Up and running

Hi everyone,

A few weeks ago I had no website and now I do, thanks to Kathy Temean and her great work.

Now that I have my own site I can’t just keep clicking on it to see if anyone has dropped by. It’s time to learn how to use this personal place in space to meet new friends and stay in touch with old ones.

Many of you are experienced hands at this so I hope you’ll offer your sage advice about keeping my site energized, inviting, and useful.

I want to thank Laura Salas and Sylvia Vardell for your wonderful support in recent postings on your own sites of my poetry titles, bugs, Pirates, and Vacation. I promise to learn how to move from blog to blog to stay in touch. Coming from a man who still has his old slide rule in a desk drawer, this is brave talk.

Rebecca Dotlich has been a good friend as always and kept in touch as I’ve marched along this new trail. Many others have dropped by, too many to name (thank goodness!), but to each of you I’m grateful.

Teachers, please tell me how I can improve the site to serve you and your students better.

That’s it for now. Whew! My very first posting on my own and without any coaching. Well, that is if you don’t count the forty-five minutes Kathy spent with me on the phone today.


6 comments on “Up and running

  1. Hi David! I do not regularly use Livejournal or wordpress for my blog, so I am not sure how to post pictures on it. I use blogspot for mine. Is there a help button on the site? Also at Verla Kay’s Blueboards, there is a messageboard with all kinds of helpful hints about writing and in this case, computer stuff. That is where I found out about the world of blogging! I had no idea! I will bookmark your blog so I can easily come back and check into your poetry and blog entries!

  2. Hi Kelly,

    Thanks for your good advice! I’ll check into these other options. I’m sure it will take a while to settle into this new routine but I’m already enjoying the process!


  3. I am honored to be your friend.
    And I’ll let you learn all the blogging
    ins and outs and then maybe you’ll teach
    me. Get this; I have a name and a color.
    For a blog. Just because I love names
    and colors. Created it, never used it.

    I have no doubt your new and wonderful
    website will bring you hours of fun 🙂
    and bring new readers to your wonderful

    • See? I’m already becoming addicted to this. First it was computers. Then it was cell phones. Now it’s blogging I can’t do without. What’s next? Good grief!


  4. You’re doing great! The kidlitosphere (the world of children’s writers’ and children’s lit blogs) is warm, welcoming, and enormous! You’re jumping right in and just giving things a try, which is the only way to learn.

    And I have no doubt you’ll learn. Now, keeping UP with it all is another matter. You might want to use a blog aggregator of some kind to gather the blogs you’d like to read and comment on (that’s the best way to get people over to your blog) so that it’s easy to see people’s new posts and such. I just started using Google Reader. There are many others, too. Maybe you already know all this–in that case, ignore:>)

    See you for Poetry Friday tomorrow, right?

    • Kidlitosphere? Sigh.

      Laura, thanks for this latest piece of good advice. I’ll look into the aggregator idea. Not that I get many blogs yet but I can see how these things begin to grow.

      See you at Poetry Friday!

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