Camp NaNoWriMo 2019 Week 1 #AmWriting

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First week of Camp NaNoWriMo and I have written a grand total of 1,059 words. Not bad to say my target is 2,500 words. Most of those words have been written within the last two days as life hasn’t been kind as of late.

What I have written though has been good for world and character building though I am struggling in how to reveal a very important piece of information. I have a feeling I am going to end up just info dumping and letting it be sorted out in the future if I get that far. Hopefully I will.

Not much else to say really. This was just a quick blog post to aid accountability and get me use to writing blog posts in this new (to me) format on WordPress. Hope things are going better for anyone else doing Camp!

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Some Other Social Media Sites

I can only comment about Google+, Tumblr, YouTube and LinkedIn as they are the only ones I use. I might get more views if I used FaceBook and Twitter granted but I have personal reasons for not using those.
Google+ can be somewhat quiet but I find that if I share my blog posts with the right circles and put the occasional hash tag to make sure it appears in searches, I can get quite a few views from it.
I agree that Tumblr tends to be very visual and it is why I will always try to put a picture on a post if possible. I find though that tagging posts with as many appropriate tags as I can really helps posts to be found and to encourage people to read them. Find the right fandom on Tumblr and it will generate a view or two every day.
I have a YouTube (well, I have to have one since I have a Google+ account!) and admittedly, I do not post many videos on there. Mostly because I just don’t have the skills necessary to make and edit them. I did do a couple of vlogs for Camp NaNoWriMo a few years ago but I just was not disciplined enough to continue with it. Maybe I should try to do more…
Lastly but by no means least is LinkedIn. Since I have so few connections on there, maybe it’s no wonder it generates the least amount of views possible. I keep posting my posts there to try and keep it alive in the hopes that it will help me towards getting a job. Could be wishful thinking. I have noticed however that LinkedIn does report that at least one of my connections is looking and reading my posts so there could be something happening there that I am not aware of.

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There are many other social media sites.  I went into detail with the ones I use the most often.  Several I simply connect to my blog and leave it at that.  Here are a few more that you might want to play around with.

Pinterest

I do use Pinterest a lot more than the rest of this list, but I’ve never really done more than the basics.  It’s great for visual artists.  Authors can play around with it, but it’s really about the pictures.  You can ‘Pin’ books directly from their Amazon page, which makes the ‘Pin’ a doorway to the page.  It can help other authors to ‘Pin’ their books and make an album for eBooks.  Take some time to wander Pinterest and ‘Repin’ things that you like and build up a few boards.  The truth is that you can utilize this social media site…

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Blogging: Headquarters of the Indie Author

Excellent advice here for bloggers of all kinds.

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I only know about WordPress, so people from other mediums can share their thoughts in the comments.

This is the heavy hitter of Social Media Marketing because it is your realm.  Facebook always has that sense of someone else being in charge.  Twitter is limited to 140 characters, which forces some ridiculous shorthand.  Tumblr, Pinterest, Linked In, Google +, and all of their ilk are rather limited in getting your word out when they’re compared to blogging.  It is here that you speak of your books, dreams, life, thoughts, and whatever you feel like chatting about.  When people visit or comment, it is them coming to your little corner of the Internet.

Aside from being in ultimate control of content and delivery here, there are two other big boons.  One is that you can connect to other authors an interact through blogging.  It’s easier than Twitter…

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NaPoWriMo!

Not the novelling kind? Then how about a poetry challenge for April instead? Find out more here.

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Hey everybody!
I decided to participate in NaPoWriMo this year! 🙂
Actually, I wanted to take on this challenge last year, but by the time I found out about it April was already begun.
So, I’m joining this year!

For the ones of you who, like me last year, are new to this, a short explanation.

NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.

NaPoWriMo was founded in 2003, when poet Maureen Thorson decided to take up the challenge (modeled after NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month), and challenged other poets to join her. Since then, the number of participants has gotten larger every year, and many writers’ organizations, local, national and even international, organize NaPoWriMo activities.

30 poems in 30 days, I like a challenge! 🙂

If you want to join, check out this…

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Writing a World of Whimsy: Young Adult Author Claire Legrand

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this article about a published author, Claire Legrand, who uses WordPress. I don’t know why but I seem to find that other published authors use Blogspot and, occasionally, their own websites for blogging. Rather uniquely, I’ve noticed that Heather Brewer, the writer behind The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod and The Slayer Chronicles books, vlogs on YouTube! You can find her channel 
Claire in this also offers advice to writers, published and unpublished, about using and writing blogs.

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Periodically, we share stories of WordPress.com users doing awesome things, from blogger David McRaney snagging his second book deal to memoirist Susan Morrison bringing her mother’s World War II-era diaries to life. Today, meet Claire Legrand — a young adult author of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction worlds — who also makes WordPress.com her online home.

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Are bloggers the new journalists?

I was going to post about this after I had finished reading Sirens by Tom Reynolds (leading off from my last review A Paramedic’s Diary) but something he said about bloggers in relation to the London 7/7 attacks got me thinking and I could not wait until I had finished the book and posted the review to create a new post to talk about this. Sorry, I do ramble a bit in this post.

What he said was : “Once more the blogsphere provided up-to-date news as well as reporting on what the mainstream media was saying” (Reynolds, T. (2011). Sirens. London: The Friday Project. P. 197). And it got me thinking about the future of media, how media is consumed and, more specifically, about how we will receive the media and news in the future.

Media is already consumed through many channels, whether it’s through the TV, DVD‘s, video games and on laptops and computers through the internet but as the world and technology evolves, some of these methods may become obsolete. In the past ten or twenty years, the world has moved from buying videos and video players, to being able to crate their own videos through camcorders, to moving onto DVD’s, DVD players and DVD camcorders and now even the DVD is nearly had its day as the world moves to the blu-ray format.

The development of technology in recent years is considerable and for this reason, I think now is a good time to think about just where we will be in 5 and ten years time.

I think there will always be a place in the world for traditional media, whether it’s physical hard copies of books or newspapers, or listening to the radio or watching films at the cinema. The format may change but I think people will always consume it in traditional ways. DAB radios have been around for a few years now for listening to the radio digitally and as well as digital radio channels but in the future, maybe radio will be listened to more often through TV‘s via Sky or FreeView, and possibly, TV and films will be watched where it is possible to smell the fields of lush open countryside or the city and taste the culinary delights created by TV chefs. Possibly, the media, in whatever format, will be interactive. Kids will be able to interact with their heroes and adults will be able to join sleuths as they investigate the crime and track down the criminal.

Of course, we now have e-book readers, like Kindles and Kobos, touch screen tablet computers and even the ability to pause, rewind and watch live TV as it suits us. Maybe people read the news and newspapers on the internet, which is often more up to date than even on channels like BBC News 24 and this leads into what Reynolds was saying. News websites are up to date and frequently updated through the day however with the technology available, people now post and blog their own eyewitness accounts and the most up to date news on website like FaceBook, Twitter and blog sites like WordPress and Tumblr.

Now, I will grant websites such as these will have their fair share of trolls and people wanting to cause trouble and spread misinformation.

The London Riots were organised through Social Media platforms like Facebook and BlackBerry’s BBM messaging service. Rioters and looters posted pictures of themselves with their ill-gotten gains. By reading and seeing these images, it provided a more up to date view and provided more information than what could be seen on newspaper websites and even when news channels like BBC News and Sky News were reporting live from the riots themselves, such as in Manchester.

The very same social media platforms were used to help with the clean up after the riots each day.

During the Boston Marathon Bombings, on Tumblr, there were posts and messages flying around about what had happened and a real sense of community as American bloggers relayed and posted the latest information and public service updates from Boston PD. This information would have been from mainstream services however that information was being pushed and sent further around using Social Media.

On the 4th June, 2013, BBC News posted a report to their website saying that the Turkey riots were organised through social media. The Arab Uprisings were also reported to have been organised through social media. Recent sit in at universities and at St Paul’s Cathedral in the UK were also organised through social media and people were actually blogging and reporting live from within these sit ins through the very same networks.

In this sense, providing information as and when it happens, using the technology we have available to us to be able to post and blog in real-time actually makes bloggers and  social media users the new journalists. We are in the middle of a social media revolution. I believe that this could be the future and, arguably, government attempts to rein in and police the internet wilderness using media law is partly proof that this is the way the world is going.

Lord Leveson, off the back of the phone hacking scandal, recently reported back his findings. In regards to blogs in his report, Leveson said:

“it is noteworthy that although the blogs cited here [Popbitch, HuffPo, Guido] are read by very large numbers of people, it should not detract from the fact that most blogs are read by very few people. Indeed, most blogs are rarely read as news or factual, but as opinion and must be considered as such” (O’Niell, E. (2012). Leveson Report– What are the implications for Social Media. [Online] Available at http://wallblog.co.uk/2012/11/29/leveson-report-any-implications-for-social-media/#ixzz2VXf8b3js [Accessed 7/6/2013]).

In general though, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and it’s users have become centres of libel cases. A very recent case in fact is the tweet from Sally Bercow regard Lord McAlpine, following a News Night programme by the BBC regarding child sexual abuse in care homes. She tweeted: “Why is Lord McAlpine trending? *innocent face*”. A judge has found this libelous and even though Bercow has denied it was meant in a libellous way, she has accepted the ruling.

Slightly off-topic (as it’s not actually about news or the way we consume media) is the case of a Robin Hood Airport employee who made a joking tweet on Twitter about blowing up the airport. He was arrested, charged, convicted then had the conviction overturned when he proved it was not meant as a terrorist threat.

So if bloggers are to become the new journalists (as I feel it is almost inevitable that this will become the case), then maybe teaching of the law in regards to social media and blogging is needed. We will increasingly continue to garner news and information through digital means, with some traditional formats dying out, so there may become an increasing need for bloggers to be journalists and journalists to be bloggers.