Links Out Loud…Blog, Write, Laugh & Live

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Blog Out Loud:

  • In my tremendous wana711 group (about 40 folks from around the world that took Kristen Lamb’s summer 2011 blogging class) we’ve been having a conversation about blog commenting etiquette. For most of us, with an average of 5 to 25 comments, responding to each and every comment with some sort of thought-provoking, “aha” moment type response is easy peasy. But what about when your blog gets 50 comments or 100 comments? Or….eeeeekkkk….what about when you start getting 100+ comments??? (A girl can dream…) Well have no fear. Jody Hedlund covered that very topic here and here. What‘s your take?
  • Another question that’s been on the minds of myself and my fellow wana711 peeps is the use of photos in our blogs. I mean, for the most part we are all just starting out in this blogging world (and are all starving artists…writers ARE artist you know!!!) so it’s not like we can afford a jag of credits from istock. So what do we do? What can you use and how do you credit the source? Well this week, Carrie Spencer turned us all on to a great article on 4 incredible free sources for photos to use in books/blogs by Joel Friedlander that answered all our questions and gives us some great photo resources.

Write Out Loud:

  • Kristen Lamb (social media guru) wrote about how self-publishing is the American Idol of the publishing world. I soooo want to be the next big winner but I fear I could end up being featured in the blooper reel talking trash about how Simon knows nothing and spouting rants that all of my friends “said I could write.” Yikes!
  • Chuck Wendig’s posted on 25 things to know about self-publishing can obviously go under this category but it could have easily gone under the Laugh Out Loud category. Dead on, tell-it-like-it-is knowledge, and hilarious. Not for the faint of heart. Enjoy!
  • Tawna Fenske talked about how she values feedback from a variety of sources (published authors, unpublished authors and even non-writers) on her material in her post on who has the right to say you suck?
  • Jenny Hansen posted a great article over at the Writers In The Storm blog about non-linear writing and how she’s come to accept and embrace her writing style; making it work for her. She gives us tons of writing resources that will have me reading for hours (hubby’s gonna get blog jealous again)! And while Jenny was writing about the non-linear approach, Laura Drake took the opposite end of the spectrum with her post on linear writing vs the scattergun approach.

Laugh Out Loud:

  • Ever been to a unisex bathroom? JM Randolph has. One with instructions on how to flush (yes, you read that correctly) and is equipped with an encased panic button. LOL! I’m with her; I’d have a hard time not pushing the button for fun. It’s screaming PUSH ME!!!
  • As promised, I’ve spent oodles our hours out there searching for new and exciting blogs for you to check out and today, I deliver. When I read Telling Dad’s post on buying his wife a toilet, I nearly died.

Life Out Loud:

  • “Do you make decisions without knowing why?” Linda Burke wrote a great blog post about how she had been making unconscious decisions in her life that were shaped by her childhood. Hmmm…sounds very familiar to me Linda. It never ceases to amaze me how unconsciously we all live at times; driven by belief, habits, or patterns we learned as children.
  • Angela Wallace is gearing up to release her new urban fantasy series called Elemental Magic (yeahhhh Angela – you go girl!). As part of her research, she explored the four classic elements and what they represent. After reading it, I realize I am a mixed bag of shit! Seriously, I think I need to go back into therapy. I am a total combination of 3 out of 4 of the elements; water, air, and fire. Hubby can attest to it…to all of it! 
  • It’s healthy to look back and Barbara McDowell did just that last week. When she was 17, she wanted to be the next Debbie Allen but ended up in a marketing communications career. Although there’s no telling what the next 20 years will bring. Go for it Barbara!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…

Links Out Loud

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Blog Out Loud:

I got nothing in this category for you this week. Sorry! My excuse; I am enthralled with my “real author” friends right now. Definitely check out the fab links below on writing, laughing, and life. They’re uberlicious!

Write Out Loud:

  • Kate MacNicol is deceitful. She’s a lying bitch (joking!). But seriously, she admitted on her blog (talk about public confessions…wow Kate…you really put it all out there, eh!?!!) that she’s telling white lies to friends and family. And who can blame her? Check out her wonderful post Deceitful Me where she talks about dealing with the guilt of saying “no” to make time to write and blog. We’ve all faced this challenge when making time for our passions. How have you managed your friends and family…and “the look”? Let us in on your secrets!
  • And be sure to check out Kathryn Stockett’s story of being turned down 60 times before becoming a best seller. She also felt the need to be deceitful. Her story will make you laugh and it will give you hope and inspiration to stick with it!
  • Kristen Lamb gives us ten damn good reasons to be writer. I have printed this off as my “to live by” writer mantra. My personal favs are to be a writer to get revenge and to be God. Who can argue with that? This shit’s right up my alley! 
  • Tawna Fenske (I wonder how she pronounces her name?!?!?) gives writers, published or not, a vote of confidence with her post. I wonder if I can still call myself a “real author” even though I haven’t even started my Work In Progress (WIP) yet?!?! Damn straight I can; Tawna said so and she’s a “real author!” folks.
  • Steena Holmes is wondering about your thoughts on writing groups. Ever been a part of one? Honestly, they sound a bit scary to me but I am sure like all things, there are good groups and bad groups and it’s about finding a good fit for you!
  • Jenny Hansen wrote a post that got a lot of attention and chatter about whether writers read differently than non-writers. She highlighted a couple hilarious (and damn her…so true) quirks about things authors think and do when they read books. Can you say BUSTED!!! This is a definite must-read!

Laugh Out Loud:

  • I laughed out loud. I am not joking. This post by the Bloggess had me in tears it was so funny. If you don’t like people making fun of spam prayer emails, you may want to pass on this particular post. For me however….HYSTERICAL!
  • Kristal Lee gives us a taste of Sesame Street gone True Blood. Hilarious but at the same time sooo wrong.

Life Out Loud:

  • You have to go read Angela Wallace’s post on how TLC’s “What Not to Wear” shows us that dressing well, no matter what size or station in life, can be a huge boost to our self-esteem. Awww girl, so true!!!
  • Make it personal! With all the technology around us, when was the last time you wrote someone a letter, postcard, or telegram? Naomi Bulger gives us five fantastic ways to make it more personal. I think I am going to send a telegram and maybe a letter to a stranger; how cool is that!
  • Tameri Etherton is grateful for the little things in life after a foot surgery turned her life upside down for months on end. Now…it’s cooking dinner for her family, talking a walk, and vacuuming (she’s sick…I know but that’s what we luv about her) that bring her joy. What are you grateful for? Go let her know!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…

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