Posts I loved this week

Here are the blog posts I loved this week. From the funny to the amazing, they’re all memorable.

Ah…Infinitefreetime. How I love this blog, let me count the ways. Here’s one. And two. And three. Funny, succinct, loud and always gripping. It’s such a good blog.

I loved this post by laekanzeakemp on Binge Reading. So interesting for me as both a reader and a writer.

And check out this amazing and very funny blog Pecked to Death by Chickens by Susan Maccarelli. Here’s one very funny post with humorous tips for bloggers. A big thanks to Outmanned for the link to this great blog!

This one is particularly useful for when I’m stuck. I don’t know what to write in this scene, what should happen…Here are 4 ways to get unstuck on the Procrastiwriter.

I love this blog Live to write – Write to live. It’s written by these incredibly talented ladies and it shows. The quality of the posts is unbelievable. Week after week. Here’s this week’s example of those awesome posts. This post by Deborah Lee Luskin is not to be missed. I really related to it because I edited Olivia’s Choice for two years. Two years. Over and over, until I knew it was done. And, just like her, I suddenly knew. I was done. And this one by J.A. Hennrikus is amazing. She explains the book-writing process from concept to finished product. It details everything from letting a book sit, to Betas, to editing. Great post!

Loved this post by A Writer’s Life for Me on point of views (POV). Mishka Jenkins brought up such a good point! One point of view can be very limiting but doing different POV’s can confuse the reader. What to do, what to do. Ah, such a great post! And a big congrats on finishing!

I was amazed by this post from The Writing Catalog. It breaks down the process of how to write a Political and Social commentary. Point by point, with a step by step break down of the structure that optimizes getting reader attention and the standards he adheres to. It blew my mind because it was so thought out and so clear. What a great post!

This one is about blogging. Dumb mistakes I made as a new blogger. The Procrastiwriter has this great post on mistakes to avoid. An excellent eye-opener for me!

Jodie Llewellyn had a great idea in her post. What a lovely, generous thing to do for other authors! Love it! A big thanks to her! (And the chicken .gif was hilarious).

Winter Bayne wrote an amazing guest post on the blog Theresolutionthebook on romantic tension. It has both great tips and humour–“Juggling angry, wet cats”. I both laughed and loved it. What an awesome post!

Top 5 posts in February

These are the top posts in February according to you!

5. Of mushy peas and olives. You either thought this was pretty interesting or you thought the peas were disgusting. Either way, they ‘stirred’ everyone up. Ha! Okay, that was an awful pun. 🙂

4. An 80/20 rule for Social Media. Everyone liked this post and no wonder. J.A. Hennrikus did a fantastic job!

3. River’s issues. River’s troubles seemed to resonate with a lot of readers and I had comments from animal lovers everywhere, cheering him on. It was really awesome to see all that support!

2. Posts I loved this week. Everyone loved seeing other great posts and checking out other blogs.

1. On self-doubt. I was surprised this one was a hit because that little voice inside my head insisted I was the only one. But that’s the terrible thing about self-doubt, believing you’re alone. Turns out, it’s pretty prevalent. People could relate and were so thankful for the post. Right back at you guys! 🙂

These were the posts you enjoyed the most this month. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and making them a success!

An 80/20 rule for Social Media

J.A. Hennrikus wrote a fabulous post on how to work with Social Media on the blog: Live to write -Write to live. She has what she calls an 80/20 rule. And this is what it means:

“My definition in this context is that 80% of your social media use should be about other people (or organizations). 20% can be in service of yourself. Only 20%. 10% would be better.”

She mentions the idea of a cocktail party and having a conversation. “You’re at a cocktail party on the web. The 80/20 rule helps you not be the narcissist that everyone wants to get away from. You know that person. “Me, me, me, what do you think of me?” Or “buy my book, buy my book, buy my book.” Blech.”

There’s a lot of talk about Social Media and how to use it. I particularly loved this post because it made so much sense to me and it was so positive. Just check out the ending: “Pay it forward. Be the fun person at the cocktail party. The one who gets invited back.”

What do you think? Or do you agree? Disagree?

Posts I loved this week

Here are the posts I loved this week!

Jamie Lee Wallace wrote an excellent post for the blog: Live to write – write to live. It had everything from great tips to advice, to a great quote to great links on ideas for blog posts! Excellent post! http://nhwn.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/weekend-edition-writing-is-not-for-sissies/

I liked this one from The Writing Catalog. How do we compose? Do we do it in our head or do we need a pen and paper (or computer)? http://gno112.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/question-for-writers/

Kristen Lamb wrote this How-to post for authors. I really liked it. It has some great tips on how to get writing and stay there. http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/journey-from-aspiring-dreamer-to-hardened-professional-author/

Absolutely awesome, James speaks is a blog not to be missed. I certainly was glad to check it out this week with its incredible posts. http://jamesneed.com/2014/02/10/resistance-creates-pain-accetpance-creates-peace/

Short but sweet. I loved this one and it happened to be posted on the day when I needed it so much! http://everydaypowerblog.com/2014/02/10/you-too-can-become-great/. But check out the Everyday Power Blog. It’s filled with goodness!

I really liked this post by Jen Owenbyhttp://jenowenby.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/whispers-of-the-heart/. It posed a question I’ve asked myself before. How well do writers have to understand their characters? Even their villains? She puts it much, much better than I do.

For fans of Game of Thrones, there’s this awesome post from Sourcerer. Great video! http://sourcererblog.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/best-cast-comments-ever/

Living with Izzy had a great happy-ending story (I love those!) about the dogs in Sochi. Loved it!

I cried with this one…I’m such a sap for a love story…I just love them. And Outmanned wrote such a wonderful post. I cried. I hope you enjoy it too.

Finally, this great one by J. A. Hennrikus on Social Media. I thought it made so much sense. http://nhwn.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/my-8020-rule/

Hope you liked them as much as I did. If not, what were your favourites?