Saturday, May 20, 2006

As a Community We Are Stronger

I've been blogging for a while and have come to know quite a few people. A feel of community (not a clique) where new "members" are very welcome. The community has been growing and branching with "members" helping each other on many issues.

When Clive, Deborah and John started the Writers Blog Alliance for purposes we all have in common, it was the first time the collaborative initiative bore fruits in the form of the two anthologies: The 2006 Writer's Blog Anthology and Naked Tales.

Now, two more of our friends have started two different initiatives that may benefit writers:

The first, Tastes of the darkness, which comes from Benjamin Solah is a carnival of horror flash fiction -
'Tastes of the darkness' is a carnival of horror flash fiction where each fortnight, one blogger will play host to a selection of flash fiction of the dark and disturbing.
Submissions are now open for the first edition.


The second initiative comes from Jack Slyde in the form of Fiction HQ, a site for online fiction:
As somebody who has built the odd website and tangled with the problem of attracting visitors, it occurs to me that [...] some [writers] might struggle to gain the sort of traffic (and therefore audience) they had hoped for.
[...]
Fiction HQ is somewhere novelists can post samples of their work, if nothing else it's another link and a place to show off their wares, but if enough interested novelists got involved mentioned Fiction HQ on their sites, readers would start to find their way here and, hopefully, filter through to other member's sites and work.

Jack is inviting writers to post their work as of now.


I think both initiatives are fantastic. Naturally, with more participation, both the carnival and the new site can gain momentum and help writers build a name and reputation.

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4 comments:

Benjamin Solah said...

Yeah, I love the community all the writer bloggers have around the net. Both the WBA and Write Stuff are excellent group blogs.

Thanks for the plug! :P I really appreciate it. I hope this project takes off.

Jack's project looks interesting too.

Melly said...

No problem, Benjamin.
I really think your project is great and hope it succeeds.

Jack Slyde said...

Hi Melly, thanks for the mention.

Melly said...

Welcome Jack.