Wombat Blog is Open
Dale suggested a blog for the Wombats and several said they’d be willing to write an article every now and again, so here we are.
If you want to be a regular blogger on Wombat Wisdom, choose a day—something such as every Tuesday or the first Saturday of the month. (You can write and post blog articles ahead of time and set the day and time of their release, so you don’t have to rush to finish an article.)
We probably need to decide on the minimum number of articles per week to keep momentum going. (Personally, I see no problem with multiple posts per day, if that’s what it comes to. If you’ve got an idea, why wait for your day to post, as long as you also post on your day?)
This blog is set up to link related posts and to provide a page of each author’s posts. There are also rss links for the entire site and for each author. There are options at the bottom of every article to link to social bookmarking sites.
We have a page for pictures of Wombat get-togethers (Wombat Sightings) and for pictures (+ links) of our books. Authors have the option of an author page.
I’ve included a contact page—if you don’t want to be included in the contact list, feel free to opt out. No one sees your e-mail address unless you respond to an e-mail.
Author comments on your own article are enclosed by a heavy border, so they’ll stand out. You must be logged in when you comment to be recognized as the article author.
Only post/article excerpts appear on the home page, rather than full articles. This is best for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), so the site isn’t penalized for duplicate content. Thus, full articles appear in only one place. (We can change this, since many blogs show full articles on the first page. It’s just not a best practice.) You can create your own excerpts or allow the site to use the first 55 words of the post for an excerpt. (Think of the excerpt as a teaser.)
There are other options we can add to a blog—offer your suggestions.
Every author is able to write, edit and delete his/her own articles. You can upload images or video to include in your posts. (There are ways to make your images Web-friendly, so they load faster and take up less space than standard images.)
The group will need to decide on categories. SEO recommendations are for no more than 8 categories, though 10 might not be too many since there are multiple authors. Categories are main topic areas. I’ve set up writing as the default category. I’ve also included publishing and marketing. Other suggestions? (Use tags to refine the subject of your topic. Again, we don’t want to go overboard, but most sites have many more tags than categories.)
How about a category for the personal stuff—personal touch, my two cents, personally…, from the heart, my life, life issues.
How to… is another good category and might make a good weekly feature.
Dale suggested having a few weekly features—Hack that Hook or Elevate that Elevator Pitch—where one person posts a pitch or hook or blurb, something that the group can make suggestions on. If we do a feature such as this, we’d probably want a category for it. Would you like to host a weekly feature of your own?
**(added 12/11/10) I’ve already re-thought this a bit and have added other categories. I know I’d like to read what group members have to say on a variety of subjects, so I added categories for history, humor, hobbies, politics, and religion. I also added two sub-categories to writing—advice please, for questions and help on any writing topic, and fiction showcase for short stories and snippets and blurbs, anything you’d like to share.
Still looking for a category title for life stuff.
Maybe you’re unable to commit to a regular day or feature. We still want to link to your blog or Web site—there’s a list of Wombat contacts in the sidebar.
Posting an article is painless and fairly easy. Let’s have some fun!
Who wants to go first?
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