Note: The original post was from 2014. Likely there is a fresher list of plugins but I like to see plugins which have been around for some trial and error.
I don’t run a multi-author site (but I do write for a few). Still, in my experience, Edit Flow is excellent. I did try it myself but decided it had a lot of features I didn’t need (due to the fact that I’m the only one here). From the list, Post Forking, sounds like the one I’d try. But, it hasn’t had an update in three years. An interesting plugin, but I decided not to try it because it’s not something I’d use very often anyway.
Maybe something on the list will be just what you need. Get the links and reviews from the post at WP Beginner below.
1. Capability Manager Enhanced
2. Co-Authors Plus
3. Restrict Author Posting
5. Simple Local Avatars
6. Author Avatars List
7. Edit Flow
8. Author Spotlight (Widget)
9. Post Forking
10. Require Featured Image
11. TinyMCE Spellcheck
12. Email Users
14. WP User Frontend
15. Moderator Role
16. Content Progress
17. Cimy User Extra Fields
18. User Submitted Posts
19. Error Notification
20. User Notes
21. Role Based Help Notes
Source: 21 Plugins to Efficiently Manage WordPress Multi-Author Blogs
I’m very contrary. I like to learn but I don’t like being taught.
Headlines like: “# Things XYZ Can Teach You About…” make me cringe. Some place in my brain I am thinking, “well, let me teach you a little something…”. Or something like that. I am not very good with authority figures. Not that I am especially rebellious – I just don’t like someone who thinks they know more than I do. At least until they prove they really do.
A lot of people online will write as if they know what they are writing about. Making yourself an authority on the Internet is a marketing scheme – so, of course, they are all rushing to appear authoritative. In reality, they may have only had one site up, one month before they put out their first ebook explaining what a blogging guru they are.
You can’t really be an authority without some history and experience.
Even then, anyone who really considers themselves an authority has an inflated opinion of themselves.
It really is true – that saying about the more you learn, the less you know. There is always more to learn.
No doubt I have trust issues which come into the whole not liking authority thing. But, who hasn’t found a few reasons to mistrust any type of authority by the time they reach some form of adulthood? Those rose coloured glasses come with the protective bubble, make sure you stay in it!
If there is a point to this post it must be about thinking how you communicate with people.
It’s not just how you talk but how others hear and/ or understand what you say.
How far would you go to write a story that gets read? Is it still journalism when you are the story? At what point is it a journal, like a diary or log, rather than a news story? How far will a stunt journalist go before the story is about the danger of performing your own, untrained and irresponsible stunts?
When did journalism get so physically degrading?
Immersive journalism is not new. In 1887, the reporter Nellie Bly feigned insanity in order to be committed to a New York City insane asylum. Her stay resulted in a landmark undercover account of appalling conditions at the Women’s Lunatic Asylum. Eighty-odd years later, Hunter S. Thompson wrote a manic first-person account of the 1970 Kentucky Derby, which more or less invented the genre now known as Gonzo journalism.
If the modern stunt essay has a film antecedent, it’s Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock’s 2004 hit documentary chronicling his own attempt to gorge on nothing but McDonald’s food for 30 days. However jokey it seemed, the stunt served the public interest in clear ways: Spurlock drew national attention to the obesity epidemic, and McDonald’s discontinued its Super Size option shortly after the film premiered. Less journalistic value is accomplished by ingesting nothing but alcohol for a week. Duy Linh Tu, the journalism professor, wonders whether the term “stunt journalism” is a misnomer. “I don’t think all of this is journalism,” Tu says. “I’m not making a quality judgment. It’s all content…. [But] you won’t be able to build a long-term journalistic organization pulling these stunts.”
This is an old journalistic instinct—don’t look for a story, be the story—funneled through new media channels. It’s not the recklessness that’s new (war reporters have long put themselves at risk) but the desperation. Still, what the stunt piece and the personal essay have in common is that the best writing stems from horrible experiences—and that neither of them are going away soon. The stunt craze is liable to change how would-be journalists go about breaking into the industry. Or maybe it already has.
Source: Are We Living in a Golden Age of Stunt Journalism?
Is there a poodle font? Wouldn’t that be great for someone working as a dog groomer, or breeder of poodles?
These are the things which come into my brain while I’m waking up in the morning, this morning. Then I thought it’s a shame people have so few occasions to write anything by hand now. I don’t own a mobile phone but I’m not writing out many things, leaving notes (hand written) for anyone, etc. We send email, or text which is just email sent via a phone you spend an extra whack of dough on each month. (I don’t).
Are you still using the default font?
Anyway, then I wondered how many people with mobile phones have changed their font from the default which came with the phone. We used to show personality, mood, creativeness, with our hand writing. That’s pretty much gone, retired even from being taught in schools. So, do people pick a font to suit them or just use the same font as everyone else?
I picked the font for this site. It’s easy to read, available in web browsers (and your phones, etc). I wouldn’t say it shows my personality or creativeness, but this is a site for people to read, easily. Function had to come first.
However, on a personal site or phone… what does your font say about you?
If that gets you thinking start by seeing if you can change your font on your phone. If not, talk to your phone provider of choice and get something done about that.
Source: dafont- The Poodle Lover font and take a look at the Poodle Doodles font there too.
Source: MyFonts – The Poodle Tails font.
If you find elegance, or anything of value in the following tale, it will be something you brought in with you. No need to be kind, this story is like an overfed Canada goose lumbering along, unable to get enough lift to fly, deciding to lump through winter, taking handouts from nature loving city dwellers. Thank you for reading and bringing something of value to an old, fat goose.
I remember books in which the writer addresses the reader, like a narrator taking them along through the story. I don’t know (or remember) the literary name for this. For whatever reason the above Dear Reader was in my brain as I woke up this morning.
What would you write to your own Reader? What style or tone works for you?
Not every post needs to be text based content.
If you have a camera, take photos and illustrate rather than explain.
Let the image speak for you. You may not be ready to jump into video posts but these days it isn’t difficult to edit an image online to create something unique. Add text to the image and create a quote post. Turn an image into a background your readers could use on their own sites and devices. A calendar doesn’t have to be the year, take it one month at a time and that gives you something to post each month.
List posts are popular.
Consider a list of the best sites/ resources in your topic/ niche. Or, take it to Amazon and find products people would be interested in. Write up a review (an idea not on the list below). Use a list post to highlight your own best posts of the month or year or all time. A playlist may not interest you. I don’t have one myself. Music choices can be personal, more than you want to post on a business site. An alternative is a reading list, the books you have found useful in your business, or for building/ keeping your web presence.
So, there are quite a few options for the days you feel less than brilliantly creative and can’t make yourself write a post.
1 | YOUTUBE VIDEOS
2 | PERISCOPE VIDEOS
3 | PRINTABLE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE
4 | BACKGROUND IMAGE
5 | PRINTABLE CALENDAR OR ORGANIZER
6 | INSTAGRAM POSTS
7 | BEHIND THE SCENES
8 | ROUND UPS
9 | PLAYLIST
List source: 9 Ideas for Blog Content (When You Don’t Feel Like Writing)
Have you tried asking people to write for your site, as contributors (free/ contributed writers)? It’s complicated. We don’t feel good about asking for free content. But, there are good reasons to write for another site, even if you aren’t paid in dollars, or cents.
- Building contacts
- Becoming an authority
- Attracting new readers
If you write for another site (as contributed content) make sure you get an author profile with links to your own sites and a little write up about who you are and what you do.
If you want to find writers for your site make sure you set the terms clearly. Don’t leave them expecting to be paid and hope they won’t notice or make an issue out of it. Tell them about your site and your readers. Interest them in what you do. Talk about your future goals but keep it short until they ask for more information. When you request a guest/ contributed post from them think about how you would like to be approached yourself and be sincere.
How Does Reverse Guest Blogging Work?
To make reverse guest blogging work for you, you’re going to need a plan. There are essentially three steps:
Figure out what you want out of a guest contributor. How often do you want them to contribute? Is there a particular subject you want discussed? Who is going to be in charge of managing this relationship?
Make a list of all the authors you may want to feature. After you make a list, consider doing a few searches to find other writes who you aren’t familiar with.
Go out and try to connect with those authors and talk with them about this opportunity.
If you can’t get the authors you had originally wanted, don’t get discouraged. Figure out who they are connected with (possibly other writers on that blog) and do your outreach there to try and make yourself known.
After all, it’s important that you and your blog are something the author knows as much as it is the other way around.
via Reverse Guest Blogging Will be Huge in 2014: How it Works.
Think of something ordinary and give it a horror story.
I like reading about objects like paintings, furniture and dolls which have stories of death and destruction behind them. I do wonder if there is some truth to it. Of course, people who tend to live with risk, take adventures and such, are likely to have accidents and die in crashes or even pick up diseases. So, you can’t take every story seriously and believe it just because you read it.
However, I do think strong emotion hangs around in places and objects too. There are places which give people a strange, out of sorts, feeling. There are people you meet and dislike right away, without any reason. Almost everyone has walked into a room where people have argued and felt that tension – without anyone saying a word. So it does seem possible something like that could stick around. Possible but I wouldn’t say I believe fully.
It does make a good story. How would you write it? What object or item would you pick? Was it stolen from an ancient site? Did it belong to a murdered woman? What was the tragic event connected to it? What happened to people who owned or used it since then? Pick an outline and give it a good story. Try to spook yourself with it.
Source: 25 Terrifying Objects That Are Genuinely Linked To Freaky Paranormal Events
Source: 25 Incredible Stories From The World Of Ships, Boats, And Sailors
Pretty unbelievable. One of those things you would guess as false and yet wonder if it’s just odd enough to be true.
Imagine you found (by some long chain of events) a message in a bottle from a long forgotten relative. Just as in this case, written as he or she was dying then left to be found. You could create a whole story about how the message was left but lost and wandered around for centuries only found by some odd mixture of events. It wouldn’t need to be a message in a bottle. It could be found in a time capsule. It could have been under the floor boards of an old house being demolished. So many options to choose from or invent.
Write the story, from start to finish, all the places and people who became involved in that old message along the way.