I’ve temporarily found a way around Facebook’s total block of my blog. I share the blog to another blog I have, and then post the link to that blog. So far, so good. It’s possible FB’s algorithms will notice that the blog is not posting anything original and ban that one, too, but then I’ll do the same thing with another blog. I have plenty, most of which are moribund.
Back when I learned to blog, I discovered that I could change the color of this blog theme, so I started all sorts of blogs in order to have a whole rainbow of them. There was also one I started much later because I liked the notebook format. Then, as did all the rest, it fell by the wayside.
I did use all those blogs for a while, though I can’t remember why I started Wayword Wind — well, I needed a green blog to finish off my blog rainbow, but there must have been some other reason for the blog. With the way I purposely misspelled wayword, I must have planned on using it as some sort of writing blog, maybe even a place to post 100 word stories that I called Mini Fiction. For a while, I posted photographic essays, but since I don’t save this blog just for articles about reading and writing any more, I now post photos here.
The purple blog was a compilation of articles about book promotion, which I haven’t looked at for a while. I tend to think most of those articles are now outdated, but I leave them up anyway. What else can I use a blog for that’s called Book Marketing Floozy?
Then there was the orange blog I originally started to talk about all the things I did to procrastinate, which I called Dragon My Feet. (As you can see, I thought I was clever back in those days.) When I procrastinated too much to post to the blog, I turned it into a blog to promote other authors – all they had to do was send me an excerpt and links, and I’d post it for them.
Then there was the red interview blog, Pat Bertram Introduces . . ., another blog to promote other authors. All they had to do was follow the directions, and I’d post and promote an interview about them and their books.
It seems naïve now, but back at the beginning, even before I had a single book published, I thought if I promoted other authors, they would in turn promote me. Um. No. Both book blogs were popular, and I seemed to be spending hours every week posting the excerpts and interviews, but when I realized all my work did nothing to help with the sales of my books — that in all those years, only one or two authors ever thought to reciprocate — I made reciprocation “payment” for my promotional efforts. And both blogs died. (I’d also had a promo group on FB for authors to post links to their books, but it was a reciprocal thing — they had to like or share other people’s work. When I realized that they were sharing only their friend’s posts but not mine, I got vindictive and erased everyone from the group. It was too much work for nothing.)
As it turns out, it’s good I have all these blogs just sitting there. I’ll probably need a continuing range of such blogs to stay ahead of FB’s vendetta against this blog.
I tend to think the bio I put on the bottom of each blog is the issue. Originally, I had several links in the bio rather than the single link I have now, but the damage has been done. I’m certainly not going to remove the bio just to pacify the computers that run an increasingly dubious site because the bio is important. There are many automatic blogs that pick up and post any blog they can find, and for a while, they did this to me quite regularly. I could complain and get the offending blog sites removed from WordPress, but more kept springing up. Other people had the same problem, and the only recourse they had was to make sure there were a bio and links in the blog so that it would link back to the original author. So that’s what I did. This way, it doesn’t make as much difference if someone steals the whole article — the message still gets out there.
I suppose if I had used a different bio each day, the computers wouldn’t have picked up on it, but it’s too late now.
And anyway, it will give me a use for that whole rainbow’s worth of blogs.
Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator