October 2018 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 ✍️
Two more months of blogging before we reach the end of the year! Time has been flying by, and the blogging is setting new paces. There's lots of new and restarted blogs bringing more and more bloggers out to wrestle the end of the year. Just check out the "Welcome" section to find returning favorites and possibly a new favorite for yourself.
This month's "Editors Picks" were hard to nail down with lots striking a chord to play in this months newsletter. I'm sure you'l find great harmony in those that we've listed, but you can always alert us to your favorites by sending an email or commenting in "Blogging Bliss Newsletter Forum" .
Although NaNoWriMo may be taking over in November, that's no reason not to blog, at least occasionally. And don't forget about the newly revamped "30-Day Blogging Challenge" happening through November. You don't have to do the whole month to participate, but maybe once you start you won't be able to stop.
The Feature this month is about blogging books. Sounds intriguing, right? Better make sure to read it.
Keep on Bloggin'!
A Blog Book?
by Wordsmitty ✍️
It's NaNoWriMo, bloggers, but don't let that send you into a secluded corner to concentrate only on making that perfect story into a 50K word masterpiece. We all know that that's not the object anyway. Sure it's a goal to hopefully inspire and keep you going, but the idea is to be writing consistently, something you can get in the habit of doing, plan ahead and follow through, and do year round, although maybe not as intense. It's all to help improve our writing.
Actually, blogging is writing as well, and doing that consistently also helps improve our writing. Blogs can become a book, too, and blogs have the ability to cross and mix genres, styles, and lengths. They may not have a single storyline, or a specific set of characters to follow unless it's your personal journal/diary, and that actually could be an autobiography, assuming what you wrote is non-fiction.
So if you are thinking about turning your blog into a book, it's already a book here on WDC. So what if it's divided into entries. Why not say chapters? Maybe because they're a bit short? Nonsense. Besides each entry doesn't have to be considered a chapter. They can be combined as makes sense into a single chapter. And actual sequence that they're written doesn't have to be the way your "book" reads, unless you are publishing a daily journal of your life. Even then, maybe there's a reason to jump back and forth. It just takes some organizational work to see what is best.
Not everyone has a novel in them that they can spit out in a month, but there are many other types of writing. Your blog is writing no matter what you put in it. Mix it up with poems and short stories and bits of wisdom or whatever. The Blogging Book can be anything you want. So let it be. It could even be song lyrics - that you write.
Blogs may be restricted to Upgraded Authors and higher. These entries may have a lower content rating than the overall blog.
"To clear away today 'til all your memories are gone." from "Selah // Something Witty" [18+] by LdyPhoenix
"October 17, 2018" from "My Blog" [E] by amy-Looking Forward
"I don't have a name for that...but it's funny." from "Herding Cats & Squirrel Tracks" [XGC] by Jayne
"Visit to the DMV " from "Mercy! Mercy! That Dang Nabed PERCY!" [18+] by percy goodfellow
"Grouches and Dawn" from "Blog @ Work 2nd Edition" [18+] by WakeUpAndLive~ 2019
"Wishlist" from "Beginnings" [18+] by Cass--Spring Spirit
"Nice day." from "A look at my personal life and thoughts." [ASR] by brom21
"Busy Thanksgiving" from "My Blog" [E] by Epiehl
"There is no mention of walking tacos in this post." from "Sorji's Blog" [13+] by Sorji
"Invalid Entry" from "Invalid Item" by rl_gallear
We'd like to welcome the new bloggers, old bloggers starting a new blog, and bloggers restarting entries in old blogs after a break.
Cubby with blog "A Little Bit of Everything" [18+]
Prosperous Snow Globe with blog "I Blog Poetry and Prose" [18+]
Elizabeth H Wants Fur Son Back with blog "I'm Just Me" [18+]
May Fungi From Yuggoth with blog "CANDLELIT CHRONICLES: HISTORIC HAUNTS" [18+]
PandaPaws; VET TECH in 2020! with blog "Stepping Stones - A Sometimes Daily Blog" [13+]
paddy1 with blog "Invalid Item"
Soh ~ Luminousa with blog "Invalid Item"
David McClain with blog " A Modest House in Blogville" [18+]
LivLeves with blog "Writing about writing" [18+]
Northwood with blog "Abstinence" [18+]
TopHatBanjo with blog "NaNoWriMo 2018" [13+]
Lt. Storm Machine with blog "Inner Workings of the Machine" [18+]
David Clemens with blog "Invalid Item"
🌙 Darleen with blog "Reflections of Darleen" [GC]
Sharon with blog "Sharon's Journal/Blog" [E]
EstelleNoire with blog "Stepping Stone" [13+]
Jay O'Toole with blog "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2" [E]
sindbad with blog "Evolution of Love 2" [13+]
Go read and leave a blogging welcome comment.
CONGRATULATIONS to Blogging Circle of Friends Blogger of the Week:
There's always blogging things happening. Check out these:
"30-Day Blogging Challenge" by Fivesixer. The 30DBC Official Challenge starts 1 November. Revised and improved especially with so many participating. You need to be one, so go sign up.
"Blogging Circle of Friends " by CJ Reddick - 7?. 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:
Export your blog. No, not send it out of the country. Well, maybe. It means to take that book item you call a blog and put it in a format onto your computer, tablet, phone, or other miscellaneous electronic device.
It's really easy. In fact WDC thought of that way back and has a simple click-click to make it happen.
OK. So you wonder why you'd ever want to do this. Here's a couple reasons: first, you have it even when your Internet connection goes down or you have a great thought to make an entry but you're out of range of cell service.. Second because you might want to play with it and turn it into some sort of book to put a chain around and keep under your pillow like diaries are suppose to be kept.
If those reasons haven't gotten you drooling to get started, maybe it's just knowing a wee bit more about WDC in case someone ever asks you. Then you can wipe the drool off that memory and it will reflect back on you as a helpful, caring person - or not.
Anyway, get your blog item open and follow along.
Hit the gear icon in the item's upper right to show the drop-down menu.
Click on "Export to HTML" and follow instructions.
Your browser can view it and most word processing software can play with it.
If you'd rather just have a printed copy, click the print icon on the page and in your printer dialog box, select save as PDF or some other format you want (if your operating system supports doing that).
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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