Sunday, February 24, 2013

A to Z Blogging Challenge

April 2013 A to Z Blogging Challenge

We know that blogging is fun. What better way to add to the experience than to blog together with a common purpose! The A to Z Challenge allows us to keep up with each other's work and share in a common experience. 

Here's how it works, according to Arlee Bird, founder of the A to Z Challenge: During the month of April, you post every day except Sundays, blogging thematically from A to Z. Start beginning April first with a topic themed on something connected with the letter A, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until you finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z skipping Sundays.

Interested? For me, the A to Z Challenge has been a great way to begin long-lasting relationships with other bloggers, find new blogs to follow, attract followers to my blog, discover oodles of new ideas, and benefit from the motivation to blog every day. For more information stop by the A to Z Challenge Blog. You will find the sign up linky there also. LINK UP TODAY TO JOIN THE FUN!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

50 Writing Tools Quick Link

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici/
Roy Peter Clark, author of Writing Tools 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, offers a quick list of writing tools as a handy reference in his post, "Fifty Writing Tools: Quick List" at permission for readers to copy it and keep it in their wallets or journals, or near their desks or keyboards. He recommends not only sharing the list, but adding to it.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Using Photos in Your Blog

Photo by Dawn M. Hamsher, 2013
Everyone wants to use photos in their blog and for good reason. Photos draw in readers, add to your content, and just look pretty, but you need to know the rules. Here is the question:

Q: Can you legally use photos off the internet in your blog?

A: No, not unless you get permission from the owner of the photo.
5 Rules about Using Web Images in your Blog

Photos are copyrighted. Just as you wouldn't want someone else printing a poem you published on your blog, you shouldn't publish someone else's photo (even if you give credit). In the past, I thought it was okay, as long as I gave credit.

What to do? How do you get photos?
1. Take your own digital photos.
2. Find photos on-line and email owner to get permission to use them.

Do you have any other suggestions or tips for photos usage?     

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Words that Sing

Tonight, in class, we talked about using words that sing. Words are tools that can convey just the right meaning you want. Become a master at using words. Practice words.

Devotion: Wholesome Words at Our Daily Bread

Write a poem about words using "words that sing". Try using a wide range of words that convey images, sound, and mood.