Now on to today's topic - Learning to separate the wheat from the chaff as a writer. If you're like me, you've enrolled in many of the seemingly endless array of writer blogs and websites. And if you're also like me (which for your sake, I desperately hope you're not because I'm somewhat hopeless) you've enrolled in way too many. So many, in fact, that checking emails means selecting all and deleting hundreds of emails daily, and the only the thing that keeps you from unsubscribing is the fear that the second you do the blog or product or advertisement that will solve all of your problems and provide complete clarity (like a one step, totally free website set up - oh how I dream of such a miraculous thing) will arrive via email from one of them. A ridiculous hope I realize, still you can't blame a girl for dreaming.
Anyway this blog is supposed to serve as a help in learning to thresh out the truly bad or utterly useless blogs and websites, I'm just not sure if I know how to do that.
Whoops, I have, once again, swerved off track. Back to my advice (because this should have some useful information contained in it somewhere), you know a website is bogus and deserves the axe if their emails, posts, newsletters, etc. are written in bold or caps, or, worst of all, both. Don't wait another second, scroll down to the bottom and hit that unsubscribe button as fast as you can.
"But wait," you cry, "perhaps it's in bold or all caps BECAUSE IT IS TOO GOOD TO BE MISSED."
To which I calmly and quietly explain, "Hah! People that do things like that aren't able to show their usefulness in good writing so they rely on the bloggers equivalent of the f-word--shock the reader into paying attention." Treat these cheap shot advertisers to what they deserve: unsubscribe from them in all caps and bold.
Another way to tell the site is a waste of your time is when every post is an advertisement for their amazing services. I'm guessing these are the same people that tweet continuously about their books, their services, their whatever. I've un-followed them and their constant bombardment of self-promotion. Why would they ever think sending hourly tweets about their new books would encourage anyone to buy them?
There are some good sites and blogs and if I can figure out how to add them to this site, I'll do so. Until then...keep searching for that miracle website set up and if you find it, send me a line.