Research on Blogs

Get creative with Comments:

This blogger does an amazing job of using comments as another layer of the narrative in their fiction blog. This example I found in Axel Bruns’ book Uses of Blogs. (The example was pretty darn difficult to find on Google most likely because the post was dated for 2004.) These comments are hilarious. They weren’t mentioned in the book likely because of the foul langauge used. All in all, the comments seem to make the story more realistic as if the characters were really alive and argueing with each other and it’s fun to think we as readers can join in and be apart of their world.

(This sparked off ideas for my own fiction writing and I have a creative idea of how to use comments to add to my own narrative of Hardened Heart hopefully later sometime this week if not the next.)

Benefits for Emerging Writers:typeingedit

Simply fiction blogs are great place for experimentation. You can work with different styles until finding one that suits you best, explore opportunities to define skills, find a voice that works for your genre, and get immediate feedback from an audience–pray they are willing to comment.

A blog is a great way to keep yourself accountable as a writer. Your audience expects periodic posts otherwise you will loose their attention and they will move on to other more dedicated posters. Then again, I wouldn’t post too much, and fill up you readers RSS feeds. Those who are too noisy sometimes get ignored or ‘unfollowed’ if it is too much to keep up.

Best Illustration Example:

None one stands close to the artistic brilliance of Cheryl Moore. Wow! She does a fantastic job matching writing with her very own artwork. I could easily get lost in her weblog reading and admiring the illustrations that go along with them.

Finding/Editing Images:

Photoshop is sometimes just too expensive or time consuming. However pictures are important. An image should do several things with a piece of writing, it shouldn’t make a promise it can’t keep, give too much away, or be too weak for a piece. It’s hard to find free images though that work.

I usually take an image I find off of Microsoft clip art, since it’s free to use, then edit in the free photo editor at www.befunky.com. Which by the way, is the same photo editor the art group for the online literary magazine www.cre8here.com from Bemidji Sate University uses for their artwork. (I’m interning as one of the art contributors for this year) Befunky is a fun site to use and can easily become addicting.

-Sarah D.

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Getting Started

befunkyme.jpgIf new check out the “About” page to get an idea of what this weblog is all about. Reference the character profiles if you get lost on the different characters otherwise the unique collage style format allows for each post to be read on its own. Feedback and suggestions are welcome. If you’d like me to go in a certain direction let me know and we’ll see where it takes us.

First section of stories will be posted next.

–Sarah D.