Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!


Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!

Whether you are using blogging as a way to let the world get to know you, market your book, or prepare the world for your talents, the form offers so many options it can be overwhelming. Let's network and share approaches. Bloggers unite!

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Comment by Mandy Van Deven on October 18, 2009 at 8:50am
I'm the founding editor of Feminist Review, a blog that reviews books, film, music, and products from a social justice perspective. Next month will mark our three year anniversary. We've come a long way, baby! ;)
Comment by amypalko on October 18, 2009 at 6:33am
I'm brand new to the group, and I look forward to getting to know you all.
My blog is called Less Ordinary and it's just over 2yrs old now. It's gone through quite a few incarnations, but most recently I've been using it to share my creative writing and my photography.

Then, just yesterday, I had a bit of an epiphany...

Whenever I share a poem, a short story or a piece of creative non-fiction, I feel terrified. I actually feel physically sick. However, it's been getting a bit better over time in large part because of the wonderful community that I've built up there over the years. And then, it suddenly struck me that there must be lots of people that feel like this & that what I had in my blog was a safe nurturing space to encourage others to share their creativity. So yesterday, I launched a creativity circle.

You are all most welcome to join in & I look forward to welcoming you there! You can find out more about it, get the first prompt, and see my own contribution.
Comment by Renate Stendhal on October 17, 2009 at 12:10pm
News to share: I am doing a count-down to relaunching my award-winning photobiography, "Gertrude Stein: In Words and Pictures" with a blog on She Writes. Each time I start with a new short quote from my list of best, funniest, favorite quotes from her. Each time, I will add something I learned from Gertie, my first muse....
Soon, my page will show you pictures as well. Right now, you can hear her "rap" on Picasso in the video I uploaded. Yes, Stein was the first, very first rapper of modern times!
Maybe you all want to join in and add YOUR favorite one-liner, sentence, words by Gertrude Stein?
Comment by Lynn Voedisch on October 16, 2009 at 7:18pm
Victoria: I'm sorry it took me so long to answer. A sinus infection and another malady took me down pretty badly. I'm better now, but so tired. It's hard to write when you feel like this. Anyway, about Wordpress...I never was on Blogger in the first place. I'm on Xanga, which, apparently, no one has ever heard of. Funny, because it's a pretty booming blog company and I sold a ton of books from my Xanga friends alone. I like it a LOT better than Blogger, which has a dreary look and that awful address. However, Xanga is not Mac friendly and it's also not friendly to many browsers other than Explorer. Of course, I have a Mac and use Firefox. I have problems uploading pictures constantly. I actually have better luck with Safari. I'm one of those people who just refuses to use Explorer, so there we are. I thought switching to Wordpress would solve a lot of problems. I do have my own website, but right now, I'm happy having a blog that's just general and is not all about selling a book. That will come later. So I don't mind the address. I'll take a look at those links you furnished. However, I'm still waiting for Technorati to send their instructions. It might make this whole thing moot. I have no idea what's taking them so long and I may have to nag them.
You know, most real hackers (in the good sense) that I know are real Mac addicts and it would seem that the really good sites, like Wordpress, would be Mac friendly, so I'm hoping that's the case. I really get ticked off at the places that act like everyone has a PC. Those places have not done their homework.
Lord knows when I'll get this done.
Comment by Dee Thompson on October 12, 2009 at 7:14am
I am running a raffle for my favorite charity over at my blog The Crab Chronicles [] but I have to close it out this Thursday. I have some nice prizes. Check it out!
Comment by Katinka Hesselink on October 12, 2009 at 1:33am
I've been interested in religion and spirituality for as long as I can remember. It forms the main content of my website Katinka Hesselink Net, which also reflects the two languages I'm fluent in: Dutch and English.

Last year I started a spiritual blog: All Considering. In writing it I think I'm finding my own style very well.

I'm on squidoo a LOT, so here's my lensography. I also use that platform for my list of my online profiles.
Comment by M MacKenzie on October 9, 2009 at 1:19pm
Another newbie here!

I've only been blogging for a little over 3 months. I was unexpectedly laid off back in June... I had WAY too much time on my hands (there are only so many hours in a day a person can job hunt) and I really needed an outlet so, I began blogging about my unemployment. I’ve always loved writing so this was the perfect solution for me!

My unemployment blog, called Active Leisure not only helps me exercise my mind but it also offers a way to provide some levity & comedy to a really crappy experience. I very quickly realized that there are many, many other people out there struggling with their own sleeplessness, lack of motivation and ever-growing muffin tops due to their unemployment.

Since I spend so much time at home now, there were many days that I wanted to share funny stories about my husband and I quickly realized he provides me with so much material that it was worthy of it’s own blog. So, about a week ago, I started The Hubby Diaries.

The Hubby Diaries is a blog with anecdotal stories about life with my loving hubby. It’s lighthearted entertainment that looks at the funny, and oftentimes very frustrating, differences between men & women.

Please stop by to visit if you have a chance!

Comment by Danielle Meitiv on October 9, 2009 at 12:34pm
Hi all

I'm a new to She Writes and pretty new to blogging as well. I started up my blog, Brave Blue Words in July where I write about oceans, climate, global change and related policy & politics.

I'm still trying to figure it out but also really enjoying it. For the time being, I've settled on a weekly new-article type post on Tues but I'm considering adding a commentary/editorial style post on Thurs to give it a little more of a personal and interactive feel. (thoughts?)

I am really looking forward to discussing all this and more with a new community of bloggers!

Comment by Victoria Sandbrook Flynn on October 9, 2009 at 10:05am
There's actually a great discussion in the discussion boards about Blogger vs. WordPress, so I know there are plenty of us with experiences that can help answer Lynn's question. Both systems have ways to build blogs with less HTML and programming knowledge, but both have ways to make the most of that knowledge if you have it. WordPress, ultimately, seems to have the most options for improvement, though those options do require a little more technical work to implement.

There is extensive documentation available for WordPress users who are actually hosting their own sites (they've purchased a domain name and space on a server for the site, so the site isn't; the Codex is a phenomenal resource. Whether you're moving posts from a hosted Blogger site (your URL is or from a domain you run separately, there are pretty clear instructions to follow.

If you're just switching to a site hosted by WordPress ( you just import your old content to your new site (see's instructions).

I'm someone who feels fairly comfortable so long as there are clear instructions to follow; you may not feel that way, so it may be harder for you. But you might have an easier time of it than you'd assume, so I say go for it.
Comment by Lynn Voedisch on October 8, 2009 at 2:06pm
I also would like to switch to Wordpress, but I have heard that it's not all that easy to do. Is this correct? I'm not exactly an expert on the computer and my HTML skills are at about the beginner level. However, I like the looks of Wordpress so much. I have never heard that it's NOT user friendly, only that setting up a page is not so simple. Tell us the truth.

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