Writing Articles For Seniors Only Club

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  1. Corie Henson

    Corie Henson Very Well-Known Member
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    That looks like an interesting article by @Ren Tanner. It looks like a detective story to me.

    I remember my husband telling me the story when he entered a mortuary by mistake. He had accompanied someone and he didn't know that it was a mortuary they were entering. There was a dead man on what looked like an operating table, naked and with the scalp pulled on top of his face. That scene was repulsive (I don't know if this is the correct term) that my husband couldn't eat properly for a week. Fortunately, that was before I met him.
     
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    The deceased would have been on a Embalming table under going a autopsy of the cranium.
     
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    @Ken Anderson, here's another suggestion Memoirs and Mosaics.
     
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    Okay, I am interested in writing stories. I had not showed interest because I had not seen this post until today. I will try and put together a few stories and send them to you. From the sound of things you only want non-fiction...right? I have written stories for a few blogs but found as you say good stories get pushed to the back. Plus the stories on blogs are rated by the members themselves and that can lead to favoritism instead of rating a story on it's own merit. The fact that the pay scale lies in your hands is a fair way of deciding payment.
     
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  5. Ken Anderson

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    Okay, it's been long enough. I am working at setting this up. What was taking me so long was that I was looking to do both the directory project and this as one, and there is directory software that can be used for publishing articles as well, but they tend to do only one of them well, without a lot of time-consuming or expensive modification. So I am going to do it separately, using a WordPress theme.

    Since WordPress is one of the most-used platforms for web sites on the Internet today, hackers concentrate on them. It's the same principle that leads to there being more viruses and malware targeted at PCs than Macs. I have had too may WP installations hacked and I am not so good with it that I can recover from it, so I will be going with a managed hosting solution for this site. It's way more expensive but a lot easier and more secure.

    I have given a lot of thought into what might be able to catch on, not knowing how many people from the forum will be interested in participating, given that I won't be able to pay very much for articles.

    Although I will be using a WP platform, I am hoping to be able to set it up as more of a magazine than a blog. With most blogs, people will read only the most recent blog posts because blogs are, by their nature, chronological. There will be some of that, I suppose, in that new articles will be featured on the front page but once we get enough articles to categorize, I want to have articles categorized so that they can be found individually, and I want to continue to highlight random articles on the front page, as well. The problem is that there are a lot of blogs, which is why I am going to try to structure this to be something more than a blog. But still, it will have to stand out, particularly when article topics are likely to be wide ranging.

    One of the things that I thought of is to focus on senior issues, but I think we all like to write about things other than senior issues. Besides, what's a senior issue? Most of the senior issue sites that I see are focused on retirement communities, nursing homes, health care, and that sort of thing. I figured that if I focused on that sort of thing, we'd all run out of things to say in a short time, and if I found that I was doing the bulk of the writing, I'd run out of things to say within a couple of months.

    What I decided to do was use a domain name that I bought about a year ago for a blog that I was thinking of starting - 500words.online - no, there's nothing there yet. The idea of 500 Words Online is that each article will be written to consist of exactly five hundred words, no more, no less, title not included. I know that with the articles that I write, I'll enjoy the structure of keeping each one to 500 words.

    I think that can catch on. I'd like to open it to anyone from the forum to participate, and I'll be able to pay something for it, although probably not very much unless it catches on, and it can get some advertising. Of course, anyone who wants to participate for the shear challenge of composing an article of precisely 500 words is most welcome to do so.

    We should be able to pick up some advertising once it catches on. Until then, some of the advertising spaces will advertise the forum, or a Google or Amazon affiliate. You have noticed that there is no advertising on the forum, right? That will remain the case but the 500 Words site will have advertising.

    More later.
     
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  6. Bill Boggs

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    Not sure I understand what you are talking about. If it is something to be added to this forum and space should be a problem, you can delete all my stuff. No problemo.
     
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  7. Ken Anderson

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    No, of course not. Why would anyone want to delete your stuff? Or anyone's?
     
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  8. Bill Boggs

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    Thought bandwidth or space might be a problem.
     
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  9. Ken Anderson

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    No, this is a whole separate project. Although I hope it might help to promote the forum, it will be on a different server. Besides, who doesn't love your posts?
     
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    Ok, reread your article and think I have a handle on it.
     
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  11. Ken Anderson

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    I am waiting for my hosting to get set up on it, since I want to use a host other than the one I registered the domain with. Then, it will be a matter of installing WordPress, setting up the design, and some of the static pages. That can take a while, depending on how easy or difficult the design proves to be. Plus, I'll probably want to have at least a few posts ready to go since it's hard to tell what a WordPress design is going to look like until there's something there.
     
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  12. Bill Boggs

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    I've got a 503 word story. It does have enough adjectives to cut three words. I ran it through my world counter just to get the feel for 500 words but I'm sure its not what you're looking for. Maybe I can try my hand when you know what you want. I expect there are some pretty good fiction writers here on this forum if you can shake them loose.
     
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  13. Ken Anderson

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    Bill, I haven't seen it but I am not planning on having it about any one thing. Eventually, as there are enough articles to do so, they will be organized into topic categories, but pretty much anything that's original, reasonably well written, and not published elsewhere should be good. Having read your forum posts, I don't think you'd have any trouble meeting those stipulations. The 500-word thing will take some getting used to, but I'm sort of looking forward to the discipline of it. I am even going to restrain each of the static pages (About Us, Writer Guidelines, etc.) to 500 words.
     
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  14. Bill Boggs

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    It is unknown, I'm sure, how many will step up and attempt to write a five hundred word story for your project. I'm not sure I could but one time I was on a forum that billed itself as a writing forum. The bandwidth for this forum was donated by the British BBC, the only stipulation being the forum would train professional screenwriters and BBC provided instructors and assistance in setting up the forum. I said that to say they had a section that wrote fiction writing from prompts. An instructor would issue three prompt each week or maybe a student would choose the prompts. Those in the class chose a prompt to write about. Some wrote a story from all three prompts. Some people can do this with ease where they might otherwise have problems choosing a subject themselves. Might be something that would help you generate stories. Most of those stories were five hundred to a thousand words. Just saying...
     
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  15. Ken Anderson

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    Certainly, I'll suggest topics but I'd leave the door open for people choose their own.
     
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  16. Ken Anderson

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    Which of these logos do you prefer?

    500 Words-01-500.jpg
    The unpeeled orange; or

    500 Words-02-500.jpg
    the peeled orange?

    The domain will be 500words.online so the title can be either "500 Words" or "500 Words Online."
     
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  17. Chrissy Cross

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    The peeled orange.

    Is the orange important? Just curious why you chose an orange.
     
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  18. Ken Anderson

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    Not particularly. I began by thinking that I wanted to use orange, as a color, in the logo. Psychologically, orange is supposed to generate a feeling of trust and well, I sort of like orange. Then, realizing that an actual image of an orange could be used as well, it would lend an excuse for the use of the color. I lean toward the first one, but may use the second as well, not as a logo, but as an image in my static (internal) pages, since a peeled orange would give the sense of being inside the orange, or maybe the other way around, depending on which I opt for. In an hour, I might prefer the other one. I also like the touch of green. Yeah, I know that no one is going to think that through but there might be a subliminal effect.
     
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    To me the unpeeled orange makes me think of food and not writing. Actually think of OJ or healthy food that's why I picked the peeled orange....it also looks like a wheel to me so doesn't have me thinking food.
     
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  20. Ken Anderson

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    Good points.
     
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    I like the first one best.
     
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  22. Bill Boggs

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    I'd be good with either but do like the splatter of green and prefer 500 words rather than 500 words online.
     
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