Poets ~ Gain Exposure for your Blogs

by Lindsay 4/14/2009 10:36:00 AM

A Great Opportunity For Bloggers From PoetryDances.com:  Blog Jog


So what is it exactly?
It's an event being run to raise awareness in the Poetrydances Poetry Network and the personal blog sites of its members. Whereby members visit and join/sign up to a limited number (6 min. but the more the merrier!) of other member's blogs.

What do you need to have/do if you want to get involved?
- Join/be an existing member of poetrydances.ning.com
- Have a blog site (outside of Poetrydances)
- Just add  your blog's link to the list by replying to this news item: http://poetrydances.ning.com/forum/topics/join-in-the-great-poetrydances
- 'Badge up' to Poetrydances- by picking up one of our badges and posting it on your blog.

When is the jog itself?
It starts on April 25th and will last until the end of April. During this time you (if you are a participating member) will need to visit the 3 blogs on either side of your own blog on the list- don't worry if you are at the start or end of the list because both 'ends' of the list will be joined to form one 'loop' in effect. (i.e Members at the start of the list will visit sites at the end of the list where necessary and vice versa)

Sign up now at http://poetrydances.ning.com/forum/topics/join-in-the-great-poetrydances and post a link to your blog. Also please' Badge up' to Poetrydances as soon as you can, but at the latest prior to the 25th April.

Thanks to PoetryDances.com for sharing this great opportunity with the WritingRoom community! 

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A word from our friends at PoetryDances.com

by Lindsay 2/17/2009 11:08:00 AM


Poetry Website Poetrydances.com Now Showcases Selected Work from Over 140 Writers – and Creates a Wave of Interest Within the Online Poetry Community


The number of writers with selected works listed on poetry website Poetrydances.com has grown to 140 as the Site enjoys its highest levels of interest yet within the online poetry community.

Busan, South Korea, February 10, 2009 -- New poems are discovered and linked to on a continuous basis by Poetrydances.com during its visits to other poetry sites, and blogs across the Internet. Many writers also submit poems directly to the Site. A proportion of the writers behind the poems are listed as Favorite Writers on the Site.

Interest in the Site and the idea behind it has been steadily growing within the online poetry community. Recently, more people than ever have been coming forward to give voice to their opinions:

"Poetrydances.com has been an amazing resource for the poetry community online. Its the site to search when looking for fantastic poetry.”
Sara Pufahl, Blog Manager at poetswhoblog.blogspot.com

"As a relatively new poet, I was flattered when Poetry Dances chose to feature my poems on their site, giving my work more exposure by bringing more readers, which in turn gives me support and encouragement. Since Anthony French started the website, it has continued to grow steadily with an impressive and varied collection of interesting poetry. My thanks and appreciation to Poetry Dances for giving a voice to relatively unknown poets".
Beatrice van de Vis http://www.owlnight.com

"There are countless sites where writers and poets exhibit their art. What I find extremely unique about your site, is that you search out talent from all these sites. Any writer, who says they are not honored to be chosen by your site, has written his or her first fictional piece. You also give writers a chance to read the many talented, but unnoticed works your site has selected. You deserve all the admiration, and respect your site is receiving for the difficult and time consuming efforts you have put into your site. Your hard work and dedication to all writers and poets are deeply appreciated."
Ray Neighbor (Rain) www.writingroom.com/Rain

"Having a poem of mine selected to appear on the Poetry Dances website has been a humbling experience, such is the caliber of the work it represents. There's no shortage of poetry websites in cyberspace but there's a lot of weeding out to do before landing on a quality one. Within PoetryDances.com you'll find a huge variety of poetry – every style; every subject. What you won't find is mediocrity. - It's also your 'one-stop-shop' for poetry resources, acting as a central warehouse that provides links to worthwhile poetry blogs and websites the world over. You can submit your own work or, if you have your own blog or website, you can ask to be added to the Reading List, becoming part of a 'writers helping writers' network you can be proud of. - In the past, I've wasted a lot of time searching the web, trawling through one disappointing site after another, looking for resources that met my stringent standards. I stopped at PoetryDances.com–and stayed!"
Melinda Kahler http://www.writingroom.com/shakatoah

"Many thanks to Poetrydances.com for its support and encouragement of poets around the world. Your efforts to single out aspiring word-builders should be commended. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my appreciation for the words of praise that have been sent to poets such as myself. "
- Emily Burns http://www.myspace.com/emilyburns0917

“I would like to say what a wonderful opportunity Poetrydances.com offers to poets, allowing their poetry to be enjoyed around the world. It feels good to be able to share my words and thoughts, to spread my love of poetry...and Poetrydances.com is the perfect venue. Thank you”.
- David Hixon

"It's like my favorite little coffee shop where I can read some of the great poems hidden away in the nooks and crannies of the Internet over a cup of coffee!"-
Mama Madhaven http://mamta-glimpsesofme.blogspot.com/

"Poetrydances.com is a great place to find amazing poems. The Poetry dances team is very helpful and friendly. I would recommend them to anyone wanting to publish or just read great poetry".
Kathrine Hill http://www.writingroom.com/khill

"I see things are moving along quite well on your wonderful site. So much positive energy surely is continuing to reap rewards. How can it not? Poetry Dances is a class act and a gift to all who search the web looking for words to inspire them . . . especially in these times!" -
Joanne Cucinello http://icthebridge-moonspirit.blogspot.com

"Writing poetry has been a natural impulse for me since I could write. I write my diary in verse, I keep a notebook with me at all times, ready for any line, any phrase that enters my head. Reading poetry came later, but is now such a huge part of my life, I can't imagine being without it. I use it to convey all of my emotions and many of my experiences and it gives me real pleasure and release. - It is a time-consuming business, getting your poetry out there to as large an audience as possible, so what a great idea Poetrydances.com is, searching a range of online poetry sites and selecting a range of poetry, which is inspiring and impressive. It has the potential to create an impact on the literary world and for the poets involved, connecting those with a passion for poetry." –
Anya Fay http://www.writingroom.com/Anyafay

"I've enjoyed writing for years now, but since I became a member of the WritingRoom.com, it has enhanced my confidence as well as encouraged me to continue with my life long dream. Poetrydances.com is a new site to me, but I am so glad I was referred to it. After reviewing the site, I read some of the most beautiful poetry. I am truly inspired by the opportunity that the WritingRoom as well as Poetry Dances has given me as a poet to share my writing. I appreciate both sites for all that they do for the poetry world. I am sure that there has been and will be great writers discovered with the opportunities that the Writingroom and Poetry dances have given! Thanks you guys!" -Debbie Campbell http://www.writingroom.com/deb

Due to elements of the Site’s design, it is returned on page One for searches made on Yahoo.com or Google.com, for many poetry related search criteria. This offers the potential of increased exposure for the writers and work listed on the Site.

These search criteria include: Great poetry website, Great poetry site and Read great poetry, among many others. A full list of the searches that return the Poetrydances.com on page One of Yahoo.com or Google.com are shown on the Site itself.

Over the last three months Poetrydances.com has been building on its recent affiliation with WritingRoom.com, a diverse and resource filled site for a great many talented writers. Poetrydances.com ‘Read Request’ buttons have been added to all poems on the WritingRoom.com site, which make it easier for users of the site to submit work for consideration and possible selection by Poetrydances.com. WritingRoom.com poetry contest winners are also now being hosted on the Poetry dances site.

-Lindsay Preston, Creator and CEO of WritingRoom.com recently offered these comments regarding the growing ties between the two sites:

"WritingRoom.com is pleased to have affiliated with Poetrydances.com. PoetryDances.com is a fabulous site made up of the highest quality poets and poetry. We feel the affiliation with such a high caliber site is beneficial, not only for WritingRoom, but for our members who have been and will be featured on the Site.”

In other developments Poetrydances.com has been in talks with premier poetry blog resource Poets Who Blog (poetswhoblog.blogspot.com), with a view to including a Read Request button on its site also.

The Poets Who Blog site hosts links to many of the blogs on which poems were originally discovered by Poetrydances.com.

Additionally, Poetrydances.com recently reached agreement with South Africa based Whisperpoetry.com, to offer marketing and promotional support for its book publication and distribution program. A program designed to help often disadvantaged children in Africa.

As mentioned earlier in this release many of the writers on the Site enjoy 'Favorite Writer' status. The last quarter saw nineteen new Favorite Writers created. These writers along with their poems and the sites hosting are as follows:

Shana E. Purves with 'River of Passion' on poetrydances.com
Leanne Hancher (midsummer21) with 'Learning to Breathe' -on writingroom.com
Anya Fay with Willow on writingroom.com
Michele Stephenson (Michele) with 'Pair Of Poets' on writingroom.com
Melinda Kahler (shakatoah) with 'A Lady In Waiting' on writingroom.com
Debbie Campbell (deb) with 'I know You are There' on writingroom.com
Michael Estabrook with ‘Smooth and Sweet’ on poetrydances.com
Ronald Kilgore with ‘Final Hug’ on poetrydances.com
Danny F. McMahan with ‘Paradise Drizzles’ on poetrydances.com
Elijah Hamlin with ‘Dreams’ on poetrydances.com
Lily T. Bilsland (LTB) with ‘Human Swamp Water’ on writingroom.com
Jan Teaford (autumnmoon) with ‘A Study In Blue’ on autumnmoon.wordpress.com
Joe Kruppenbacher (Sojourner) with ‘Broken’ on writingroom.com
Cody Robinson (NativeLeader777) with ‘Moment of Silence’ on writingroom.com
Rebecca Derossett (Wannabe) with ‘I Am’ on writingroom.com
Janie Ruth Ryals with ‘Waiting’ on writingroom.com
David Angel with ‘Of Eternity To Rest’ on poetrydances.com
Rick Doerscher with ‘Iowa Fields’ on poetrydances.com
Jamie Alan Rhines with ‘Freedom’ on poetrydances.com

As indicated earlier in this release, poetry can also be submitted directly to Poetrydances.com along with links to great poems found by users themselves. Additionally, the Site accepts general read requests, which allow its staff to visit and read the work of specific writers on various poetry sites or blogs across the Internet.

The Site has also recently introduced a 'Poem of The Week' feature.


WritingRoom.com wants to thank PoetryDances for its continued support of our members. 


Poetry Dances ~ Read Request

by Lindsay 11/3/2008 6:18:00 PM

You may notice the little yellow button underneath the share button on the Poetry writings.  This button is for a read request for PoetryDances.com.  PoetryDances.com is a poetry site where readers and writers can find links to great poems throughout the internet.  Writers can submit original poetry directly to PoetryDances.com or send them read requests to review their work in the hopes of being added to PoetryDances.  Although they are looking for all sorts of poetry, there does seem to be a pattern of sorts with those they tend to chose.  Their editors tend to prefer work that is not to 'rhymey', and appear to lean towards the thoughts of people laid down for what they are-rather than one line blending in sounds with another.  Not that there is anything wrong with that type of poetry and you are welcome to submit that, too. We are excited to have added a button that makes sending PoetryDances a read request quick and easy.  


We are thrilled to have such a strong and beneficial alliance with another writing site that is truly dedicated to helping writers reach their full potential.   Both sites have the same mission: to help emerging writers.  It is because of this we feel that adding this "PoetryDances~Read Request" button is just a value added feature to WritingRoom.


It is more than just us that is excited about our new found friendship.  Check out this snipet of kind words from PoetryDances latest press release: 


Six new favorite writers were created in October on PoetryDances.com, in a month which saw an important new arrangement with WritingRoom.com come into effect.  Month after month, new writers and new poems are discovered by PoetryDances.com during its visits to other poetry sites, and blogs across the internet.  Poems are often submtitted to the Site directly.  A proportion of the writers behind these poems are listed as Favorite Writers on the Site.  Also, in a new and significant advance, WritingRoom.com has agreed to incorporate a 'read request' link back to Poetry Dances.com, alongside all poems written and hosted on its webiste.  These links offer to all writers of poetry on WritingRoom.com, an easier method of submitting their poems to PoetryDances.com for review and possible selection.


In recent comments about this new arrangment, Anthony French, the creator of PoetryDances.com explained: "We are very pleased to be working so closely with WritingRoom.com-we see the Site as one of the most vibrant, friendly and accessible out there.  Additionally the standard of poems reaching us from the Site is highly impressive.  This may be in part down to the broad array of 'expert' guidance made available to its members.  In offering this guidance to help writers develop and improve their craft across so many areas, Writingroom.com has presented itself as a truly excellent partner.  We are confident that the read requests coming from WritingRoom.com will steadily grow with time; bringing increased exposure for its writers along with the two sites themselves.  We look forward to finding and working with other poetry sites to offer such a great platform to their members."



I highly encourage all poets to click on the "PoetryDances ~ Read Request" button.  The more eyes on your work the more chances for success and the pure satisfaction of being read. 





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Bits and Pieces from the PoetryDances.com Newsletter

by Lindsay 10/4/2008 5:06:00 PM

I wanted to share pieces of PoetryDances.com's newsletter with everyone.  PoetryDances is a fabulous new site that searches blogs and writing communities to find great poets and poetry.  They then showcase the works of these writers on their site and possibly in their press releases.  They have found several of their favorite writers here at WritingRoom.com and mentioned some of them by name in their recent newsletter.  PoetryDances also accepts submissions and reading requests.  I highly encourage all poets to check them out; the more exposure you get as a writer the better your chances for success.




Poetrydances.com - Newsletter: September 2008-09-30


First, big thanks to everyone who submitted their own poetry or links to other great poems hosted on various sites around the Internet. Without you, poetrydances.com would not be here.


Good news for writers listed on the site. It seems from site stats that rather than clicking through, many people are spending a lot more time reading the great poetry that has been linked to or submitted directly. Which is great- since it is the main reason we are doing what we are doing!


Who are we ?

We are just three. Three people who love to read great poetry and seem to like similar kinds of work (don't know if that's a good or a bad thing!) We share post-its or emails about work we have found out in the ether of the Internet that would be ideal to post on our site. Two of us are based here in South Korea and another over in sunny Florida.


Favorite Writers

Many of the people submitting poems, and other writers that have seen their poems listed on poetrydances.com have become 'Favorite Writers' on the Site. To those whose submissions have not yet been successful we offer apologies again, and look forward hopefully to seeing further submissions in time.


Favorite writers shown so far on the site are currently, in order of appearance:


Mamta Madhaven

Michelle Schaefer

Emily Burns

Ivana Plucinski 
J. M Yeary

Jason Lalli

Rambling Prose 

Ray Neighbor

Cleo Harter Amos

Andrew Kelly

Milagros Cruz

Ernesto Pangilinan Santiago

Nicole Nicholson

William Laughlin

David Hixon

Robyn R. Gray 

Claudia Anne Krizay  

Holly White Valliant

Engtovo Bhodsvatan

Moqui Takoda

Nakya Cohen

Rebecca Lucente

Alicia K. Jones

Joanne Cucinello

Rex Cox

Michelle Hetzel

Angela Rizzitano-Bellenis 

Brandon Farinha

Leo Durrant


Big thanks to all of these people for allowing us to showcase their fine work!


New developments

Since the Site began we have pretty much stuck to our core activities; linking to great poems on other sites, hosting submitted poetry along with our own, and showcasing Favorite Writers. Recently we started a couple or three new ideas too:


Poetry is..

This is just for fun- a page where you can send in a line/quote or two or more if you want as to what poetry 'is' to you. For your troubles we'll list your name and blog/website etc alongside your quote/s.





We have many successful reciprocal links in place with different blogs and poetry sites- thanks so much to all of you. We hope you are also enjoying some increased traffic to your site/s as a result. No favorites, we are grateful to all but, special thanks to Lindsay at writingroom.com, Martha at listenandbeheard.net and John and staff over at gotpoetry.com.



Any help you can offer by linking us on your blogs, websites or social network sites would be gratefully accepted!


We look forward to keeping in contact- so please…

keep your poetry coming! And please keep sending links for  other great work you find out there !


A very big thank you from us,

Tony, Young Joo and John.



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