All the News Blog is Now Featured on Alltop

I’ve been a big fan of Alltop since its inception. I’m pleased to have my new blog featured on Alltop’s Social Media page and be in good company with so many fine bloggers from all over the blogosphere. Not familiar with Alltop? Check out it out.

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I’ve been a big fan of Alltop since its inception. I’m pleased to have my new blog featured on Alltop’s Social Media page and be in good company with so many fine bloggers from all over the blogosphere. Not familiar with Alltop? Check out it out.

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Feeding the Blogger’s Muse

Most writers I know tend to be passionate about writing. They write often, read a lot and even read about writing. There are some excellent how-to books about blogging out there but I don’t think you need to stop there. >Read more

In Dave Clarke’s recent post, “So You Think You Can Blog?”, he says that as “social media marketing proliferates and permeates consumers’ consciousness that entrepreneurs wrestle with the content thing.”

Clark states “some folks can write stuff people want to read, and some can’t.” Which is it for you? Do people want to read what you write? And, is there room for improvement in your writing?

Most writers I know tend to be passionate about writing. They write often, read a lot and even read about writing. There are some excellent how-to books about blogging out there but I don’t think you need to stop there. In fact, I don’t think you should. Blogging is a form of writing and good suggestions about writing can be applicable to the blog post.

There are four writing periodicals which I read on an on-going basis: The Writer, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest and The Writer’s Chronicle. Each of the magazines has a slightly different feel and slant. Generally you’ll find a wide selection of articles on craft, revision, inspiration, how-to’s, author interviews, books about writing, promotion, and networking.

The summer is a great time to feed the muse and if yours is like mine, she’ll appreciate the nourishment.

Which periodicals or books will you be reading about writing this summer?

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Nine Steps for Getting Started Writing Blog Book Reviews

Bloggers are always looking for new and fresh ideas for keeping the content on their blog worthy of being read. Blogger Gini Dietrich has an excellent recent post on the topic. But readers are busy people and have an inordinate amount of content-bytes vying for their attention. 



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Bloggers are always looking for new and fresh ideas for keeping the content on their blog worthy of being read. Blogger, Gini Dietrich, has an excellent recent post on the topic. But readers are busy people and have an inordinate amount of content-bytes vying for their attention. 

Many have written about the need for blog content to demonstrate thought leadership. I think it’s fair to say that thought leaders aren’t born thought leaders. They’re knowledgeable in their fields because they continue to learn and question, read and listen. Their knowledge is acquired and shared.

So where do people learn? For one thing, face-to-face learning and online learning experiences are excellent sources. There are an ever-growing number of webinars and a tremendous amount of high quality free ones. Even so, one of my favorite ways to learn is still from books.

Industry books serve as excellent sources of content for high quality blog posts. There are many good resources on the web which provide guidelines for how to write a book review. After you read several it’s also good to read examples of reviews people have written on Amazon. No doubt you’ll find a formula which works for you.

So let’s say you’ve contemplated your first book review, even have written it and are feeling invigorated by the process of bringing a category book reviews to your blog, how can you keep the process going? That’s where review copies come in.

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Writing as a Form of Play

Can writing be play? According to writer, Sue Miller, it can. Ms. Miller was talking about her most recent novel, The Lake Shore Limited, at a reading at Newtonville Books yesterday. Miller says that there is fun in inventing the people and story, and using writing as “speculation on life.” When asked about her writing process, the author described making long lists about the character in advance, knowing for example what the character believes in. She also says that she makes a lot of notes about the book before writing it, knowing where she wants to take the story.

Writing is not only play, it is a great adventure whether you’re writing fiction, non-fiction or even blog posts.

Turns, Detours & New Directions

The day I bought a Global Positioning System or commonly known as a GPS, I felt liberated in a way I’d never known before. The fear of getting lost, figuratively and literally, has plagued me for a good part of my adult life. With the small black box which could slip into the palm of my hand and my glove compartment, I was instantly offered a new freedom. I would no longer be forced to navigate the sudden turns and detours of life on my own. Instead, I was invited to embrace new directions with a trust-worthy guide, my Garmin Nuvi 255.

Writing has been one of those new directions I’ve embarked upon for the past several years. As a non-fiction short essay writer and a social media blogger, I’ve been in a love affair with words, research, and reading,  and have been traveling middle-age with a new lust for life.

I’ve been writing for the blog, Impressions through Media, since October 2007 and through blogging I’ve found a voice and a short form which crosses the boundaries between personal and professional.

I hope you will join me as a passenger, co-pilot, sightseer or just a plain, good old-fashioned reader on my new blog.