Saturday, December 27, 2014

Opinions Wanted

At present I'm mulling over what to do next year on the blog; I think my primary goal will be housekeeping; I do need to tidy and update the different pages on the sidebar that have broken links or need some reworking.

As for regular features, I really enjoy Just Write Thursdays and video Fridays, so I think I'll keep them going. I will be ending the weekly ten things feature on Monday, however, as I've probably listed 99% of the writer-helpful freeware out there already, and decent, no-fee-involved sub ops for writers are becoming pretty scarce. Plus there are only so many Ten Things I Hate About [insert fiction topic] lists I can write.

I'd also like to update a few more things like The Novel Notebook and some of my older freebies that are in desperate need of reformatting, and maybe redo the entire free reads library with proper cover art and short descriptions of the stories. I may also turn some of my old how-to and workshop posts into e-books (Novel Outlining 101 is still getting hundreds of hits every week.)

There is one thing I need to take care of sooner versus later: I need to find an alternative to Google Docs as a storage/hosting site for my library of freebies. If anyone has any solid recs for low-cost, dependable and easily accessible storage/hosting services I'd love to know what they are (but because they've ripped off readers in the past by charging them to access my free works Scribd.com is not a possibility for me.) I'm even open to putting them up on a commercial site like Smashwords as long as I can keep them free and accessible by anyone on the planet.

What would you like to see here on PBW in 2015? More of the same, or something new? Any specific suggestions? Let me know in comments.

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20 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:25 AM

    More of the same though my struggle is always editing.
    Maybe more fiction reviews?

    Thanks for you all do.
    Ron B

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Ron. Editing is a good suggestion; I don't focus on that too often. I'm really not crazy about reviewing, but I was considering doing a book of the month feature to talk about the best book I've read that month; do you think that would be a reasonable alternative?

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    2. Anonymous6:36 PM

      I think a book of the month feature would be great.

      Ron B

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  2. The weekly ten things feature was fun, but since I use linux, most of those were not usable anyway. I would like to see a lot more about the actually writing, editing, publishing, etc....

    It has been a long time since those Forward Motion "Think Tank" days....

    Keep up the excellent work, as always!!!!

    BJ

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    1. Hey BJ, lovely to see you here -- and we won't mention exactly how long it's been since the days of Ye Olde Think Tank . . . :)

      I do want to get more into the nuts and bolts of writing this year, and maybe even interview some indie authors and get their take on the best self-publishing has to offer. Thanks for the suggestions!

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    2. I always read your blog, my RSS program always flag any new post. I just haven't been posting much. I did take early retirement a few months ago, so now I have a lot more time to get back to the writing, so you will see me a bit more often.

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  3. I like Just Write Thursdays because then I have Just Read Fridays where I get to enjoy whatever you've written.
    Also like the monthly "Best of..." book review idea, too.

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    1. Just Write has made Thursdays a lot more fun for me, even when I can only spend an hour or two -- plus it's good to do something new every week. So those will be definitely sticking around. :)

      And another vote for Book of the Month -- so noted.

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  4. I think that the "Book of the Month" feature would be a pretty good read.

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    1. Thank you for the input, kind sir. Congrats on the new job, too -- very happy to read about that. :)

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  5. I'd love to read your thoughts on writing, editing, and indie publishing. Your advice was what drew me here first, umpteen years ago.

    I'd also love to see replays of your old how-to and workshop posts here on the blog. I'm leery of downloading things. Too many viruses latch on in innocent places. (You can tell I don't have an eReader yet. LOL!)

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions, Deb -- all great ideas.

      I know what you mean about downloading things -- I still won't touch anything I can't scan first due to viruses. :(

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  6. Sounds like you have some great ideas for next year on your blog! :)

    I have no idea what I'm going to do next year. It's been a struggle lately just to post my 1 blog post per week that I make myself do.

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    1. I did a couple of posts on blogging that might give you some ideas, Trisha -- Ten Things to Revitalize Your Blog and Blog Blocked.

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  7. Maybe something like a "blast from the past" book post, about a book you read and/or reviewed a while back and still enjoy and want others to know about/remember. I scroll past a lot ws and it's just so much to keep track of. I love new books, but I never get a sense for what sticks with people after all the marketing hububb (hubbub?) is over. Or books you liked when you were younger vs. your opinions about them now.

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    1. This is a really interesting idea, Laura -- I will definitely add it on my Blog to Do list for 2015, thanks.

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  8. First off, I love your blog. I just don't get here as often as I should, or comment as much as I used to. But that's on me. Life gets busy and I'm easily distracted. Maybe a post here or there on how you juggle everything you do - because every time I think about how much you do and how much you've done, it boggles my mind.

    Whatever you decide to do, keep up the good work. And thank you for blogging.

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    1. Never apologize for having a life, B. -- and any time you can stop by, you are most welcome here. :)

      One writer who downloaded my Novel Notebook later wrote to me to tell me that I am too organized, so my methods in keeping up with work, blogging and so forth may be intimidating. Still, I've never done a post about exactly how I juggle everything, so maybe I should. Thanks for the suggestion.


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  9. Author interviews( ok, on that I'd like to drag you over to MY blog muahaha). The nuts n bolts and bits of the writing process. I love your sideline projects, because they're gorgeous, so more of your art and photos.:D

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