Sunday, August 3, 2008

Inspiring Activities

I've fallen in a small lull with my current WIP. This book was once finished, but now I've decided to add about 25K words to make it more marketable with other publishers. To do that I've got to thicken the plot, and deepen the layers of my two main characters. I feel I've been able to do that with the heroine, but I'm still struggling with my hero. I haven't quite decided what I want to do with him. There is another side of him I want to portray, but it hasn't developed in my mind, and I feel I'm at a place in the story where I need to start showing it.

So I'm stewing...

And when I stew, I work on other projects that allows my mind to churn. This time my project is something I hope will help my marketing efforts when I do publish my books. I've created another a blog called Today in Carolina History. It's different from my other blogs in that I don't have to "write" anything. I'm simply listing significant events that take place on each day in the Carolinas throughout history so I can set it as a feed to a new widget I created.

I've seen these on other sites, but I wanted to make my own so here it is! Anyone who is interested in history and likes the Carolinas can copy the code and embed it on their site or blog. Of course, it links back to my new blog, and profile, which both link back to my writing blog. And hopefully, it might appeal to other people who like historical novels.


Let me know what you think. I had to post it separately below. In the meantime, I'll keep stewing...

7 comments:

  1. That is the coolest thing! I wish I had the knack you do for all things internet, Jenn.

    Widgets.... they baffle me. I know they're a piece of code that you can plop in, but I still don't really get what that has to do with "feeds" and such. Any explanation would be appreciated (if I can understand it).

    :)
    Missy

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  2. A feed is a process that sends all your internet posts to someplace else. It could be to someone's email or another blog or website. It's automatic so that people don't have to remember to come to your site. They just automatically receive the information when you publish a new post. The type of code tells the feed where to send it. It's also a great way to determine how many regular readers you have as opposed to first time visits. Hope that helps.

    I enjoyed putting the graphics together. The middle photo is of my gg-grandparents and the baby is my great-grandfather.

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  5. The system posted my comment 3 times so I deleted two of the posts.

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  6. Well, I know how that type feed works (kind of), but wondered what the widget has to do with it. Is the widget just the little piece of code that sends the post?

    That's amazing that you did the photos, too! My goodness. And I guess you look up all the facts, too. Amazing.

    Missy

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  7. Yes, and it displays the image as well, and provides a link back to my site where the posts are originated. Of course, there are many widgets. I have several others on my blog now that show each person who posts a comment, where each visitor is from whether they comment or not. It lets people know that the site is active and people are interested. From a marketing aspect, people tend to be interested in what others are interested in. It's subliminal. Hope that helps.

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