Sunday, 11 January 2015

More on blogs and bloggers

I like reading blogs. They open a little window into the life of a person that otherwise I would never meet. They can give me an insight into the thoughts and the daily lives of people, some of whom seem to live on an entirely different planet to me. 

Some blogs I remember vividly include one written by a City of London banker whose entire world seemed to be ring-fenced by the M25. There was the teacher in rural North Dakota (USA) and the student teacher doing VSO in Calabar (Nigeria) whose combined experiences in teaching were so like mine but whose daily routines were entirely different from mine and from each other.   

There was the religious couple who had lost three children through miscarriage or still birth whose strength in adversity was quite simply awe inspiring and the youngster from South Wales who had a grade one hissy fit at every tiny thing that went wrong is her, apparently very affluent, world. 

While some blogs are intended to be amusing – with  a small number succeeding in this aim - most blogs are rather more mundane. Only a few of the blog I discovered were poignant, some almost unbelievably so. I’ve read about a young married couple where the husband was dying from a rare degenerative disease, I’ve shared the pain and sense of injustice of a father whose ex-wife took their child back to Mexico (from Texas) and the story of the university lecturer whose “face didn’t fit”. 

But all this enjoyment comes with a price attached. Bloggers come and go and are free to stop blogging whenever they want. None of the blogs I have mentioned have been added to in the last 18 months. Some remained accessible but inactive, dormant residues of a half-told story, for weeks or months before vanishing. Others were deleted with no explanation or warning and, presumably, few to mourn their passing.  

But I remember them.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Being an author doesn't just mean writing books!

The traditional view of an author or a member of a writers group is somebody who writes fiction: usually in the form of novel or short stories. However recent technological advances have opened up whole new areas for the prospective author to explore. Of these perhaps the two best known are the blog and the web site. 

Blogs and Blogging - If you want to read a detailed explanation of exciting world of the blog then click on this link 

A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog) is a discussion or informational site published on the Internet and consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first).  

Grave Mistakes is an example of a blog written by a member of the Ragleth Writers. It tells of the adventures of two grave hunters.

By January 2015 this blog consisted of over 450 individual entries containing nearly 1000 original photos.

Ragleth Writers

Ragleth Writers 
We are a small but perfectly formed writers group based in Church Stretton in beautiful south Shropshire. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 1:15. 

The members of the Ragleth Writers are all at different points in their writing careers. We meet for encouragement and mutual support and we also discuss our achievements, current and future projects and report on current marketing and publishing trends.  

Membership is by invitation only so if you are interested in joining the Ragleth Writers and you are an enthusiastic, regular writer please get in touch. It doesn't matter if you write fiction or non-fiction we would welcome you to come along for part of one of our regular meetings. There you will be able to meet the members and let us see a sample of your work. 
There are currently seven members: Alistair, Ally, Chris, Christine, Martin, Natasha and Sylvia. 

If you would like more information please contact Martin Nicholson.