Sunday, February 26, 2017

2017 WRITE: OSHG: How writers could use a web-world. Meet in a minute

How writers could use a web-world.  Meet in a minute  
Web-worlds are well suited to interests that mainly call for people to meet in a group and talk.  Web-worlds for such purposes will sort themselves by interest, so it is best to think of how particular interest groups would use them.  Here I describe how people interested in writing could use a web-world for formal and informal meetings.
Writers meeting at Nara's Nook

Some of us wish for

  • A writing community as near as your computer.  
  • Easy to visit in your browser--as easy to visit as your email.
  • No password, no login.  Just go to the web page a one of the meeting times.
  • Pick your avatar, type the name you want to use, and walk in.  
  • Where we could talk in voice and text to the group or to each other.  
  • We can do part of that now, in virtual worlds.  
  • But it is not as easy as a web-world will be.
  • And not as cheap as it will be on a Chromebook.
  • Demo:  Cybalounge updated: now with voice!
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Writers like to talk with other writers.  They may talk marketing and learn about new marketing methods.  They may talk problems and get suggestions.  They may talk ideas and get brainstorming.  They may talk about anything and feel a part of a writing community. But how far is it to the nearest writing community?  Can you find one near you?  

You can find more than one writers community in virtual worlds.  And that is as near as your computer.  Here is the one that I am in:
I used to be in the Short Poetry Library community also, but had to give it up because of time pressures.  The Short Poetry Workshop has been meeting on Cookie (in the virtual world of Second Life) for nine years.

To get into virtual worlds now

Web-worlds coming

  • We will soon be able to make it much simpler.
  • We can meet in a web-world.  That is a world on a web page.
  • A world in a browser, as described at the top of the page. 
  • You go to the web page, choose an avatar, enter a name, and enter.  
  • For some things, you will have to register first. 
  • Web-worlds change the focus of virtual worlds from grids to interests.
  • You go to a web page because it has something of interest to you.
  • It is just like when you subscribe to Writer's Digest.
  • You don't subscribe because you want a magazine.  
  • You subscribe because you want to read about writing.
  • You can go to a web-world page because you want to find out about writing.
  • That page may have a lot of information and ads about writing.
  • It may even have an ad for Writer's Digest.
  • But you will go there to talk to other people about writing.

Web-worlds drawing audience

  • The thing that will draw people is a web-world full of people.
  • Not just any people, but people interested in talking about writing.
  • Yes, you can talk to people in a web-world, 
  • just like you talk to them in your living room.  
  • Some would be aspiring writers wanting to learn the trade.
  • Some would be published writers ready to talk about their books.  
  • Some would be publishers looking for new authors.
  • Some would be schools, looking for students.  
  • Many would have flat ads on the same web page or on the same web site.
  • Flat ads are nowhere near as interesting as people, but they work 24/7.
  • And flat ads are better at taking credit cards.  

Links that may be of interest to writers

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News and Notes

The Hypergrid WIP Show

  • The Hypergrid WIP is a one hour "show & tell" of works in progress or recently completed. 
  • Everyone is invited.  Building, scripting, promotion, entertainment-- whatever you are working on.
  • Selby will be doing test video capture of presentations in voice.  These may be posted on YouTube.
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  • Presentations are in voice and text.  
  • For text presentations, best bring the text in a notecard and paste it into chat.  
  • Voice presentations may be captured in video.  
  • Stills and videos from the show may appear in this blog and elsewhere.

Next WIP show

  • Next WIP show: Sun. Feb. 26, Noon SLT 
  • Cookie II Location: (fourth Sunday of the month)

  • Pandora Location: (second Sunday of the month)
  • Pandora allows presenters to run high threat OSSL functions.
  • world.narasnook.com:8900
  • Put the line above in your World Map next to Find.  Click FindTP
  • At Narasnook, use World Map to search for Pandora

  • Cookie II location (fourth Sunday of the month)
  • HG address below: paste into the World Map next to Find. Click Find, TP
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II 
  • in Kitely: paste into Nav (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter.
  • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/68/369/22

          Previous Articles from the WIP show 

          HG links-- depending on your interests 

          Communities in the virtual worlds

          Radio in the virtual worlds

          Metaverse beginner help

                                Schools in virtual worlds





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