Hi Writers,
Well, it’s week 14 in my undeniably ambitious, slightly insane quest to add one writer’s blog to my blogroll each Friday for 20 weeks. A time consuming project, yes, but definitely worth it.

I’ve been regularly perusing many of the blogs nominated
for my blogroll. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s been quite inspiring to
watch new-ish blogs grow and develop over a period of time. You can find the majority of nominations by following the link in
the left navigation here (Project 20/20 Build my blogroll link). And feel
free to keep nominating blogs.

My week 14 add is another blog that I’ve been watching for awhile now,
I do like to see that they’re being consistent over a period of time,
which as any blogger will tell you, is challenging.

Becoming a Writer Seriously: Tools and Trade Secrets for Aspiring Writers
By Tom Colvin

Tom is seriously doing a fabulous job of being both an aggregator of news and resources for writers, as well as writing his own reviews of tools of the trade.

Here’s one helpful post: A comprehensive review of word processors. Tom has done lots of good posts on marketing and self-publishing. One other thing I find particularly interesting, in Tom’s bio he mentions that he plans on turning his blog posts into a book. I’m curious to hear more about, so Tom please get on here and explain more about this project of yours—I think it’s something a lot of writer/bloggers consider.

Congratulations Tom, my newest add. A warm welcome to my online stomping grounds.

Keep Writing,

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4 thoughts on “PROJECT 20/20: BUILD MY BLOGROLL WEEK 14 ADD!

  1. Scott B.

    Hi Maria,

    What absolutely great work you do!

    I read WDmag, and just this morning I found the address to your blog. Wow, the blog life! You know, I started one recently, and it was just for practice so I could test the waters of blog life, but so far it documents my road to a higher education beginning at the ripe old age of 39! I plan to attend the Universty at Davis, and my grades are all there…no problem.
    My blog background has a haunted house, and for now, I’m primarily goofing around on it, haha.

    But I’m learning the technique, and I discovered a girl who, seemingly, gets paid to blog. Now, I’m a devout story writer, and I have to tell you, blogging is hard work! But your article is on writing for money, and blogging seems an easy route for writer’s who seek, literally, instant internet publication.

    I guess I’d like to learn more about this world, since blogging is basically writing, and that’s what I do. My blog is silly (for now, and isn’t my ‘official’) but I did leave the link. My official blog will be under my publishing name. I’ll keep my eyes out for more ‘blog-world’ articles in your magazine.

    Keep up the fantastic work!

  2. Tom Colvin

    A few minutes ago, I fired up Google Reader to do my routine search for information online of interest to writers. As it happens, The Writer’s Perspective post for today was at the top of the Google list. Of course, I opened up the window to see what Maria was writing about, and was I ever in for a pleasant surprise: she’s just added Becoming A Writer Seriously to her blogroll. Thanks, Maria, I’m very honored indeed.

    You asked about my book plans. When I started the blog, I set myself a schedule. 2007 would be spent developing the blog and its identity and building a readership. In 2008, I intend to pull together information for what will become a series of books.

    Because I don’t think many writers can stomach too much information about writers tools, especially computer software, in one read, I intend to keep the books short and focussed on a single theme. Each will be illustrated with screenshots of programs in actual use by a writer. Hopefully, by the end of each book, a writer will feel comfortable installing and utilizing the tools covered. I will emphasize "you-can’t-go-wrong-with-this-tool" recommendations, most of them available for free or at a very low price. I already have three books outlined, and one of them is nearly completed. I expect 2008 to be a busy.


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