Tag Surfing

Love Day Links

Love is about sharing, so I will!

Here are some gifts for you from other bloggers:



(And don’t forget to comment on my previous post for a gift from me!)


And here is some interesting reading to entertain you:



Are you in love with me yet?

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Wah! Where is the Tag Surfer?

WordPress! Why did you move my Tag Surfer without telling me? It’s confusing now and hard to find. I didn’t give up, though! Everyone I followed today, I found you with lots of confusion and clicking.

Now, to find your tags, I tried to go to Readomattic. That has an option to click “Tags” and I was hopeful. Then I had to click the link and  go to the WordPress.com home page (which I could have done by typing it in or clicking the W on the tippy-top left side of the page.

SO! To find your tags, no surfing available anymore, go to the WordPress home page and click the “Topics” tab. You only get one little tag, now and not the plethora we used to enjoy. You can pick from their “tag cloud” or type it in the “Search Topics” box.

Is this how it is going to be now? Who knows? WordPress seems to me to be in a constant flux since I started in April, so this might not be it. The OCD in me will find out your little tricks! You can’t fool me!

***Update! I also discovered the tab in the WordPress Home Page called “Read Blogs” where you can find your old tags, the blogs you have followed, find people you know, and browse through WordPress’ recommendations for your viewing enjoyment. It isn’t as cut and dried as before, but it works.

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Links Through the Grapevine

I found a few interesting posts, but I had to wait a few days because of other things to post that needed the day to themselves.

http://janefriedman.com/2011/12/06/what-good-salespeople-know/ Is a great rundown of the writer/salesperson connection

http://janefriedman.com/2011/12/09/big-mistake-author-blog/ Don’t make these mistakes!

these two I found through http://genelempp.wordpress.com/2011/12/10/blog-treasures-12-10/

http://selfpubauthors.wordpress.com/ is a cool site I need to explore more.

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Examining Blogs Found By Their Tags

I will say again that the “Tag Surfer” page, found under the “Dashboard” category of the admin page, is designed to be and is one of the best ways to connect with others online through WordPress. WordPress is set up to link your blog to other WordPress blogs through this page and I really enjoy using it. It isn’t very intuitive the way it is set up, like so many other WordPress pages, starting out completely blank and offering no hints on the page.

The way to use it, if you’re stumped, is to type words into the little window and click the “add” button. Your words should be things you want to read about in others’ blogs.

When I put in the tag “Fiction” or “Writing”, I get lots of long, long posts containing people’s writings. “Novel” is a mix of people posting their chapters and people discussing novels–theirs and others’. As someone who is doing the work of making my writing into a book and even charging for my work, I’m kind of baffled by the “post everything online” concept of writing. I don’t really know whether to think of these as brave souls or people squandering their opportunities. Maybe it is a little bit of both.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot for me to link in those kinds of posts on a blog about self-publishing, so I have to “X” them. My best Tags are “Self-publishing”, “Author”, and “Novel”. The list of posts with those tags are usually full of win.

When I search, I am looking for people’s takes on self-publishing, authors who are promoting their books, reviewers who might review my book one day, reviewers in general so I can find books, and any other cool posts that might give me some new insights. These are the blogs I follow. The blogs I don’t follow are ones that don’t fit with the focus of mine. If you are writing a nonfiction book about boat refurbishing, I’m probably not going to follow you unless you are also self-publishing and writing a lot about that. I don’t follow a lot of the “chapter post” blogs because, while I appreciate free fiction, the posts are often really long and have nothing I can share. If the author is posting an excerpt, that is different. You’ll see, though, that the reeeeeaaaaalllllyy long posts are often “chapter posts”.

Normally when I “Tag Surf” I go through the whole list and open the interesting posts in a new tab. Then I go through each tab, follow, and sometimes link in my own post. This is really important because other pages linking to your page makes your page more attractive to search engines!

So, on to the actual links!

http://pigletinapoke.com/2011/12/06/the-first-four-words/ A post that has an interesting point about the first four words of a novel. Also, the first four words of her novel, and then some.

http://selfpublishingadvisor.com/2011/12/06/self-publishing-for-the-eco-conscious/ Here is something I never thought of when getting ready for publishing! Ah! So many details! There were a lot of interesting links on the left side of this page. This one is going to take longer and I might make a post about it all by itself!

http://utterance.com.au/2011/12/06/dymocks-enters-self-publishing-domain-with-launch-tomorrow/ Here is an article for a new self-publisher out of Australia. Normally I wouldn’t link this, but I am meeting so many authors from Down Under on WordPress that I really should. I feel so international!

http://geekycorner.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/its-ok/ Here is your official permission to, as an adult, read YA fiction. I didn’t know that we needed permission, so I’m so glad I have it now. I love to read YA fiction because I know I’m probably not going to have to skip over any uncomfortable sex scenes or read embarrassing descriptions of genitalia.


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Tag Shralping

I am aware that it is obvious that my surfing terms are completely lame and found on Google. Don’t care!

Here is what I found today, and it is excellent!

http://indiebookwriters.com/2011/11/27/7-secrets-of-successful-self-published-authors-5th-installment-know-the-power-of-social-media/ A good article on social media and self-publishing.

http://jwmanus.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/new-issue-of-the-carnival-of-the-indies-is-out/ had an interesting article on the Carnival of the Indies which is really intriguing. His links lead you to http://www.thebookdesigner.com/ who is all about greasing the Slip-N-Slide of independent publishing so you don’t get a friction burn.

http://precariousyates.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/editing-for-the-self-published-author/ More good editing advice!

http://staceywallacebenefiel.com/2011/11/26/reviews-and-the-self-published-author/ Excellent advice about book reviews and how not to get them. You should read this one.

http://glencstrathy.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/why-online-bookstores-make-life-easier-and-harder-for-the-99-of-authors/ Thought-provoking and worth the read, but a little depressing.

http://gemstatewriters.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/can-anyone-be-published-by-delle-jacobs/ a great article from a smash-hit indie author!

Stay tuned tomorrow for my post for the Whirlwind Tour! Also, today and tomorrow you can still get my ebook free! You’re welcome!

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Shootin’ the Tag Pipe

Reading the blogs listed in the Tag Surfer and commenting on and following the ones that fit has been the single best way to get views on my blog. More importantly, I’ve learned more about Self-Publishing and the great variety in the self-publishing world through these blogs. All these authors are doing the same thing I am and have various levels of success, but we aren’t working against each other. Either we’re alone, or we’re building on each other’s networks to get our books out there. Nobody is going to say to themselves, “I’m going to buy this book instead of this book because I saw this book first.” They are going to buy the books they like and pass over the uninteresting ones.

On that note, I’ll build that network!

http://jeanewatier.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/self-publishing-tips/ has a comprehensive how-to list about self-publishng with lots of good tips. She’s saying just about the same things that I’ve been saying.

http://joeymanley.com/2011/11/14/how-small-big-publishing-really-is/ An interesting look into the small-ness of “big publishing”.

http://amandamholt.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/official-grand-re-kindling-of-my-writing-career-today/ mentioned in her blog that she was going to participate in or start a writers group at her library. That let me to look at my library site–no dice. Then I googled “seattle writers group” and found http://www.meetup.com/ with a big list of Seattle writers groups! New project!! Thanks for the inspiration, Amanda!

http://briaspage.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/writers-get-over-yourself/ because you really should get over yourself. Oh…me too.

http://dawngsparrow.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/pillars-of-writing/ a good outline of writing a thriller and what the story is really about. This can work for other genres.

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Hangin Tag Ten!

Still haven’t repeated the stupid comparison!

http://www.spbroundup.com/ is a delightful collection of only indie books I found through http://kriswampler.wordpress.com/2011/11/10/web-site-profile-spbroundup/#comment-5

http://averysbooknook.blogspot.com/2011/11/guest-post-giveaway-real-reason-why.html?showComment=1320883898857#c289457371100879654 Why authors go indie–yes! And another from the same bloger!!! (guest post)

http://tahlianewland.com/2011/11/10/why-authors-need-you-to-do-more-than-read-their-books/ Oh yes, that’s you! Read it!

And my favorite blogger for the day http://ivebecomemyparents.com/2011/11/10/what-is-comment-spam-and-why-its-going-to-help-me-publish/ Awesome! I’m not that brave though.

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Surfin’ the Tag

Lets see how many different ways I can present the term “Tag Surfing” before repeating myself…

http://carriebrownwolf.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/writing-with-voice/ a fun list of questions to ask yourself about your characters to enrich their descriptions

http://alchemyofscrawl.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/guest-post-by-ellen-ghyll-an-indie-hits-back/#comment-1316 an eye-popping analysis of Greg on Amazon’s condemnation of all indie authors.

http://frankierobertson.wordpress.com had a button for http://www.blogsurfer.us and I signed up too. More free publicity can’t hurt. Click my blogsurfer button!

It lists blogs every few seconds and every time you click, my blog goes to the top.

I also have to mention the cool trick I learned that I have been using like crazy. When you accidentally close a tab in Internet Explorer that you regret, push CTRL, ALT, T and it will pop back up again! Righteous!

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