Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Tiki Hut Summer Wednesdays

At least I hope I am by the time this posts. I have faith in Blogger. Really.

Moving along . . .
I went back to last Wednesday's post and reviewed the results. Guest Bloggers won by a landslide. Next was Texas Tidbits.

So I think what I'll do, since Blogger decided it didn't want a guest blogger here today, is host a guest blogger on the Wednesdays that I have one. On the other Wednesdays I'll write a Texas Tidbits post. I hope I don't have to write any Tidbits about Texas. So I'd appreciate your posting the information on your blogs to help get the word out. See below for contact information.

Most everyone preferred themed Guest Blogging. I've been thinking about something zany yet appropriate. I don't want anyone to have to think too hard but still have it be a fun read. And something that fits the Tiki Hut, summer, and writing. Promotion would be in the form of the author's introduction/bio. Photos encouraged.

And I'm so stealing AND plagiarizing some of Alex J. Cavanaugh's Tips for Guest Bloggers:

* Contact me as soon as possible so I can fit you into now one of 13 Wednesdays.

* I'm open to all bloggers. Humor is a must. Or suspense. Or a combination. No downbeat posts! This will also work in your favor. And my blogger buddies get preference.

* I schedule my posts on the weekend before they appear, so I need your post by Sunday evening before it's scheduled to go live on Wednesday. This will also help avoid any further Blogger snafus. And I prefer short guest posts - most of my posts are in the 350 word range. So no more than 500 words TOTAL for intro/promo and post. I might fudge a little on that, but not much. If you're long on one, cut some of the other. If you're long, ask first - don't just send it to me. People are used to zipping in here and zipping out. So the shorter the better.

* I’ll encourage commenters, but I need you to do the same. Sometime over the summer, I'll be on Facebook and Twitter - I know, I know - and will cross-promote when I get there.

* I don’t require a free book or anything. Really! I would rather support you by purchasing my own copy.
These are Alex's exact words! Mine, too.

* Please have the courtesy to thank me when it’s over. And you really need to thank the commenters, too.
I'm not a Hot Tamales fan like Alex, but you can send him some :)

Thank you, Alex, for allowing me to steal your rules.

And now to the Tiki Theme. All guest bloggers will base their post on this scenario:
You brought your laptop to the Tiki Hut for some peace and quiet.
What drink do you order? Any snacks?
You're writing away when something catches your eye.
What is it? How do you stay focused on your writing.

That's it.

If you're interested in guest blogging here, please contact me at tikihuttime AT gmail DOT com

Please pass the word. I really don't want to write Texas Tidbits. Thanks!

22 comments:

Joanne said...

Looks like a fun summer shaping up here at the Tiki Hut ... Looking forward to your Wednesday guests :)

Andrea Franco-Cook said...

Sounds interesting, Carol. I'll pass the info along in my next post.

BTW, the beach in your picture above looks soooo inviting. A cool drink, a breezy beach with a blue ocean view is just what the doctor ordered.

Even though I'm in the mountains of WV, it's hotter than the hubs of hell right now. Unfortunately, the nearest beach is five hours away...Sigh. Looking forward to reading your guest blogs.

Carol Kilgore said...

Joanne - I hope it works out :)

Andrea - Thanks. I love the beach.

Laura Eno said...

It sounds like fun!
I only use IE because I don't like swimming upstream. Despite its faults it usually works the best. Yes, I've sold my soul to Microsoft...

Helen Ginger said...

Don't know what upgrades Blogger is doing lately, but they've been having glitches for days.

Your Tiki Hut is a great place to sit, have a margarita and work on my manuscript. Unfortunately, there are distractions, like the fox I saw crossing the street. He has something in his mouth. It wasn't until he stopped and stared at me that I realized it was a rat. As he turned away, I smiled. I now knew what to do about the protagonist's wayward boyfriend.

Carol Kilgore said...

Laura - I had always used IE until it started crashing on me multiple times a day. Chrome is awesome.

Helen - I hope Blogger is done. I love your story!

Janet, said...

Good luck with your hot summer Wednesdays! Though I would not mind reading a Texas Tidbit every now and then.

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Sounds like fun, Carol!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You're welcome!
I'll have to think of something funny...

Carol Kilgore said...

Janet - That's good to know :)

Elspeth - I hope it will be.

Alex - LOL!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Looking forward to this--sounds like fun!

Too funny that you don't want to do the TX tidbits! Ha!

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

I'm game! Let's talk dates. With this idea, your readers will get a taste of the author's voice in the post. Excellent!

notesfromnadir said...

Wednesdays at the Tiki Hut sound like a lot of fun. I really like the name Texas Tidbits! I also enjoy reading guest blogs as you never know who'll write about what!

Carol Kilgore said...

Elizabeth - I talk about Texas a lot. And it's a post I don't have to write :)

Carol - I hope so! I'll be in touch.

Lisa - I know. Fun!

Lydia K said...

Sweet! Looking forward to the guest posts. I like that you stick to the Tiki theme!

Carol Kilgore said...

Lydia - Hope it works out!

Holly Ruggiero said...

It sounds like a lot of fun. I like the tiki theme!

RaShelle said...

Sounds fun, Carol. Can't wait. ;D

Carol Kilgore said...

Holly - Great...I'm glad.

RaShelle - We'll all have to wait and see. Me included - LOL.

kimberlyloomis said...

Sounds like an absolute blast, Carol! I'll cross post your search at my blog next week. :) May the force be with you that you do not have to write those Texas Tidbits!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Sounds fun! I'll be contacting you...

Carol Kilgore said...

Mysterious comments are appearing on here today that haven't been up before. Thanks.