Do you listen to music when writing?

MusicTypewriterI was doing a bit of writing, and got to thinking what other people do when they write, do you listen to music while you are writing?

If you happen to follow me in Facebook and see a Spotify posting that I am listening to music without song, often classical piano or jazz music- I am probably writing…

The stories of songs bring too many images in my head, I’m dyslexic and see my thoughts as pictures…  To listen to music with words being sung, telling a story I end up seeing too many of those images too, cluttering my own ideas I am attempting to share…

Closing my eyes, I allow the sound and rhythm of the music to tune out the non silence- motor vehicles that drive by the house, the snoring of my two dogs, the sound of the printer, hum of the fan in the computer and the sound of my breath even my heart…  For me this is full focus, the idea as images start growing, the many images of a single idea start to form, like watching the many pieces of an item spinning and flipping into place on a computer generated animation, 3D objects each finding their place in a kind of motion picture that to write, I need to find the words to paint to describe it…

There is no technical writing, I am just not that kind of writing, as I can only find ways to describe the images, story telling to me is the only way…  There are no words spoken that only I hear, unless it is thinking to someone’s writing I read and I know their voice, then I hear their voice as I read…  But this is my own writings, and the only voice I hear is the single word, as I locate the letters on the keyboard for that word, then the next word with my fingers trying to keep up…  Slowly the words like strokes of a paint brush describes the part of the image or moving image I see in my head…  As if to speak as I think, without thinking too much to what I am saying, just describing it as best I can with words like paint…

To watch me type, one would see me intently staring at the keys, my fingers trying to locate the correct keys in what has turned into my way to writing that works for me and I have been practicing for so many years since finding out I was dyslexic and that I also needed to figure out how to write better…

If I am creating visually, I already have the image in my head, and I allow my experience to figure out the how to convey that image…  This I find easy, and enjoy listening to many kinds of music while drawing, painting doing photography or graphic design…  But to write, I need to focus and that means music without song…

Do you listen to music as you write?  If so, what kind?

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Bloggers are you using NetworkedBlogs? You should be!

NetworkedBlogs is a Facebook Application with NetworkedBlogs.com being an extension of the FaceBook application… It is a directory of blogs organized by topic and geographical locations…  The application for FaceBook is great as it allows you to import your blog feed to your profile or fan page, so that you can share your articles or articles of blogs you follow to your friends or fans…  It is also listed by category and subject matter within this directory, allowing people using it to quickly find blogs of interest…

NetworkedBlogs currently only provides a subset of the information that is offered inside FaceBook. With time they plan to add more features and more information.  They plan to make their user-generated blog directory accessible outside FaceBook and provide more exposure to the blogs that use this service.

The web site, NetworkedBlogs is still in its early stages, but is getting better and better and growing in popularity…  When I first started using them almost a year ago, they had 70,000 blogs, now they have over 300,000 blogs in less then a year of growth…  It is also the most popular blog application on FaceBook

FaceBook plans to soon announce a user base of over 500 million users by the end of June 2010… NetworkedBlogs has over 1,187,381 (as of June 8th) monthly active users on FaceBook… With that may users doesn’t it seem obvious to use a blog application that is already the most used within FaceBook?

NetworkedBlogs Blog Profile area showing Blog Description Controls and latest Blog Feed Entry list

NetworkedBlogs works on both FaceBook Profiles and  Pages and you can add a link to the page that shows your viewers the Blogs you follow…  On your Blog you can also add a widget that allows viewers to follow your blog and the application also keeps track of those followers for you in your NetworkedBlogs profile…What is really nice is you can import your blog feed to your profile or fan page, along with other articles from Blogs you follow too…

NetworkedBlogs News Feed showing the latest Blog Articles posted by Date

What I find really nice about this application, I can open the NetworkedBlogs app and be able to browse the latest updates of all the blogs I follow, I follow a fair amount- over 120+ Blogs and always finding more of my interests…  Not all Blogs update daily or weekly, so this I find as a nice way to view the highlighted new articles that have been posted…  This also gives a brief intro of the article  from the first couple sentences and links to the first opening photo of the blog too making it nice to quickly scan the many articles…

NetworkedBlogs View of Blog from list allowing controls to “Like & Post to FaceBook and/or Twitter

Then once you open an article to read, on top you can “Like” it and post the article to your FaceBook page or Twitter account to share with your friends…

Getting set up is easy, just add your Blog URL, and fill out owner name, subject and a little description of your Blog subject matter…  Then you can either post the NetworkedBlogs Widget on the Blog or have 10 people certify that you are the Author and wal-la, you’re on the list…  You’ve a choice of three Widgets to choose from that can be on you Blog page too, where people reading your Blog can also follow from…

NetworkedBlogs Invite Friends to Follow your Blog

Inviting people on your list or within FaceBook friend’s list is easy, just open up “Invite People to follow” in your Blog Profile, and it gives you an easy list of all the people that you have as friends on FaceBook, it even add the ability to add those that aren’t using FaceBook by giving a space for e-mail addresses too…

One even shows a list with photos from their FaceBook page of the people who are following your blog…  Once you have 20+ followers you are then shown on the full open list of the subject matter of your Blog, but there is also a list of those blog with less then 20 too in one link, but they highlight more those with 20+ followers…

So, if you’re the owner of a blog, either for business or interests I highly recommend connecting to NetworkedBlogs so you can share your articles with the many people on FaceBook that are using this great application…

Blogging about Blogs- Blog Services

I am not often fond of CMS or “Content Management System” programs, such as Joomla, basically because of its security problems for small business… But they have one major common application used within them- PHP or “Personal Home Page” a Hypertext Preprocessor, which is widely used for general-purpose scripting language that was originally designed for web development to produce dynamic web pages in conjunction to HTML. One it’s the largest uses is in Blogging…

All of the known Blogging software or services I have viewed use PHP as the under lining scripting language… And in Blogging it is a great thing… As Blogging is basically just a diary or journal of articles that needs some form of search mechanism to help with it’s search or recording the many articles, photos and videos one used in this form of multi media…

Here is a list of some of the Blogging services you might find online: Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, LiveJournal, Squarespace, AOL Journals, Vox, Windows Live Spaces Splinder an Italian Blogging site,

Some Blog Services Logos

all of these Blogging services include the common use of PHP as the underlining scripting they use for this service…

Blogs started out with (a contraction of the term “web log”),

peterme.com

in 1999, Peter Merholz of Peterme.com declared he had decided, “to pronounce the word ‘weblog’ as ‘wee-blog.’ Or ‘blog’ for short.”

Since then the world of Blogging has grown to the point of it being considered at the moment news from all over the world… Journals, daily writings, news, views, politics and business with of art, photos, video and informative writings of almost any subject one can think of can be found within Blog searches using Goggle’s special Blog Search: http://blogsearch.google.com/

In Business one has the opportunity to prove their knowledge of their service or products they offer, gaining respect, professionalism and “expert” status in their fields… it is also a great way to highlight a product or service one might offer… If your looking for a Blog Service, you might want to check out “Blog Services Review 2010- TopTenReviews” and find the best Blog service for your needs!!!

For my Needs, I have chosen WordPress… When I looked into choosing a Blog Service and Blog Application, I looked at what other professional Bloggers where using, I also liked the amount of different widgets, ease of use of the software and CSS editing available for WordPress… I am currently hosting it with WordPress.com, but am soon going to be hosting it within it’s own domain name using 1and1 Web Hosting Services

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