A Shout Out to My Blogging Comrades.

Many bloggers are avid readers and faithful followers of other blogs. As a blogger and social media coordinator, reading and commenting on the content of other bloggers is a natural part of my daily operations. I often share the posts of bloggers which consists of informative and entertaining information, authors of books and those who write about their lives. As we follow many blogs, there are some that we frequent more than others for one reason or another. Today, I will list some of my favorite blogs and a little information about the blog.

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Two Drops of Ink a literary blog that provides informative writing advice for aspiring and established writers. I love that Two Drops of Ink is devoted to all types of literature. Publishing contributing posts from writers looking for exposure seasoned writers and authors. The vote of the 100 best websites for writers is evident when you visit the blog. Subscribe, contribute and ‘Like’ Two Drops of Ink on Facebook.

From Addict 2 Advocate the title of this site describes it’s primary purpose to the letter. Informative articles about dealing with addiction as an addict or a family member or a friend of an addict. As we all know addiction is a growing epidemic in the U.S. Marilyn Davis, counselors and recovering addicts take a serious topic and simplifies it for all people to grasp and understand. She sprinkles a little humor in her posts as well. You can join in on conversations via the blog or on Facebook.

A Disciples Journey, a new blog by Scott Biddulph.  It is about the trials and tribulations of living a good Christian life. He brings it to the forefront through scripture and referencing his personal struggles. This amazing writer shows his followers that we are not alone in our pursuit to live a life pleasing to God. Scott Biddulph is also the creator and editor of “Two Drops of Ink”.

Poetic Parfait is a ‘Poetic treat for the mind’. This site is great if you are a lover of poetry, looking for inspiration or wish to talk about poetry. She states, “This site is a haven for you to gain insights through poetry about love, connection, endurance, inspiration, health and more.” I bear witness that this is a true statement. Christy first started Poetic Parfait as therapy to get her through a dark period in her life. The site gave birth to two books. I have also had the pleasure of writing a piece for her When Women Inspire blog.

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Opinionated Man/ Harsh Reality attracted me to the blog because of the title. I am very opinionated and reality at times can be quite harsh. I had to take the time to read what the ‘Opinionated Man’ had to say. J.C.C is a man that has a voice; he is not only opinionated, poetic and enlightening but inspirational. The opinionated man is worthy to be read.

On GobbledeGoox by Peter Giblett, you will find a mixture of posts about the subjects such as writing, social media, and blogging. The site is very informative. Peter shares his knowledge of these subjects in hopes of assisting others. If you are seeking advice as a blogger or social media, there are some informative articles to get you started.

Kitschy Chic Couture is for the ladies who love handbags. These are not just any handbag! If you are into handcrafted leather and fabric bags made with TLC, then this blog is an awesome site for you. Kitschy Chic blog takes you into the day and life of a designer. She also displays a wide variety of her creations.

Shehanne Moore is an author of ‘smexy historical romance’. Romance novels are not my first choice when I sit down to read, but the compelling story lines including jewel thieves and vikings are what grabs her readers. The unique way Shehanne Moore promotes and markets her blog and books is what sparked my interest. Every email notification of a blog post, interview, and new novel is a treat.

As bloggers, we should support each other. I not only love what I do, but I am also passionate about it. To pay homage to my craft, I support those who do what I do. Tweets, Facebook Likes, reblogging and comments are just a few ways I show love. Social media marketing/ management and writing are my main sources of income, but life is not always about the almighty dollar. How many writers or bloggers have you given a shout out lately? Where does your true passion lie? In the art or the pursuit to become the next famous author or a well paid blogger? The next time you sit down to create your next post, I encourage you to think about your fellow bloggers and take ten minutes to read and comment on their work.

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Social Media: The Etiquette of Sharing Content

As a #socialmedia coordinator and enthusiast, I wrote this article for “Two Drops of Ink” regarding the importance of #sharing #content. Many have commented that it was very informative. A great follow up to the reblogged post by Peter Giblett.

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“If you have a candle, the light won’t glow any dimmer if I light yours off of mine.” 
― Steven Tyler

The saying says… “Sharing Is Caring”!!! This is not always a true statement in the world of social media. If you are an avid social media user, you may have noticed the following:

  • Requests for page “likes” that are not returned.
  • Retweets unreciprocated or impermanent followers.
  • You visit blogs, share content, and receive no acknowledgement. There’s no comment of thanks or a brief visit to your blog or Facebook page.

I refer to these fair – weather Twitter tweeters, greedy Facebookers, and illiberal bloggers as social media vampires. Beware! They lay in wait, ready to pounce and suck the blood of what could be faithful supporters. Thus, leaving them cowering in a virtual corner reluctant to share the content of those outside their immediate circle. This type of behavior…

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Historical Essay: African American Heroes and why they fought for a country that abused them

Read this outstanding essay on “Two Drops of Ink”.

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The British Colonies in North America became the new home of colored men and women from all over the globe because of the slave trade. While it is true that The U.S. has a diverse population filled with a multicultural citizenship not seen in any other nation, the African American slaves were forced to fight harder and longer for freedom. Of all the peoples that inhabit America, and whose ancestors endured forms of persecution in American society, the African American people have paid dearly and fought relentlessly for the rights, liberties, and freedoms promised in The Declaration of Independence. While many of America`s cultures have experienced bigotry and racism, none have endured the same fight for rights as African Americans. This begs the question of why African Americans fought in the Revolutionary War for the very nation that had enslaved them. The answer lies in the new language of…

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A news quickie: Noticeable trends in what Literary Agents are looking for in today`s market

The newest trends of the publishing industry explained by Scott Biddulph of “Two Drops of Ink” . To stay up to date on the literary community subscribe to “Two Drops of Ink ” Blog. Submissions are also welcomed!!!

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The self-publishing industry is growing and becoming more credible all the time. With the Print on Demand technology that is available to authors through various publishing platforms the challenges of self-publishing are reduced to good editing, a great cover choice, and marketing. That said, these are no small feats, nevertheless. This is why authors that have real talent and a unique manuscript—that is in fact marketable—should still try querying an agent. This is the easier route in terms of real success if your work meets the criteria of good writing and a unique story. Also, some of the larger presses are bypassing agents and accepting open submissions. Google this to get more info.
I follow literary agents` blogs and if you are a serious author you should do so as well. This will allow you to get a feel for the market, the publishing industry trends, and what agents are…

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Literary Agent News: May 2016

Are you an author seeking a literary agent? Here is May 2016 Literary Agent News for all genres. Scott Biddulph editor of “Two Drops of Ink” always post the most up to date literary information for authors.

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Posts from Readers Digest:

amanda-jain-literary-agentReminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Amanda Jain of Inklings Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

About Amanda: After earning a BA in English, Amanda worked in the trade department at W.W. Norton for seven years before leaving to pursue graduate studies. She graduated in 2011 with a MA in the history of decorative arts. Amanda then joined Inklings Literary in 2014, first as Michelle’s assistant. She is now building her client list. Find her on Twitter.

She is seeking: historical fiction (in all genres), women’s / book club / upmarket fiction, romance (particularly historical, suspenseful, or with a comedic bent), mysteries (particularly historical or cozy, or historical cozies), and narrative nonfiction in the areas of social history, archaeology, art history, material culture…

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The ProBlogger and What he Learned about Blogging

If you are wondering about the face lift to my blog. I owe it all to the teachings of Peter B. Giblett and The ProBlogger. Study the article on https://gobbledegoox.wordpress.com and visit The ProBlogger to improve your blog and possibly start earning a living as well as more followers.

36 Services to Help Publicize your Writing

Need help publicizing your writing? Read this article on “Two Drops of Ink” by Peter Giblett.

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By Peter B. Giblett
Aside from creating their masterpieces the greatest activity a writer needs to be involved with is publicising their work, across the web, many sites have been designed to aid those publicity efforts, each works slightly differently, but each has its value in showcasing your work. On-line writers need to leverage all the tools (like Facebook, Pinterest, etc.) they can in order to spread the message about their work. It is unlikely that you will use every site listed. Indeed, some have very specialist uses and will not be everyone.
Having researched this over many years I am aware there are many services available in languages other than English, I have not included services here unless they use English as I am unable to fully explore their capabilities, but if you speak another language then feel free to use services for other languages.
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Count the Blessings: The Network Effect of Sharing

How often do you take the time to like the work of your followers? Do you follow back those who follow you? There is good Karma in sharing the content of others!!! Take time to read this awesome and informative article by Marilyn Davis.

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By: Marilyn L. Davis

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation… A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.” ― Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

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Too many writers, bloggers, and website owners do not understand the value that they receive when they share articles or provide links to other people.  Certainly, they can see how it would benefit someone else, but don’t understand how promoting others become an advantage to them.

What can you expect to gain when you share a blog or post by someone else?  You’re going to improve your social capital on Twitter and Facebook.

So, why is that important and how does it work? When…

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The Visible Post: The Bloggers Battle with Search Engines

Hey bloggers!!! Need blogging assistance? Read this post by Peter B. Giblett

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There is much hype, myth, fantasy or voodoo mumbo-jumbo associated with getting your blog post noticed by Google and other search engines, the intention here is to cut through the myths and help you win the battle of getting your posts noticed identifying actions that writers can take to improve the visibility of each post they write.

According to an SEOMOZ review of search engine ranking factors the following have the most influence in making your blog and the posts on it visible:

  1. Many links available on the site.
  2. Links are available on each post.
  3. Keywords or tags are used that are relevant to the page.
  4. There is plenty of good quality content on the page and not all is keyword specific.
  5. There are analysis and metrics available for the site.

These may sound very technical but it doesn’t mean they have to be overwhelming as…

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