January 2018 Blogging Bliss Newsletter - the Unofficial Newsletter for Blogging on WDC
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This Month's Editor: Wordsmitty
Welcome to the first issue in 2018! What can I say. The new year has bloggers blogging - new and old. It's as if something stirred the creative juices to put renewed effort into it. It can't just be a resolution.
Well, the reason doesn't matter. It's the blogs that matter, and we've got some great picks and some new and refreshed blogs to read. Check those out and let the bloggers know you stopped in to read by leaving a Like or Comment.
The Feature this month may not be as dramatic as December's, but I hope you enjoy it. A little bit of evaluating where you and your blog stand and if some change may be helpful.
Also, don't forget the "The 30DBC Mega-Raffle Extravaganza!" that runs in February. Not only is it blogging and fun, it keeps the blogging fun and rewards going, or is it coming? Best you get in it and figure that one out.
Keep on Bloggin'!
Is it time to rethink your blog or blogging?
Or a better question may be: Is your blog in a rut? Early in the year is a good time to reevaluate what, how, and why about your blog. Maybe you're comfortable jotting down the same old thing in the same old way that appeals to the same old people. That's fine. That's what you are using your web log for, and if it works, why change?
Why indeed? To try something new or different that expands your writing which might entice others to visit your blog. Of course, expanding an audience may not be a goal, although having greater name recognition does help when you're looking to publish. It's not like your blog readers will ask a publisher if they have anything written by you because they love your blog. Or maybe they will if you mention you are looking to publish formally rather than just self-publish. Publishers do check to see if you have followers because they want to know that there will be purchasers. Then again, if publishing isn't your game, maybe a good ego boost from seeing that readership number go up.
So how about looking at your goals? Everyone should be interested in improving their writing. One way is to take a break from your standard scribbles and work on something a bit different, and a blog is a good place for that. After all, it's yours to use as you want. Even if you have a set format and topics, you can still work in different styles and types of writing. Who says your latest review can't be a poem or that experience have a little more romance or horror or comedy. Instead of pointing out those spelling errors, how about quoting "i before e except after c" or some nifty rhyme of your own.
The best way to improve writing is to keep expanding your vocabulary. Often changing your style or formula can open up more pages of the dictionary, so-to-speak. If rereading your past entries sounds like the same thing over and over with just a slight change is scenery or characters, then maybe it's time to invest in a thesaurus. (Look up the synonym for thesaurus just for fun. )
So this all sounds like it could be a bit of work. Perhaps keeping your thoughts on blogging simple might be just reminding yourself of "why" you want to blog. If what you're doing is fulfilling, then that may be enough to just keep right on going. That's what is important - enjoying blogging or as we say, Blogging Bliss.
Blogs may be restricted to Upgraded Authors and higher. These entries may have a lower content rating than the overall blog.
"Peeps for Champagne" from "Gobbled Eegook!" [18+] by Katya the Poet
"Strings of Serendipity" from "Growing Bald With Lynx & The Better Wife" [E] by Azrael Tseng
" Who am I?" from "My Words" [E] by innerlight renewing her life
"The Sunday News: Leadership" from "Melting Snow" [18+] by Prosperous Snow (Neva)
"Don't make me rule the world" from "Cave of Creativity" [13+] by LostGhost: WhiteWalker
"My Kitchen" from "Everyday Canvas " [18+] by Joy
"Two Very Cold and Differing Months" from "My blog book " [E] by Stephen Scorer
"My Men of Science and the Woman of the Page" from "Down the Rabbit Hole" [18+] by MD Maurice
"Because I Need Aunt Martha's Beret" from "On the Fringe" [GC] by Cinn
"Writing on a Smartphone" from "Ezra's Craft Journal" [E] by Ezra
We'd like to welcome the new bloggers, old bloggers starting a new blog, and bloggers restarting entries in old blogs after a break.
Pesky Amanda is job hunting with blog "Path Changing Events" [13+]
spidey with blog "Adventures in Birding" [E]
SteveDan with blog "Trial Blog" [18+]
Brother Nature with blog "For my aMUSEment" [18+]
**Right*As*Raine** with blog "The Babes and the Wolf" [18+]
Penelope Finn with blog "An Entry a Day" [E]
Velicity Phoenix with blog "The Talkative Couch Cushion" [E]
Jace with blog "From My Mind to...." [GC]
JS McBride with blog "Herding Cats & Squirrel Tracks" [GC]
Jason Billingham with blog "What to blog about today?" [E]
NYPen with blog "Internal musings and thoughts" [E]
Georgina with blog "Wilhelmina Georgina" [E]
mykel with blog "Apricot Moon" [18+]
abcoachnz-2018Begins with blog "Ramblings of a Wannabe" [13+]
Danger Mouse with blog "Keeping on " [E]
~MM~ with blog "Mutterings and Musings" [13+]
Slime-j with blog "My life" [ASR]
Rudi Pappotte with blog "Yakov's Run" [E]
ErinLynn with blog "Affirmative Reactions" [18+]
SW Sophie ~ on extended hiatus with blog "Quest for Awe" [E]
Bernie with blog "Caught in a Whirlwind" [18+]
Go check out all of them and leave a Welcome or Welcome Back.
CONGRATULATIONS to Blogging Circle of Friends Blogger of the Week:
December 17 - December 23 - QPdoll
December 24 - December 30 - Lilli
December 31 - January 6 - TaH20
January 7 - January 13 - QPdoll
January 14 - January 20 - QPdoll
There's always blogging things happening. Check out these:
"30-Day Blogging Challenge" by Fivesixer ☮. February will be an Unofficial month, but anyone can participate without a commitment in:
"Blogging Circle of Friends " by CJ Reddick. 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. Now offering prompts seven days a week. Stop by City Hall for:
How many words, but what words are most? This has been mentioned before, but each writer's style comes down to the variation or lack there of when writing. Blogging can be the best indicator because one rarely spends a lot of proofing and editing. Maybe just a quick read that it makes sense.
However, what words one uses over and over is good to look at, and WDC has a tool just for that. How many times is "the" or "and" or "up" or "down" or "colorful" used when another descriptor migh suffice. Knowing how often one uses a word can help start to build a vocabulary of alternatives.
Ready? Open or just select an item and click on the gear ( ) icon in the upper right. Then click on "Word Count." A little box pops up in the upper left with total, by sylable, and most used as well as a line count. Cool , huh? You could even use it on other things besides a blog entry.
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.
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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!
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