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March 2018 Blogging Bliss Newsletter - the Unofficial Newsletter for Blogging on WDC
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March 2018
Issue: Sixty-Three

 
This issue is rated ASR per WDC's "Content Rating System (CRS)
NOTE: Items linked in this newsletter may be of a higher rating.


Publisher/Editor-in-Chief: Wordsmitty ✍️
Editor: Fivesixer's Xmas In Hollis
Proofing Assistant: QueenOwl ~ A New Day Dawns




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1. Editor's Note
2. Featured Topic
3. Editor's Picks
4. Welcome
5. Blogging News
6. Blog Events
7. Special Item
8. Miscellaneous



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This Month's Editor: Wordsmitty ✍️

Here we are marching into the fourth month of the year. Blogs and bloggers are flourishing, and there's a guest author this month for the Feature. She's a published author and Quill Award winner, so be sure to read her thoughts on having a blog.

There's also some great blog entries listed in the Editors Picks for you to read. Remember if during the month you see an entry you like, let me know so we can share. Also you can announce your entry on "The Blog Board.

The Welcome section lists the latest new blogger's new blogs and bloggers restarting blogs. Also, see if this month's Tips & Tricks might be something you could use.

Keep on Bloggin'!

WS



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Better Blogging Topics For Authors

by Uncommonspirit


Traditional wisdom states that if you are an author, you should have a blog to attract readers to your work. The experts tell you to write about your characters, plots, world-building, how your novel is coming along and don’t forget to toss in a little about your cat. Now, I can already hear you moan:

“Where is the traffic?”
“Writing a blog is hard!”
“Isn’t blogging a dead end?”
“Nobody cares about my book before I publish it.”


And you would be right on all accounts.

Blogging about a novel when no one knows who you are is a wasted activity. If you are not publishing your story as a serial, few will care about plotlines or characters. The only people that might be interested are your fellow writers. They may visit, but will they buy and read your book? Probably not.

Who you want to attract are the readers of your genre. They are your target audience, not other writers, family, and friends. The key to a successful writer’s blog is to write about content that is related to your genre and keep the personal angst off your platform. Be entertaining, but offer your readers content that relates to their interests. Then make sure to make it easy for them to purchase your book. You don’t need to blog every day. Once a week or even once a month is enough to get started. I have settled on blogging three times a week; but if I miss a day now and then, I don’t sweat it.

I am a science fiction and fantasy author. My writer’s blog is a mixture of posts. I write interviews with up and coming science fiction/fantasy authors and reviews of classic science fiction novels. My flash fiction and illustrated scifaiku poetry offer examples of my personal writing. On Monday I do a link-list of articles about the craft of writing. These articles are geared toward my genre or items that simply interest me personally, such as fountain pens and handwriting.

My first year blogging, I was excited if I had four or five visitors stop in on a given day. Slowly, the traffic to my blog has increased. Five years later, No Wasted Ink   has around two thousand subscribers directly via WordPress. When I publish a story as a guest poster or in a magazine, the other place always reports plenty of traffic from my blog to their website. Likewise, when I published my first book, I announced it on my blog via a post, and this was enough to drive a decent number of online sales. The authors I interview on the blog report an increase in sales and traffic on their own sites.

Here are a few blogging ideas on related topics based on genre:

Science Fiction
Readers of science fiction love science and new technology. You could develop blog posts about scientific developments and how they relate to people. You could write reviews about classic science fiction books or films.

Mystery
Readers of mystery love the process of finding clues. Write posts about forensic techniques, true crime stories ripped from the newspaper, interesting ways for the police to capture and detain criminals.

Romance
You could do travel posts about romantic villas. Talk about the latest episodes of The Bachelor! Maybe you could follow the 10 eligible men in the world, or the latest beauty queens.

Historical
Research the places of the era you write about. Talk about the customs and clothing of the time period. Find interesting stories locked away in crumbling (online) newspapers from the Victorian era. Write museum tours of the era you focus on.

Blogs do work. Don’t give up on the idea too soon. They are an important part of your author platform.



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Blogs may be restricted to Upgraded Authors and higher. These entries may have a lower content rating than the overall blog.





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We'd like to welcome the new bloggers, old bloggers starting a new blog, and bloggers restarting entries in old blogs after a break.


         

Go check out all of them and leave a Welcome or Welcome Back.



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CONGRATULATIONS to Blogging Circle of Friends   Blogger of the Week:

*STARR*  February 18 - February 24 - Christmas QPdoll
*STARR*  February 25 - March 3 - MD Maurice
*STARR*  March 4 - March 10 - AJ wants U 2 meet The CanMan!
*STARR*  March 11 - March 17 - Amyaurora



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There's always blogging things happening. Check out these:

"30-Day Blogging Challenge by Fivesixer's Xmas In Hollis. April will be a Foolish month (Unofficial that is *Wink* ) Great time to blog so get involved.!


"Blogging Circle of Friends by CJ Reddick. Always on. Join and get daily prompts plus chat a spell at:

FORUM
Blogging Circle of Friends Prompt Forum  (E)
This is the forum where blog prompts will be posted for the Blogging Circle of Friends.
#1901904 by Grieving Lyn


"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. Now offering prompts seven days a week.  Stop by City Hall for:

 
SURVEY
Blog City Building Permit  (E)
Blog City Building Permit
#1779478 by Grieving Lyn


"Blog Harbor from The Talent Pond Sail in with Jeff to even more blog prompts and fun.



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Blogger's Tips-N-Tricks          *GEEK*

Have you ever considered spicing up your blog entries by showing off one of your awards in it? Yeah, I know. We're all too humble to do that, right? *SMIRK*

Well, for the couple of you out there who are show-offs and don't already do this, here's how it can be used for Awardicons and Merit Badges. Yes, just think how impressed your readers will be with something more colorful and enlightening about you instead of the boring words that they drag themselves through or the inane cat and music videos.

There's many ways to do it. You can make them small, medium, or large depending on how flamboyant you are. However the best way is to use the "random" method, unless you have a particular one that would go with an entry, say like one you got for blogging. *Wink*  But why be boring with the same one or make more work for yourself by changing it each time. Be lazy! Be random!

It is so simple that I'm tempted to just tell you to go look it up in WritingML: Docs & Help  . It's under "Writing.Com Tools" in the left column or by clicking that "?" in the tools bar above input boxes. But since you've read this far, I feel obligated to tell you.

{award:random}   or   {badge:random}

Please note that this doesn't work in email. Substitute a badge or award number for "random" to do a particular one.

There's cool ways to do multiple ones, but you'll have to go read that in the Docs and Tools pop-up.



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*StarB* 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.

*StarB* 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. *DELIGHT*

 
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Blogging Bliss Newsletter Forum  (E)
Discussion of ideas and suggestions about blogs and the Blogging Bliss newsletter
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*StarB* To read the blogs of WDC members, please go to: Official Blog Page  . Also you can click on Bloggers in the WDC lefthand column.


*StarB* 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 the Community link in the WDC lefthand column).


*StarB* 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.



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