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Blogging Made Easy Four tips for those of you who aren't Web geeks, starting with the basics. For all of you who aren't Web geeks, let's start with some blogging basics -- and then talk about how having a blog on your Web site can increase your customer base. What exactly is a blog and how do you start one? A blog is a "Web log," or a running account of information and ideas published on the Web. How do you publish a blog? Blogging is important because it provides a simple way to continually communicate with your customer base. A good blog can increase traffic to your site by 30 percent, according to research conducted by MerchantCircle, a network for small-business owners. Anyone can have a blog, but not everyone has a good blog or one that attracts attention. Malik first started blogging back in 2001, when few people even knew what a blog was. Now you know enough to get started -- so enter the blogosphere and let me know if your Web traffic starts to grow.

Novellablog: Yes, You Can Edit Your Own Work, but You Will Probably Frack It Up. | The Clockwork Foundry It will not surprise my nerd audience that I’m watching Battlestar Galactica as I write this. But that’s neither here nor there. We are now progressing into the portion of this series I like to call Here’s a list of things I am worried about with this project: 1) Finishing the novella. Then, right on schedule, (I KNOW!!) 1) Without running the agent/editor gauntlet, how do I actually know this thing is any good? I had already decided I needed to have someone else copyedit the manuscript. We all make mistakes. All of these things get fixed because someone other than me looks at the manuscript in a particular way. And yet. A page from the revised final draft of Ellen Raskin's THE WESTING GAME. The last time I got a manuscript back from my editor at Clarion, it was prefaced by an email that said (I am not paraphrasing), “Great job, Kate! What would it look like if she thought the manuscript quote-needed work-unquote? Then there’s this to panic about: catching potential historical mistakes.

6 Essential Websites to Help you Get your Blog Noticed I often get a lot of emails and instant messages from people looking to start their own blogs. Typically the questions run along the lines of “how do I get started?” and “how do I get my blog noticed?”. Well folks, it isn’t as difficult as you might think. Once you have the blog set up, there are some sites you should register with and participate in to start getting the site “out there” and noticed. Now OK, your blog pages will be indexed by the search engines eventually but these days you need to go further than the search engines and you have to target other places such as the social networks. So here’s six essential sites that will help you to get your blog noticed if you’re setting up a blog for the first time or you want to resurrect a dormant blog : Google Webmaster Tools Google Webmaster Tools is definately the site to target to get your blog kick-started. MyBlogLog I’ve heard differing opinions about MyBlogLog , both good and bad, but I personally like it. Digg

FUNNY WOMEN #82: Apply Your Feelings Of Professional Inadequacy To A Really Adorable Birthday Cake In a perfect world, we would emerge from the womb clutching our CVs in our tiny, clenched palms. Our eyes wouldn’t yet be open, but still we’d be all, Here, look at how accomplished. Womb, it would read. Baby, it would say. Nine months old, and already we would have detailed lists of achievements: awards won, publications scored, the way we spent our time when we weren’t spending it acquiring life. Experience: Nine months of stellar attendance. Volunteer work: making you glowy as fuck. And all of it would be perfectly formatted, stylishly indented, the font so drop-dead gorgeous even Papyrus would be jealous. We’d be brand new but impressive. Because who could compete with that? What if first I was a baby with accomplishments in letterpress? Would that change a thing? In the meantime, I’m making plans. Because I will do that. And it gets worse every year. First drive across town to that hulking ass Wal-Mart that stands alone in the middle of nowhere. Not you, remember? Adhere sticker to cake.

MetaFilter | Community Weblog Win a place on a top writing course - Lifestyle xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx – 26 August 2012 The course, at The O'Brien Press in Rathgar, also includes one-on-one assessment of your work with a possibility of representation by the Author Rights Agency. The Making a Novel course is led by Author Rights Agency director Svetlana Pironko and novelist Kevin Stevens. Previous contributors include the first Irish Laureate of children's fiction Siobhan Parkinson, and novelists Ken Bruen, Aifric Campbell, Catherine Dunne, Celine Kiernan and Sam Millar. The first two years attracted writers from all over the country who travelled up every week to attend classes. To celebrate the Making a Novel course's third birthday, we're delighted to offer a trio of terrific prizes. Submissions will be accepted by email only to in Word, PDF or RTF document. For more information about the Making a Novel course, visit

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