog:
The Philadelphia Museum of Art by Inked Bday Girl - 30 on 7/4
This is one from the Internet:
3 Kick-in-the-Pants Tips to Unleash Your Creative Awesomeness
We'd like to welcome the new bloggers, old bloggers starting a new blog, and blogging restarting their entries in old blogs after a break. Please note the rating on each blog.
dwarf2012 with blog "Invalid Item"
innerlight is healing with blog "Invalid Item"
elusive ennui warm inside with blog "Invalid Item"
Greenspring with blog "Invalid Item"
Kerri J. Miller with blog "Invalid Item"
Budroe with blog "Invalid Item"
J. M. Kraynak 8th Year at WDC with blog "Invalid Item"
IdaLin with blog "Me, in thoughts and phrases" [18+]
Maineiac with blog "Invalid Item"
Take some time and check out all of them.
CONGRATULATIONS to 30-Day Blogging Challenge October 5 Day Mini Challenges Participants. There's too many to list here, so please check out the Winners and all others celebrating at Invalid Item .
CONGRATULATIONS to Blogging Circle of Friends Blogger of the Week:
October 18, 2015 to October 24, 2015 - Princess Megan Rose
October 25, 2015 to October 31, 2015 - Seshat
November 1, 2015 to November 7, 2015 - ShelleyA~9 years at WDC
November 8, 2015 to November 14, 2015 - ShelleyA~9 years at WDC
November 15, 2015 to November 21, 2015 - MD Maurice
There's always blogging things happening. Check out these:
"30-Day Blogging Challenge" December is an Unofficial month but is supposed to be hosted from the cold and dark of the frozen North.Sign up now or join in when you can.
"Blogging Circle of Friends " Always on. Join and get daily prompts plus chat a spell at:
"Blog City ~ Every Blogger's Paradise" by Grieving Lyn. Take up residence or just get a second home to receive blog prompts and enjoy community events. Stop by City Hall for:
"Invalid Item" by ~NightOwl~ has a different type of prompt that every blogger should give a try and only requires once a week entries. Plus great prizes. Starts August 2 so hurry over and sign up.
"Three Daily Beams of Positivity" by Fran 🏅🇬🇧🇬🇧🏅 works well for a blog and is a great way to raise your attitude.
"Welcome To My Reality Forum" Rhonda provides prompts for the week to help get you and your life events down.
"Blog Harbor from The Talent Pond" Sail in with Jeff to even more blog prompts and fun.
So you've read the Feature in this issue and now want to set up lots of blogs to keep all your ideas separate. No problem. It's as easy as brain surgery which is how you need to segregate your thoughts in your head so you have individual blogs.
Oh, wait. You just want to make multiple blogs on WDC and keep your head intact. That's even easier and doesn't involve a can opener or pieces of Styrofoam.
First, you need to know that you can only have one blog linked from the Blog tab in your port, but we'll see how to help with that shortly.
Second, you need to know that any item not linked to the Blog tab won't be on the Members Blog list when you add an entry or update it. That's a long term project to get coding changed, so we won't mention it further.
Third, just set up another Book item as a Journal/Blog (Writing.Com 101 "Create/Edit a Book" ). That's it except you might want to move all blogs into a new folder just for them.
Now, to make sure people find it, in the Intro to your blogs, always list your other blogs (bitem is best) and tell people that they should check out those. This way they are all cross referenced and easy for readers to find.
Finally, one more thing, in the item's description that shows under the title, add "Last Updated" and insert the date of your most recent entry. This is an extra step, but really helps readers so they don't have to check each blog to find they already read the latest entry a month ago. Of course, you have to remember to do this after adding a new entry.
Now you can keep your mind together while splitting your thoughts and prompt responses.
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WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS MONTH'S ISSUE.
We thank you for your readership and we'll see you next month.
UNTIL THEN, HAPPY BLOGGING!