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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:29 pm 
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From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
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Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
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So, all good things must come to an end… well, sorta.

The Holy Worlds blog has been back in commission for about a year now, give or take. Things have been working well during that time, and we have had at least one post a week (sometimes up to three). However, the blog still has a long way to go before it reaches its fullest potential and fulfills the visions we have for it.

When I created the HW Blog system, I created it to focus on one very large blog need we had at that time. Contribution. Poor Jay was trying to post once a month—twice, if he could swing it— just to keep our blog from drowning into nonexistence. So my first step with the blog was to make some major changes and give it an overhaul.


Obviously the system would fail if we tried to tackle too many of the blog’s issues at once. So, I decided that we needed to address one issue at a time. The issue that was the most pressing was, as I said, contribution. We needed people to contribute, because it doesn’t matter how many people you get to look at the site, if you don’t have something new every week for them to look at, they will fade away.


However, this is no longer an issue. Phase one of blog rehab has been completed. Now it’s time for Phase Two.

I am a stats freak when it comes to blogs, my own included. I typically check them every day (HW once a week or so, because every day might be a bit much for me to keep up with). In viewing our blog stats we see that everything is not hunky-dory. While we do not have an issue with blog visitors, our lowest page views per day is 9 and our highest is 143, we do have an issue with our members viewing the blog or sharing the blog with friends.

This led to some interesting questions. Why? I mean, I’ve heard lots of HW members talk about how much they love the blog. After pondering it a bit, the answer became pretty clear. Our members get to see the blog posts before they ever hit the blog. Do you know how many times a blog post is viewed before it hits the blog? Anywhere from 63 to 226 times (good work Aussie on Poetry Tips). And I know that you all were not editing those posts. ;)

See, by allowing our members to see the post before it hits the blog, we create two issues. One, it means our blog stats are lower because the blog shows mostly people outside of HW worlds who are reading it, and not HW members. Two, it also means that our members forget to share the posts with others. What do I mean by that? Well, it is quite simple. If you are reading a blog post that you love, and it is on the blog, you can snag that URL and tweet it, Buzz it (or you could before Buzz died), Google+ it, e-mail it, Facebook it (can you do that?), and whatever other techno thing you want to do with it. If you read it in the submissions folder you think “Wow, great post, I need to remember to share that”. We all know how easily we will forget to go back and share that post when it is released on a Thursday. I’m guilty of that, I know.

So, what are we going to do about this? Well, the deed has already been done. A Blog Editing Team was created, consisting of seven individuals, and the Blog Submissions Room has been locked down.

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It is true, but it is not as frightening as it sounds, trust me. :D The editing group is a small group comprised of individuals who were chosen based off of one of two things. 1.) They have shown over and over again that they care about the blog’s editing needs and take care of it on a consistent basis. 2.) They are a good editor who wants to help edit, but the old system did not work well for their editing style.

The members of the editing team are as follows: Aubrey Hansen, Jonathan Garner, Azlyn Rose, Elly, Katherine Roid, Elanor, and myself.

This new system will eliminate my Moderator and Editor threads (thank goodness). It will also mean that you all have to wait until Thursdays to read the stupendous blog posts. :D This new editing system changes little, to be honest, in how things work. However, I am confident it will change many other things. :D

If you have questions or comments, feel free to voice them in the Blog Folder in this thread: Questions on the Blog Changes

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 Post subject: Re: Updates and Announcements - MUST READ
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Be careful of your thoughts; guard your mind, for your thoughts become words. Be guarded when you speak, for your words turn into action. Watch what you do, for your actions will become habits. Be wary of your habits, for they become your character. Pray over your character; strive to mold it to the image of Christ, because your character will shape your destiny.

Ideas can germinate from the smallest seeds. Collect those seeds, and let them grow in the back of your mind. You may be surprised by what finally blooms.

When God takes something from your grasp, he's not punishing you. Instead, He’s opening your hands to receive something better. The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

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The Diegosian Rider, 121,400 words (Finished)
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Be careful of your thoughts; guard your mind, for your thoughts become words. Be guarded when you speak, for your words turn into action. Watch what you do, for your actions will become habits. Be wary of your habits, for they become your character. Pray over your character; strive to mold it to the image of Christ, because your character will shape your destiny.

Ideas can germinate from the smallest seeds. Collect those seeds, and let them grow in the back of your mind. You may be surprised by what finally blooms.

When God takes something from your grasp, he's not punishing you. Instead, He’s opening your hands to receive something better. The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

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The Diegosian Mark, 115,600 words (Preparing for Publication)
The Diegosian Rider, 121,400 words (Finished)
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Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king

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Redemption is to be purchased, to have a price paid. So I was redeemed from my master sin, and from justice, which demanded my death. For He paid the price of sin by becoming sin, and met the demands of justice by dying for us.

For all men have a master. But a man cannot have two masters. For he will love one and hate the other. You cannot serve God and sin. So I die to the old, as He died, and I am resurrected to the new, as He was resurrected.

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The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king

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My favourite quote: "God will give His kindness for you to use when your own runs out."

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Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king

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My favourite quote: "God will give His kindness for you to use when your own runs out."

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The Trouble with Sequels... or, why I may not write a sequel to Red Rain even though y'all are begging me to.

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The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king

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My favourite quote: "God will give His kindness for you to use when your own runs out."

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The Fundamentals of Personality - first in a new blog series written to help you break down the personalities of your characters!

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Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king

J. R. R. Tolkien


My favourite quote: "God will give His kindness for you to use when your own runs out."

Pippin's Waggy Tales

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All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king

J. R. R. Tolkien


My favourite quote: "God will give His kindness for you to use when your own runs out."

Pippin's Waggy Tales

Autumn Leaves


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My bare feet tossed leaves aside from the path, savoring the warmth of the earth and the coolness of the wafting breeze. I went up to my home, smiling at how my mother had greatly adorned it for the occasion. I lifted the hanging cloth over the face of the door and entered.

I straightened up immediately and smiled in my most mature way: the Great Chief was there. I bowed to him in honor, and he smiled and came over to me. He held a cup of my mother’s best tea; that, at least, partially explained his smile.

“Today is a great day, young man,” he said, resting his broad hand on my shoulder and looking me in the eyes.

I nodded. I knew it was, and had been looking forward to it for years, dreaming of my heroic passing of the test.


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