22. I don’t know if pets are people, too; but we can certainly learn people-related lessons from them.
28. Conlangs are one of my favorite topics. For a long time, I’ve considered building a language on the blog, posting once a week. Unfortunately, the incredibly awesome Chris Doty over on the Clarion Foundation blog beat me to it.
29. Jim Butcher on Writing over at Clarion Foundation
33. I have a book problem. Thankfully, I am not alone.
34. Social media has become a powerful force. Even anonymous social media. Like FML. Or LikeALittle, which allows users to flirt anonymously. Own your flirts, people. Or better yet, just walk up to him and say something!
37. How To Keep Your Short Stories Short by Lydia Sharp
42. More on Branding
43. I’ve resisted using writing software for so long. I’ve tried a few programs, and they always seemed more stifling than supportive. But I keep hearing authors singing the praises of Scrivener. I might have to give it a shot.
44. More Agents As Publishers Something I’m still on the fence about, assuming there are safeguards involved.
50. Five Ways to Improve Your Writing with Janice Hardy
51. How To Keep Up Online. Ironically, it mentions the value of round-up posts.
Whenever I’ve read blogging round-ups in the past, they’ve always been relatively short. Maybe 15 or 20 links at the most. When I look at my two round-up posts, 32 and 56 links respectively, I can’t understand why there’s such a difference. I’ve mentioned before that I read a lot of posts a week. Usually 200 or more. That’s from about 30 or 40 blogs. Which means about 4-5 posts a week on average. In fact, you’ll notice if you go to all the links that I’ve linked to several blogs multiple times. Because I have a bit of layman’s OCD, I read every single one of these posts. I also do it because each of these blogs offers me something I can’t get from any of the other blogs I read.
And there are many more blogs out there that I don’t read. But I assume many of them are blogs that could provide their own value to me. I don’t think anyone will disagree that there’s a glut of blogs out there. There are probably more blogs that could provide value to a person than they could keep up with reading 24/7. But are bloggers overloading their blogs with content? Many blog readers are loyal, meaning they read posts even if they don’t end up giving value. Does this do a disservice to blog readers? Could cutting down on the posts actually increase page views by giving readers more time to read a variety of blogs? And finally, should a blogger be selfish and do whatever they can to increase their own pageviews, or is there a benefit to directiing some of that traffic somewhere else?