Every now and again, life gets extra busy and living happens faster than I can keep up. When that happens, my reading of the poetry and prose you contribute to our prompts take a while. Still, I get there eventually… except, when I don’t know who you are. I understand this might sound a bit silly. I mean, if someone leaves a working link everyone should be able to get to it, right? Sure. But since I have to prioritize my time, I start by commenting on the posts of writers who have done me the courtesy of commenting on my post. When I have time left, I read the rest.
Sometimes, particularly in the case of new contributors whose usernames and blog names don’t match, I can’t tell who is who. This becomes a bigger problem when the links said contributors attach to their comments don’t lead to their blogs or websites, or include an email address. The good news is that this problem is easily solved. The same goes for the issue that plagues those of us who can’t get to your contributions as fast as we might want. What issue is this? you might be wondering. Well, I’m referring to the habit of not adding direct links. When the link you feed Mr. Linky doesn’t lead to the specific post you wrote for the prompt, anyone visiting a few days after the prompt might have a hard time finding your contribution, especially if you are a prolific blogger. But again, these complications are easily avoided, if the following steps are taken:
1. If your username and your blog name don’t match, include both in the text of your link or in the username you comment with. Examples: Joel (@Stranded Tree) and Colleen LOOSELEAF. Joel tends to add only his blog name to Mr. Linky, but he uses both when commenting. Colleen’s comments show her name alone, but she adds both to Mr. Linky. I can always get back to them.
2. Please add the direct link to your post, especially for the Weekly Scribblings. I know just adding a link to your blog is easier, but not many people will (or can) take the time to go through all your posts in order to find the one you meant for the prompt.
3. This one is an oldie, but… why not, right? Most writers who share their work want to know what others think of their words. So, please, try to find the time to comment on other people’s contributions, particularly when they have already done you the honor.
And now, our usual Announcements and Reminders:
- in her latest Wild Fridays: I Wish I’d Written This, Rosemary shares “Show Me an Old Rebel” and invites everyone to join her in a discussion of the poem and some histories.
- for our next Weekly Scribblings, Sanaa let’s us know that it is “Undoubtedly Rossetti”, and then challenges everyone to write while inspired by the works of Rossetti—meaning poems by Christina Georgina Rossetti or paintings by her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
- last, but not even a tiny bit least, I am beyond pleased to inform anyone, who isn’t already squealing about it (squeal!), that Riders of the Tempest: The Story of WE by H. Hennenburg can currently be downloaded free at Amazon, iBooks, and Kobo.
Add the direct link to your contribution to Mr. Linky. One entry per participant, please. If you choose to delight and enrich us with prose, let the word count be 369 words or fewer. As always, visit other writers, experience their words, tell them what they make you feel.
“Gripped by a deep yearning, we march into a tempest…”