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Offline pornokitsch

Got a blog? Share it!
« on: June 03, 2013, 05:49:16 PM »
It strikes me that our member blogs thread has kind of fizzled out. So let's kick that back into gear:

1) What's your blog?
2) What sort of stuff do you write about? (Your own short fiction, fantasy book reviews, SF book reviews, gender politics, photos of your garden, whatever...)
3) What's the URL?
4) Why'd you start blogging and/or what do you like best about it?

Go!

Offline AnneLyle

Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2013, 11:27:37 AM »
1) It's my authorial presence on the web - something few published writers can get away without these days

2) I blog news about my books (obviously), but also about the technology I use for writing (hardware and software), the occasional book review, plus any topics vaguely related to my writing that take my fancy: research trips, SF conventions, stuff going on in the fantasy genre, and so on.

3) My blog is here: http://www.annelyle.com

4) I've had a website since the late 90s (I'm a full-time web developer), but I started blogging in earnest in 2005 when I decided I needed a kick in the pants if I was to get published before retirement! I love that I can go back and read about my early struggles and see how far I've come :)
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Offline Francis Knight

Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2013, 10:12:29 AM »
1 - something I should remember to do more often -- I'm an intermittent blogger, because I have trouble thinking of topics. I do better on twitter.

2 - Writing stuff mostly (maybe I should post garden pics...). Lately I started a series of Women To Read posts (in response to a twitter hastag). I think I blew that yesterday when I did a whole list of them in response to the SFWA debacle. But hey, there's a great list of women to read in SFF there! It's not in the slightest comprehensive, so come and add to it.  I suppose I shall have to think of something else now...or find more women to read :)

3 - http://francisknightbooks.co.uk/category/blog/

4 - I originally started blogging under my own name not long before my first book came out (I *think* my publisher suggested it) in 2009. This blog I started as soon as we'd settled on the pen name.
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Offline EricaDakin

Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2013, 05:26:03 PM »
1) Like Anne Lyle said, it's my presence as an author, although in my case a self-published one.

2) Writing- or language-related topics (once a week), a crappy, fluffy serial romance/fantasy novel (also once a week) and links to the reviews I do as a guest reviewer on a joint blog run by someone else (as and when I finish a book). Plus odds and ends whenever I feel I need to.

3) http://theftandsorcery.wordpress.com/

4) Originally as a way to try and get myself a little exposure, since that was the recommendation for self-pub authors. It was a bit daunting at first, but four months down the line I find that I actually quite enjoy the whole thing, and it's a good way to get the brain going about all sorts of topics. I've also come across a lot of really enjoyable blogs from other people. Don't know what it'll be like once I run out of things to write about, but I've got a number of topics lined up, so I'll cross that bridge when I get to it and will just have fun on the way there.
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Offline Hierath

Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2013, 10:05:47 PM »
1. Mine is also my author presence online, in addition to Twitter and Facebook. It's where I post the detailed stuff.

2. I tend to write about SF and Fantasy, about writing, the odd book review, personal stuff, and helping to promote people I like :) Also the odd interview and sometimes pictures of my dog.

3. http://www.hierath.co.uk/ - my Twitter is hierath77 (I try to be a bit consistent - the man who lives in Canada and sells leaf-blowers at hierath.com is not me, though we have chatted in the past...)

4. I used to have a personal blog on Livejournal for many years, but LJ became very unreliable and full of spammers, so I switched to Wordpress around two years ago to help with book promotion, and to chat to readers about whatever was in my head!
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Offline Patremagne

Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2013, 04:02:54 PM »
First non-author, woo!

1) A review blog where I can get my thoughts out on novels I liked or disliked and maybe convince someone to read them along the way.

2) Starting out with mostly reviews of SFF and historical fiction, but I have a giveaway up with a signed copy of Mark Lawrence's King of Thorns and I hope to expand it a bit with more practice.

3) www.abitterdraft.blogspot.com

4) Mostly what I said in the first question, I just needed a place to share my thoughts, but being able to get review copies of books and run giveaways is quite rewarding.

Offline Charlemagne

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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2013, 06:59:45 PM »
OK, so I just put my blog up yesterday, and I only have two posts up so far, but still! It counts! :D

1) It's a review blog, still very new. I'm still getting accustomed to being a part of the "blogosphere".

2) It's where I plan to review pretty much everything I read (mostly fantasy, sci-fi, and classics). I'll get more content up soon.

3) www.singmuses.wordpress.com

4) I wanted to start blogging because I read a lot, and often have strong opinions of the books I read. I wanted to share them with everybody. It also gave me something productive to do with my summer!
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Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2013, 11:55:08 PM »
1) It started as somewhere to reread Dave Sim's epic graphic novel Cerebus the Aardvark, all 300 issues of it, largely because I never made it to the end when I first read it.
2) Mostly now it's reviews. I do occasionally reread bits of Flashman novels, I finished Cerebus some years ago. I have the occasional rant, but mostly I review what I read.
3) http://travelsthroughiest.blogspot.com
4) I started it as sort of an online journey of my experience with Cerebus and it sort of morphed. I've never had many readers and I do feel like I'm talking to the air a lot of the time. I find it's a good way of charting what I read, though. It's also helped me become a lot more critical of what I read and in some ways that's also assisted with my own writing.
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Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2013, 12:01:24 AM »
1. It's mainly a genre review blog, but I can delve into the occasional rant, random thought, or article on writing. Mainly reviews, though.

2. See #1.

3. http://acerbicwriting.wordpress.com/

4. I wanted to jot down all these thoughts I have on books and junk. Wordpress works because Goodreads never looked that enticing. That, and if I become an author I'll already have a website for them to consider.
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Offline Jaedia

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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2013, 09:28:08 PM »
1) An eclectic review book blog. (wanting to bring the focus back to fantasy later in the year when I'm caught up on a few things)

2) Reviews of varying genres (fantasy, paranormal, chick lit, historical, non-fiction, contemporary, whatever I'm in the mood to read), guest content, 'what I'm up to' type posts, discussion/response posts, the odd 'top ten', a bit of incoming.. whatever fits at the time! :) I just have fun with it.

3) http://onceuponatime.jaedia.net/

4) I think I've always blogged in some way or another.. I started hobby blogging a few years ago though when I was really getting into World of Warcraft and when I quit a couple of years ago I morphed my personal blog into a book blog and haven't wanted to stop! I love being the girl with too many books, and I love the community. Seriously. Just want to cuddle it. C'mere, blogging community! *squeezy cuddle*
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Offline Blodeuedd

Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2013, 08:38:44 PM »
1) A review blog
2) Book reviews, most genres as my taste is eclectic (fantasy, PNR, UF, historical fiction, fiction, steampunk, romance, you know it)
3) http://books-forlife.blogspot.com
4) I wanted to talk about books :D And as my friends do not read, or read waaaay to slowly I found blogging a wonderful way of doing it
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Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2013, 09:40:27 PM »
I figure since I started using my blog again I should post it here. :)

1) My blog is a place for me to post rambling things when I remember it exists. It's mostly been personal/writing related of late.

2) I started out doing only writing related and book review posts, but when I became editor over here, I stopped doing reviews due to limits on my time. Now I use it mostly to talk about things that are too long to talk about on Twitter or Facebook and to do updates on what's happening in my writing and on Fantasy-Faction.

3) http://thewritewaytotype.wordpress.com/

4) I started my first blog when I sold crafts on Etsy. It was great! I loved meeting new people and talking about things that most of my real life friends weren't interested in. Since I started my writing blog, I still enjoy those same things, but I think I also use it more as a place to get ideas out of my head and share them with other people. I guess I hope that what's happening in my life can perhaps help others as well. Whether it's important life issues or just a reminder to save your work every once and a while...speaking of which: Make sure you save your work while you're working! ;)

Offline May

Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2013, 10:13:57 PM »
Checked out the blogs listed here and added you guys to my feed reader! Thanks for starting the list, I am always looking for other blogs to read :)

I might as well jump in too, though my blog is quite new.

1. Blog for people who both read and write - focus on fantasy, possibly some horror.

2.  I share notes resources I find while working on my fantasy novel, collection's of resources, and also post reviews and the occasional rant or two.

3. www.ForFictionsSake.com

4.  I'm in digital marketing, so I've been blogging professionally for awhile, but this is my little escape to write about things I enjoy and connect with like minded folks :)

Offline JonRock411

Re: Got a blog? Share it!
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2013, 02:49:51 AM »
Well I just started mine, so might as well put it up here.

1. It's pretty mismatched, mostly  my spot for ramblings on multiple topics as well as posts on writing and eventually some actual excerpts.

2. See #1.

3. http://jonathanrock411.wordpress.com/

4.   Everyone else was doing it.  Actually inspired by Jian, Wilder and Chill (or whatever he's calling himself these days),
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Offline Shadowhand

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« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2013, 05:08:09 AM »
1. Pens and Swords - Where Language Is Power

2. Primarily about my works-in-progress and my approach to writing, but I'm starting to branch out. I wrote my first blog about teaching English Language Arts a couple weeks ago, and next week I'm blogging about my addiction to CRPGs (Dragon Age: Origins, in particular).

3. http://www.pensandswords.com

4. I started this blog back in 2003 after I won the Maiden of Pain open call from WotC. The idea was a report from the trenches, what it was like for a D&D fan and aspiring writer to get their first break. Now its part promotion, part soapbox, and part journal.
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