February 2019 Blogging Bliss Newsletter - the Unofficial Newsletter for Blogging on WDC
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Issue: Seventy Four
This issue is rated ASR per WDC's "Content Rating System (CRS)"
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Publisher/Editor-in-Chief: Wordsmitty ✍️
Proofing Assistant: QueenOwl ~ A New Day Dawns
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 ✍️
Greetings blogging world. Hope your writing and reading of blogs is keeping your enthusiasm piqued. Even a short month like February has had lots of interesting items. In case you haven't noticed any of the new or restarted blogs this month, make sure to check the Welcome section and let those bloggers know they are being read.
This month's Feature is by Charity Marie - I am Back! who takes us on a little nostalgic trip of blogging. Blogging is so prevalent today that you may not know that it wasn't always so simple to dash off a bit using your phone. After reading her fine article, make sure to check out her port and blog. It's always good to get to know authors better especially those here on WDC.
As usual, the Editor's Picks section has listed a few blog entries that we thought you may enjoy, but don't feel you have to stop on that one entry of a blogger. Check out a few more and see if they need to be added to your Favorites' list or even make them a Fan. Also, if you find an entry during the month that you'd like to share, drop me a note with a link so it can be added next month. Others are bound to like to read it as well.
Keep on Bloggin'!
How Blogging Has Changed
by Charity Marie - I am Back!
When I started blogging in 1999, it was via a simple website of my own creation where I would publish my ramblings and share it with a few friends using Microsoft Publisher. This was well before LiveJournal became popular and well known. Blogging was still a hobby for graphic designers and website designers or those skilled enough with HTML to create a page. I wasn't afraid to dabble. I'd already been journaling since 1994 in a spiral bound college-ruled notebook, which rarely left my grasp.
It started with bits and pieces - just random thoughts, observations, grievances. I wrote in short paragraphs, but within months, I began filling page after page with stories of my day, ever more descriptive. In the beginning I lived in a group home in Lynchburg, Virginia, and had never even heard of the internet. Five short years later, my world would open anew after I bought my very own first used Dell PC (for $200!) and obtained a DSL connection. At the time, cell phones only existed as bag, car, or satellite phones, not the handheld super-powered smart devices we use now to run our lives. I was 18 and the world was my oyster for the first time.
In more than two decades of blogging, I've watched it go from a passing hobby that was laughed at and sneered at by elitists, to a bonafide career in some places. I've personally made a lot of money writing blogs for others and sharing my expertise. In the 2005-2010 era, I wrote a blog for two years about domestic violence as I went through it. I have written my life story dozens of times over. Blogs are used to communicate with their audiences on a personal and individual level. They can be a wealth of resources, insights, and information. See
Jane Friedman's Blog where she shares free information about publishing with her readers.
"The State of Blogging" is presented in this online graphic .
Blogging has become a true and honest business for websites. It's also a perfectly valid pastime and hobby for writers of all types. Bloggers were once criticized for writing about themselves, and now are celebrated for sharing insights into their world. Whether you're writing about your day, gardening, religion, politics, or any topic at all, you're a legitimate part of the writing business. Even if you never monetize it, no one ever reads it, and all you do is write it, you're a member of a huge industry. As of 2018, there were over 18 million blogs with more being launched every day on on WDC, Wordpress and other platforms. Over 115 platforms have risen up to serve bloggers around the world. Here's a place to check out some if you haven't ventured outside WDC: Top 100 Writing Blogs
So blog on, my friends. You never know where it might lead!
How has blogging evolved or changed for you?
Blogs may be restricted to Upgraded Authors and higher. These entries may have a lower content rating than the overall blog.
"Life's test and podcasts" from "Blog @ Work 2nd Edition" [18+] by WakeUpAndLive~skeletons
"The Crunch of Cold" from "Shadow Puppet Storyteller" [18+] by Walkinbird
"A Hollow "victory"" from "Rolling Onward: Blog #3" [18+] by Voxxylady
"February 16, 2019" from "Chris' Christian Blog" [13+] by Chris Breva - Is grateful!
"101 days and counting" from "Somewhere to play." [E] by RICH
"A story to remember" from "F.R.E.D." [13+] by Jimminycritic
"Haiku: “Drizzling Evening”" from "These Are My JOTtings, Part #2" [E] by Jay O'Toole
"Invalid Entry" from "Invalid Item" by J. Robert Kane
"Photoshop and Fantasy maps" from "Max's Musings" [18+] by Max Griffin 🏳️🌈
"Address Books" from "Connie's Corner" [13+] by Connieann loves fall
We'd like to welcome the new bloggers, old bloggers starting a new blog, and bloggers restarting entries in old blogs after a break.
Dominique with blog "Dominique's Blog" [18+]
That was all she wrote; with blog "Blog" [13+]
Victor L. Rolling Jr. with blog "Invalid Item"
Cinn with blog "Invalid Item"
Bryce Kenn with blog "One Per Day" [ASR]
Rosemary with blogs "View from Down Under" [13+] and "An Odessy Across the U.S." [E]
whiskerfaceatthefireplace with blog "WDC Soundtrackers blog" [18+]
chaosinarcadia with blog "Inside My Mind" [GC]
Wondercat with blog "Am I?" [E]
PAAW - though Ann is preferred with blog "First Blog Entry Feb 14/19" [E]
thebrandroid with blog "Invalid Item"
Halloween the Echidna with blog "Invalid Item"
ren is an anxious geek with blog "An anxious journal" [18+]
Go read and leave a blogging welcome comment.
CONGRATULATIONS to Blogging Circle of Friends Blogger of the Week:
January 20 - January 26 Lilli
January 27 - February 2 Eric Wharton
February 3 - February 9 Thankful QPdoll
February 10 - February 16 Thankful QPdoll
CONGRATULATIONS to the January Winners of the "30-Day Blogging Challenge"
1st Chill November Waltz for entries in "Complex Numbers"
2nd penntonic for entries in "Invalid Item"
3rd Tie Charlieee 🌈 for entries in "Life's Needle Drop"
Lostwordsmith for entries in "Wandering- Not Lost"
Thankful QPdoll for entries in "The QPdoll Blog"
Honorable IceSkating SugarCube for entries in "Just a Simple SugarCube"
There's always blogging things happening. Check out these:
"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 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:
Do you have an off-site (non-WDC) Blog or are interested in those that do? There's a place that you can list your off-site blog in your port. It's not as simple as using the Blog tab. That's only for your WDC blog.
As an author, you probably know about using one of the widely recognized blog sites like Wordpress, or you may have a blog on your own website. Those can be made more personal in design than WDC and might be better to build an audience. Of course, WDC is still great for blogging on a smaller scale or to stay within the WDC community. So there's no need to give it up. Many people have two or more blogs.
On your Biography page, there's a section where you can list your off-site blog. Many, though, use that to just put a link to their WDC blog. That may be just duplicating the blog tab unless you have more than one blog on WDC. However, it's great for listing any off-site blog.
Use the gear icon to be able to edit the top of your Biography page. Scroll down to the "My Blog" section. There's only 150 characters, so it's not a lot of space if you want to show more than one. Right above it is "Website / Homepage" that also gives you space for that non-WDC website or another blog link. Just enter the URL, and it will become a link after you click the "Submit Biography" button at the bottom.
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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