Beanery Online Literary Magazine

June 3, 2010

Blogsite or a Website: What’s the difference?

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

BLOGSITE OR WEBSITE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

    What’s the difference between a blogsite and a website?

     This question was raised at the Beanery Writers Group (Latrobe, PA) meeting in early May. It is a significant question, because the group’s unique project is publishing the Beanery Online Literary Magazine (www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com ).

     Being computer illiterate, I had to plead ignorance of the answer. I held the impression that blogs were easier and cost less.

     To answer the question, I plugged it into the search engine.

     Examining various sites made me feel better about being unable to define the differences. …since the differences have become increasingly blurred for many bloggers and users*— the difference…is steadily vanishing. These channels are definitely converging.*** there are shades of gray.##

     Initially blogs, a condensation of the word “weblog,” were viewed as a web log or online diary… a place where a blogger can generate a log of interesting personal comment and intimate details and information about a particular niche subject or topic * Today, although many blogs continue to be personal ramblings about daily life,that is only one aspect of the blogosphere – and a fairly trivial one at that.***Currently, blogs range (more…)

April 27, 2010

Tips on How to Write

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

TIPS ON HOW TO WRITE

     The first two newspapers I worked for basically took the articles I submitted and published them “as was.” Errors, incoherencies, and all.

     Then I met Paul Heyworth, editor of the Fay-West section of the Greensburg Tribune-Review (PA). Having recently moved to Connellsville, Pennsylvania, I hadn’t been motivated to approach the newspaper about writing for them until I signed up for a conference on gangs. In my previous community, where I headed a family support program and was a pastor’s spouse, I had often submitted articles to two newspapers on conferences and seminars I attended. I believe it’s called “multi-tasking.”

     I set up an appointment to speak with Paul—I believe it was an “interview.” He told me to bring in several clips. When I arrived, he used speed-reading to evaluate them before asking me how many articles a week I was planning to submit. I only intended, at that point, to write the one.

     After getting by that bump in the interview, Paul told me he expected me to be in the news office when the articles were edited.

     In a very early submission, he questioned a word I used.

     “Don’t you think that word is too large for Fayette County readers?”

     I said that I was a county resident who read the paper, that not all readers were unable to understand that word. Not all readers were uneducated.

     “Besides, don’t you think that some readers will look the word up in a dictionary and learn something?”

     After that, I made certain there was one challenging word in each article I submitted. These words were never removed.

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     This is a roundabout way for me to introduce a post I read: 11 Smart Tips for Brilliant Writing. And in using “larger” words, I violated Tip number (more…)

April 16, 2008

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN) Vol. 1 Issue 1 April 2008

BEANERY WRITERS NEWSLETTER (BWN)
VOL. 1 ISSUE 1
APRIL 1, 2008

Edited by Carolyn C. Holland and BWG members.
(Forward this newsletter to the writers you know!)

The Beanery Online Newsletter (BWN) shares information on our members—their writing, their activities/interests, their concerns, their thoughts, as well as news on conferences, perhaps a joke or two. It will include links to the most hit posts on the Beanery Online Literary Magazine (BOLM)www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com —and the other sites the group facilitator manages: www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com and www.laurelmountainboro.wordpress.com (the latter a newsletter for her community, Laurel Mountain Borough).

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BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The BOLM (www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com) accepts submissions (in any genre) from guest writers. Items may be edited, but if there are any significant changes your work will be sent to you for your approval.. Submit your post to beaneryblog@yahoo.com with the word “Submission” in the subject line…

To read the rest of this newsletter, E-mail beaneryblog@yahoo.com with the words “NEWSLETTER SAMPLE” in the subject line. Information on subscribing to the Beanery Writers Newsletter is included in this issue.

The members of the Beanery Writers Group lead interesting lives. The first issue profiles Sal Martin, who at 77 (with her 80-year old husband Chuck) recently participated in a ski competition in Idaho. This first issue contains posts on upcoming writers events, books members read, writings in progress by Beanery Writers Group members, and much more.

April 14, 2008

WHAT IS THE KEY INDICATOR TO YOUR WRITING SUCCESS?

—written by Carolyn C. Holland

I’m computer/electronics challenged. Thus, when I suggested setting up an Internet site to the Beanery Writers Group, I was actually pushing myself into a learning-mode with accountability. The mode I chose was the blog, because after surfing I-net sites, it seemed it was the easiest to manage.

I struggled, set it up and held a group lesson on blogging, using my home computer. We were on our way, with a couple of members in our small writers group taking hold. And we were well pleased to watch our “hit” count rise each month, ending up with almost 50,000 hits.

However, an ugly little question kept cropping up. What did the (more…)