Friday, July 4, 2014

Keeping an Online Blog for Book Promotion



Keeping an Online Blog for Book Promotion

Many famous authors keep online blogs for book promotion. It is a standard in the publishing industry. Arguably, that was the motivation behind the peak of the online blog communities.  In the margin of the best blogs was always a sales URL.  Webpages with sales links became cheap to create, (they are now only 3 dollars on GoDaddy, and in some formats free) and people’s daily musings became the lure to check out sales links.   Facebook, Twitter, and new blogging formats took away much of the net traffic from old style blogs like Livejournal.  However, I still enjoy posting to my Livejournal for old time’s sake in addition to the new social media types. Authors all over the net still keep sales links, and many of them are very successful authors like R.R. Martin and Neil Gaiman.

R.R. Martin got into doing Livejournal in 2005, and still keeps his account active.  I am on Livejournal at http://electricnight.livejournal.com/  his Livejournal at  http://grrrm.livejournal.com/ Livejournal used to be the only game in town for streaming updates, and now has to compete with Facebook and Twitter.  Facebook does the odd thing of limiting people to only 5000 friends (it used to only be 1000).  After that they can only “like” your page, and very few of your page updates get seen unless you pay for promotion.  Twitter has no limits, and shows all posts which in some ways explains the popularity.  Martin’s Twitter is at  https://twitter.com/GeorgeRRMartin_ and I am not against the branch out I am on the Twitter at https://twitter.com/PoeDaughter7 .  However, his love of Livejournal has been long lasting. Wired commented on it in the article “George R. R. Martin’s 14 Greatest LiveJournal Entries” BY LAURA HUDSON http://www.wired.com/2014/05/george-rr-martin-best-livejournal/  Where it mentions his comments section was turned off for a very long time.  One day he turned it on, and had hundreds of comments in an hour.  Many people were seeking political debates.  This is the strange blessing, and curse of writing in the Internet age.  You can get fast feedback on what you do.  Perhaps much faster than you were expecting, and can deal with in a day. My favorite journal was when he locked himself out of the house.  Which seemed to be every other entry, and the guy really needs a spare set of keys hidden somewhere.  I love many authors that blog, but his honesty is really fun on a bad day.

My next most loved blog to stalk has got to be Neil Gaiman at http://journal.neilgaiman.com/ His journal also hails back to the Livejournal hey day, and can in fact be an RSS feed in the Livejournal service (which I still do).  He is also a lively poster on Twitter here https://twitter.com/neilhimself where he posts a great deal of his charity work with UNICEF, and of course book sales information.  In addition he posts his love of buying black boots, and flying all over the world.  I was brushing up on both these author’s posts because I am buying “Rogues” a book of short stories by both RR Martin and Neil Gaiman this week.  It is very affordable, and easy to buy on Amazon.com.

These two blogs are a bit of a blog inspiration to me.  I have kept personal journals since I was a kid, and still like to journal online.   Some people have questioned why I write long journals with so many social media sources out there that don’t show your posts for a long time.  Isn’t it creepy when people read your older posts?  However, if you like to write you WANT your ideas to have permanent placement and public readability.  That is part of the writing drive when it is real in your heart.  Long journals do still have a place in the social media age.

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Back to G+

Pretty much no one is using Google pages, so I am back to using G+

Sunday, March 2, 2014

New Google Page FH7 Publishing

Google now has Facebook style pages to "like" and follow.  The FH7 Publishing blog updates on Google+ have moved there.  My Google+ profile is starting to have a great deal of close friends and family on it, so I don't want to bother them daily with blog updates or comics.  Blog and comic fans can follow the updates in the new section, but my personal Google+ will return to rare social updates.

https://plus.google.com/b/106855498614761314538/106855498614761314538/posts - Google Page Frozen History Seven Publishing


Saturday, January 18, 2014

It is working...

I have fully moved the posts over to the Wordpress blog at http://fhseven.com/ and the good news is it it fully working for posts to Google+ so I don't really need to do updates at the blogger.com blog.  The Google+ I still fully plan to check, and use for cross posts.  People can still add me to Google+ and donate to my Paypal at this older blog's links.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Scenes from the blog feature wars:



Scenes from the blog feature wars:  Notice of my move to Wordpress - I have been cross-posting the same entries to a few blogs for a while.  There is a battle on the net for the "dominant" popular blog format.  It used to hands down be Livejournal, but that got over spammed and lacked privacy.  Many spammers figured out that active journals were connected to live email addresses, and made constant comments-spam hurting many journal formats.  Now, Wordpress which deletes spammer comments cuts and pasts things automatic to Google+ and I don't need to cut and past back and fourth myself.  I had joined Wordpress long before they had Google+ as an option, and so I did not realize they added it until I saw the below mentioned e-mail update. So the Google+ links I post will now take you to Wordpress, and not my Blogspot journal.  I will still post the occasional rare thing on Blogspot, but it is really lacking the features of Wordpress publicize for a main journal.  

"Expand your reach on Google+ Many of you have extended your online presence to Google+. Last fall, we added Google+ to our Publicize services; you can share new posts on both Google+ Profiles and Pages. While you probably have many of the same connections across different social networks, these spaces are ultimately different, and you'll have followers on Google+ that might not be on Facebook. So, consider these distinct readerships and develop your presence on both if you think it's appropriate." - New post on WordPress.com News “Publicize Crash Course: Facebook, Google+, and Twitter” by Cheri Lucas Rowlands Jan 15, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Post 6 Purple Splash Flower photo of the day.



Post 6 Purple Splash Flower photo of the day.

Photo: Purple Splash Flower

This is post 6 of my nature photo a day project.  The purple turned out really vivid on this one.  There is on purpose a high contrast in focus with the main flower, and background grass is left fogged.  My high school photojournalism teacher used to always have us do projects with this technique called “depth of field” with fogged backgrounds.  This photo was taken in spring, and it is almost that time of year again.  Spring is a good time of year to take photos outside in the country by the lake.  Baby animals prance around looking cute.  Flowers bloom, bugs have colored wings, and birds dance and sing for each other. You can barely wave a camera around without catching a good nature photo.  Now that the evil Cedar pollen overkill has lessened in the Austin, TX area I can get outside a bit more for photos.  However, this is an older photo I am re-posting until my more recent spring flower photos are processed.

Blog Project for Prompt: Wordpress Daily Post Community Pool January 5, 2014 "Projects: 365 Days, 52 Weeks… One Nature Photo a Day”… “Photo-a-day projects were a great way to maintain a regular publishing schedule.”
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Post 5 Black Cat Unamused Grey photo of the day.



Post 5 Black Cat Unamused Grey photo of the day.

Photo: Black Cat Unamused Grey

I am doing a nature photo a day project.  My definition of nature includes pretty much anything that is not a building or human snapshot.  Wild animals, insects, and even pets are fully part of nature in this hobby project.  My kitty looks unamused that I am taking photos, and not giving him treats.  Every minute of every day can not be treat time darn it!

I know I have posted in the past that I am allergic to cats.  This is an outside cat, and he has a shed he lives in at the house side.  He started living there, and he likes it best.  Cedar Fever is hitting Austin, TX where I live.  Hitting it much like a brick wall where the Cedar trees in the area puff out massive clouds of allergy inducing pollen.  It looks like a fire the clouds of pollen are so thick.  I am very allergic.  So this is a very allergy-medication induced hallucination post.  I am in an over the counter Purple Haze at this point I am on so much medication.

Blog Project for Prompt: Wordpress Daily Post Community Pool January 5, 2014 "Projects: 365 Days, 52 Weeks… One Nature Photo a Day”… “Photo-a-day projects were a great way to maintain a regular publishing schedule.”
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http://fhseven.com/ - Wordpress