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Wonderful advice from Chris McMullen!! Check it out Futurists!

Originally posted on chrismcmullen:

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I first began blogging actively on WordPress in December, 2012.

Only a little over 2 years, and my blog has reached 100,000 views and nearly 4,000 followers. My blog averages over 400 views per day presently, and the viewing frequency steadily accelerates.

If I can do it, you can, too. I believe it.

It’s not rocket science. (Just ignore the fact that I have a Ph.D. in physics. I didn’t use any physics to make my blog.)

In fact, I’m sharing my blogging ‘secrets’ today to help you do the same.

It’s not just me. I meet many other WordPress bloggers with many more views and followers than I have.

If you’re not there yet, don’t worry. You can get there, too.

I’ve created multiple blogs and webpages with WordPress, BlogSpot, GoDaddy, etc. By far my most successful blog or webpage is this WordPress blog. We’re fortunate that…

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Yes, Futurists, I AM giving you some fuel for your adventure!

Originally posted on The Happy Lifeaholic:

This week’s THL guest post is by author Patti Barrington, from the blog Future Imperfect. Here’s what she wrote:

Do you harbor big dreams? Dreams so big they seem impossible to aspire to let alone achieve? I’m here to tell you that they’re not. How do I know? I’ve achieved my dreams twice.

And they were big. Very big. And they weren’t achieved through luck either. I worked my way to them starting with the decision to realize them. I think pretty much any dream can come true whether you dream of being an actor or an ambassador.

Let’s say you want to have an acting career. You want to be an actor but where do you start? Acting classes of course! You start in perhaps in middle school or high school drama classes and or clubs and then you move up to college. Perhaps you graduate with a…

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Futurists: my opinion and views on e-books and print books are in the comments section of this blog post…if they show up!

Originally posted on Write of Passage:

ebook-vs-printI used to work with a girl who never bought books–NEVER bought books.

Before you light your torches and sharpen your pitchforks I should probably mention she does READ books–she reads all the time; however, she only reads e-books, and only if they are free.

I’ve known people on both sides of the spectrum: those who only read e-books (old coworker) and those who only read paperbacks (my mother).

I’m sure most of you, like me, fall somewhere in the middle.

My personal philosophy: It doesn’t matter as long as you read.

Let me make a confession: I was once one of those people who used to touch, dust, and eye-caress my paperbacks, swearing to them I’d never betray them by downloading an e-book. Yeah, well I also swore I’d never join Facebook and twitter, so . . . (cough, cough)

Life changes and so do we. Granted, I didn’t buy my first e-book until last year…

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I do the same and encourage authors, especially new authors to read this important post!

Originally posted on Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing:

… or friend you on Facebook, or like your page, or connect with you on LinkedIn, or add you to my circles on Google+, or subscribe to your blog, or invite you to promote yourself and your book on my blog, Reading Recommendations:

I recently added the following comments to an excellent blog post written by Tricia Drammeh, Author Etiquette for Contacting Book Bloggers. (This is just an excerpt of what I had to say. Please go to the link to read the rest of my comments as well as Tricia’s very informative list of DOs and DON’Ts when approaching book bloggers.)

(In a profile) If I read, “Author of the breathtaking new novel XXX”, I will not follow. But if someone describes themselves as, “Writer, reader, promoter of fellow authors”, I’ll not only follow, but will probably offer them promotion on my blog.

By the way, for…

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5 self-publishing truths few authors talk about.

Listen up Futurists! This is for YOU.


At last! I knew I couldn’t be the only one who thinks this! Great post planning…or not…

Originally posted on Have We Had Help?:


I know I’ve spoken about planning in the past. But like a lot of seriously overused writing crutches, it bears talking about yet again.

So many new and not so new writers insist on planning every single detail in their current work in progress almost to the point of being totally paranoid about it. It’s as if they need an Idiot’s How To Guide to be able to write. It has to be said that following this inflexible method leaves nothing to be desired. Neither does it make you think before you write. Nor does it allow you to make use of your imagination, not to mention being adventurous and therefore spontaneous. Give me research and spontaneity over planning any day.

It’s fine if you are just another hack with no imagination whatsover, ghost writing for a living. But I ask you, where’s the fun in that? Where is the…

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Happy New Year Futurists! I hope your 2015 kicks ass and you achieve your dreams—all of them! Even those pesky writing ones!

In order to kick start (or kickass—might be my new phrase for 2015) your upcoming journey towards those dreams I’m opening 2015 with a post on reading, genre and influence on your writing style and voice.  I was very active in 2014 on where there are some great writing groups and even greater writing discussions. I’m also pretty sure I pissed off someone somewhere with my at times snarky—well, downright pissy—comments.  But be assured little Futurists, I snark with the best of intentions. I WANT you to be good—no, great writers—even if I have to beat you into it.

Since the first book I ever finished and got published way back in 2009, I’ve said that I do not read when I am writing and have received the cold shoulder from people more than once over that statement. Why? Simply because I have my own voice and style and people seem to like it and I don’t want to be influenced in any way, especially subconsciously.

Finally, people are starting to agree with me.

But I’m not going to bang on my chest over that. I’m not concerned with people agreeing with me. I’m concerned with you and how to expand on your writing experience.  I mean the whole experience this time, not just the mechanism of getting the right words in the right order.

Most, if not all, writers begin by reading words written by other writers in various genres and varying styles, voices, techniques.  Writers generally start early in life, in those most receptive developmental years, being influenced by what they read.  Those words, translated into images in our new, tiny, absorbing minds, give us infinite pleasure and intellectual expansion simultaneously and we yearn for more and more and more of them as we grow.

Think back to some of the first books you ever read; are the memories happy and pleasurable? Or, like me reading Shakespeare’s MacBeth, intensely psychological and emotional? I’ve read both bright and dark books from childhood and every single one of them influenced my writing in one way or another. And I feel pretty confident in presuming the same has happened to you too.  As we age, we expand our reading (and writing) experience to higher and higher levels of sophistication in more and more genres and eventually we learn to write almost by a subconscious osmosis. We learn how to phrase dialogue, sentences, descriptions, settings in school but also we learn in a more subtle way via our reading. I like to think of it as the ability to fine-tune our writing voice and style and technique like a high performance car engine that we maneuver along the highways of our stories.  At the end of our journey is The Writing Zone: the last place a writer stops and plants the seeds of authorship. (And perhaps a new blog title for me if it’s not already taken.)

By the time we reach that final destination, we’ve learned even more things along the way and we’ve learned more about ourselves specifically as writers. Because we love words and because we love absorbing them and re-issuing them, we have or develop innate abilities to switch between POV (Points of View for neophytes), timelines, settings, etc. and therein lies the danger of being influenced.  We move so deftly and quickly through the worlds we create it’s easy to absorb something from someone else without conscious thought—we’ve been doing it since we could read remember. And while that is a good thing when learning, it may not be as good a thing when we’re writing. Certain phrases, lines, quotes stick with us over the years and we keep them tucked inside our heads and performance engines to inspire, assist, and express our own work. But we don’t use them without crediting the author almost always.  That’s what’s dangerous.  When we quote, we’re quite aware of what we’re doing. When we’re writing our original work while reading something simultaneously we may not be aware of absorbing and re-issuing another author’s style, phrasing, voice, technique unintentionally.

Call me simpleminded (yeah, it’s happened before) but I don’t trust myself not to suck up some other great author’s line or style without realizing it or realizing it too late.  I think our creative brains are locked into absorbing gear especially pleasurable information such as a great new book from an author.

But that’s another post for another day.  Today, however, that’s it for Part I of this New Year’s Day post to rev up your writing.  I wish you all, every single one of you, a happy and most prosperous New Year. Welcome 2015!

P.I. Barrington

Finely tuned engine

Finely tuned engine

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,700 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Excellent article Futurists! Check it out!

Originally posted on Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing:

Two days ago I wrote a blog post that proved to be the most popular, in terms of reach and reaction, of any I’ve ever written! Thanks to everyone who read, liked, shared, reblogged, followed my blog, and commented on it. I guess I hit a nerve with the topic of authors behaving badly and how to avoid becoming one. It seems this kind of behaviour is definitely prevalent and a problem on social media, because so many of you agreed with me and my guests who also offered quotes on experiences they’d had dealing with these self-centred authors.

I took a negative tact on that last post, because it’s a fun angle to come from with this kind of list, and I’ve had success with that approach in the past. It also allows me to write in a humorous and sarcastic voice – which I hope was the voice…

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Interesting information Futurists! Check it out!

Originally posted on Write of Passage:

imagesM9T4SFV6Your blog is one in a million-literally, one out of a million blogs. More like one in several billion really. On average, your blog may get anywhere from several dozen to several hundred views a day. You have hundreds if not thousands of followers on WordPress and more on Facebook or Twitter. You’ve spent days perfecting your post, inserting the best images and links. You’ve re-read it until your eyes bled. You drank enough coffee to fill a one-ton truck. You click publish and wait for the top right corner of your screen to light up like the Fourth of July. Two days later, all of your efforts have awarded you 5 likes and ten views.

This is every bloggers’ nightmare come true: The overlooked, unappreciated, and possibly unread post. Why does this happen? Who is to blame?

Sometimes it happens as a result of the following:

  • poor, lazy, or redundant content

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