Thursday, April 5, 2012

April Platform Challenge: Day 5

For people who supplied their Twitter handles yesterday, I'm in the process of gathering those up and posting the official Tweep follow list. I currently have more than 60 names! Link on the way.


Throw caution to the wind and start blogging--today!

For today's task, create a blog. You can use Blogger, WordPress, or Tumblr. In fact, you can use another blogging platform if you wish. To complete today's challenge, do the following:
  • Create a blog. That is, sign up (if you don't already have a blog), pick a design (these can usually be altered later if needed), and complete your profile.
  • Write a post for today. If you're not sure what to cover, you can just introduce yourself and share a brief explanation of how your blog got started. Don't make it too complicated.
  • Share your blog URL in the comments below. I'll go through and create a list of blog URLs, so that we can easily find, follow, and friend each other in the blogosphere.
If you already have a blog, excellent! You don't need to create a new one, but you might want to check out some ways to optimize what you have.

Here are some tips for established bloggers:
Anyway, start blogging!

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Need to catch up or re-visit earlier challenge tasks? Here they are:

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Mariya Koleva said...

Hi, Robert! Here is the link to my blog: http://www.phoenix-em.com/mariyakoleva

Yesterday, I forgot to post my Twitter, so here it is: @Phoenix_EM

Looking forward to next tasks to complete :-)
and wishing everybody in this nice community a wonderful day!

Misk Mask said...

I have two. One for poetry, one for cooking.

Misk Mask Alphabet Soup de Jour is for poetry, and <a href="http://miskcooks.com> Misk Cooks </a> is for cookery.

~ Misky

Rowanwolf said...

My first blog probably with many flaws is
www.ajaroffireflies.blogspot.com

Joanna said...

Here's my blog, will try and drop in on some of you today.

http://jaonnamarple.com

Nin Andrews said...

Hi Robert,
I am so lousy at social media, but I am blogging along behind you on this topic, including my resistance. But twitter is the most confusing. I did it, finally, one tweet, and I was immediately distracted by what my friends in political positions were doing and saying . . .
And all these random tweets. It is insane!
I think my handle is just @NinAndrew

In think I might get stuck on day 4 . . .

Ann-Margret Hovsepian said...

Perfect timing! I just updated my business blog last night: http://www.annhovsepian.com/?p=440.

This was a busy week so it's been convenient to have the last three exercises be things that I've already done. :D

Please feel free to include my Twitter to your list: @AnnHovsepian.

Robert Lee Brewer said...

I think everyone gets distracted at least a little bit initially on Twitter (or any social network really), Nin. Don't let Twitter stop you. :)

This week has been crazy busy for me too, Ann-Margaret, and I even took three days of PTO starting yesterday. Of course, it's spring break here, which means all 5 of the kids are home all day every day.

Connie L. Peters said...

enthusiasticsoul.blogspot.com

Erika D. said...

Like Misk, I have two blogs:
Practicing Writing focuses on writing and publishing, with a concentration on fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
My Machberet focuses on matters of specifically Jewish literary and cultural interest ("machberet" is the Hebrew word for "notebook").

And I, too, forgot to include my Twitter handle: @erikadreifus.

Finally, I, too, am glad that I had already "done" several of this week's challenges. Off to the day job momentarily!

bolton carley said...

I've been up and running for 2 years on my blog! I will try to have a new post tonight as I blog weekly at minimum. Here's my link: www.boltoncarley.wordpress.com

And I love that you're putting together a twitter list for us. Excited about that!

Elizabeth said...

So this is like a class and we get to interact with each other - cool!

I started blogging in 2009, I guess as a place to share my family tree finds. I mostly write about genealogy, books and writing.

http://elizabethsaunders.blogspot.com/

Chris Ortega Phillips said...

Done!

Amanda Klimowicz said...

I tend to think prismatically; hence, my need for millions of blogs.
twitter handle: @mandiklim

For creative works in progress:

http://mandiklim.blogspot.com/

For more surreal creations:

http://traumennacht.blogspot.com/

For photography-inspired writing:

http://photographyimpromptu.blogspot.com/

For my thoughts in haiku:

http://haikuicise.blogspot.com/
(I invented a new verb for the topic)

For rediculous things exes said,

http://somebodiesexsaidit.blogspot.com/
(I need some comments to post... PLEASE send these!)

So enjoy my new habit (I lived in wiki world before blog blunderland).

Thanks for the sharing space!

Chris Ortega Phillips said...

http://mywritingdom.blogspot.com/

Pat Walsh said...

Here's my blog url:

http://mediaintercept.blogspot.com/

...and I've just realized that it's been a month since I last posted there!

Kevin DeRossett said...

http://kevinderossett.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-not-to-be-good-parent-002.html

Robert, this is a link to my second post in a new series that I just started called "How NOT to be a Good Parent". I am a horribly inconsistent blogger, and, thanks to reading Not Bob posts, I have set a goal for my self to do two series for the next year: the NOT parenting one on Thursdays and a GOOD parenting one on Tuesdays. At a week in, I realize already what a challenge it is to post your screw-ups online, but I think it's going to really help me grow as a blogger, writer, parent, and husband. Thanks for all your hard work! I only have two kids and one job and I seem to barely keep up.

cbaustin said...

sundaymorningpress.blogspot.com

ofnoparticularinterest.blogspot.com

Meg Miller said...

Right now, I’m not ready to offer my URL - I will June 1. I’m in the process of building my first blog. I’m deciding between Google and WordPress.com (I have blogs prepped in both arenas). The purpose of my blog is to empower and encourage people to be their best no matter what life throws their way. I’m a writer, speaker and teacher and will incorporate life experience, research and whatever dances its way onto the page.

Thank you for this process, its helping me continue to stay on task.

Joe O. said...

Ah, I'm 3 for 3 here in terms of what I already had, and thankfully, today I was able to use the same exercise for both my writing challenges! This is not me feeling too proud, because I'm waiting for He Who is Not Bob to stick me with a whammy.

I used Drupal to build my website and integrated blog. For the moment it's overkill for what I'm delivering. I'm using more of its features to build and maintain my business site, but I'm thinking long-term. One day in the hopefully not so distant future I'll be able to drive an interactive site for my readers, give a different layer to my books. Anyway, here's a small excerpt from today's post followed by the URL:

E-mail is the Devil

As convenient as e-mail is, there are times when I think my life was a little more productive when I didn't have an inbox competing for my attention. It can be a time suck, and for struggling writers who want to push out that great American story, it's also a convenient excuse to postpone the simple act of sitting down and doing it. Yet, e-mail is not going anywhere. A survey recently found that despite its marketing appeal, e-mail is still more popular than social media.

http://joeorozco.com/

PSC said...

My blog [Wander, Ponder, Poems & Pix) can be found at:

http://wanponpopix.blogspot.com/

And, I only just got my Twitter profile set up. I am @PSCinCT. (I'll add this to yesterday's comments too.)

Thanks for pushing me out of my comfort zone! :-] PSC

Lauren Miller said...

Robert,

In this series, could you possibly discuss your opinion on how fiction writers can build their platform through their blog?

I've posted some older short stories and poems on my website in the past but I've read recently that publishers now consider that "previously published work".

How can we build interest in our writing if by posting it, we lose any chance of publication in a major publishing house?

Or is that the million-dollar question?

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My website is at www.laurenmillerbooks.com

My blog covers a range of topics from my journey in the writing process including what I'm learning about writing that I'm sharing with readers. I also post on cultural events in the Midwest (currently just the STL area), book and film reviews, and occasionally, articles about pursuing your dreams and just life in general.

Meg Miller - I strongly recommend Wordpress as a very writer-friendly platform for blogging. I haven't tried out Google yet.

Anne Kimball said...

Nice idea, compiling a list. I look forward to it.

My blog is Life on the Funny Farm, url is:
http://annesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com.

Thanks!

Kasie Whitener said...

Got that, too.

http://lifeonclemsonroad.blogspot.com/

I'm loving the tasks that make me feel like I've already been on the "right" track :-)

Can't wait for this list to add to my Blog Roll.

Meena Rose said...

Here is the link to my Blog (Through the Eyes of Meena Rose) :

http://meenarose.wordpress.com/

Mel Jones said...

Finally caught up! Well, caught up to today anyway...

Twitter: @meljonesma bio done.
Alternately @the_mww, just set that up this morning for my writers' group--no tweets yet! Bio pending group meeting.

Facebook: http://facebook.com/missmel58 About me done (finally!)

Blog: www.melwalshjones@wordpress.com Workshop group blog pending. Now to write ablog post!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Hi! My blog is www.motivationforcreation.blogspot.com

I tried to make a niche of motivational/inspirational posts about writing and success. Getting an audience is slow going, but I am getting more views since twitter :) I also have noticed more page views since increasing to two posts a week. That's about all I can handle, and still work, be a mom/wife, and write fiction!

The place I could do better is linking. I'm going to have to think on that one a little.

Lynn Daue said...

I'm at http://rhymeswithtao.blogspot.com, www.mealsmykidsdontlike.com, and www.brokedamoutgrindz.com. Thanks!

Emily M. said...

I'm new to twitter and blogging, so I'm excited to see the compiled lists of tweeps and blogs. I'm looking for more people to follow!

As for me:

@emilyemcgee

www.onetrailingspouse.com

Sahaj said...

Hi Robert!

I have three blogs

1) www.aquarterlifecrisisblog.com

2) the love project- theloveproj.wordpress.com

3) poetry - www.ultimateloveaffair.blogspot.com

thanks!

Laura Howard said...

My twitter handle is @laurahoward78
My blog, Finding Bliss, is www.laurahoward78.blogspot.com
I don't post regularly yet, but am working at it!

Just Another Dreamer said...

Hi Robert! Here's my twitter handle: @encoreunreveur and my blog URL: www.astoryofadreamer.blogspot.com

Donna said...

Have one on Blogger.com

Lauren Miller said...

My blog URL: http://www.laurenmillerbooks.com/

Looking forward to tomorrow's challenge!

De said...

Here's me (De Jackson):
http://whimsygizmo.wordpress.com/

Cate said...

I've had my blog for a little while now, and even though I like blogging better than Twitter I'm still not very consistent with it. That's something I'd like to improve.

http://catewrites.wordpress.com

Ashley Mays said...

I've had my blog for about a year and a half now, and just re-did the design. I'm really struggling with coming up with a post that has "takeaway value" every week day...I'd love any ideas anyone might have on how I can simplify my blog so it appeals more to my audience (teen girls) and doesn't stall out. Teen girls have such varied interests, I find it hard to pick a cohesive topic for the whole blog.

It is www.ashleywritesagain.blogspot.com

Rhonda Parrish said...

I'm still looking through all the links in this post to see how I can improve my blog, but it's up and running at http://www.rhondaparrish.com

:)

Mary Bauer said...

I have several blogs, but the two most appropriate to this discussion are my teaching blog http://artistryofeducation.blogspot.com/ and my poetry blog where I write poetry for my classroom: http://poemsofsilliness.blogspot.com/

Kirk said...

My blog is about two months old. It was an unfamiliar step, but finally I am growing comfortable with the idea of having words 'out there' all the time.

As the majority of my readers have been Facebook friends and other acquaintances, it has worked to tailor my posts toward memoir and personal experience, so far.

I expect this may change in time, but who knows.

www.kirkcrady.wordpress.com

Kiril Kundurazieff said...

I began blogging in 2002, the same year I discovered a talent for poetry.

A friend clued me in to blogging as a way to express myself both personally, and creatively.

That first blog was quietly retired in October 2007, and my current personal blog was started, as a change in direction.

In 2003 I started what I believe was the first Bike blog in the US, and I closed it, to little notice, in 2010.

Because of my writing, on The Cycling Dude, I was invited to speak on Bike Commuting at an REI, and the Riverside Cycling Club, the oldest club west of the Miss River, was quoted in a book, and invited to cover the screening of a major cycling documentary.

Both blogs can still be found online, though comments have long since been closed. :-D

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*** My current personal blog, started in 2007, is

Musings of a Mad Macedonian

http://www.madmacedonian.com

One thing I'm proud of is having been invited to be a Citizen Press Corp memember of our Local Symphony for a year, a few years back.

My Cat, Nikita, was my original Creative Muse in 1998, as a Kitten, and a co-blogger since 2002. :-D

He became more active in the Cat Blogosphere from 2005 onward, and I "finally" gave him his own place on New Year's Day 2010 (My serious bad for waiting so damn long!). :-D

The young Elvira Mistress of Felinity is my other cat, and Nikita's Protege, & co-blogger, since the fall of 2010.

They are more popular than I am, and we have gotten invited to do some cool things due to their writing talents. :-D

*** Find them here...

Meowsings of an Opinionated Pussycat

http://www.opinionatedpussycat.com

Sarah Negovetich said...

I've been up at www.sarahnego.blogspot.com for a few months now. My posts have been a bit sporadic so I'm trying to get into a M-W-F habit.

TheDaughter said...

Here is my blog link. I started it in February, essentially as a way to start getting my story out there. My mother, very suddenly, fell apart due to mental illness and it has been agony. My blog is, hopefully, step one to building a platform so that I can get articles and a memoir published ...maybe help others feel less alone in a similar situation.

www.thisismentalserious.blogspot.com

John Morris benson said...

I started a blog in March and am still learning.
it is http://johnmorrisbenson.com/

Claudette Young said...

I've got this one covered. I have a few blogs right now. Some are more active than others due to monthly challenges, etc.

My blogs are:

http://claudsy.wordpress.com/
http://claudsy.blogspot.com/
http://trailinginspirations.wordpress.com/
http://www.blogher.com/member/claudsy

I always encourage others to stop by for a look-see.

Brandi M. said...

I didn't see yesterday's post when I look at the blog on my phone, so here's my Twitter handle @branwrites

I have a blog, sad as it is. I'm trying to improve it by actually posting things, haha. You can find it at http://branwrites.blogspot.com

caryl said...

Here's the thing, Robert. I've had a facebook page, twitter account and blog for years but all three are personal, created to keep in touch with friends and family. Think I need to scrap them and start over or just change the tone?

I'm enjoying the daily challenges!

My latest blog entry (yesterday) is about 'celebrating' St Patty's Day even though it's the anniversary of my Dad's death:

www.a-caryling.blogspot.com

Sarah Allen said...

Awesome! This is really giving me some great ideas.

Here's my URL:
http://fromsarahwithjoy.blogspot.com/

And Twitter, since I forgot yesterday:
@sarahthewriter1

Beth Stilborn said...

I'm participating in the April A to Z Challenge as well, so my blog post is already up. I will read the optimizing posts after writing/work time is over.

Meanwhile, here's my url:

http://www.bethstilborn.com

Also, there was a typo in Joanna's blog url (I follow her blog all the time, it's wonderful!) Her's should be

http://joannamarple.com

Suelick said...

I've got too many blogs already. Here are three: http://www.childlessbymarriage.blogspot.com, http://unleashedinoregon.blogspot.com, http://writeraid.wordpress.com.

I didn't post my twitter handle yesterday. It's @suelick.

Raychelle Muhammad said...

Loving the challenge! I am blogging at http://www.Raychelle-Writes.blogspot.com. I do lots of author interviews for my series, "The Writer's Block" in addition to children's book reviews. Guest bloggers are welcome!

Beth C. said...

I have a blog established at: http://celestialgldfsh.livejournal.com/

The focus is on writing, but every Wednesday I post a recipe.

Cate said...

By the way, I am highly impressed by, and a wee bit jealous of, those of you who maintain multiple blogs. I just have the one, and I don't give it the attention it deserves. Well done!

Nikki said...

http://poeticechoesanddancingshadows.blogspot.com/

Joe O. said...

So, this makes two times that my Comment is taken but not displayed. Hmmm, something's a miss, Watson. Anyway, my blog URL is below, and if I might be allowed a breif rant, please consider allowing anonymous comments on your blogs. Requiring Google sign-in, solving CAPTCHAs and the like only discourage people, or at least me, from commenting unless I'm really motivated. I like the several options we get on this blog.

http://www.joeorozco.com/

Brooke Ryter said...

Already have a blog. Posted yesterday! =)

www.swthink.blogspot.com

Marcia G. said...

I'm still stuck on day 3. The fb fan page I tried to set up doesn't work the way I thought they do. So I'm setting up another email address to open a brand new fb acct just for writing. My main goal is to then have a website. I know from experience that I do not want my own blog. I do follow some blogs and comment there, but I will not commit to writing my own. But that doesn't mean I am quitting this challenge, just that I'll use it for my preferences and it will still be relevant to helping with my platform. Thx all, your comments are enlightening.

Joy Weese Moll said...

I have a book blog, so I wrote a post today about the April Platform Challenge.
http://www.joyweesemoll.com/

Lei said...

Woohoo!

Here's my main blog: http://whiteskyproject.com/

I keep track of this April Platform Challenge here: http://tatterednotebook.blogspot.com/

And my twitter: @LeahGonz
I wanted to use my full name but it wasn't available.

Kirra said...

www.kirraantrobus.blogspot.com

Susan P said...

I already have a blog. This is the address. dumpygrace.blogspot.com

This is really just a personal blog for myself. It is a silly thing where I chat to myself about the writing process. I read once that Elizabeth George journals every day about the trials and tribulations of her writing process. When things seem bleak, she goes back and reminds herself that she has been through difficult times before and pushed through.

By the end of a long day of writing I don't have a lot of energy left for an insightful, literary blog - so I do a little cartooning and add some words.

It is a great mode for debriefing after and it will be a great record of the ups and downs of my second novel.

I am hard at work on a 'Real' Blog that I hope to launch in the next few weeks. It is a blog about making radical change in your life after 40. I'll post a link to this blog once it is live.

Michelle Pond said...

My blog is http://mapoetpoems.blogspot.com

Rachel Z Cornell, The ProNagger said...

Hi Robert,
Here’s my blog. http://pronagger.com

The challenge was easy because I already had a site. So, to push myself, I put up a special and personal post.

Thanks for the incentive.
Rachel

Joe O. said...

Hi, here's mine:

www.joeorozco.com/

Ann Wilds said...

Great idea. Mine is www.walkingthewildpath.blogspot.com.

My Twitter account is annwilds.

Have a great day,
Ann

Muddy said...

Whew! I've been working on this one for awhile. I'm aiming for a May 1st launch. My blog will be at www.muddyingthewaters.com but right now...IT'S NOT READY! :) Take a look if you want to see all the nails on the floor and the caution tape strung up everywhere, or wait until May 1st for the (hopefully) polished look!

I, too, am amazed at those of you with more than 1 blog. Kudos to you!

If you need me today, I'll be lost on Twitter...still trying to get my sea legs there!

Muddy

Ray Dean said...

http://raydean.net

"My Ethereality"

Writing, Victorian Culture, Steampunk, Book/Movie Reviews, History, American Civil War, Old West... etc

imunuri said...

Two blogs:
my own:
http://fightswithpoems.blogspot.com/
co-created:
http://imunuri.blogspot.com/

AlvaradoFrazier said...

Having a great time with your challenges. I started a blog before the challenge and made the mistake of not using my name, but I was wiser with Twitter-love Tweetdeck:

www.latinapen.blogspot.com
@alvaradofrazier

THANKS ROBERT.

Susan K. Stewart said...

My main blog/website www.practicalinspirations.com
and product blog www.betterthanpreschool.com have been sadly neglected since I'm blogging for another organization (a paying gig) www.americanhomeeducation.org/blog

American Home Education gets more attention because I'm paid to do it at least weekly. Along with my other paying projects, I've lost my blogging day.

Maybe I can put Blogday in between Thursday and Friday.

I'm thrilled I've actually made all five days of this challenge so far.

Kathy Sterndahl said...

I already have a couple. I started
http://onearlyretirement.blogspot.com in February and http://kathystraveltales.blogspot.com in March.

Lauri Meyers said...

My one-month-old baby blog is at:

http://dirtygirlswriting.blogspot.com/

**The site is G-rated: "dirty girls" refers to my extraordinary children who are always committing messy capers. This week I had to invoke a new rule about no pet worms in the house.

HopefulJo said...

Done! I have had my primary blog since 2005. It is http://www.hopefuljo.wordpress.com

the whatnot shop said...

For Mouse Tales Press:
http://mousetalespress.blogspot.com/

"A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That":
http://whatnotshop.blogspot.com/

I have a third which I haven't posted on in 2 1/2 years. "How to Change Your Life by Changing Your Perspective":
http://deliberatecreations.wordpress.com/

I will create a new post later after the kiddies are in bed. (And go through and check everyone else's blogs out!) :-)

Jennifer Moyer said...

Have not been blogging for very long. The advice I have been getting from your blog, Robert, is helping me to learn and improve. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge.

Here is link to my blog:
http://www.jennifermoyer.com/blog

~Jennifer~

Dana Dampier said...

My Blog:
http://dana-mycrazylife.blogspot.com

I can't wait to check out some of the other blogs!

Samantha Holloway said...

Whoo, that's a lot of responses already! When the list comes out, I'll take a little time each day to check in on all these blogs, and I'm starting the Twitter accounts today!

My writing blog is at http://herdingthedragon.blogspot.com

and my all-purpose life-blog is at http://makeshiftsurfaces.blogspot.com

Thanks!
Samantha

April Galloway said...

Hi All,

I've scanned through everyone's comments and I saw several that really pique my interest. I expect it will take me a few days to visit everyone though.

Caryl, don't scrap your personal blogs. If you use them to interact with family, they are an important part of you. Just start another one that will be your "professional" place.

I started out with a non-blog family website and added a non-blog company website when I started doing web design with my brother. Those have since been converted to blogs.

My brother and I also share a roadtrip blog site. It's kind of sporadic because we can't travel as much as we'd like.

My newest effort is my writing blog and that's the one I'll be using for this project:
http://melodypearson.com/

I don't try to post every day, there simply aren't enough hours to go around. I've set myself a goal of, at least, once a week on each blog. However, I hope to increase that for my writing blog since it will be the foundation of my platform.

Melanie Cole said...

Done! I've written a new post for today, which I will publish when I get home tonight! Very excited to peruse everyone's blogs and learn from you all!
http://thelifeandtimesofawannabewriter.blogspot.ca/

KrisSwanguarin said...

Here is my blog and today's post. Thanks for the advice to keep it short and sweet -- very difficult for natural born windbags.
http://milkofmoonlight.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/haunted-by-twitters-six-word-poems/

Julia Tomiak said...

I started a blog, Diary of a Word Nerd, in November w/ book reviews and other literary tid bits (ie the hard copy vs. e-books debate) as well as monthly vocabulary improvement posts. I post each week on Friday - figuring it will be easier to start small and add as I get more comfortable. Thanks for all of your blogging tips! http://juliatomiak.blogspot.com

saturnbull said...

Tks, Robert, for the challenges!

--

In 28 years, I’ve had 7 breast cysts.

And now, I’ve written a blog about it.

Lumped Together is a (hopefully) amusing and informative retelling of my personal experience, because even if you don’t ever develop a lump, odds are someone close to you might, and breast or otherwise, strange growths in our bodies are kinda scary.

http://lumpedtogether.blogspot.com/

The Wife said...

Robert,
Thanks for the many really informative posts. I feel like it is an onion - everyone has more layers underneath!
My blog is
www.the9inchplate.com

and my twitter is
@the9inchplate

Thanks!
Carol

Nicole said...

Hey Nicole here. I already have a blog. It's moviefilmreview.com just click on my name on the bottom right, Nicole Hamilton. Until tomorrow.

stacie morrell said...

This is great! http://staciemorrell.wordpress.com

Barbara Morrison said...

I've maintained my Monday Morning Books blog since 2006. I write about a book I read that week, usually about what I as a writer learned from reading it. The blog grew out of the reading journal I used to keep.

www.bmorrison.com\blog

Kendra Merritt said...

I'm at http://kendramerritt.com/ I talk about writing, reading and living with a disability, and how those three collide.

Also, just got on twitter today. @Kendra_Merritt

F.S. (Sharon) Vander Meer said...

I have three active blogs
http://svmwritersbloc.blogspot.com/
http://sharonvandermeer.blogspot.com/
http://joyinthemorningsv.blogspot.com/

Although I'm a designer of newsletters and print media, I'm a limp lizzie when it comes to blog design. I went with simple and uniform across the board.

Jen McPeek said...

I'm on Blogger at http://jenmcpeek.blogspot.com

(and today is done). I'm enjoying this platform building. Hopefully I can keep it up after April!

Cameron said...

Yup I've got a blog - or a site with multiple sub-sites and blogs. But they're all linked together. Anyway, here's the two most relevant:

http://www.truckpoetry.net
http://writingblog.truckpoetry.net

And my obligatory post today is about... this challenge.

Cheers!
Cameron

sopphey said...

And now, to attempt the task of following everyone's blogs. Here's mine: http://sopphey.onimpression.com

Christen Price said...

I love blogging...three years ago I had no idea how to start a blog and now I just can't get enough of them. Here is my website: www.theuncontainabletruth.com. Thanks for the advice!

_SaraMarcella_ said...

I have/had quite a few blogs, but I figured I should create one that is meant for my ambitions to be a writer.

http://perpetually-blocked-writer.blogspot.co.uk/

Sandy Green said...

My blog is here:

http://sandydgreen.wordpress.com/

I recently attended a writers' conference where a speaker challenged us to post every single day for 90 days!

Sandy Green said...

PS The speaker also said blog titles should be under 75 words.

Claudia Karabaic Sargent said...

Hi everyone! Thanks for the follows-- how lovely to go to my Twitter nest and find 58 new followers! Woo~hoo!
My blog is:
CKSWarriorQueen.WordPress.com
Stop in. Stay awhile. Right now, I'm learning to swim, writing a memoir, and finishing the artwork for an illuminated alphabet.

Nichole L. Reber said...

Blogs confound so many people. I have had three. My latest is a year old-- in fact I renewed the annual domain registration today.

Something I've learned not just from blogging but from following others': those blogs who post daily build up in my Inbox like a landfill. (The exception is if the blogger has a name in the industry, such as My Name Is Not Bob.)

For that reason-- and because I'd rather focus on other forms of social networking, the actual writing process, and submitting-- I've decided to scale back my blog to 8 posts a month. If more come out, fine. But to worry about a blog means the Interwebs have too much control, no?

Nichole L. Reber
@NicholeLReber
http://www.architecturetravelwriter.com/

jlynn sheridan said...

my blog is: writingonthesun.wordpress.com

Skylar Spring said...

http://thecreativespring.us/

Melanie Marttila said...

My current blog is http://www.melaniemarttila.ca
It's on WordPress, but, on your excellent advice, I purchased my name as a domain back in January. Little did I know I'd be using it so soon.
My blog used to be labbydog.ca (WordPress again, set up on an independent hosting service), but after 4 months and nearly a hundred posts, someone hacked her. The hosting service insisted on a complete wipe. So now I'm starting over, learning from lessons past, and hopefully doing better the second time around.

Gail at Gail-Friends said...

@gailgolden2 is my new Twitter name

My blog is Gail-Friends
http://www.gailgolden.org

y'll come on by and sit a spell. Would love some new Gail-Friends and will return the favor.

janice sheridan said...

I just started a poetry blog: writingonthesun.wordpress.com

Ivy said...

My post today is actually a poem I wrote for the 2012 Poem-a-Day Challenge.

Check it out at: http://www.unscriptedlife.com/index.php/blog/yootools/339-the-apology.html

Can't wait to drop in on you all this weekend!

Evelyn said...

It's late, but here is today's challenge done. My link for my first blog is:

http://evelynmiracle.wordpress.com

Stormfields2 said...

Posted something on my cakabala.wordpress.com site today. It's been awhile. Got to get back up to speed.

Stephanie Puckett said...

I am at:

http://puckettpuckette.blogspot.com
and

Today I created a "Hi, here I am," post and backdated it to the (recent) beginning of the blog.

I also co-author with a friend of mine at:

http://gremlinlottery.blogspot.com

I re-tooled its design to something less blah but still readable, I think.

Good to have been prompted to sit down and pull together a cohesive vision for each.

Romelle Broas said...

Hmm...I only have time to blog once a month. I'll have to work on blogging once a week even if it's a blurb. Here is my blog:
www.romellebroas.blogspot.com

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Michael Grove said...

http://mikegrove7.blogspot.com/

I have got alot to learn about this blogging stuff.

Jasmine Evans said...

Here is the URL to my blog

www.jasminekevans.wordpress.com

Can't wait for tomorrow's task!

Claudine Giorio said...

Done! Check it out...
http://fictionfamilyandscience.blogspot.com/

:)

By the way Thank YOU!! It is really awesome connecting with all of my fellow Platform Challengers!!

Beth (Elizabeth) LaMie said...

My blog is http://OneStoryAtATime.blogspot.com where I show people how to save their own family stories.

Skipperhammond@gmail.com said...

For now, url is simply skipperhammond.wordpress.com. It's been that since I created the blog--I've forgotten how long ago. Just renewed my own domain name with NameCheap.com, but still don't know how to point it to the Wordpress blog and am not in a hurry because I don't know how to sustain a consistent schedule of posts.
I differ with "Not Bob's"Just-Do-It approach, since the blog is so at the core of an online platform. If it's boring, ill-conceived, foolish chatter, you the blogger/author will appear as boring, foolish and ill-conceived--more noise in the blogosphere. Could be worse than nothing.
I think I found the concept and voice I want for my blog, but don't know how to come up with the material--about Florida environment and culture--when it's necessary that I live in the Midwest. What's the point in adding to the thousands of wannabee authors groaning about the agonies of writers block? Yuck. Or tapping exclamation after exclamation? Posts peppered with WOW are putting me to sleep. Before I invite people to read my blog, I want it to speak well of me. That's more than a one-day assignment.

Karen said...

Got a blog, which is extremely inactive. Gotta decide which direction to go as I revamp/reinvent it.

Link to my blog: http://sky-highview.blogspot.com/

PaulaJHowell said...

Glad to say I started my blog just over 3 months ago and it has been an enjoyable experience, although I am still learning as I go along.

You can find me at paulajhowell.blogspot.com

I look forward to viewing the complete list of blog url's you have agreed to put together for us.

Justadreamer119 said...

Hi Robert. I forgot to post my twitter yesterday: BrandiDaniels also here is my writing blog, which has been active since November. http://writeyourownworld.blogspot.com

Thank you for this challenge.

Mary Lou Dickson said...

Hi Robert. Thanks for the challenge, it's been fun. I already had a website, but I'm fairly new to blogging. I'm totally new to twitter. My website is http://dicksonimages.com/blog and twitter is @maryloudickson

Sheila Good said...

Here is a link to my blog: http://www.cowpasturechronicles.blogspot.com

Madeline Sharples said...

Hi, Robert,
You didn't pick up my Twitter name, but I'm sure I'm not the only one. It is

@madeline40

My problem is I've reached the limit of adding new follows. Is there a work around to that?

Also, I already have a blog: Choices.

http://madeline40.blogspot.com

and I also blog at Red Room and post monthly at two other sites. So I'm kind of a blogging fool -- all to the good of my platform.

Thanks so much for your help.

Jennifer Chow said...

First-timer. Started a new blog at http://jenniferjchow.blogspot.com/

Sorry Gnat said...

Hi -my twitter is sorrygnat.com

my blog is: http://sorrygnat.wordpress.com

I thought i posed my twitter last night; am going to work on today's latest right now!

Paul Ellis said...

It was A Dark ad Stormy Night.

Kyle Robinson said...

All done, this was a different post for me, I decided to make some comments and observations concerning the Platforming challenge. Check it out http://inthedemonshead.blogspot.com/ I'd love some feedback.

JRWoodward said...

This is specifically for the books my wife and I are writing:

MacTamick's Finest Scotch, Ltd.

Susan Scott said...

Thanks Robert for the challenges and to all others as well for their interesting comments. I will use this weekend to catch up but meantime my blog is www.gardenofedenblog.com and
twitter : @susanscottsa

Diane said...

Hey Robert - thanks but you missed me yesterday. @dkhower is my twitter name.


I have 2 blogs - on related to a tv spot i am doing on children's books and the other is my original where I have interviews of picture book writers.

dkhower.blogspot.com
bookwisdombydiane.blogspot.com

i have a blog to post tomorrow. today I am off teaching an art class.

Taylor said...

My blog is http://taylorspeak.wordpress.com/ I'm writing a poem a day for National Poetry Month and posting link updates here. I love your posts and am sort of behind in reading. Thanks for you helpful insights.

E. B. Pike said...

Aah! Getting caught up. I have one too, but I'm checking out the links to blog design and increasing traffic.

Thanks Robert.

My blog is: www.erinbradypike.com

J. B. Everett said...

Mine is mobyjoecafe.wordpress.com It's a great way to keep the writing channel open. It's transitional, a stake in the ground, and as time goes on, I wonder if I'll need to split it apart, but so far, the audience seems to like both the essays and the poetry since they have a similar voice.

Rebecca Barray said...

Done. ;)
rebeccabarray.blogspot.com

Meghan Carver said...

I'm receiving my e-mail notifications of new posts the day after the post. Hope I'm not too late -- www.meghancarver.blogspot.com

P Marshall said...

It took a while, but my link is
http://www.inkstainedandhappy.blogspot.ca

PD Marshall

Marc C. said...

I've been blogging since 2002, but my current blog has only been around since 2010. The link's in my name, but here it is as well:

http://callmemarc.us/blog

Khara House said...

Whoops, DONE!

My blog is Our Lost Jungle, where I've been writing on everything from poetry to teaching to rejection letters, and all the fun stuff in between!

Elissa Field said...

Done. I have two active blogs, one for parenting (earthmonkeymama) and one for my writing (elissafield), both on Wordpress. Links to both are below.

When I first started, I only posted when I had something really important to say (reason: as online samples of my writing, I didn't want blogs that were rushed/poorly edited), but I've become more comfortable and now generally post once a week on my main blog (elissafield).

http://elissafield.wordpress.com/
on writing and life in general

http://earthmonkeymama.wordpress.com/
on parenting and teaching

Anne Marie said...

I have two blogs - http://choosethelight.blogspot.com and that was updated today and yesterday. The other is about The Lord of the Rings - http://momentsofgracelotr.blogspot.com. It was updated last Saturday.

Happy Easter! Christ is risen! He is truly risen!

God bless, Anne Marie :)

Monique Liddle said...

Done. My website and blog is titled: Bends In The Road: One woman's journey through life's turning points. www.bendsintheroad.com I'm working on my second post now.

Sheila Deeth said...

I wrote a post, just. Then I wrote another which I guess I ought to be tweeting about today.

http://sheiladeeth.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

I'm right in the process of converting my freelance editing website to include a blog, and your challenge helped me put together my first new post (short, but posted):

http://wordsage.net/what-to-look-for-in-an-editor/

ceeess said...

Here is my blog url:

http://www.quillfyre.wordpress.com

I use it to post weekly literary notices for Canadian Authors Association, National Capital Region, and to post about the weekly challenge I am doing under No-Comfort Zone. This challenge has to do with one of my long term goals of submissions. I also have been using it to post the NaPoWriMo poems that I am doing.

Carol A. Stephen

Sorry Gnat said...

Okay one and all, my link to my blog is http://sorrygnat.wordpress.com, and i posted today with rather long blog; and I've responded to at least 20 blogs; wow! whoosh! the speed of light and the speed of bloggers compete!

Just read a piece this morning at public gathering; went well

Kate said...

Oh my - what an impressive list of blogs! I'm in the process of growing my blog, so pardon the mess ~ http://katespeaceofmind.blogspot.com/.
And my twitter is @katewkopp.
Thanks for your posts - as a "beginner" in all this, I truly appreciate the guidance!

allysonyj said...

My URL is htttp://www.allysonjohnson.com

I posted a link to my monthly column which hit the newsstands yesterday, and also publicized on Facebook and LinkedIn

Laura Diane said...

Ok, blog created, but definitely not completed. startingthedialogue.wordpress.com and my twitter acct. is Laura__Diane with 2 underscores.

Also, I am not getting your challenge posts in my e-mail until very late at night so will always be a day behind.

Evelyn said...

I actually created this blog a couple of years ago, but have never blogged. Still not sure I want to, but at least I put a post up today--about a new resource for children's writers.

Here's the link:
http://evelynchristensen.wordpress.com/

Brandi Amara Skyy said...

While i have a blog on my website, i decided to start a brand new blog on blogger and it took me FOREVER to construct! Luckily for me "forever" ended about 10 minutes ago so here it is:

http://followingmyownrainbow.blogspot.com/

here is my original one: http://fauxqueens.com/adloaf---a-blog.html

they are both really basic, but i'm working on it.

Can't wait to catch up with everyone else's.

yea! :)

However, it is done now

Bernadette Ignacio said...

As with some other April challenge friends, I'm posting tasks 4 and 5. I'm leaning heavy of the leniency early in the game. Not good, I know, but better late jumping on this blog train than never.

Twitter- @wOrdsOftheOne

Blog- http://wordsoftheone.wordpress.com/

Wish you all happy "ink" trails along this ride!

Bernadette*

Sorry Gnat said...

Evelyn, your site re education looks quite helpful to teachers and all re children's literature.

I almost clicked on learning and teaching math; i need to learn; but i see, as we all do, how inundated we are with all our blogs. My goal is to visit all of them; a little bit at a time, and i think this is all fabulous!

Ramona said...

Hi Robert!
Thanks for doing this challenge.
My blog is Musings by Ramona and it is
http://www.ramonaflightner.wordpress.com

Thanks

Ramona

ramona said...

Sorry for the confusion, I posted my URL wrong.
It is
http://ramonaflightner.wordpress.com

Thanks!

Julia said...

Well, I'm NOT caught up (haven't joined Twitter yet....to tweet or not to tweet. That is the question! LOL). However, I DO have a blog, and posted yesterday:
www.alongthewaywithjulia.wordpress.com

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Robert, I found you on day 6 but I'd still like fo join if it's ok. My blog ulr is http://veronicaroth.com/ loking forward to the challanges.

Gerry said...

I do have a blog, but I'm a total failure at keeping it going. I'll read your advice and see if I can't rev it up a bit. Here's my URL: http://gerrygwilson.com.

Joannie said...

http://joanniestangeland.com
(Technically, the blog is called Poe-Query.)

Kristen said...

Done! I've had my blog for some time now, although I've just started to keep up with posting regularly. I struggled for a while with choosing and sticking with a host, I jumped between Blogger and Wordpress a zillion times before I decided I liked Blogger better!

www.misswordypants.blogspot.com

essay said...

Okay, it takes me a few days to develop a website and get everything set up right. I know, there easier ways, but I'm been planning this for a while and it just needed to happen.
Find me here:
http://www.stevielibra.com/

And I just sent out my first blog, linked to my facebook account, today.

Diana said...

I have a blog. http://scribblingseasprite.blogspot.com/

I'm thinking about starting another one that is just for art.

Sierra Steele said...

I have a blog that I started autumn 2011 for my writing :)
sierrasteele.wordpress.com

J.C. Nierad said...

Catching up on posting; my blog is http://dream-hour.com

Andrew Kreider said...

My blog is currently the resting place for my poetry - this challenge is making me think about other ways to use that resource.

http://thepenguinpoet.blogspot.com

Steve Barclay said...

I recently started my blog: http://sbarclay.com

Enjoy!

Dr. Pearl Ketover Prilik (PKP) said...

Done

Have a blog... named "Imagine" http://drpkp.com

Blyth said...

I am looking forward to visiting others' blogs today!

http://blyth.wordpress.com (personal/writing)

http://aeriehome.wordpress.com (from my interior design business)

AC Leming said...

Have a blog with first posting.

A Cat Named Dog at

http://acleming.blogspot.com

gonna look at other blogs tomorrow. and maybe get a photo on the thing. and at twitter.

Mary said...

http://www.marypf.com/marypf/Blog/Blog.html
1) I created my page with Apple's iWeb and publish through MobileMe. Now that MobileMe is going away, I have until June to find a complete new system. WordPress--published through what? Other?

2) Blogging quandary: I prefer humorous writing. Will I ruin my known/recognized voice by inserting a few serious topics. Opinions?

Dr. Sharon A. Mitchell said...

http://autismindependence.blogspot.com

Raychelle Muhammad said...

Hi, Robert!

I am really enjoying the April Platform Challenge. If anyone would like to test the waters by guest blogging on my site, here is the link. I am looking for guest bloggers to help me with some "heavy lifting". http://raychelle-writes.blogspot.com/p/be-guest-blogger.html

Norma Shephard said...

I have a few:

http://www.whatsixtylookslike.blogspot.com
http://www.franticfashionfromthekissingbull.blogspot.com
http://whytheoatmealburns.blogspot.com

Gail Kushner said...

Hi. I'm still a few days behind on the challenge, but I'm catching up!

I have a full website at www.MyPsychicSearch.com. My blog can be found at www.MyPsychicSearch.com/id72.html.

Since 2008, I have been blogging about what I am learning. And . . . I've learned so much!

Lynn said...

Well here's something I've already had - YAY! Done.
http://lynnobermoeller.blogspot.com

Kerry said...

Hi Robert -
The link to my blog is:
http://www.ThreeSistersExclusive.wordpress.com

Am in the process of moving, so my posts have been sparse recently.
Thanks - K

Jennifer said...

I have had a blog for nine months at http://agoofyidea.com. It is my first on-line business venture. A Goofy Idea is an unoffical Disney website where I give tips on how to have a happy trip to the Disney Parks. Once my new book series is farther along I will start a new blog about writing.

Beth said...

OK, here I am at www.elizabethingersoll.blogspot.com. Time to resurrect it, I think :-)

Joe said...

I deleted my old blogs floating out there like jellyfish for classes and projects and what have you, and have started a new one with new posts.

http://josephrobertmills.blogspot.com/

Leslie Kim Bussey said...

I've been blogging about 6 months.
http://purrfect0tale.lifeblog.com/

Donna said...

Done...I love my blog and have enjoyed the outlet for my writing. www.fullmeasureofjoy.blogspot.com

Janann Giles said...

Done - Foodthoughtsbyjhg.wordpress.com

That's my humor one - now I need to start one for my more serious side

Sorry Gnat said...

Hi, I've added Add-On, or subscribed. Question, where do I put it? I'll find it by hook or by crook. My dendrites and I are dancing with LinkedIn-it's complicated, but I've got a call out to friends who are more savvy. Meanwhile I like my blog but also feel as if a lace doily is being created over my head, and I can't catch up with all the threads. Have a good day everyone!
Pray for me in my hour of trial; upside down smile!

Michelle said...

Hi guys! I'm a couple days late and trying to get caught up. My blog is called "My Writing Life" and here's the address: http://www.michellereynoso.blogspot.com/

Poor and Gluten Free said...

Sorry I'm a little behind here! My blog is www.poorandglutenfree.blogspot.com, it's mostly recipes and info on living healthy and sustainable on a budget, but this challenge is making me think I should be incorporating other aspects of my life, or shifting focus a bit!!

Marc Scott said...

Now I just need advice on how to balance the Facebook, Twitter, blog, family, work, etc.

http://howmuchgreater.blogspot.com/

Sabrina said...

I'll be sad when I finally catch up and only have one part of the challenge to do each day
http://mousecrackers.tumblr.com/

Beth (Elizabeth) LaMie said...

Here is my blog site:
http://onestoryatatime.blogspot.com

It shows people how to write their own family stories, memoirs & Ethical Wills.

Sorry Gnat said...

Your subjects look intriguing!

Susan Craig said...

Here is my blog site:
http://bysusancraig.wordpress.com/

The name of the blog is Ideas, Information, and Insight. I am writer, scientist, teacher, mother and more... so the blogs will cover a number of topics, including Alzheimer's Disease (I was an AD researcher for ten years.) I've had the site for awhile, but haven't used it until you pushed me into it, Robert. Thank you!

SaraV said...

Hi! Hope that I'm not too late to the pary--made my blog
http://saravinas.blogspot.com/

Thx to your labeling exercise I am now the "Cracker Jack Poet"...

Doug said...

my blog is www.writingsailor.blogspot.com.

Blogging is fun.

Marian O'Brien Paul said...

Wow,trying to catch up 5 challenges in one day is exhausting! I need a rest.
http://nativemissourian.wordpress.com

Fred Shrum, III said...

fredshrum.wordpress.com
fredshrum.blogspot.com
@fshrum

Norma Huss said...

I blog on my Goodreads page, althought not every day. Is that good enough? My url: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5087868.Norma_Huss/blog

I'm another one who didn't post my twitter address. I think it's @normahuss.

Sorry Gnat said...

Hi, I really don't blog on Goodreads, but I read other's blogs. I love Goodreads, Powell's Daily Dose, Bookbrowse from Pasadena Library, any list of books. So many wonderful writers. I got add-on; don't know where to put it; still figuring out linkedin, noted not many people pleased with this outfits lack of clear instructions; happy trails to you all.

cecilia Gunther said...

My Blog is http://thekitchensgarden.wordpress.com/ and it has been up for almost a year. i post daily.t is all about the little farm that I run to grow my own food..and live sustainably and as self sufficiently as possible.. it is a journey.. c

CERN Wife said...

I started a blog the beginning of February of this year to write about living in rural France near the Swiss border, and I post around once a week at http:/cernwife.blogspot.com/

R. Kojetin said...

I'm working to find a schedule to blog. I'm such a procrastinator at times. I've had both of the blogs I'm posting, but I don't have regular posts, which I know I should. Sitting tonight at my Toastmaster's meeting, I came up with a third blog to start.

http://fromthewritersmind.blogspot.com/

http://holdthemayo2011.blogspot.com/

GoingVeggie said...

My blog is at http://www.GoingVeggie.com/wordpress. I need to catch up on my podcast interviews and blot posts. This challenge is helping! Also discovered a fellow foodie here and will be tweeting about her site. Love these unexpected benefits!

Nita said...

I've had my art blog for several years, but I think it needs to be more focused. This challenge has a lot to teach me. I can't say "done," but I've added Blog to my goal sheet. I'm wondering if I should blend my Web site and blog to make them easier to update.
http://nitaleland.blogspot.com

Anne Sanders said...

I started a blog of my own in November after doing one for Working Mother Magazine for over a year.

I only write once a week. I do really informational blogs (on volunteering and charity ideas) and it takes me time to do them well. I know I should do them more often, but I'm wondering how. I have a list of like 200 ideas so that's usually not the problem, it's finding time to research and make the ideas into a whole blog. How long does it take you to write a blog? How often do you suggest blogging? Thanks for the information.

Sorry Gnat said...

I write blogs quickly but there's not a dot of research in them; that's my style; when I write pieces, the stuff comes out quickly but then I rewrite and rewrite, for instance if for a book.
As a researcher I would think you have to have several blogs in reserve and then post; you can't compromise on quality.

Theofan said...

I started my blog on WordPress

apdiggs.wordpress.com

My first 30 posts are about this challenge.

Sarah Mäkelä said...

Done! I've had a blog for years. blog.sarahmakela.com

Penny said...

oops. I created on Blogger. name Penny Tennant. I didn't write my URL down. How do I get it?

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