Sunday Snapshot: June 7th, 2015

Sunday SnapshotWelcome to the first Sunday Snapshot post for the month of June. It’s exciting to realize that Writing Abby has surpassed its first month of existence, and I hope the blog will have many more moments like this.

But, enough of my sentimentalizing, here’s the Snapshot.

Articles of the Week

The Heart of a Story

Do you know what the heart of your story is? It’s different from the “theme” of your story, but it’s still pretty important. Read this guest post on Helping Writers Become Authors for more information on the “heart” of your story.

The Ultimate Blog Resource Library

I’m on a “blogging resource” kick. I’ve been scouring the World Wide Web for lists and resources pertaining to blogs and blogging for weeks. This is one of the best I’ve found, so far.

The Ultimate Guide to Blogging Resources

This is another list of blogging resources. Although it’s not as extensive as the one I mentioned above, it’s still worth checking out.

Posts of the Week

Currently: June

To ring in the new month, on the first day of June, I wrote a Currently post.

Are You a Plotter or a Pantser? + Writing Resources

On Thursday, I posted a lengthy article on plotters and pantsers. Even if you know which group you belong to, don’t forget to check out the resources I listed in the article.

Ink Review: Iroshizuku Yama-budo

On Friday, I wrote an ink review on Iroshizuku’s Yama-budo. If you’re interested in that ink, check out that post.

Pins of the Week

Let’s start off this section with a photo of a fountain pen. Beautiful, isn’t it?

Pelikan M200 Café Crème

This is such a haunting staircase. Does it inspire any ideas?

Here’s an intriguing writing prompt for you.

writing prompt.

And that concludes this week’s Sunday Snapshot. The first Sunday Snapshot post of the month! How exciting is that? (There I go sentimentalizing again.)

Tell me, what were your favorite articles and pins of the week?



15 thoughts on “Sunday Snapshot: June 7th, 2015

  1. Thanks for the suggestions for blog monetizing, Abby, they’ve really helped me out. Since you’ve seen my blog, I’ve got a quick question: What category of blogging would I fall into? Entertainment? Lifestyle? I’ve recently realized that I haven’t exactly found a niche that describes me, which is really worrying as a blogger. Since you’re a professional, could you help me out here? Thanks, girly!

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    • Awesome! I’m glad you enjoyed the tips, Caroline. There’s tons of good information on blog monetizing if you know where to look. 🙂

      My head is officially swollen. There’s enough hot air up there to fly me to Australia, and then back to the States. Thank you so much for the compliment, and now to answer your question.

      I think your blog would be more of a lifestyle niche. At least, I think that’s the closest fit. Feel free to disagree with me, though.

      You’re so welcome; I hope I helped! 🙂

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      • Yay! You’re very welcome.

        Oh, and I almost forgot. I’m happy to welcome you to WordPress. I hope you’ll be successful, and that your new blog will have tons and tons of traffic.


      • Gosh, no, you’re not sounding “needy” at all! I’m glad to help.

        Well, after a quick search for WordPress’ themes, here are a few that caught my eye: Nucleare, Apostrophe, Canard, Gateway, Motif, Sorbet, Oxygen, Splendio, Mystique, Adelle, Suburbia, Flounder, and Radcliffe.

        Please tell me if those themes aren’t eye-catching enough! I’m more than able to scour the Themes page for more. 🙂


      • No, I’m sorry, but I don’t. It’s so expensive! When I look at the pricing, I get sticker shock fever. Yikes.

        If you’re looking into purchasing the premium plan offered by WordPress, I’d suggest going ahead with self-hosting. In most (if not all) respects, it’s cheaper than purchasing the premium plan.

        Is there anything else I can help you with? 🙂


      • Haha, yeah, I agree. The menus on WordPress are very confusing.

        May I ask what, exactly, would you like explained about menus? I don’t want to bombard you with a whole bunch of info you don’t really need. 🙂


      • All right-y, here’s my best answer to your awesome question:

        In most WordPress themes, you can have multiple menus. You have a primary menu (on my site, it’s the top menu, the one with the Home and About pages, etc), sometimes you’ll have a Social Links menu (where you can have links to your social media profiles — on my site, you can find this at the bottom of any page), and you can have Custom Menus.

        You can configure your Primary Menu to feature different posts you’ve already published, or the pages that you’ve already published. You can also set a specific page to display your blog posts. Like, on my site, I have the “Home” page set to display all the blog posts that have been published.

        Also, I have several Category pages. They will display all the posts that I’ve tagged with that category. For example: if I wrote a book review, and I labeled it with the Book Review category, the post would appear within the Book Review page.

        You can also just link to specific posts on different pages. Like, in the Book Review index, I’ll link to the book reviews I’ve done.

        There’s also an option for you to choose a page to display posts marked with a specific tags. Like, if I wanted to have a page display all posts with the “Ink Review” tag. Then, I’d select that option when configuring the menu.

        Now, on to Custom Menus. The Custom Menus are widgets that you can place wherever your theme allows widgets. You can configure them in the Menu page on, or in the Menu tab in the WP Admin. Custom Menus are just like your Primary Menu.

        I hope that I answered your question. Please tell me if I wasn’t able to help you. 🙂


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