Best posts of all time

Well, I was curious. Just what do my readers like best about this blog? Well, I looked. Here are the top 5 posts of all time in this humble little blog.

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5. Snow is coming…and I’m not happy. – Where I ramble about snow and winter.

4. 5 Worst things you can do if your internet is running slow. -True and still appreciated by readers.

3. #1000 speak for compassion. -Wonderful and still loved.

2. The amazing abilities of akitas. A ramble about doggies I had no idea would be so well received.

1. The importance of tags: for bloggers. The best of the best, this one still gets viewed, years after it was written.

There you go, the top 5. What do you think? Are they overrated or justified?

Pay-It-Forward Fridays

I saw a wonderful idea in this post by Emily Guido and I got pretty excited about it. The concept is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that article, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

What do you think? Interested? Let me know about your blog or your book or anything you’d like to see get a little boost and I’m all over it.

If you think this might interest you, give me a shout!

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We Have a New Contributor . . .

Had to reblog this because it’s SUCH good news. One awesome blog getting an amazing writer as a contributor. This is going to be the start of something big. BIG! I’m so excited!

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. . . and his name is Luther. You’ll want to read his every word!

Luther M. Siler, who writes awesome books about space gnomes, has joined us.

A little story now. I started this blog a year ago, and Luther is one of the first bloggers I met. I met him and Taylor Grace  on the same day by browsing the writing tag and looking for bloggers who answered my comments. I can’t remember which way it went, but I met one by leaving a comment and the other by following a gravatar link from the thread. Both of them answered me, and we’ve all had quite a blogtastic year.

Answer your comments, bloggers!

LutherAnyhow. When we first met, I did not know Luther had a name or a face because he hadn’t put any personal stuff on his blog yet. I knew him as Infinite…

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Thank you!

I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been so incredibly kind and supportive of my book. I thought of the Surprise idea as a sort of fun post/free gift but I really had no expectations. I certainly wasn’t prepared for the outcome.

People got my book. They bought it even though I explained I would give it to them for free. They bought it even though they don’t even read romance! They Twitted messages, made banners for Facebook, they re-blogged the post and basically shouted out support for my book everywhere.

I was overwhelmed. I shared it with my hubby, who was amazed, and my mother-in-law who forgets things and asked: “You wrote a book?”

It was really incredible and I wanted to say thank you so very much. You guys are so kind.

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Useful links for bloggers and writers

I thought these were too good to pass up and keep under wraps.

Check out this post by Molly Greene on How to use Twitter to grow your blog. Isn’t it awesome? I’m still struggling to understand how to work Twitter without somehow sending an insult instead of a happy face, let alone use it to grow my blog, but she’s a pro.

This one is for writers a how-to in developing your plot and filling out your characters by Vanessa Knight. Personally, I loved the pictures. But the content is the real gem–don’t listen to me, I’ve had too much coffee.

Some grammar advice from a pro, this post is pretty important for those authors out there. Turns out, adverbs are pretty tricky and D. Emmery Bunn knows just how to tame those little suckers into behaving.

One for those of you sick of getting writing advice and ready to throw the laptop across the room because those words just won’t behave. Writing isn’t easy. Nope, it’s frustrating. That’s what it is. Don’t take my word for it, Carlos Cooper says it much better on his post.

Some very insightful tips for writers from a pro. Robin LaFevers delivers in this amazing post.

And finally, change those passwords. Here is the reason and the sites affected: The heart bleed bug.

The importance of Tags: limits on tags

I wasn’t very clear yesterday when I posted that WordPress will penalize bloggers for using too many tags. I wasn’t clear because I didn’t know what they meant. I looked into it (and got some help from Gene’O) and finally found this in the WordPress help:

“However, you don’t want irrelevant content showing up on the topic listings or search, and neither do we. That’s why we limit the number of tags and categories that can be used on a public tag listing. Five to 15 tags (or categories, or a combination of the two) is a good number to add to each of your posts. The more categories you use, the less likely it is that your post will be selected for inclusion in the topic listings.”

Here’s the link to where I found this quote: http://en.wordpress.com/help/search/tags.

Please note, the warning is in bold. I didn’t add it, WordPress posted it like that. Personally, I think they mean that more than 15 rags will be penalized by not including the post in searches and they want bloggers to understand the consequences (therefore the bold). I don’t think they’re very clear as to how they’re going to do that and if it’s a 15 tags you’re okay but 16 and you’re cut off (No more soup for you!—Ah…Seinfeld) and I’m too chicken to do any tests or runs and see how it works.

Using tags is completely optional. WordPress says this several times but they also encourage bloggers to use them.

“Your posts will appear in the topic listings of any tags or categories you use. Therefore, assigning tags and categories to your post increases the chance that other WordPress.com users will see your content.”
Link: http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/tags/#topic-listings.

I think they just don’t want people to abuse the system. And that sounds fair to me. I’m still a little scared. I mean, what can they do? Could they delete someone’s blog? Or put them at the end of the search algorithms? No! Noooo!

The horror.

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One more note on tags.Veda’s Blog has this great post on questions and answers about tags. Answered a lot of my questions.  http://joinvedahorner.com/category/blogging-tips-2/

For bloggers

I was just on this site and was basically drooling at the tips and suggestions. I know I’m a writer and this blog is about writing, so this post is out of touch with the purpose of the blog…but I really appreciate it when I find something that’s good on line (and easy to access).

Molly Greene has a great site. On it, she has a tab: Industry resources (which is partially for writers and sort of puts me back on track…ha!).

http://www.molly-greene.com/industry-resources/

But, the reason for this post is that she has a post for 101 blog topic ideas…Isn’t that a great help? 101! That’s a lot!

http://www.molly-greene.com/101-blog-topic-ideas/

I think it deserved a post.

For authors…and for bloggers

This is something else I found for authors: It’s four useful blogs to get you started self-publishing. They’re pretty good blogs too. I thought I’d pass it on.

Just click here.

Where did I get the link? I’m no genius. When it comes to the web, I rely on others. I found this link on Molly Greene’s great blog post:

http://www.molly-greene.com/101-blog-topic-ideas/

I’d say check it out but this one deserves a spot on that bookmark shelf. Great blog posts are hard to come by…I mean, sheesh, some bloogers just talk about their dogs!