Years ago I wrote a post about how stubborn I can be and how I don’t like to ask for help. I used to think asking for help made me look weak.

I’ve learned since then and in this post, I’m asking for your help. But I will say this much, if what you read in the first few paragraphs is not something you’re interested in helping out with, I do understand since what I’m about to share may not apply to everyone who reads this blog.

Here goes…

I bought the domain name “Writers Blogk” (That’s not a typo.) with the thought of possibly selling it.

However, the more I thought about it, the more I thought, “I can do something with this”.

So I am.

Today’s Lesson

I’ve decided to create another site, but this one will be for you, the writers who frequent this blog.

Here’s my thoughts:

Many bloggers AND non bloggers are very talented writers. Sometimes you publish your work on your own blog, sometimes you’ll do a guest post on a friend’s blog, however, your writings and talent will often go unnoticed, unpublished, or in the case of the non blogger, you have no place to share your work.

That’s were “Writer’s Blogk” would fill the gap.

Writers’ Blogk would be a gathering place where writers can share and promote themselves and their blogs via their writings AND receive feedback from other writers. Whether it be fiction, poetry or something else, Writers’ Blogk will be all about writing.

The site will be strictly guest posts. I will not be publishing my own words (unless a hidden creative side of me emerges), nor will I be answering comments. You will. You who submit the guest post(s); and it will be strictly up to you if you want comments turned on or off for your post(s).

What Writers’ Blogk will not be:

  1. It will not be a site about blogging. For those who want to talk blogging, we’ll do it on this blog.
  2. I will not accept posts which are not fiction, poetry or on the topic of “writing”. i.e. no posts on how to make money online, no rants about politics, no favorite recipes, etc… Posts about how to overcome writers’ block, how to construct a novel, or value based posts on topics which will help other writers hone their craft are permitted.
  3. I will not accept guest posts which are only self promotion, although self promotion will be allowed in your bio.
  4. If I feel your guest post does not meet the criteria for Writers’ Blogk, you may be asked to rewrite it, or it may be disallowed.

I’m currently researching what is the best way to allow access to the site for those who want to participate. With WordPress I could let participants gain access to the site as a “contributor”, and I’m also looking at the uCan Post Plugin , as well as ways I could possibly automate the process.

In the sidebar of Writers’ Blogk, I will display the avatars of all of the contributors. I’m leaning toward the Authors Widget plugin, but must first test it’s compatibility with whatever plugin or method I use to let participates gain access to the blog.

Future additions to the site may include:

  1. A Facebook page
  2. A Twitter account from which Writers’ BlogK participants could (possibly) tweet out of. (I need to check the terms and conditions on Twitter to see if this is possible.)
  3. A forum for writers.
  4. A page which showcases the publications of writers; ebooks or other.
  5. A job board with available jobs, PLUS a list of talented writers who are looking for freelance work.
  6. A “For Members Only” section.
  7. Monetization of the site.
  8. *Hopefully* contests or challenges for which prizes can be won.
  9. I’d also like to find a source which would provide books at no charge which the participants could review.*

I want this to work, however I also want to go into it with my eyes wide open. Your honest input is truly appreciated.

What do you think?

Today’s Assignment:

1) Would you be interested in being a part of the site by providing me with a guest post, or two? (If you are not a blogger and would like to participate, either leave me a comment or notify me via the contact form.)

2) What else do you see as a possibility for the site?

3) *Do you think book reviews should be allowed on Writers’ Blogk?

4) Do you see any reason this couldn’t work? Or do you see any roadblocks we could encounter?

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P.S. I will allow guest posts from those of you who prefer to use a pseudonym (pen name). I respect your right to privacy and in the event you share personal information with me, it will be kept confidential.

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  1. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara .. that sounds like an excellent idea .. I haven’t really moved into that field – but I’d be interested in giving it a go & see what feedback I get.

    As another huge learning curve .. sounds a really good thought – but I do look forward to seeing what everyone else thinks!

    Enjoy Sunday … Hilary
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  2. Barbara,
    This sounds fantastic! I know I would be part of this at lightning speed ๐Ÿ™‚
    I know I can write..but i would love a place where we all meet and write and learn form each other. It will be fun. Especially with familiar faces..and a lovely teacher like you..we will gain a lot.
    I can already think of so many lovely writers who will jump after reading this post. This is a great idea Barbara..it has immense potential of becoming much much more.
    INfact if your site does well…and gets the right exposure…it could become a writers portal- for all things writing and for hiring writers who are part of your core team. Part of the earnings could be the site owners..and part blogger/writers… I can think of so many more things this can become Barbara. Go for it.
    The best part is…if you are doing this…Its YOU doing this ๐Ÿ™‚ Youa re awesome at setting up blogs and now this will be a bigger more beautiful feather in your cap.
    I cant wait..
    So Much love to you and to your genius mind,
    Z~
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you for your sweet words Zeenat,

      I’m going to hold you to that and would love to see a guest post or two from you. I’d like to have the site go public by mid October, so you know what your homework is. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’ll be posting more details as I get more of the back end work completed.

  3. Hi Barbara – What a fabulous idea for a showcase! The set-up you’ve envisioned is innovative and dynamic. I would think a lot of the talented folks who frequent this blog would find this right up their alley! I am really looking forward to seeing this evolve, and if there is anything we can do to help your vision take hold, say the word!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Betsy,

      I appreciate your continued support. For now I’m working behind the scenes of Writers’ Blogk but will need guest posts in order to have it go live. If you’re up to sharing a story, poem or book review, just say the word. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara.
    I think this is a wonderful idea. This sounds similar to New Blog of the Week only in this case it would be featuring writers, and not necessarily each writer just once. Good place for writers to connect and learn from each other, and to showcase their work. The only pitfall I could see would be protecting the work from being plagiarized. I think book reviews would be a great feature… do you see a problem with having them? They would be a great way to study the different voices of writers and/or story structure.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you for your kind words Davina,

      I KNOW I can count on you for a guest post or two. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes, it is similar to the New Blog of the Week series I used to have and part of it will mirror “The Blog Registry”. I’m currently putting together a page where writers can share their credentials with fellow writers and/or potential “employers”.

      That’s a good point about plagiarism. I’ve tested a plugin which disallows right clicks, and also read to only use excerpts in the RSS feed. Disabling the right click will deter some, however if someone REALLY wants to steal our work, unfortunately there are ways. Question: Would you feel more comfortable sharing guest posts if right click was disabled?

      RE: The book reviews. I didn’t see a problem with it, but did want to ask the writers who will be guest posting their thoughts. I like how you shared book reviews are a great way to study different voices and story structure.

      If a contributor does a book review, they can also use their affiliate links (hopefully they have one) and that way they could possibly make some money in the process.

      • Yep, I’ll do a guest post, Barbara. Would be happy to contribute to this — thanks for asking. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d be more comfortable guesting posting if right click was disabled. Like you say, there are ways to scrape content online; this ‘should’ make it less easy. Book reviews would be a good way to mix things up to satisfy different readers. I imagine they would be a good source of SEO traffic as well.
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        • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

          Hi Davina,

          Disabling right click is an easy add-on, so I’ll make sure I activate that plugin. The only problem I’ve run into while playing with it is, if you want to copy and paste part of a post to talk about in the comment section, you can’t, but I think we will all adjust knowing we’ve done what we can to protect our work and the work of others. (And, if it becomes too much of a hassle, we can always deactivate the plugin).

          Yes. Book reviews will help a lot with SEO. That’s one thing I am concerned about because with fiction or poetry, we don’t use SEO. But, I’ll do what I can behind the scenes to optimize the site as much as possible.

  5. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I am so glad I tuned in today. This sounds like an absolutely fabulous idea. By all means, count me in. I totally agree with Zeenat with regard to the potential here. I am interested in all kinds of writing, and some are easier for me than others, so the idea of a forum, and receiving honest feedback is very appealing. Also the possibility of getting freelance writing work is something I would be interested in. I’ve been doing some for an on-line company.

    Thanks so much for coming up with this new brainchild. Also, the name rocks!

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Linda,

      I’m happy to hear I can count on you to share some of your stories.

      I’ve been testing a forum plugin. Since forums are not something I’ve real familiar with, it’s a bit of a learning curve, but little by little I’m grasping it. I agree with what you said; it will be very beneficial to get honest feedback from other writers.

      As for freelance work, I’m hoping we can attract those who are willing to pay more than $5.00 a post and make it beneficial for all parties. I’ve always believed, “you get what you pay for”.

      P.S. Start writing. I’ll be asking for completed guest posts in the next ten days, or so.

  6. Sam LiuNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    This sounds like a truly wonderful idea. A great site for writers. I would love to be part of the site once it’s up and running. I’m no technology expert, so I can’t really be of much help as far as that is concerned. But I do think book reviews should be allowed, I know many publishers look for credible sites and send out free copies of their books to be reviewed. So it could work out well.

    I look forward to hearing more about this exciting project ๐Ÿ˜€
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Sam,

      I’m happy to hear you’re willing to contribute. As I mentioned in earlier comments, I hope to have the site up and running soon – by mid October, so if you have any posts you’d like to share, I’d be thrilled to have you share them.

      I’ll have more updates with details in upcoming posts.

      That’s what I was thinking, too. If a publisher knows it’s a credible site and they could get an honest book review, they should be more than happy to supply free copies of books.

  7. While I don’t believe I would have the time to contribute to Writersโ€™ Blogk, I would definitely be interested in following it and reading. Sounds like an exciting project!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Vered,

      I certainly appreciate your support.

      With you being a professional blogger, I’m sure many would love to see a post on how you did it, the process you follow and how your grew your business. If time allows, I’d love to have you participate.

  8. Lori HoeckNo Gravatar says:

    It seems you always have something energetic and community enhancing up your sleeve! Sell me some of that go-juice, would ya?

    If you get the right mix of writers who engage as well as write, you should have a rocket on your hands.

    Put me down for a post or two. I may have some poetry trying to get out of the back room of my mind.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Lori,

      I’ll put you down for a few posts in which you share your poetry. ๐Ÿ™‚

      If time permits, maybe you could also share the story of what went into creating your “Think Like A Blackbelt” book, and/or the Narcissist book you co-authored with Betsy. I know I would find it fascinating to read how you ladies decided to collaborate and what process you followed.

  9. Chase MarchNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I haven’t been writing as much as I would like to have this last little bit but I would definitely serve you up a few posts.

    I don’t know if I have much time to devout to the site though.

    It sounds like a good idea but I think it might be some work on your end as you need to promote it to get more writers.

    Anyway, good luck with it.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Chase,

      For some reason your comment ended up in my spam folder, so I apologize for the delay in responding.

      I would be thrilled to have a guest post or two from you. I remember reading the short story you had written and your writing is phenomenal.

      Yes. I realize the site will entail more time on my part, especially for the promotion of it. For that reason, I’ll probably get active on Twitter again. And hopefully those who contribute will help with the process, as well.

      One thing I’ve also thought of is how the contributors will be able to Stumble their guest posts, and it won’t go against the terms of service of StumbleUpon (we’re not suppose to Stumble our own site), thus gaining them and the site more exposure.

  10. I love the idea! I would love the chance too write more, and within a certain topic and genre. I even have poetry that might make it’s first public appearance. You never know;)
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Terry,

      I would be honored to have your first piece of poetry published on Writers’ Blogk. Are you up for it?

      Watch for details in upcoming posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Barbara:

    This is definitely a brilliant venture. I would like to contribute sometime when you have exhausted with the talented writers. There is no harm in trying!

    All the best for your ideas and thoughts.

    Joy always,
    Susan
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  12. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    I really like the way you’re spreading your wings and I think it’s a perfect way to fill a niche … very nicely thought out.

    I really like the fact that you’re testing your results.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you J.D.,

      Yes. Testing what may work does make a big difference. Just like how you teach your readers to do the same. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. JoyNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,
    I second Zeenat and JD…they said it best:)
    I love watching creativity blossom..what fun!
    And, I would love the opportunity to write..
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Joy,

      And I would love for you to be part of Writers’ Blogk. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your writing talent would be a beautiful addition to the site.

  14. PatNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara! I came over here from J.D.’s blog, and I really like everything you have to say. It’s funny because I almost selected writer’s block for a niche site I was about to do, but I think your plan is much better than mine. The fact that it’s specifically for bloggers is a fantastic idea, and I’d just try and make sure that the guest post process is as simple as possible both for you and your contributors. I know a few sites that have multiple authors, I’ll see if I can see how they’re handling things.

    Cheers!

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Pat,

      How ironic you’re here since I just downloaded your free ebook on ebooks. So far I’ve only had a chance to skim it, but from what I see, it will be a terrific resource not only for me, but one I’ll be adding to the “Resources” page on “Writers’ Blogk”.

      Yes. I wanted to make the site for bloggers since I see so much writing talent in blogosphere and it appears their work often goes unnoticed.

      I agree. Making the guest post process needs to be simple for all concerned. So far I’ve found six techniques I could use but need to compare/test and research them further.

      Thank you for stopping in.

  15. If there’s still any room in this popular request, COUNT ME IN!

    I think it’s a great idea to have a place where writers can show case their ideas. I particularly liked the extra K in the word Blog. That is too cute. Is that a play on words like Writers Block? Am I slow? Or is that it?

    You certainly are creative and a good teacher too. Let me know how I can help, if I can help.

    Julie
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Julie,

      There’s plenty of room for guest posts now, as well as later. The site will be continually updated. I’ll definitely count you in. In fact, if you’re feeling creative, start writing since I’ll be asking for guest posts (hopefully) within the next two weeks.

      Yes. the “K” was a play on the word block, but instead of seeing “blogk” as writers’ block, I’m using it more as “block” – like in a neighborhood, where all of the neighbors get along and meet for BBQs and such. i.e. a gathering place. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. suzenNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara! As usual you have come up with yet another super idea! I’d love to write a guest post sometime since I taught creative thinking/writing classes for over a decade I have a lot of material to share that serves as a great antidote for writers block. I would definitely want to include book reviews based on their connection to a point – ie. either a great example of writing, a source of inspiration and help for a writer, or as an example of tension, or switching tenses, persons, etc. – you know what I mean.

    What fun, Barb! Count on my support and help in any way you need it!
    hugs
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Suzen,

      Definitely. I’m counting on your to share what you know about the creative process – thinking and writing. I imagine you’ve got tons of information which could be beneficial to all of us.

      Based on all of the comments, it’s a “go” for book reviews. I look forward to hearing what others are reading and possibly finding more books to add to my list.

  17. Hi Barbara,

    I love it and I especially love how you wrote the “blogk”. Very creative!

    Book reviews would be great especially if they relate to writing and creativity.

    As for guest posting, if you would have me, I would love it. Writing is one of my passions and have been doing it for over twenty years. There is no need for any writer to struggle with writer’s block. Inspiration is always accessible…it is a matter of how a person chooses to engage with the world and their perception.

    If I can help in any way with promotion or whatever, please let me know. I am willing to do what I can to promote writing and creativity!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Nadia,

      Of course I’ll have you. ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to reading more of your excellent writings.

      As for promotion of the site and for those who will be participating, I’ll be sending out a request when it goes live. I feel if we all promote each others work ,we will all be blessed with good karma.

  18. Miss BeckyNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara I love your energy, and your ideas for the new site. I would love to contribute something too, especially for the feedback, and after you’ve exhausted the talent (as Susan wrote!). I’ve always thought I express myself best with my photos with a bit of writing on the side, but I haven’t committed to a writing “practice” like I have recently with my photography, and that is what I would love to do. I’m not sure what I have to contribute, but I’d really like to be considered. I think it’s time to take a leap in some way, and this may be the ticket. Whatever happens, I know I’ll be there reading at the very least! thanks Barbara, for your creative energy. I’m loving it.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Miss Becky,

      Having seeing how you express your creativity via your photos, I’m guessing you also have creative writing talent, as well. Often they go hand in hand.

      I’d love to have you contribute, and I would be honored if when you take that leap, it’s on Writers’ Blogk. With the group of writers who are already “signing up”, you’ll be in good hands. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. George AngusNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara,

    I can’t think of a better person to put something like this together. I know it will do well, I know a lot of writers frequent BWOAB.

    I’ll be darkening your doorstep to guest post for sure!

    George
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you George,

      I was hoping you’d show up and volunteer to contribute. With your writing talents and published ebooks, I’m hoping Writers’ Blogk brings you more recognition and continued success.

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  21. SaraNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara,

    I really like this idea and would love to provide guest posts. I also agree I would prefer the plug-in to avoid outright copying, even though you are right that people can steal what they want online, including photography. Will photography be included, if it has writing with it?

    Okay, you did ask. As I understand what you want to do, part of the process would be giving “constructive feedback” in the comment box. Here lies the only roadblock I see: Comment arguments.

    For example, someone leaves what is perceived as an overly critical comment about a guest post. This, in turn, leads everyone who follows to focus on that negative comment and not the post. We bloggers tend to protect our own:~)

    The opposite can also occur…where no one wants to be the first to make constructive suggestions about a writing. So, the writer doesn’t get the feedback they need.

    Please understand that I don’t want to rain on the parade!!! I really do like this idea…it’s just that I don’t see you having the time to play referee over the comment box, should it be necessary. It’s just something to think about.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Sara,

      As I mentioned to Davina, I will be activating the disable right click plugin. It’s important to me all of you feel comfortable sharing your work on a site which is not your own.

      RE: Feedback on posts, i.e. construction criticism. That’s going to be a tough one. I’d suggest if someone doesn’t want to hear how they can improve, they need to refrain from asking. Or…they could raise the issue in the forum and take it off of the blog, I agree with what you said; many of us may not feel comfortable telling another blogger how they can improve, which could halt the feedback process.

      Chances are we will also get some negative comments, just as we do on our blogs. I’ll be moderating comments from the back side and if I feel a comment is questionable, I’ll ask the post author how they want to handle it before it’s approved.

      Not to self: Is there a way to let a post author have access to comments received on their post only?

      Sara, I know you’re not trying to rain on the parade. Like I mentioned in the post, I want all aspects of this idea critiqued. I know I’ll run into situations I hadn’t anticipated, but feel if I can solve those problems prior to going live, it will help to make the site run smoother.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi again Sara,

      I forgot to answer your question about photography. Yes. It is allowed, whether to show readers how a photo inspired a post or to compliment the post. In fact, I’m hoping most of you who do contribute, include a photo with your post.

  22. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – I think this is a fab idea. And you can count me in to do a guest post. I love the domain name too because it’s like a combination of writers blog and writers block – very creative.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Cath,

      I’ve got your name down for guest posts. I’m looking forward to reading more of your great writings.

  23. Tony SingleNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, such a wonderful idea! I cannot wait to see what your other fine readers come up with for their contributions. There are a couple of folks that I want to tell about this, but I’ll wait and see how this all comes together for you first because I imagine it’ll be a LOT of behind-the-scenes work for you, won’t it?

    As for me, I’d be happy to contribute on occasion, should you so desire it. Also, would an occasional small comic strip be of interest, considering that that too does feature writing (it ain’t just about the pretty pics, kids!)? Just wondering what your stance would be on such things.

    Also, this may seem like a silly thing to think about, but will there be a policy on proofreading on this site? I would happily help out in this regard if you feel that would be of any value. And how about the US form of spelling words versus the UK (and by extension, the Oz) form of spelling. Would you standardise spelling to follow one way on your blog, or allow both (or more, if they exist) forms of spelling? I hope I don’t come across as anal about any of that. I simply ask because it just occurred to me right now. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Honestly, I don’t perceive any potential problems for this endeavour except the ones as outlined by Davina and Sara Healy. And book reviews would absolutely rock. Also, what about the occasional author/blogger interview or something? How cool would that be? ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Tony,

      Yes. I am spending a lot of time behind the scenes getting the site ready, but my hope is all I’m doing now will avoid problems in the future.

      Yes. I would love to have you contribute, AND your fabulous comic strips are welcome, as well.

      RE: Spelling. I would hope whomever submits a post has proofread it since that is not something I will do. What you could do Tony, is throw your “hat in the ring” and offer your services.

      As for standardized English. I’m thinking if the post author is from the UK it’s would be wise on their part to share that information in their bio so the readers will know they haven’t misspelled words. I’m thinking it could take away from the creative process if we were to require standardized spelling in each post. What do you think?

      I LOVE your idea of interviews. That would be an awesome addition to the site. 8)

  24. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    wow another sensational idea Barbara and I have just been reading and re-reading folks comments and buzz…nice idea sharing, which I think would definitely happen on the new site.

    I have been reading blogger’s books lately and I think there are some tremendous writers on line….then I resonant with Tony’s idea of having some spell checking – many writers are not such good spellers…editors ….or grammatical wizards, but they like to get ideas out there…

    This might just inspire my writing to new levels ๐Ÿ™‚

    You are so clever, I like your style!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Patricia,

      I agree. Based on the above comments, Writers’ Blogk could end up being a fabulous place for bloggers/writers to meet, share and help each other.

      I’m with you. There are many very talented writers online. Hopefully Writers’ Blogk will help them gain more attention and in the meantime we can all enjoy their creativeness.

      And yours too, Patricia. Maybe a book review? Or….?

  25. Bill BeanNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, sounds like a great idea. It’s almost overwhelming to think of coming up with a post for the new site but I think I have a friend or two who might be interested. I’ll certainly pass it along.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Bill,

      Sure thing. If you have friends who would like to share their writing talent online, send them my way.

  26. Hi Barbara. Very ambitious new enterprise, and very exciting as well!

    Book reviews are always good. As for guest-posting, I am interested. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Barb
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Barb,

      I’ve got you down for guest posting, too. Keep an eye on the blog and I’ll be letting you all know how and when I’ll be accepting the guest posts.

  27. Well, what an extra super great idea that site will be!

    Yes, I would certainly contribute a guest post.

    No I don’t think book reviews should be accepted as posts — I think posts should be from the bloggers’ own creation on a writing topic of his or her choosing, with their own individual ideas.

    You are amazing, Barbara — very creative and forward thinking.

    xo
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  28. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you Jannie,

    I’m happy to hear you’ll also be contributing. I know you’ve been real busy with poetry, and that’s also acceptable.

    RE: Book reviews. I wasn’t sure if that would fit in with the idea for the site, but since the majority do feel they would be beneficial, I’ll include them. However, like you said, I also want to see the creative side of writers and not JUST book reviews.

    I’m hoping to strike a good balance. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

      Barbara,
      I was thinking of book reviews, such as books by the contributors/writers….not of any old famous author, but ones of the community of writers….

      …when one is denied publishing else where, then a community of writers could read the work and assist in suggestion to increase it’s value to a publisher?

      Then again there are sites just for book reviews…
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  29. I like the idea. Being a writer I know I could use a place to help me connect with other writers. You should think about putting a forum up too. There will be a lot of writers that will want to connect with each other within a closed system.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Karl,

      I’m excited to see your complete array of writing talents. I know your blog limits you to write about work, so Writers’ Blogk will be a wonderful place for you to express and explore.

      Yes. I will have a forum. I’ve already added one and am in the process of testing it.

  30. Hi Barbara, first time visitior. Freat blog and lots of interesting people.

    And I would definately like to be a guest blogger here. I have much to offer and could bring additional traffic to this site.

    And I like the deas of book reviews, but the need to be short. Capped arounf 350 words max with a couple of pictures. I rarely read book reviews that are lengthy.

    Stephen Tremp
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      It’s nice meeting you Stephen,

      I’d love to have you contribute guest posts to “Writers Blogk”. I hope to have it go live by mid October, so in the meantime, if you’d like, feel free to start putting a post or two (or three) ๐Ÿ™‚ together. As soon as I know which method I’ll be using to allow access to the site (for guest writers), I’ll put another post up with the instructions.

      I’m like you with regard to book reviews. Short and sweet.

  31. Hi Barbara โ€“
    What a fun and fabulous idea. I am excited to see how it comes together. From the comments, it appears that you will have a variety of topics, writing styles, and pros/posts. I would enjoy participating too!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you The Exception,

      I’d love to have you contribute, as well. Although I’m not real familiar with your work, I’ve seen you on many of the blogs I visit, so this will give me (and others) a chance to get to know you and your work even better.

  32. And guess what!?

    It’s “International Barbara Swafford Appreciation Day” over at my blog! Yep, a tribute to your caring awesomeness in my latest post!

    xoxo
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  33. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Jannie .. and Barbara .. I suspect there are a few around .. enjoy the time .. Jannie’s comment is so true .. and she’s not full of beer, or sipping wine up a tree .. but getting ready to disappear into the bush .. with budding campers .. have fun – Hilary

    PS .. love the visiting card at the bottom of your blog – just noticed it!
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  34. sharboriNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara,

    this is such a great idea. In fact I feel a little tired of reading of the “helpful” blogs that continuously tell you how to … your blog is helpful in a different way … you also write about yourself and add your creativity to it.

    Thank you.

    I am not sure what I can post or whether there will be space but I am rooting for you.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Sharbori,

      And look at you. I love your new avatar. It’s beautiful, as is your smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

      If you decide you want to guest post on Writers’ Blogk, there will be lots of room. The blog won’t be going anywhere but up, so updates will be continually needed. I hope you’ll consider contributing.

  35. ElizaNo Gravatar says:

    Argh! I’m late to this party. So, as I understand it, a guest post could be a piece of fiction we have written that we are looking for feedback on from fellow participants? If so, I am definitely in.

    That darn Davina *grin* got me thinking about writing fiction again, so this would be a fun place share and learn from others.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      This party never ends, so you’re never late for the party Eliza,

      Writers’ Blogk will be around for a long time and whenever you feel the desire to share a guest post, I’m ready. (well, I should say, as soon as the site is live).

      Yes. Each author who guest posts can ask the readers for feedback. Although in a previous comment it was mentioned the comments *could* turn negative, I’m guessing with those of you who are volunteering, constructive criticism will be done with love.

      I hear you about Davina. She’s an instigator, isn’t she? ๐Ÿ™‚

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  37. Maria RomanaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I just stumbled upon this wonderful blog after following a link from the CommentLuv site. I found so much good information so quickly, and it’s clear how your followers feel about you and the ideas you provide.

    And what a great idea you’ve got here with Writer’s Blogk! For all us who blog in solitude, the idea of a communal writer’s blog is truly an inspiration. I would love to be a part of this. I blog about writing already–self-publishing, writing technique, and lots of book reviews, so you know where I stand on that ๐Ÿ™‚ . Please count me in as a regular guest poster.

    –Maria
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Maria,

      I’ll definitely count you in. By the sounds of it, guest posting on Writers’ Blogk will be easy peasy for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. AmyNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara, Though my blog’s purpose may not lend itself to this fabulous concept, I do write fiction and poetry so would love to be a part of this community. On your other posts, I found so much practical and sensible direction that I have felt as though I’m discovering a “home” community.

    More later and many thanks for your giving heart.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Amy,

      I’d love to have you be part of the Writers’ Blogk community. Just keep an eye on this blog for updates. I’m currently working on a method of access to the site and am hoping to make it as easy as possible for all of us.

      See you soon!

  39. KaraNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I’d like to contribute a guest post as well. Although I’m not nervous about posting on my own blog, I am a little intimidated being read by an audience of all writers. But, I’m also practicing going outside of my comfort zone. Plus, I’m sure it would help my writing.

    Thanks for the great opportunity for many.

    Kara
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Kara,

      I’d love to have you contribute a guest post (or more).

      I know what you’re saying about guest posting. I’ve only done one on a friend’s blog and was a nervous wreck. But you’re right, guest posting is a great way to step outside of our comfort zone AND is good practice.

  40. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi All,

    For those who have subscribed to the comments on this post, I just wanted to let you know I now have Writers’ Blogk open for viewing. The posts which are published on there are only test posts, and will be removed when the site goes “live” to the public. I’m still making changes, but feel free to poke around, click on the links and get familiar with the layout.

    Watch for another update soon with regard to guest posting.

    Just click on this link, Writers’ Blogk, or type http://writersblogk.com into your browser.

    P.S. The Forum is password protected therefore you won’t have access to it at this time.

  41. Maria RomanaNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara,

    It looks fantastic. You’ve obviously put a lot of work into it already. Can’t wait to start adding to what you’ve done!

    –Maria
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