September 30th, 2008

Blogging Bigger – MotherReader’s ideas

If you weren’t able to attend the Kidlitosphere Blogging Conference, well, I was there and I’ll be posting some of the tidbits I picked up from it.

Some of those came from, who is also know as Pam Coughlan.

Her suggestions include:
- quality content (I try, except for collectible monkey dolls),
- personal voice (check, I think, although that sometimes gets me into trouble),
- a particular niche (I like publishing gossip),
- spelling and grammar (decent but not perfect),
- daily updates (check),
- good looks (I don’t really know, it’s just a template),
- and links and blogrolls (I need to do this).

Read more here. She also feels bloggers should comment on each others blogs with their blog address. I do that with my friends on LJ – I should probably branch out to blogspot and other blogs as well.

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Three things on a Tuesday

1. I woke up last night to the smell of barbecue. I was too tired to close the window, too tired to wonder why our neighbors were barbecueing at 3 a.m. It turns out a wooden spoon had fallen against the heating element in our dishwasher. It is, literally, toast. I'm hoping the dishwasher still works, since I have a bad history with appliances (the microwave that turned itself on, the microwave I nearly set on fire, the toaster that caught the toast on fire, etc.). Meanwhile, our house still smells like barbecue.

2. Sitting for 12 hours at the bloggers conference did my back in. I can no longer pick up anything from the floor. Now pretty much anything I touch somehow ends up on the floor.

3. Do you think there's any market for two YA books about hoarding? Because I always thought it would be interesting to write one, but Publishers Lunch lists this: "Cynthia Jaynes Omololu's DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, in which the garbage-filled world of a 16-year-old girl comes crashing down around her, even as she gets her first glimpse of what it might be like to be "normal" rather than living cloaked in the secret shame of her mom's out-of-control hoarding, to Mary Kate Castellani at Walker, by Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency (world)."

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