Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Value of Blogs

I have been blogging since 2004, first at Live Journal and then went "baaa" and followed everyone to blogger.  And yes, sometimes I flirt with the thought of going Wordpress.  But let's not get into that right now.

Last night after I spruced up my intro devotion, I went in search of the files for other ones that I've written.  Only a couple were here in my google docs, and none of course on my little netbook I'm using now since I've only had it a few months.  So, they must be in the files on the laptop - recovered from when our previous laptop died.  But to my surprise, I couldn't find all the files.

Tonight I did some more searching, in my blogs.  I know that I had posted something about a knitting lifeline a ways back, but couldn't remember which blog.  And as I searched my tags, I wondered, did I just dream it?  But no, I found it and audibly cheered.  My husband seemed a bit confused as I babbled happily at finding a lifeline in my tags.

The content has been copied over and safe in my devotional doc.  Come to think of it, I think I better back the darn thing up before I really lose it all.

My next challenge (besides finishing this thing) is to format the book right as I go.  It's a lot more work to write something and then go back and have to turn every stinkin' paragraph into an indent instead of double spaced like I do here - when I could've done it right all along.

For now, I'm focusing on the Amazon publishing platform.  Not because the other ways aren't valid, but the majority of success for ebooks comes from Amazon.  After the "launch" of my version, I'll probably go to someplace like smashwords and upload it there too.

And one more thing...I'm going to start stalking the Amazon forums for kindle writers.  Lots to do, but so far, so good.

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