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September 2019 Blogging Bliss Newsletter - the Unofficial Newsletter for Blogging on WDC
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Blogging Bliss Masthead

September 2019
Issue: Eighty One

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. Blog Events
6. Special Item
7. Miscellaneous

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This Month's Editor: Wordsmitty ✍️

So, we passed the Earth's second balancing this year a week ago. Hopefully, you felt life and nature at an even keel and will not let them stray too far as we travel on toward the next solstice.

This month's Feature gives a little thought to reviewing blogs. If you've ever reviewed a blog or have never reviewed, you should find it helpful the next time to take run a t it.

Make sure to read the blog entries in Editor's Picks and the blogs listed in the Welcome section. Share your thoughts to the blogger in a comment. Blog entries should be two-way communication.

Keep on Bloggin'!


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Blog Review

by Wordsmitty ✍️

Reviewing is the core of WDC, being able to share and receive helpful words on your writing. Getting feedback on the flow and technical aspects as well as character development and readability is critical to reaching the goal of a well done story.

As writers, our creativity can often have wild swings as we try to manage life and the environment that swirls around us. Blogs can be from supercharged muses that are spewing opinions faster than one can get them down or from sleeping muses that have left one to generate random word strings of disjointed thoughts or the designs of dust particles on ones desk.

What about blogs? Sure, they still should be technically correct, and they do have descriptive content that needs to be coherent and flow. However, plot and characters can hardly be thoroughly explored in a typical blog entry. If you have a standard template for reviewing items, blogs may get "N/A" in multiple sections since some things just aren't part of a blog.

So what are the important things that should be part of a review of a blog? First of all, blogs are made up of many entries. Just like you can't write a review of a book from only reading one chapter, many entries need to be read and evaluated to get a true feeling for the whole blog.

Since blogs are more personal whether it be daily life or an opinion, they have to be critiqued a bit different than a story of a protagonist trying to r each a goal. Like a story's plot, a review can't take issue with the blogger's point of view. Of course, comments can always be made if the facts are misstated. However, one must be careful to avoid turning it into an argument rather than an assessment of the writing.

Since blogs are varied and content can shift focus from entry to entry, there is no standard formula that can be applied to every blog for a review. As one writes more reviews of blogs, he or she may find a routine to follow, but it will take time because there are few blogs to review to gain experience as compared to other items. One must do a bit more thinking as well as reading of many entries to write a good review of a blog. Reviewing blogs, especially bloggers reviewing blogs, is something we all should consider.

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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* normajean with blog "BLOG [E]
         *StarB* Mummsy with blog "Amygdalia's Blog [13+]
         *StarB* WhataConstructing &Instructing with blog "Kicking Ass, Taking Names! [GC]
         *StarB* Diane with blog "Write Something [18+]
         *StarB* NordicNoir with blog "Writings in the Sand [13+]
         *StarB* k.ivanovna with blog "Invalid Item
         *StarB* Johnny O with blog "On Line Journal [E]
         *StarB* Cherokee Rose with blog "Cherry’s Wings [E]
         *StarB* Belingwe with blog "Musings from the shores of Lake Taupo [E]
         *StarB* Anakha Anand with blog "My Daily Boring Life [E]

Go read and leave a blogging welcome comment.

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

"30-Day Blogging Challenge by Fivesixer. October. Halloween. And blog prompts to boot! Join the others.

"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*

Doing reviews can be time consuming, but having a template to follow as you go can make it much simpler. Because WDC encourages reviews, it has a Review Tool that you can use to make a template or multiple templates to use.

To find your Review Tool, go to My Account in the left column then scroll down the menu that comes up to "My Review Tool." It's fairly self-explanatory, but the detailed explanation can be found in Writing.Com 101 at "Creating Review Templates and "The Review Tool.

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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).

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