Promoting a Writer

How well I could write if I were not here!
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Well, I’ve told you about a couple of blog promotion tools recently.  One is AlphaInventions.com, a great free tool for writers and bloggers to get themselves exposed to the the blogosphere without being arrested for indecent exposure.  Another is Condron.us, a very similar tool, which works in a very similar way.

But, every once in a while, I like to promote folks myself.  And this particular writer beat me to the punch.  I am honor bound to return the favor.

The Wit and Weirdness of Al Bruno III is an eclectic collection of humorous anecdotes and serial novels.  He has a couple of them going and updates them weekly or so.

The one I’m reading now is In the Shadow of His Nemesis, but I’ve also been keeping an eye on Price Breaks and Heart Aches. Both are well-written, witty and add a flair for comedic spin only a macabre mind can fully appreciate.  I do, of course.  I bet you’ll like it too, though.

Stop by and give Al a little notification of your passing.  Writers love comments.  And tell ‘im JD sent ya.  He won’t know who the hell that is, and I love to watch people be confused.

Or you can throw money at him.  Writers like that too.

God bless and have a great weekend, y’all.

-JDT-

Another Blog Traffic Tool

Blogging For Dummies
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I’ve talked to you before about a great li’l thing called AlphaInventions.com, a web site which presents your blog to other bloggers and visitors to the site.  It’s a fantastic and FREE way to get your blog(s) exposure.  Who knows?  You may even pick up a new follower or two, and you might connect with others you’re interested in following.

Well, I have a new one for you.  It’s the same general idea — a round-robin display of various blogs from around the blogosphere — and it works in a similar way.  Not speaking from a technical standpoint, because I have no shade of a clue how those programmers did the juju they did, but from a practical standpoint, it’s easy to use.

The site is Condron.us, and it’s very simple to use.  Go to their home page, enter your blog or web site’s URL, click add and voila! — blog exposure to dozens of new readers.

The home page has a link at the top that says Add Your Blog.  Click it.  Enter the URL, and your email if you’d like (it’s optional), and then click the SUBMIT button.  That’s it!  You’re in the rotation and you will get more hits, guaranteed.

In addition, you can write a nice review of their site (like this one) and their page will auto-insert the URL into their rotation.  More hits again.

It’s a great tool and very useful as a method of getting your blog out there to people, especially when you don’t have control over the meta tags of your site (like us WordPress.com users).

Check it out!

-JDT-

New Blog Announcement

Well, since you all didn’t like my fiction writing, you forced me to go elsewhere with it.

If you have linked to my blog as a writer, PLEASE update your link to reflect my new fiction blog, which is found right here.  All my works of fiction have been removed from this site, and posted there.  That way, those who don’t like reading fiction can come here and see updates about other things — whatever those might be — and not have to deal with my fiction work.

For those of you generous enough to have added this blog to your blog reader, you can remove it, because it won’t be updated very often anymore.  That makes me a little sad, but this is about my boring-ass life now, and there’s not that much to tell.  LOML is better at that crap than I am, and has more interesting things to say.  I’ll leave it to her.

Thanks.

-JDT-

Hope to See You Soon, Dwight

It’s a little darker in the blogosphere today.

My friend Dwight Wannabe has gone on hiatus.  It’s a much needed rest, I’m sure, and being a full-time technical writer, a full-time husband and father and a writer cranking out 3,000 words a day in his current mode, he’s swamped.  It’s hard to keep the content original, fresh and updated, I’m sure.  I wouldn’t know because I have blogus boringanus, and don’t know how many unique visitors I get every day.  I have a set of regulars I adore and do most of my writing for, and they make blogging worthwhile for me.

But Dwight provided us wannabes with a lot of helpful information.  He gave us insights into everything from those who succeeded before us to information from agent blogs to snappy, fun “Eff Around Friday” posts.  His blog was the chronicle of a man seeking to become a published author and it showed us a full flavor of interesting things.

Dwight’s contributions to the blogosphere will be sorely missed during his time away.  I wish him rest and prolific wordsmithing (one of my new favorite words since Casey reintroduced me to it), and may his book be a wild, unbridled success.

In other news, I hope all of you who are, have or know fathers had a Happy Father’s Day, and God bless you all.

-JDT-

To Theme, or Not to Theme?

Well, everyone, I’m at a crossroads. One I’m not happy to face, one that I hoped would never come. Alas, here it is; and I am faced with a horrible choice.

Those of you that know me to any degree know that I bore easily. With each and every blog I’ve had (and there have been as many as four, albeit with identical content), I’ve become quickly and horrifically bored with the theme. I’ve changed it to suit the seasons, the mood I was in, the things I was writing about … whatever excuse I had on hand.

Click here to keep reading, but it’s long and boring