Category: Behind the Curtain

Can I Use That? | Blogging Tips & Tricks—Image Use on Blogs

Can I Use That? | Blogging Tips & Tricks—Image Use on Blogs

This weekend’s posts are brought to you courtesy of ICON 40. I will be a panelist or moderator on several panels throughout the weekend. A couple of those panels are related to blogging and I wanted to create a quick reference post for others to use after the event. ICON, a Mindbridge Foundation Project, is Iowa’s longest-running, fan organized science fiction and fantasy convention. Each convention features authors, artists, panels and workshops, parties, an art show, dealers room and more! ICON 40 is being hosted at the DoubleTree Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This year’s guest of honor include David Gerrold, Sarah Clemens, Ann Leckie, Kalli McCandless and Jim C. Hines. Can I Use That? | Blogging Tips & Tricks Panelists: Rachel Eliason, Michael Koogler, A.R. Miller, Terri M. LeBlanc Panel Description: Learn how to go about finding and using images for your website, blog, or book cover. Things to be aware of when using photos from the web Copyrighted vs. Copyright free vs. Royalty free vs. Public Domain When in doubt don’t use it, or ask legal advice. Some photographers will allow you to use their art if you ask, the conditions will vary, such […]

4 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on October 17, 2015
Blogging Resources | Blogging Tips & Tricks

Blogging Resources | Blogging Tips & Tricks

This weekend’s posts are brought to you courtesy of ICON 40. I will be a panelist or moderator on several panels throughout the weekend. A couple of those panels are related to blogging and I wanted to create a quick reference post for others to use after the event. ICON, a Mindbridge Foundation Project, is Iowa’s longest-running, fan organized science fiction and fantasy convention. Each convention features authors, artists, panels and workshops, parties, an art show, dealers room and more! ICON 40 is being hosted at the DoubleTree Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This year’s guest of honor include David Gerrold, Sarah Clemens, Ann Leckie, Kalli McCandless and Jim C. Hines. Blogging Resources | Blogging Tips & Tricks Panelists: Terri M. and Jim C. Hines Panel Description: An roundtable discussion about blogging; will cover a wide array of topics regarding blogging, networking and social media. What Platform to Use Indie-Visible did an excellent series on the major blogging platforms earlier this year. They covered Wix, Weebly, self-hosted platforms, Blogger/Blogspot and WordPress.com. I highly recommend checking out those posts. Cool Blogger Tutorials I Found When I started blogging, I started out over on Blogger/Blogspot. It was free […]

2 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on October 17, 2015
Behind the Curtain: My Blogging Routine, Part Deux

Behind the Curtain: My Blogging Routine, Part Deux

Last week, I shared my blogging routine which is a post I had scheduled before Brittany over at Book Bumblings issued her Be a Better Blogger Challenge for February. Once the February Challenge was up, I thought, “Well, I have a routine. I have that post scheduled there’s nothing I need to do.” But as I read her posts, I started to feel the need to improve my routine. There are things I do every week that are just in my head and I often wish I could keep track of those things. Is my Google spreadsheet the BEST way for me to keep track my reviews? After looking at some the Editorial Calendar Tools that Brittany presented, I have decided to pair my Google spreadsheet with Trello. My Google spreadsheet will be an overview of my editorial calendar and Trello will be the step-by-step things I need to do each week. My Blogging Routine: What’s in My Google Spreadsheet I should mention that I’m project manager by day. My job depends on timelines and a somewhat regimented schedule. Routine, timelines, checklists and proving something has been done come as second nature to me. When I first started blogging, I […]

10 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on February 19, 2015
Behind the Curtain: My Blogging Routine

Behind the Curtain: My Blogging Routine

Earlier this month, in anticipation an incoming snow storm slated to drop 4 to 9 inches of snow on eastern Iowa, I did much of my Sunday routine (grocery shopping and lunch prep) on Saturday before the storm hit. Usually on Saturdays, I wake up around 6:45 AM, head to the kitchen, make a cup of coffee in the Keurig, head into our office and begin working on upcoming posts for Second Run Reviews. I thought, then, on Sunday I could just enjoy a lazy morning watching GMA and Sunday Mornings on CBS as I had gotten everything done on Saturday including my weekly blog work. However, as I settled in front of the TV around 7:30 with my cup of joe half listening to the Super Bowl chatter, I couldn’t sit still. There must be something about my routine, that even though it was Sunday, my body and mind must write in the morning hours before my husband starts stumbling around, coaxing me to watch silly YouTube videos as he becomes fully awake. So there I sat, in front of my screen, cup of coffee in hand, thinking about my blogging routine and how I manage Second Run Reviews […]

29 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on February 12, 2015