February 10, 2011

Evaluating My Blog Quality




Molly Campbell presented tips about blogging which I find are consistent with other sites I’ve researched. Her post discusses blog promotion, readability, and techniques. Using her points, I’ve evaluated my site on a score of 1-10, 10 being the best.

·         Decide what your blog is “about.” (7) My blog does not zero in on a single-topic. My blog is about writing—in any genre, on any subject. So, in essence, I violate this principle while conforming to it. However, having reached 500 plus posts, there is sufficient variety to attract many readers daily, and my “hit” count, though still low, is rising steadily.  

·         Determine who your audience is and write for them. (7) Because my blog is about writing on any genre, any subject, its byproduct is being “all things to all people.” Its consistency is in its inconsistency.

·         Blog consistently and habitually. (10) I post regularly on (more…)

May 13, 2010

Writing Quality Blogs





Very glad to see a blog with complete thoughts and real grammar.

     Bruce’s comments on my newest wordpress blog,*, came in E-mail communication begun after he commented on a post.

     I appreciate this comment. It tells me that my posts, in general, have thoughts that are both well thought out and well written. I tell others that blogs doing these two things will have holding power in the writing world, including the blog world.

     Bruce continued, referring to instructions he was given while setting up his blog*:

     The guy who helped me get set up was really twisting my arm to “dumb it down” and (more…)

January 24, 2010

Blogging: Does it Have Value? Part 3



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     Having evaluated the worth of blogging in the first two posts on BLOGGING: DOES IT HAVE VALUE? (links and  I will review Carolyn’s Compositions.


     On January 9, 2010, I published the 300th post on Carolyn’s Compositions, 142 of which were made in 2009.  Since its inception, the site has accrued 253 approved comments. A few comments were not approved—they were spam, jibberish, or advertisements—meaningless.

     The visitation to Carolyn’s Compositions has grown slowly since its inception in February 2008. A few readers are obviously from nationalities other than English, as confirmed by the fact that the site is translated into sometimes unidentifiable (by me) languages. Some of these may be from readers from other countries, definable by their confidential e-mail addresses. I do know that readers come from Sweden, Italy, Singapore, and possibly Jordan, France and India.

     WordPress continues to improve their host site. I appreciate one of their latest improvements, the addition of (more…)

January 17, 2010

January 9, 2010

Blogging: Does it Have Value? Part 1



This is the first segment of a three-part post on blogging.

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     On the evening of December 7, three days before the death of Latrobe (PA)’s last Holocaust survivor, Robert (Reibieson) Mendler, Carolyn’s Composition’s writing site received a comment on his posted story (THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 1)). Janet, a survivor of Nowy-Targ, Poland—Bob’s childhood community— had discovered Bob’s story after she typed Nowy-Targ into her computer search engine. She wanted to meet the only other Nowy-Targ (Poland) child survivor she’d discovered. And she discovered his survival by reading my blog. (to read post click on AN UNEXPECTED VISIT WITH BOB MENDLER ON DECEMBER 8, 2009 )

     On December 8, my husband Monte and I met with Bob, who was thrilled. Yes, he remembered he was ten years old when Janet was born. Both his and her families knew each other well. He would (and did) E-mail Janet. He told her he would call her.

     As fate would have it, the phone call was never to be. Bob died the evening of December 10. However, I’ve since talked to Janet. Although she feels the loss of a man she never knew, there is potential for our continued contact.

     This is only one of the surprising results of my blogging—connection and new friendship.

     I’m often asked if blogging is valuable. My response is (more…)

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