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What do you want in an online writing community?

Looking to start writing group over the web, and am gathering ideas.

I want good moderation. No trolls, no spam.

I want several professional writers whose works are published who are very active there.

I want boards divided by genre. IMO, mystery writers aren’t qualified to critique westerns, and memoir writers may not be the best choice for giving feedback to screenwriters.

I want the absence of any petty martinet(s) who scold or lecture.

I want standards and even instruction for critique.

I want AbsoluteWrite, I guess.

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Posted by mark - September 29, 2014 at 8:53 pm

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How much is Lulu book publishing?

That’s just it, how much is Lulu book publishing? Hard cover, just all the basics, how much would it be for just all the average stuff?

On the left hand side of this page, right above the picture of the two people that says, "Need Help?" there is a cost calculator.

I chose standard paper, hardcover, black and white, 6" by 9", casewrap with 100 pages and it came out to $15. It’s a fun little thing, you can play around with it.

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Posted by mark - September 27, 2014 at 8:05 pm

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Just Started Blogging There are a Few Steps You Should Take

So I’ll discuss a little about the wordpress platform, themes, recommended plugins and some tips.

If you have just started blogging, there are a few steps you should take.

1. Activate the akismet plugin. This plugin comes preinstalled with wordpress but you have to activate it and get a wordpress key (which takes 2 minutes). Akismet blocks spam comments on your blog, so if you choose to enable comments on your posts (which you should) then this plugin is a must, and best of all it’s a set and forget.
2. Choose a theme. You could use the default theme, but it’s way overused. The ideal is to choose a theme that is very user friendly, with good link visibility, nice color contrast, and a nice and attractive layout. If you know how to design a theme or can change a free theme to your liking, then you should do so, unique content and layout designs are always a better choice than free themes that are probably used by hundreds or more. A good place to get themes is the WordPress Theme Directory. Another one is searching google for “free wordpress themes” 🙂
3. Decide on a permalink structure, permalinks are the actual links to your blog posts, and wordpress gives you a lot of flexibility here. For maximum SEO performance, you should simply choose “” but this really comes down to personal preference as I personally don’t think it makes that much of a difference, so you might prefer “” that is also search engine (and user) friendly. Whatever you choose, do activate the permalink feature because otherwise you’ll have those ugly query strings all over your urls.
4. Download and install the Google XML Sitemaps Generator Plugin. This plugin takes care of updating and submitting your sitemap to Google and other search engines. This allows search engine to know more about the structure of your website.
5. Download and install the All In One SEO Pack Plugin. This plugin optimizes your blogs output for search engine optimization. Optimizes keywords, page titles and more.
6. Install the Share This plugin or a similar social bookmarking plugin. This should go right after your posts along with a reminder letting visitors know they can subscribe to your feed. This way visitors have some options when they finish reading your posts. If they like your post, they will be able to quickly submit it to whatever social bookmarking sites they use or e-mail to a friend.
7. Create an About page. You should use this page to introduce yourself to the visitors, your background, your work, what you do and like and what people should expect from your blog. This gives your blog a personal touch that helps visitors to identify you as an actual human behind the blog. Also consider placing one or several pictures of yourself on the about page (or on a photos page if you prefer) as this also greatly increases the human awareness of the visitor.
8. Create a Contact page. You can simply put up a page with e-mail instructions or use a contact me plugin like Secure and Accessible PHP Contact Form. This gives confidence to the visitor that he can reach you if he so chooses and, like the about page, gives the human touch.
9. Create an account on FeedBurner for your blog and give your visitors a visible option to subscribe to your blog by RSS and by e-mail (FeedBurner takes good care of all this). This allows users to use an rss reader or just get your posts by e-mail. Most visitors never return so you should make it easy and worthwhile for them to subscribe to your blog and receive future updates.

Well, those are 9 of the things that I think are most common and needed, but I could go on, you should familiarize yourself as much as possible with wordpress (or your other blogging platform of choice), try out new plugins and optimize your theme. It’s a work in progress, but you shouldn’t let that get in the way of your posting.

You could consider setting up a password protected subdomain and creating a clone blog for testing (or install it on your own computer) because once you start getting traffic you shouldn’t go trying new things on your live site where things could break giving your visitors a bad surfing experience. A clone blog is obviously just a blog installation that matches your actual site with the same theme, same plugins and a few dummy posts so you can do your testing.

Once you get your blog ready to go, all that’s left to do is start posting! You should make a nice first post, introducing yourself briefly and letting the reader know that you have an About page with more details. You should give some idea of what visitors can expect from your blog posts.

Now for some quick blogging tips:

1. Make constant posts. You should try your best to do about 3 posts per week minimum. This all depends on your ability to express yourself with words. If you’re good at it, then post as much as you can, daily or even bidaily. If you’re not, well, then try to make at least 3 posts per week.
2. Use post titles wisely. Your post title is very important as it’s the part that will be most visible to the web. Create informative titles, for more details visit to the words you choose here will eventually make your site rank on google for some or all of those same keywords.
3. Make medium to long posts. Not saying that you can’t do small blog posts, you can and should, but you should try your best to create full length and keyword rich posts. Write your best and biggest posts as if the were articles with a small intro, content and conclusion.
4. Post about other blogs. Read blogs about the same topic than yours and link to them and do your own spin on the post, agree, for more details visit to disagree, whatever. Basically try to engage in friendly debates with other bloggers.
5. Leave them wanting for more. End your posts with a small text about what you’ll be posting about next time. Be creative and suspenseful.
6. Proof read and spell check your post before publishing. Occasional typos are ok, but proof reading and using a spell checker should keep them to a minimum.
7. Have fun! You should be having fun blogging. If you’re just starting you can probably feel a little intimidated or sometimes don’t knowing what to post. But you shouldn’t stress to much about it, just take a break and post some other time. Blogging should be relaxing not stressful. Find inspiration around you.

Well and that’s it, there you have just some blogging tips to get you started. These are of course mostly geared to blogging beginners. You can do much more with blogs and use the blogging platform to create other type of niche sites and adsense sites but that is topic for a whole different article.

Narinder Pal Sharma

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Posted by mark - September 24, 2014 at 6:01 pm

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5 Rules of Success for Writing Ebooks

Producing your own ebooks is an great strategy for earning online income. Initially, this may seem like an overwhelming project, however, it is actually not that difficult. Check out this article to learn 5 simple ebook writing success rules.

1. Always pick a topic that interests you. In this way, your work will never get boring and your interest will be apparent in the quality of your writing.

Also, try to write on subjects where you have expertise already. The subject may be related to work or perhaps something that you do for recreation. Your audience will be more captivated when you write with a background of experience.

2. Don’t be afraid to write a short ebook. Remember that your typical reader is going to have a very short attention span.

Once you pick your ebook theme, be careful to remain on topic as you go through the process of writing each ebook. When you stay on topic, your reader will likely stay around. If you wander off topic, the reader will get confused, frustrated and will then leave.

3. Before you start to write your ebook, compile an outline. In this way, you can keep yourself organized as the outline is like a map which you can continuously refer to while you write.

4. When you begin to write, find a quiet private place where there will be no distractions. It is important to write efficiently.

One method that works well for writing ebooks is to pick a block of time, say 2 hours for instance, and do some very focused work. Try not to work too long at one sitting as this can create “writer’s burnout”. Remember to always reward yourself after you have completed some good work.

5. Lastly, if writing is too daunting of a task for you or if you have to produce a large quantity of ebooks, then you’ll probably want to hire a ghostwriter. Professional writers are very common and they are really quite affordable. Just go to forums such as or and you will find lots of writers advertising their services. Tasks such as proofreading and graphic design can also be outsourced.

This is 5 rules of success for writing ebooks. If you follow these 5 steps, people will enjoy reading your ebooks and you will be able to produce them in large numbers. This continues to be a top way to promote your Internet business.

John Baril

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Posted by mark - September 21, 2014 at 4:59 pm

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I am new to blogging. What website is good for blogging for a summer reading book assignment?

I had choices from essays to videos and I figured blogging can be fun. Can you give me a good free website and a little help on how to get started with what to say, and whether i put it under one day or do it every day until its due. Please help and I promise to select you as the best answer if it helps!

Hi Jake.

There are loads of blogging websites out there, WordPress and Blogspot probably being the two most popular.

I’ve got blogs on both, so I say this from experience: is MUCH easier to use, has lots of free themes (backgrounds) online that are easy to use, can easily be connected to a "real" website (like if you have your own .net or .com site) and easy to change out the favicon (the little picture to the left of the URL).

If you’re new to blogging or simply can’t be bothered with complication, go for blogspot. (If the language on the link below shows up as Swedish, you can change it at the top right of the page.)

Happy blogging!



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Posted by mark - September 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm

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What are the benefits and draw back of self publishing?

What are the benefits and draw back of self publishing? I found an online company that will publish my book for me with payment and I get royalites on each book sold? Is this a good deal or will I end up getting cheated in the end?

(For getting published "the real way", you should get an agent)

For self-publishing

– You are definately going to get published

– You have to pay to get it published
– If you have any errors, you’re screwed
– You have to market/advertise your book YOUR SELF if you want it to sell

For REAL publishing (WITH a literary agent):

– It won’t cost you a cent
– Your agent will do all the leg-work (all you have to do is write)
– Your publisher and agent will do all the marketing
– Your editor/agent/publisher will do most of the "quality-checking"

– You have to face a couple of ‘rejections’ from your first few tries at an agent before finding the "right one"

REMEMBER, an agent will NEVER charge you anything but commission… If one tries, then they’re a scam-artist. Your job is to write, you don’t have to pay people so you can do your job.

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Posted by mark - September 18, 2014 at 3:28 pm

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Welcome to the RubyRedRiter New Orleans weather 10 day forecast! This is your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast. It will be updated daily. The New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is a valuable tool for planning all of your New Orleans outings. While you are here in NOLA there are plenty of people to see, places to go and things to do and the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast will come in very handy. The weather in New Orleans changes day to day. This is because of the city’s proximity to water. This is one of the reasons the New Orleans weather 10 day forecast is so valuable if you are traveling to New Orleans. Don’t miss any of them. Make sure you are not caught unawares. Be prepared for the Louisiana weather changes. Quick and convenient, just check here before you make your plans for the day! 

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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Mostly Sunny 74°/54° 10 %
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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Mostly Sunny 78°/57° 10 %
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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Partly Cloudy 76°/57° 10 %
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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Sunny 78°/60° 10 %
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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Partly Cloudy 78°/62° 10 %
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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Scattered T-Storms 78°/58° 30 %
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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast Showers 75°/54° 30 %
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New Orleans Weather 10 day forecast AM Clouds / PM Sun 72°/56° 10 %


Good Morning NOLA!  It’s a little on the cool side this Wednesday morning. We have woken up to temperatures in the low fifties but don’t worry there is lots of sun on the schedule for today.  It will warm up into the low to mid seventies for the high today but dropping into the fifties again tonight.  Only the slightest ten percent chance of rain in the forecast today.  I don’t think we have anyting to worry about though.  The highest chance for rain in our area won’t be until about a week from now and then that is onl thirty percent right now.  I think clear skies and warm spring like days are on the agenda now for a while.  If you haven’t made plans for the weekend yet pencil in a trip to Palmer Park on Saturday for the CDP Spring Fair and then on Sunday you can swing by the French Quarter and visit with me on Jackson Square for my book signing at the 1850’s House Store.  everyone needs a signed copy of” If I Were A French Quarter Rat”.  See y’all in NOLA!

Sharon Denise Talbot

Don’ t forget to check back tomorrow for your New Orleans weather 10 day forecast.

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Posted by mark - September 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm

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Free Blogging Websites

The term “blog” is the short form of weblog. A blog is a personal space that’s set up on the Internet, which allows people to share ideas, diaries, news events, personal information or stories with the rest of the world.

First-time bloggers find free blogging websites a great way to get started in the blogosphere. Popular blogging web sites like and allow users to set up and host a blog without paying any user fees at all. These free services encourage new users to begin blogging, by providing all of the tools that are required. If you’re interested in blogging, you’ll find everything you need, without having to spend any money. So really, there’s nothing to lose. It is so easy to blog for free, that many people who have never enjoyed any previous web experiences are finding that they’re drawn to blogging.

As a new blogger, you may find that it’s easier to get listed in search engines when you sign with free blogging websites, rather than starting your own blog from scratch. For example, Google crawls its pages very often looking for updates on its free blog-hosting site. If your site is hosted by, you’re almost guaranteed a listing on Google’s blog search engine. With this easy access to search engines, it’s easier to promote your blog and gain readers with minimum marketing effort.

Let’s say that, after you initially post on a free blogging website, your blog attracts a large readership. At that time you may decide to move your site. Many people feel that being hosted by a free blogging website gives a blog a kind of amateur flavor. While this is fine for newcomers, these “seasoned” bloggers prefer a higher profile image. Having your own domain can make your blog appear to be more professional, and finding a company to host your domain is neither difficult nor expensive. If you blog is successful, you may be able to sell advertising space. Your advertising income will likely cover the costs of purchasing a hosting package, with a little cash left over. In most cases, it doesn’t make sense to invest in a lot of fancy extras until your blog has a healthy readership.

Starting blogs on free blogging websites is a great way for new bloggers to build a following before laying out any cash. Use free hosts like, and as an incubator, and watch your blog begin to grow in popularity.

William Davis

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Posted by mark - September 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm

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Article Marketing: Write and Read Articles Online

Do you have a lot to say but don’t know how to get people to listen? Do you need information about a particular subject, but don’t know the best way to find it? The answers are right in front of you and they are free and easy to find.

If you are a writer wanting to be heard, write online articles. If you are a reader looking for information about certain subjects, read online articles. It’s that simple. for more help visit of people have discovered the benefits of writing and reading articles online. So, what is the big attraction and what’s in it for you?

If you have a business, product or service you want to promote, the best way to do it is to write online articles about it and get them widely read. That is where companies called article marketers, who publish your articles come in to play.

Publishing online articles with an article marketing website allows you to get your name and what you are promoting out there. The beauty of it is you don’t have to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on marketing and promotional tools. Writing articles online gives you the benefit of free advertising and promotion.

The best method to successfully write online articles is to focus on the key features of what you are trying to promote. Then, write an article summing up those features and detailing why they would be of benefit to your prospective buyers. You will not only get your name and product or service out there, for more help visit to: you will also build yourself a reputation as an authority figure on your particular subject.

There is also much to gain when you read online articles. If you are trying to start a business, you have a lot of research ahead of you. You will save a lot of time and energy by reading about what others have done in your situation. You can find out what works and what doesn’t. You can learn the best methods to go about certain tasks through someone else’s trial and error.

Online articles in the form of trade publications give you the latest information in your industry. This information includes details on subjects like:

The more you read online articles, the more prepared you will be when it comes time to launch your new business or latest product or service. The Internet is the number one venue for sales and marketing of any business. This even includes companies that do most of their business in person and offline.
The bottom line is this: The more you write articles online, the more free advertising you can take advantage of. The more you read articles online, the more prepared you will be to tackle your own business ups and downs. It is a win, win opportunity that is just an Internet page and a mouse click away. Why not take advantage of both free advertising and learning from someone else’s mistakes? The only outcome you can expect is free and easy success. Who could ask for more than that?   

Gurmeet singh

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Posted by mark - September 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm

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Posted by mark - September 12, 2014 at 1:13 pm

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