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December 2018 Blogging Bliss Newsletter - the Unofficial Newsletter for Blogging on WDC
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December 2018
Issue: Seventy Two

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
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 ✍️

Welcome to the end of another year and six complete years of Blogging Bliss Newsletters. (you can peruse past editions here: "Blogging Bliss Newsletter Archives).

This is the last time for Editor's Picks of 2018 entries. Read them and let me know what your picks might be. Just as important are the new and restarted blogs in Welcome. Encourage them to continue with your comments.

So what does another year hold? That's explored in this month's Featured Topic. How will you wrestle the new year into your blog or comments to bloggers?

Wishing all a well and enjoyable New Year and the three hundred and sixty-some days that follow until the next one takes over.

Keep on Bloggin'!


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Resolutions or Revolutions?

by Wordsmitty ✍️

One year ends, and another begins with a smooth, connected transition. You might say everything just continues. Well, it does, but it also offers a decision opportunity.

There's no better time than a new year to think about whether you want to change your blog. There's lots of reasons to do so. Perhaps the best is whether you are satisfied with your blog, its style, the content, the format, or just wanting to better track your entries. Is it a simple change or a whole new fresh blog? Of course, like so much else, it depends.

It can depend on your feelings (those gut feelings mean a lot) or your readers. Satisfying yourself should always be primary. After all, it's your blog. But if you're writing it for others, you have to take them into account. It's no different than a story, poem, or novel. What's driving you to write it? Popularity? Money? Accomplishment? Sharing? Personal? Comments and reviews can be insightful.

Besides the above, you may want to expand your writing and blogging. Just like trying your hand at a different genre or poetic format, blogs give you the chance to grow outside your standard approach. This keeps writers from becoming stagnant and predictable, perhaps even boring. It doesn't mean you throw away the old. This is a way to help improve that. Think of it as you would expanding your vocabulary.

Finally, look forward, even beyond the coming year. Decide where you want your blog to go. Maybe you're happy with a journal of your life. Blog on, but also remember that eventually a journal runs out of pages and blogs will hit a size limit. It may happen on some random day in the middle of an event that your documenting in the blog. You can plan for the next volume. That's right. Some blogs/journals/diaries are made up of yearly installments. Of course, birthdays are great for this, so can a new year, or any good point in life (although sometimes youcan't plan for it).

Let the new year be a beacon and your blog shine from the top.

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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.

         *StarB* IceSkating SugarCube with blog "Just a Simple SugarCube [18+]
         *StarB* PlannerDan with blog "Invalid Item
         *StarB* Kim Ashby with blog "Invalid Item
         *StarB* The Literary Penguin with blog "Penguin Ponderings [13+]
         *StarB* lucky dog with blog "View From My Back Porch [E]
         *StarB* PastorJuan with blog "Invalid Item
         *StarB* OOT™ with blog "Drops in a Puddle [18+]
         *StarB* Dave Gordon with blog "Invalid Item
         *StarB* Sum1 with blog "Smile! (Groan?) You Know You Love These! [E]
         *StarB* Darleen the QoD 🌙 with blog "✒️Shadows in the Light [18+]
         *StarB* Tara with blog "Invalid Item
         *StarB* ♥tHiNg♥ with blog "Record Player Rockville [18+]
         *StarB* Thankful Sharmelle with blog "~ Sharmelle's Wise Quote Expressions ~ [13+]
         *StarB* 🦄🏳️‍🌈Sapph with blog "The Random Post [GC]

Go read and leave a blogging welcome comment.

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CONGRATULATIONS to Blogging Circle of Friends   Blogger of the Week:

*STARR*  December 9 - December 15            Eric Wharton
*STARR*  December 16 - December 22          Chris Breva - Is grateful!

CONGRATULATIONS to the November "30-Day Blogging Challenge winners:

*TROPHYG*          Grand Prize                      Lostwordsmith
*TROPHYS*          Second Place                    PWheeler ~ love ~ joy ~ peace
*TROPHYB*          Third Place                         Chill November Waltz
*AWARENESSG*          Honorable Mention          Thankful QPdoll

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

"30-Day Blogging Challenge by Fivesixer. There's a whole new year ahead. What better way than to start your blogging along with so many others. It's Fun. It's Exciting. It has Prizes! No excuse to not be involved.

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

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:

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*

Tip:  Write what you want, how you want, for whom you want.

Trick:   Use the Hide Text WML to keep those sensitive things as thoughts not spoken but still recorded in your head. Just like a good scream into a pillow lets it all out without making the dog howl or the neighbors think you're crazy (unless they already know you're a writer).

Just bracket the text with {hide} ... {/hide}. It's listed at the end of the "Basic Writing Tools" found by clicking the ? above a WDC input box or in the right column under "Writing.Com Tools" - "WritingML: Doc & Help"

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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*

Blogging Bliss Newsletter Forum  (E)
Discussion of ideas and suggestions about blogs and the Blogging Bliss newsletter
#1911857 by Wordsmitty ✍️

*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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