December 2015 Blogging Bliss Newsletter - the Unofficial Newsletter for Blogging on WDC
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Publisher/Editor-in-Chief: Wordsmitty ✍️
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1. Editor's Note
2. Featured Topic
3. Editor's Picks
5. Blogging News
6. Blog Events
7. Special Item
This Month's Editor: Wordsmitty ✍️
Hey there, Guys & Gals. It's almost the end of another year, and this issue marks three complete years for the Blogging Bliss Newsletter . Thirty six monthly issues since this was started by Cindy who did so much to promote blogging on WDC. Although she is no longer a WDC member, her efforts with Blog City, Blogging Circle of Friends, and others as well as this newsletter continue to grow.
Let's not just focus on the past, though, but also the future. That's what this month's feature discusses with ideas for making sure our blogs are doing what we want them to do.
There's been more members starting blogs or coming back to blogging after a break, and we have a selection of picks that help demonstrate the wide range of blogging and bloggers. Please take some time to visit these folks and let them know you did.
Also and most important, it's time to nominate blogs and bloggers for the The Quill Awards . This is a member event where everyone on WDC can participate. Make sure you nominate your favorites and not just blogs. It's our opportunity to get to know as well as recognize the great writers and authors on WDC.
Here's wishing the best in blogging in the coming year.
Keep on Bloggin'!
Year End New Year Blog Check
by Wordsmitty ✍️
Just like with New Year Resolutions, reviewing your blog to see how you're doing is always in order. Too often we just pour words into our entries the same as we've always done, but we don't take the time to evaluate if what we're doing is accomplishing what we want our blogs to be. As we use this time of year to review life and look forward, let's check if we need to make blogging changes as well.
Probably the first question you should ask yourself is why are you blogging and has the past year's entries supported that. You may not have time to reread all entries and use a checklist to score each one, but you can spot check as well as ponder a while how you feel about your blogging. There's many overlapping reasons as to "why," and the following doesn't cover them all, but it should help you get a start.
If you're using your blog to help expand or improve your writing, has it? This may be hard to figure out even if you consider all the reviews you've gotten on your other work. However, one way may be to see if you feel better about your writing. Perhaps you've found it easier to write your other works because consistent blogging has made writing come easier and just feel that it's a part of you. Maybe you're more productive with more and more ideas coming and getting put into form. Most obvious may be that you find you're spending less time in proofing and rewriting. Writing is becoming more natural. That's definitely an improvement.
Perhaps you're writing for readers and looking to expand your blog's following. This is where seeing those "views" go up and also the number of likes and comments coming from both old and new bloggers, and those are consistent. Of course, not every entry spurs readers to let you know, but you can tell how you're being accepted.
Going hand-in-hand with readers is being part of a community and sharing comments. Speaking of this, make sure to offer your favorite blogs and bloggers with your nominations and input to the The Quill Awards . Also, mention this in your blogs. It's all members recognizing members.
If you're really using your blog as a "web log," then do the entries have the content you want so you can track or look back to use what you wrote for the reason you have? Keeping life events of you or someone else or how a particular situation is affecting you or others is where blogging started and makes good sense. Your entries, though, need to meet that and not be filled with extraneous info.
Another thing that you may be using your blog for is to promote your writing and yourself. This is probably harder to do without getting an outside evaluation, but you can probably see if this is working by how much your works are expanding in the community or public.
Remember that blogs can have multiple reasons. As this article mentioned at the start, it isn't a simple checklist. Writing to prompts can do many of the things above, and the blog is just a podium for your views and creativity. Knowing that this is what you're doing and that your blog entries meet that is important to understand and may only be realized by looking at what you have written.
Then again, maybe you're just writing for fun and aren't very concerned about who reads or cares. However, if that's all there is, then the question could be "Why do you have a blog that others can read?" This is like the old diary you keep under your mattress. It's only there to satisfy you, so make sure that it is doing that.
Please note that some blogs are restricted to Upgraded Authors and higher.
"Squirrels " by Cobe
"Invalid Entry" by Steev the Friction Wizurd
"Invalid Entry" by Harry
"Invalid Entry" by harperpaul
"Invalid Entry" by pinkbarbie
"Easy to manage, monthly installements" by MidnightStalker
"2016 Resolution" by Chanon
"Symptoms" by vivacious
"Christmas Blessings" by GeminiGem
"Invalid Entry" by Mia - in winter wonderland
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.
Ryan Bohannon with blog "Invalid Item"
WhataAmused with blog "Reality Bytes" [18+]
RavanaRaven with blog "Invalid Item"
Kitty Can Write with blog "Invalid Item"
Abyss with blog "Invalid Item"
Faery with blog "Invalid Item"
Slove with blog "Invalid Item"
Tatiana Wynter: The Mad Writer with blog "Invalid Item"
Power Unit with blog "Invalid Item"
ErinLynn with blog "Affirmative Reactions" [18+]
Take some time and check out all of them.
CONGRATULATIONS to Blogging Circle of Friends Blogger of the Week:
November 29 - December 5, 2015 - Steve adding writing to ntbk.
December 6, 2015 to December 12, 2015 - lazymarionette
There's always blogging things happening. Check out these:
"30-Day Blogging Challenge" January is an Official 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 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.
While reviewing this past year's blog entries, remember the tools of a WDC blog. Behind that gear icon ( ) for the whole blog - not the entry, you can use Statistics to gain some insight. The Edit Log also gives you a list of titles if you're trying to search on those or need help remembering what you wrote.
Are you editor material or would you just like to help with the Blogging Bliss? We're looking for editors and guest writers. As part of the staff, you get all the pleasure out of bringing to readers great blogs you've read, spectacular ideas you have about blogging, and magnificent news from blogging activities all the while improving your writing craft beyond just putting words on a page. And it's a lot of fun.
Please let me, Wordsmitty ✍️ or one of the other editors listed at the top know, and you too could see your byline distributed across WDC.
Do you have a question or a topic about blogging? We'd like to hear your feedback and comments on our newsletter. It's very important to us to know what you think. Plus you may get your blog featured in a future newsletter.
To read the blogs of WDC members, please go to: Official Blog Page .
If you have a blog entry that you'd like to promote, whether it's yours or someone else's please visit: "The Blog Board" (may also be accessed under Things to Do and Read).
LOOKING FOR GUEST WRITERS: If you think that you'd like to be a guest writer for our newsletter, please let us know because we're looking for YOU. Please contact: Wordsmitty ✍️ or any of the editors listed at the beginning.
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!