April 2018 Blogging Bliss Newsletter - the Unofficial Newsletter for Blogging on WDC
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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
Ah, April. That month of transition between seasons. Hopefully, transition has a good influence on blogging. Check the Feature to see.
Well, that's about as exciting as it gets, unless you're up for some new blogs and suggested entries as listed below in the Welcome and Editor's Picks. Do check each out because you're going to be surprised and happy that you did.
My apologies to sindbad for the error in last month's (March 2018) Blogging Bliss that was emailed out. The blog and entry listed in Editor's Picks accidently linked to another's blog. It has been corrected in the online version, so if you didn't see the correction, please check it out at "March 2018 Blogging Bliss Newsletter" .
Now, why waste more time reading my babble here. Get reading and commenting and blogging.
Keep on Bloggin'!
T R A N S I T I O N
Blogs are thoughts that writers want to share and keep track of. They may be personal or opinion or writings (short scenes, character profiles, poems, etc.). They can be polished or drafts. Often they may not even link together because a blog is a person's notebook of sorts.
That means that from entry-to-entry or even within an entry, topics and ideas may jump around without smooth connections from one to the other.
In everything we're taught about writing is to ease readers through the item so they don't get lost or confused. Not that we think readers aren't bright enough to figure it out, but to keep them moving along. Of course, some works pose thought pieces and want readers to pause and ponder before continuing. Even some blogs.
The real question here is whether your blog needs transition, or better transition. Again, that's left up to the blogger to decide, so this isn't going to give you some fast and simple formula.
Perhaps that last isn't really true since the first thing to determine is "does it really matter to you as a blogger?" If you're just journaling or tracking thoughts many for yourself, why make extra work worrying and editing for it? Maybe you don't even spellcheck or look at punctuation. Those can throw off a reader just as much if not more than jumping around. So maybe transition doesn't fall at the top of what annoys readers that bloggers should focus on.
When you think of a blog as a notebook, perhaps transitions have more to do with formatting rather than wording such as a line break designation (e.g. * * * *) as is often done when responding to multiple prompts. Or it could be as simple as a paragraph break. Remember the rules for that?
However, if you are blogging to keep your writing skills sharp (you've got spelling and grammar checkers anyway), you probably want to take a deep breath and slowly read through to see if your mind follows the words or stops and wonders how it got where it is now.
Blogs may be restricted to Upgraded Authors and higher. These entries may have a lower content rating than the overall blog.
"Refugee" from "Ink Puddles and Rambling Rhymes" [18+] by Lostwordsmith
"walkout" from "Hey, life? Are you kidding me?" [18+] by audra_branson
"Instinct and Slapstick" from "The Muse's Ruses" [18+] by Calamity Carol
"I am Blogging for the Public" from "Thoughts & Things" [13+] by Elizabeth
"Nude Attitude" from "Gobbled Eegook!" [18+] by Katya the Poet
"PRAYER BEADS." from "Writing, Writing and More Writing..." [13+] by Mary Ann MCPhedran
"Little surfer, little one" from "Taming the Stars" [GC] by SatuaSearching
"Day" from "Valley of Darkness" [18+] by Amyaurora
"#109 and 110" from "Adventures in Birding" [E] by spidey
"I know, I know…" from "The Jlog of Jade Amber" [E] by Jade Amber Jewel
We'd like to welcome the new bloggers, old bloggers starting a new blog, and bloggers restarting entries in old blogs after a break.
Kat with blog "Invisible" [ASR]
ltanaka with blog "New Beginnings" [ASR]
MDenise with blog "Things Going On" [E]
tears in a bottle with blog "I'VE BEEN SEEN: why do I long for more?" [E]
Brooke-Oprah is Masquerading! with blog "Confessions of an Anxiety-Ridden Redhead" [18+]
Seuzz with blog "Seuzz's Blog" [18+]
z.c.morales with blog "Invalid Item"
Amy Holloway with blog "My Envious Nature" [13+]
CaptainMidnightSingforPhoebe with blog "Invalid Item"
Krysha ~ One step at a time... with blog "Creativity, In Progress" [18+]
*Southernemma* with blog "Invalid Item"
CJ with blog "Invalid Item"
C.R. with blog "My blog" [E]
lezismore-author with blog "Rendezvous with Muse News" [E]
Go check out all of them and leave a Welcome or Welcome Back.
CONGRATULATIONS to Blogging Circle of Friends Blogger of the Week:
March 18 - March 24 - QPdoll
March 25 - March 31 - Mina~learning everyday
April 1 - April 7 - Lilli
April 8 - April 14 - AJ wants U 2 meet The CanMan!
April 15 - April 21 - MD Maurice
There's always blogging things happening. Check out these:
"30-Day Blogging Challenge" by Fivesixer ☮. May is an OFFICIAL CHALLENGE month. Get over there and start your blogging for fun and prizes.
"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 aka Hecate. 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:
Having trouble remembering the item number of your or another blog when you're trying to link it in something? You have to go through the portfolio until you find it then copy its number. It would be so much better if blogs just had a name.
You can give your blog (or any item) an "alias," like a nickname that can be used in place of that ridiculous item number.
There's only one catch, it takes some Gift Points to do that.
Go to the left colum and open the "Portfolio" drop down. Under "Manage:" click on "Item Alias." Give it a name and tell WDC what the item number is, confirm and agree to the cost, and you'll never have to go searching for that item number again (assuming you remember what the alias is that you gave it).
For a detailed description go to Writing.Com 101 "Item Aliases" .
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 . Also you can click on Bloggers in the WDC lefthand column.
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).
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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