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Don’t I Feel Sheepish?

Couple of days ago I blogged that i’d be writing more Little Alec for my blogoversary.

Oops.

Um, yeah. Nah. Not gonna do that. I swear I tried, I really did. But I got three pages into a mediocre blow job before I admitted to myself that the SSE boys just aren’t speaking to me anymore :(

Being perfectly honest, the final chapter of Deja Vu was painful for me to write :( Thank god it’s finished now though, huh? (The final chapter and epilogue are still unposted)

So right now, I don’t have any plans for my 2nd anniversary *cries* Feel free to lodge ideas. I need some inspiration.


Another Blogiversary Coming Up

 

Whoa, but that year went fast (just like the previous). 19th February it’ll be two years since I started this blog and two years since I finished the first draft of Say Something Else. Last year, for the occasion, I posted Little Alec, an SSE extra, and this year I’m going to add to it.

I have nothing written yet, I’ll be starting either tonight or tomorrow, I’m allowing myself up to 10k for this installment which could take me a week or more to write… Okay, I’ll stop. I’m just gonna freak myself out :) i get nervous when I have little more than a month to write even something shortish like this. But I adore Alec and Edward, I feel like I know them well, and I’ve been wanting to write this second chapter since I posted the first.

So, yeah. Watch this space :)


Blog Comments (and the lack of interaction on fandom blogs)

Taking a break from my NaNo planning posts today. Kind of :) I’m loving the comments that are coming in on them. I’m really not used to getting so many. Usually the only time a decent conversation starts in the comments section of this blog is when I post something potentially controversial and people jump in to get defensive. It’s nice to see comments on something positive for a change.

On my NaNo planning posts I’m seeing as many comments from original fiction authors as from members of fandom. It’s hugely flattering that OF writers are finding something worthwhile at a little old FF authors blog :D

One of the most frustrating things about blogging in fandom is the lack of feedback. Why are we, as a fandom, so reluctant to interact on blogs? There are a shitload of blogs in fandom, and yet there’s so little interaction on them. Sure, most of us do our social stuff on twitter (or forums, though I’m of the opinion that the forum is dead—or should be), and twitter is fantastic, but conversations there have a VERY limited life span. Anything discussed is gone in a matter of hours, or even minutes, depending on how fast the timeline is flowing. Nothing lasts. There’s so much fandom and fic related stuff that would benefit from interaction on blogs and it’s about time blogs were used for something a little more than just fic recs (yes, huge generalisation there, sue me).

So. I challenge you to comment on blogs. I challenge you to blog and to encourage interaction. Let’s talk not just about the latest and greatest fic but about the craft of ficcing. About your insights into the characters. About why you write the way you do. I want to hear about your process and I want you to comment on other authors processes. Subscribe to blogs, either by email or using google reader.

What’s in it for you? You might learn something about the way you write. About the way other authors write. And the more you interact on other blogs, the more people might find what you have to say interesting, and they might click on your name to see what else you have to say…

Comments and interaction is important. We as a fandom are doing the blogging thing wrong. Take a leaf out of original fictions book and write about what you write about. Tell us the process of your fic in a way we are going to care about. Be intelligent, but be you. Don’t be a diva (BNA’s, I’m talking to you). You’re a valuable member of the community, just like the rest of us. I believe everyone has something worthwhile to say.

Say it :D


New look for the blog.

I was getting tired of it, so I changed it. I must have been in a black mood. Now I’m usually one of the first to complain about dark blogs, white text on a black background, so we’ll see how long it takes before this drives me batty. But for now… I like it.

I’ve made some other changes as well, faffed about with the side bar a little, and made it so that less posts show on the front page, since my posts can occasionally be rather epic.


Blogging: Make it readable

I read a lot of blogs. Not just fandom blogs either, but (original fiction) author blogs, writing blogs, and a smattering of home design and DIY blogs. I use google reader to keep track of them all. If you’ve never used a feed reader before, it is a web, desktop or mobile app that grabs all the updates from the blogs or news sites you follow, and gives them to you in a nice, readable format.

If you’re lucky.

It helps if the blog in question has paid any attention to what their site looks like in a reader.

Some blogs give me their posts in pale yellow text on a white background. As you can imagine, it’s hard to read. That generally happens because the blog theme/layout/template has a dark background and the blogger has manually (using HTML or CSS or the editor) changed the text colour. You can probably see yellow text fine on a black background when viewing the blog on the web, but it’s near impossible to read in a feed reader with the default white background without selecting the text.

Some blog posts come to my reader in paragraph blocks of black with white text. While readable, it’s ugly O.o. The layout for this blog on the web is white text on a black background, but it appears in my feed reader as if each paragraph has been selected and had black background, white text, applied to it in the blog editor.

Okay, what I’m saying is… Bloggers – blog owners, mistresses, bosses, whatever. Check to see what your blog looks like in a feed reader. Then, when you (or any of your staff) mess with text colour, think about how it’s going to look in a feed reader.

Actually, think about how that post will look down the line if you change your blog theme/template from a dark background to a light one…

Go, look at your blog in google reader. If you have a gmail account you’re already signed up.

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The best advice I can offer to ensure that your blog posts are readable in a feed reader, is let the blog template worry about text and background colours. Use the built in tools in the editor to make headings, emphasis, quotes, etc. Changing the text size, colour, etc manually is when things will break. Cutting and pasting in from Word will often screw things up as well.

I feel weird about recommending a Micro$oft product, but the best tool I’ve ever used to remove all these issues is Windows Live Writer. It’s a desktop blogging app that works with a ton of different blog services including wordpress, blogger, livejournal and more. Makes blogging a shit-ton easier, too, as you’re not reliant on your internet connection (mine gets dodgy when we have bad weather) or subject to the danger of a browser crash.