Websites and Blogs: Simpler Is Better

I just got off a website that had so many things going on with it that I could barely find the content I was looking for.  I’m getting increasingly frustrated with websites and blogs that seem like a maze.  I understand that people are adding flashy gimmicks to their sites because it looks awesome, but…

Developing Effective Web sites

Ruth Ann Nordin and I just returned from a Heart of America Christian Networking conference. We had a wonderful time. The conference revitalized our faith and our writing. There were many workshops, and one of those was on how to develop an effective Web site. That workshop was facilitated by Jim Watkins of Wesleyan Publishing….

Writing Reviews

I enjoy writing reviews on my personal blog. Whether it be for a book, movie, or TV show, writing reviews allows me to give my own opinion on a particular work to a wider audience, as well as helping me to seem more like an authority on the subject when the work in question happens…

Tips For Gaining New Followers on Your Blog

If bloggers all share one common conceit, it’s that we’re hungry for followers. We like the idea that people are reading what we post on the Internet, and we’re always looking for ways to make sure that plenty of people discover our work and that they keep coming back. And while there’s no correlation between…

When Trolls Attack!

You know, that sounds like the title for one of those B-movie horror films that are played at three in the morning. When Trolls Attack! “Don’t cross that bridge. You may not like who wants you to pay the toll!” But all kidding aside, internet trolls are a hot topic as of late. With the…

Some Tips For WattPad Users

I’ve been using WattPad for the past couple of weeks, and I thought that an article about it would be fun to write. Also, I found out this blog doesn’t have an article on WattPad yet, so I thought I’d break the ground and do a piece on it. Throughout this article, I will try…

Blogging: Blogger Blogs & Email Subscriptions

I visit a lot of blogs, and I subscribe to a lot of blogs, but one things stops me from subscribing; blogs with no email sign up. Sure, RSS feed is the future, but with several of the feed readers disappearing, maybe not so much. I know I’m not alone when I say I prefer…

Do I really need a Blog?

I don’t think every writer needs a blog. I don’t think fiction writers need a blog. I don’t think most readers give a rats a$$ about writer’s blog. I think telling writers that they need and don’t need a blog is plain stupidity. 😀 You are welcome to disagree with me. I won’t stop you….

How to Edit Your Twitter Profile (with screen caps)

I’ve gone back and forth about doing this post because, while so many authors use twitter, it isn’t  integral to the publishing business. But, after having to explain how to set wallpaper to yet another person via email, I decided there was a need for it. (Click on any of the images to make them…

Stuff You Might Want To Put On Your Blog

If you decide to blog (and you don’t have to so don’t feel guilty for not having one), there are some things that are good to have on it.  You don’t have to have them on it, but it’s worth mentioning.  These things will be on the other pages on the blog. 1.  A list…

To Blog or Not To Blog

Question: Do you NEED a blog? The answer is no.  You don’t need a blog.  Now, what I think you do need is a website.  If your blog is your website, that works but only if you want to blog.  If you don’t want to blog, you’re better off with a static website.  You can…

Conferences, Are They Worth It?

The short answer is “yes,” but the real question is why are they? Even after attending several of these, you wonder if you will learn anything new. But as usual, your doubts are put to rest after a conference speaker or two has presented. Perhaps you are interested in taking the traditional route. Conferences allow…