Tag Archives: blogging

The Volokh Conspiracy—A Blog that’s out to get you

From Tablet (Hat tip: Instapundit):

Run by a Soviet Jewish legal scholar, the blog took on the ACA and is now hosted by the ‘Washington Post’

And more often than not, spot on.

Milestone—1000 blog posts

The milestone was reached with this post, not a very literary subject, but still within the scope of the blog’s intent. Also, the traffic has increased since my beginning in September 2010.

Going forward, I may make some changes….

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Advice for writers and bloggers

Good advice—from Jim Dalrymple at The Loop:

Over the past few years I have been asked by many new and established bloggers what the secret is to blogging successfully. In fact, I’ve been asked so many times that I started thinking about it quite a bit and I’ve come up with the answer.

There is no secret. Stop looking for it because you’re not going to find it.

I’ve seen posts on the Internet that claim to give you the best tips for running a successful blog, but I think it’s all bullshit. If you follow that advice, you’ll spend more time working on the site than doing what’s important — writing content.

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Why I Blog, by Andrew Sullivan

From the Atlantic (November 2008)

THE WORD blog is a conflation of two words: Web and log. It contains in its four letters a concise and accurate self-description: it is a log of thoughts and writing posted publicly on the World Wide Web. In the monosyllabic vernacular of the Internet, Web log soon became the word blog.

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The Top 100 Creative Writing Blogs (Updated)

Found at Best Colleges Online. Their introduction:

Whether a creative writer’s heart sits with prose, poetry, or both, there likely exists an author or aspirant author out there with something to offer his or her work. And that, friends, is why the Internet stands as one of the best possible tools for today’s emerging literati. Thanks to the online input of industry pros and fledgling dreamers, today’s writers enjoy some incredible opportunities to finely-tune their craft and seek personalized advice from those who came before.

We have updated our previous list to include some pretty nifty new reads since then, and we hope you’ll find them as advantageous and informative as we do! Please keep in mind that entries are not to be read as ranked in any particular order.

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A Brave New Book World: How Authors Become Entrepreneurs

From MediaShift, an assessment of social media, e-books, blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and Skype—all this stuff I thought I’d never do:

So this is what it’s like to be an author now — finishing the book is only the beginning. New technologies allow writers to seek out and engage with their readers more than ever before, and to participate in a community of readers and writers that isn’t limited by geography. The drawback is that for many authors who want people to buy their books, social media isn’t optional. In the years to come, the image of a reclusive writer, isolated in his garret, might become an antiquated one, like that of someone pounding out a novel on a typewriter or reading an actual book made of paper.

I’d actually prefer to be the reclusive writer, but it doesn’t auger well for actually selling books to follow that path—one must get with the times, which involves shameless self-promotion.

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