2016 WRITE: PEOPLE: If you want people to talk about your blog, don’t lock them out

If you want people to talk about your blog, don’t lock them outDo you want comments on your blog posts? Do you want people to send your post to Facebook, Goggle or other social media?  Then be sure it is easy for them to do what you want them to do. I follow lots of blogs.   Often I want to mark a Like, send one to my Google stream, or make a comment .  Sometimes I can.  Too often I find no way to do that easily or at all.  If you are not offering your readers an easy way to comment on your blog and an easy way to pass on your article to others, you are missing a valuable way to promote your work.  I also write a blog. So I have to deal with these matters from both sides.   After the break I will offer some suggestions.  ***********************************(More after the break)Where is Arcadia?***********************************Timely InformationInformation which may be immediately important to some peopleThe case of the vanishing suitcaseMetaverse events, current and upcomingVWBPE Call for papers, Meet 3/9-12/2016. Proposals due by 1/17/2016WELCOME TO SEANCHAI LIBRARIESEntertainment on the HypergridHYPERGRID EVENTSHobo Reserved Sandbox on Kitely. ***********************Metaverse beginner helpMetaverse 101 Info & Tutorials for getting started in OpensimA Dimension BeyondVirtual Outworlding Table of Contents. SummaryNewcomer help in virtual worldsVirtual worlds are about people. Communities, communication, shared goalsTime conversion: put time/time zone into Google search to get your time Scroll down for News, Notes, and Info *****************************************Comments on and openA good blog-posting service will provide for you to accept comments on your blog and will have settings for you to manage the comments.  Each comment is going to require some action from you.  Does it call for a response?  Does it add information that you want to add to the original blog?Does it suggest content for a new blog? Do you want to leave it in your blog? Is it spam that you want to reject?How do you keep out lots of spam?The more readers you get, the more spam you will get.  You can require capcha, But lots of people will not bother with capcha to post a commentYou can hold off publishing for your approval, but that may discourage comments.I use a middle ground (in Blogger):  no capcha ever.No delay for recent posts.  I see them and delete them if they are spam.Older posts are delayed for my approval. Google+ as another comment route I use G+ to point out items I think some of my readers may want to read.That puts the item on my Google  stream.  Other people can see them.  I can find them on my stream in case I want to use them in my blog.**********************************************************************************News and Notes***********************The Hypergrid WIP ShowThe Hypergrid WIP is a one hour “show & tell” of works in progress or recently completed. All builders from beginner to pro are invited.  Presentations are in voice and text.  For text presentations, best bring the text in a notecard and paste it into chat.  Voice presentations may be captured in video.  Stills and videos from the show may appear in this blog. Next WIP show Next WIP show: Sun. Jan 24, Noon SLTLocation: grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie IIin Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/68/369/22Narasnook  locationworld.narasnook.com:8900Put the line above in your World Map next to Find.  Click Find. TPAt Narasnook, use World Map to search for PandoraCookie II locationHG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TPgrid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/68/369/22Previous Articles from the WIP show WIP Show: How to with NPC, Nara Malone. Storytelling of the futureWIP on Cookie II, Kitely, 9/20 Dolls, Discos, and DiscussionWIP August 23, A conversation about being creativeThe WIP show, 7/18/2015: Virtual mobile art by Lucy AfarensisWIP Show at Hobo Sandbox on Cookie II, KitelyWIP Show, works in progress on the Hypergrid June 3, 2015Hypergrid WIP meeting. The creatives of the hypergridEntertainment on the HypergridEvents on the Hypergrid: HYPEventsEntertainment on the Hypergrid, a G+ communityHYPERGRID EVENTSHypergrid DestinationsHG links– depending on your interestsSign of the KiteEvents on the Hypergrid: HYPEventsMaria’s OS grid survey, 2015Best metaverse communities   Arcadia Asylum All Around   G+ community: Hypergrid SafariG+ community: Metaverse ToursHypergrid Destinations*****I publish about 6 days a week, skipping 1 or 2 days in midweekFor more on topics like this, circle Selby Evans in Google+ What do we do in Virtual Worlds? Search on page with Google Chrome: Ctrl+f, search bar upper right.Google search this blog: Search bar, upper left–or:Put site:virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com at the end of the search terms What is Second Life?Annotated screen shots made with JingAll original content on this blog is Creative Commons License, attribution only. Second Life, Linden, SLurl, and SL are trademarks of Linden Research Inc. This blog is not affiliated with Second Life or anything else. Ads are from Google.Selby Evans in Kitely, Thinkerer Melville in Second LifeLauren is funny

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