Change is in the Air

A LETTER OF INTRODUCTION!

 WSS has reached a milestone. It seems like just a few days ago that we waved goodbye to our faithful Steering Committee who served us for an entire year, sacrificing time and energy to bring us all together. You’ll still see them lurking in the corners, popping their heads up once in awhile. Give them some love.

 Thank you, SC team–Lori, Amy, Khara, Carol, Linda, Brook, and April.

 Today we would like to introduce your new administrators—The Wordsmith Studio Advisory Group–WAG for short. Becca, Dana, Kasie, and Janice.

 As a way to get to know us intimately, we’ve put together short, mostly true, bios.

 Becca: Becca spends her days chasing toddlers and drinking a lot of chocolate coffee. When she gets a couple minutes to breathe, she likes to write REALLY short fiction and take pictures, usually sharing them on her blog.

 Dana: By day Dana is a mom, referee, chauffeur, nurse, psychiatrist, and much more to her three young boys. By night she loves to read and write poetry/fiction. She also slips in some photography when she can. She’s addicted to coffee and long, hot baths… oh, lets not forget the internet.

 Kasie: When she’s not running her own business, finishing her PhD, chasing her five-year-old around, swimming laps, running the streets of Columbia, S.C., or drinking too much wine, you’ll find her in the Tweet Chats. Oh, wait, there’s wine there, too. She writes fiction and anything anyone will pay her to write.

 Janice: Janice’s toddler chasing days are over. Now she chases the last of her litter—a high schooler. And she chases pie. And time. And this really long dream she once had of writing before she completely loses her mind. Most days you’ll find her chugging Dunkin Donuts coffee immersed inside a poem, a novel, or song lyrics.  

 Hear us as we offer you all a collective hello!

 We have met only a few times but you may have already noticed some changes that have been implemented as per results of the polls.

 To begin with:

 On the WSS website:

  • Layout changed to a magazine style pic with beginning of post.
  • Added an email subscription button, FB Page “Like” button, Twitter “follow” button, cute share buttons for all posts.
  • Added auto-share new posts to FB Page and Twitter page.
  • Disabled forums. It has helped speed up the site.
  • The stats tracker has been changed to one that is more accurate.

 We are also restructuring the way the website will be utilized to be more efficient and streamlined. Therefore, we are inviting everybody to participate in writing blog posts on the new all-inclusive WSS site.  No more posting in just your group. We have one blog. For all. 

 How the new WSS blog works:

 Posts: Would you like to “guest post” on the WSS blog? Find the document: Blog Calendar on the Wordsmith Studio Facebook page and click “edit” then add your name next to the date you want. The Blog Maven for the month you have chosen will contact you with dates and procedures for submitting. Full details are included in the Blog Calendar document, which will be created and posted shortly.

 Prompts: Once a week, a prompt will be posted on the site and shared on Facebook. The prompts are supplied by a different group each week and all groups are encouraged to respond. Post your response to the prompt on your own blog, then comment on the blog post or on the Facebook status update with a link your blog post.

 Other Immediate plans based on poll data:

 A monthly update will be posted to inform you of decisions made and discussions being held. We want you to be in the know and give your input. We’ll post the updates in the Notes section of the Facebook page. If you are not a Facebook user but want to stay informed, let us know and we can email you.

 And now for some fun news!

 Announcing: THE WSS TAGLINE CONTEST.

 Purpose: To craft a new WSS tagline: We’re asking you to come up with something refreshing, vivid, stupendous, superlative. Something that succinctly describes our group and focus. Hey, we’re writers! If yours is chosen you could win a badge for your blog–or some air kisses.

 Rules: Must be original. Must be pithy. Must be submitted by the deadline. Be clever or cute or whimsical or serious.  Show us what you got!

The number of submissions allowed: unlimited. So, knock yourselves out!

 Send them to us via email: steeringcommittee@wordsmithstudio.org

 Deadline: July 1, 2013

 (Remember what your fifth grade teacher taught you: please put your name on your papers. Especially those of you whose email addresses say something like blushingpencilpusher@wordsareus.com)

 And THEN, look for details about the DESIGN contest which will follow the selection of our new tagline

 Your WAG team is looking forward to this new year of new happenings, new friendships, and new acceptance letters!   

 We welcome your questions and comments.

Becca, Kasie, Dana, Janice

10 comments for “Change is in the Air

  1. June 10, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I like you already! I think it’s all the coffee and wine floating around. Welcome. It looks like you have some great things going. I raise my glass of red to you and the coming year.

    margo

    • Becca
      June 11, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Coffee and wine make everything better. 😉
      Thanks, Margo.

    • June 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks Margo!!

  2. June 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I love the streamlining, the “one blog for all” concept, and the easier post calendar. And all the rest, really. Thanks so much to all of you for taking WSS forward!

    • Becca
      June 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Thanks, Gerry. Can’t wait to see what we can all accomplish together. 🙂

    • June 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you Gerry! Here’s to the coming year *raises coffee mug*!!

  3. June 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    [Radio edit], you guys (erm … gals!) are awesome!! Becca you said in your last comment you can’t wait to see what we all accomplish together … I’m amazed at what y’all have accomplished already! This sounds great, and fun, and awesome, and all radio-edity-kinds-of-cool 😀

    Thanks for all you’re doing so far … can’t wait to see all you’ll do as this puppy moves forward!

    • Becca
      June 12, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Thanks, Khara! We are pretty excited. 😉

    • June 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you Khara!!

  4. elissa field
    June 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    The site looks great, you guys. Great ideas for streamlining the site. Thanks for all you’re doing!

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