Build Your Own Author Website—Step 5: Administration Panel

Build your Author Website: Administrative PanelThis is the day you log into your WordPress.org Administration Panel.

For those of you who’d prefer instead to stick with WordPress.com, we part ways here, and I leave you with the following message: WordPress.com is a hosted service, which means that you don’t have to deal with finding a web host or downloading and installing the WordPress software. All is done for you. So I don’t blame you if you choose to start with a casual blog through WordPress.com rather than self-host a complete management system (CMS) through WordPress.org.

If you choose to go with WordPress.com, as I initially did, I’m sure you’ll be happy with the service it provides as you familiarize yourself with the world of blogging. Perhaps you’ll be so happy that you’ll never feel the need to expand your reach—or your control. I wish you the best.

For help in getting started with WordPress.com, I again urge you to purchase WordPress for Dummies, which covers all you need to know. I have also written posts about blogging (developed through the publishing platform Blogger), starting here: Setting Up a Blog, Part 1. Or you may choose to follow some of the excellent videos and information online. As I mentioned in a previous post, creating a hosted blog on WordPress.com (or Blogger) is amazingly easy. So go for it! And have a ball!

If you’re still undecided about which version of WordPress to use, here is yet another site offering an unbiased, well-researched comparison between the two: WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com: A Definitive Guide for 2015.

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Literature and the Flow of Consciousness – Part 2

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This is part 2 in a series about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  Author, MR Neer addresses some questions that are related to the Yogi’s theory about the connection between literature and the evolution of consciousness.  Please read the previous post where MR Neer offers some insight about literature, how we experience it, and how it develops human consciousness. 

How does literature affect the writer, reader, and society?

Now from this foundation, I have identified 10 of Maharishi’s key ideas about literature.

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For the Writer:
1) Silence. The creative process depends on the inner silence of the writer. The aspects of a piece of writing “all come together in a very beautiful, connected manner if there is silence deep within.” By silence, he means thought arising from the state near or at the level of pure consciousness – the quietest level of the mind where all activity has settled down. He insists that the power of literature lies in “the purity of the writer, in the purity of the consciousness of the writer who is able to bring in an ocean in a drop, … [who] naturally comprehends the totality on any surface value of a thing.” He explains that when a writer maintains that simple, silent awareness, it has all possibilities in it.

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Build Your Own Author Website – Step 4: Installing WordPress

Installing WordPressNow that you’ve registered your domain name and found a home (Web host) for your website, you only need to follow one more step before you can begin working with WordPress.org., which is:

Installing WordPress on your domain and hosting account.

This is a one-time procedure, so hang in there.

You’ll be amazed at how easy this step is, and therefore how short this post.

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Build Your Own Author Website – Step 3: Domain Name

Build Your Own Author Website: Step ThreeWhen you hear the word “domain,” you likely think of something you own or master like an estate or territory.

In most cases, your domain amounts to your home, to which you attach a name and address so that people can locate you.

When it comes to your website, you, too, need to claim ownership and mastery by giving your “domain” a name and unique address.

In other words, you need to purchase and register the DNS (domain name) portion of a URL (uniform resource locator) that people can type into their browser to get to your website. The URL is the full address to your webpage, which usually starts with http:// followed by www. and your domain name.

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Visionary Fiction and Transhumanism, Part 3

If, to paraphrase Joni Mitchell’s lyrics in “Woodstock,” we are indeed stardust and golden, we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden. When faced with paradox, which our condition inherently is, we humans tend to jump from one extreme to the other. Only after we get dizzy enough from swinging between either/or does it occur to us try both/and. Continue reading

Build Your Own Author Website – Step Two

Building Your Own Author WebsiteIf you’re still with me after Build Your Own Author WebsiteStep One, I assume you agree that, as an author, you need a marketing hub open twenty-four seven as the foundation for your marketing platform.

With an author website as your base, you can incorporate all the strategies available to you as an Internet marketer, such as social media, blogging, and video.

At this point you could hire a website developer to do the job for you, as I initially did—only to regret it later.

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Visionary Fiction and Transhumanism, Part 2

We ended Part 1 stuck between the opposites of Matter, represented by the infernal machines, and Spirit, as epitomized by abstract ideals. Transhumanism, by definition, seems positioned in the former category, the Dalai Lama’s “half machine,” and our visionary viewpoint in the latter, what His Holiness calls “a stream of consciousness.” That these two elements, one inanimate and the other animate, might join in some unnatural marriage to rival or supplant the current human model was seen, to put it kindly, as far out. Continue reading

Build Your Own Author Website – Step One

Build Your Own WebsiteWhen I was asked to speak at the California Writer’s Club/Sacramento  last year about how I’d built my website and decided on my platform and marketing strategy, my first thought was: Hold it! You’re talking to a technological greenhorn here—Miss trial and error, Miss whoops that didn’t work out too well, Miss if you don’t at first succeed, try, try again.

In other words, I’m hardly qualified.

But then I thought: Maybe that’s the point.

It’s no secret that many writers take on website building and marketing strategy because they must, not because they have a talent for it or even remotely want to. So there was a strong possibility that many of the writers attending the CWC meeting would be favorable to hearing how an amateur managed to accomplish a task that at first seemed overwhelming.

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Visionary Fiction and Transhumanism, Part 1

I can’t totally rule out the possibility that, if all the external conditions and the karmic action were there, a stream of consciousness might actually enter a computer. –His Holiness, the Dalai Lama
This startling statement made by the renowned leader of Tibetan Buddhism knocked me off kilter on first reading it. It had a similar effect on the renowned physicist who reported it.
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