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Pagans and copyright infringement

Sharing isn’t always caring. Last week, The Wild Hunt exposed a Facebook group illegally distributing hundreds of ebooks. At the time of reporting, The Wiccan Circle contained over 4,000 files that included information, spells, and hundreds of books by well-known Pagan authors including Scott Cunningham, Christopher Penczak, Dorothy Morrison, John Michael Greer, Deborah Blake, and others. Most… Read More Pagans and copyright infringement

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Should you get a hosted or self-hosted website for your author platform?

You know what an author platform is and you’ve decided that you want one. Your next round of questions is about the logistics. Should I use WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, or something else? How much does it cost? How do I do it? Is it hard? Should I pay someone to do it for me?  The… Read More Should you get a hosted or self-hosted website for your author platform?

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Author platform – what, why, how?

What is an author platform? Do you need an author platform? How do you build an author platform? This is a hot topic among unpublished writers. It comes up often in the Facebook groups for writers that I belong to. It came up last night at a publishing session at the Emerging Writers’ Festival. What… Read More Author platform – what, why, how?

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On blogging and LiveJournal’s new terms

I don’t remember when I started blogging. It was on AOL Journals so it was at least 2003, but I left before it closed in 2008. I don’t remember what I blogged about, probably nothing. Although there were some pioneers in the space, a blog in the late 1990s and early 2000s was, generally speaking,… Read More On blogging and LiveJournal’s new terms

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Free images for social media and blogs

Where can I find free images for social media or for my blog? This is a question that comes up often in my social media and blogger circles. I end up posting a list of URLs that I copy and paste each time. So I thought I’d collect a few of my favourite resources here and… Read More Free images for social media and blogs

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Ello, how long will you be staying?

  Have you heard about Ello? It’s all the rage right now. Ello started as a private social network consisting of seven artists and programmers. After a year, the creators redesigned the website and launched Ello to the public. It was created as an ad-free alternative to existing social networks. Its original manifesto (now gone), declared that we… Read More Ello, how long will you be staying?

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The blog as the hub of the social media spokes

When people ask me what’s the hardest part about having a blog, I say it’s choosing a theme. After that, it’s making the time to actually sit down and write. I haven’t been blogging much lately. It’s not because I don’t have anything to say. I have plenty to say. There’s more going on my brain than… Read More The blog as the hub of the social media spokes