Use TheLiteraryNet.com to Share Ideas, Learn, and Promote Your Literary Career




           


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Nobody knows everything, and people can learn a lot from others. One of the best ways to learn from others is for there to be open communication and the exchange of ideas. While the Internet allows people to research information on topics they want to learn more about, the credibility of the information they find may be questionable. In academia, credibility is established through peer-reviewed journals. Researchers publish their work, which is reviewed by other academics, who critique their work in an ongoing quest to establish expertise that arrives at the truth.

When I originally envisioned TheLiteraryNet.com, I wanted to create a forum for everyone involved in the field of literature to network and communicate with each other. Regardless of someone’s status or position in the literary industry; whether they are a writer, editor, publisher, etc., many people have much to learn while many others have knowledge to offer. For those who lack knowledge, they will be unable to learn about the literary industry unless they are intimately involved with someone who possesses the knowledge they need. Likewise, those who are knowledgeable about the industry will miss opportunities to discover future successes, and lose touch with commoners unless they have regular contact with those who are less fortunate than they are. Forums help bridge that gap.

On this website we have The Literary Board to serve that purpose. It was created so that all literary enthusiasts can easily communicate with each other and exchange ideas regardless of whether they are novices writing their first book, future publishers hoping to start a literary business, bestselling authors who make a living from writing, or experienced publishers responsible for presenting many different titles to the world. People can learn a lot from each other, and The Literary Board exists to facilitate interaction between literary enthusiasts. Additionally, we have Literary Blogs so that members can express themselves, and publish short essays to increases their name recognition.

There are more popular social networks than The Literary Net, but most of the time people spend on those social networks is wasted on viewing and posting negativity and silliness. The Literary Board on this website provides a specialized function, as do the Literary Blogs. They focus on the literary realm. Through regular participation, literary enthusiasts can learn ideas, methods, and practices that will benefit their literary career.

How The Literary Board Began
Throughout my Behind the Scenes posts, I have stated numerous times that the purpose of The Literary Net is to bring literary enthusiasts together for the purpose of self-promotion and networking. In 2012 when I started teaching myself various computer languages and began working on this website, The Literary Board became the focus of my programming efforts. Of all the features I envisioned this website having, The Literary Board was intended to be the most attractive to visitors. It was also to be the centerpiece of this website, and all operations were to revolve around it. The Literary Board also became the most difficult area of the website to create. Thus, I spent a lot of time and effort building it.

I am a unique individual who has an appreciation for unique things. As such, I did not want The Literary Board to be like other discussion forums, where the webmaster places an already built bulletin board on their website, and invites people to use it. The intent of this website is to become a great social network, and that cannot occur if I use products created by others with no ingenuity related to the website. This meant that I would build this website from scratch without using any of the packaged templates and programs many use to create websites. In order to accomplish this I spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours conducting extensive research on computer programming.

The discussion forum that I wanted to create would be an independent, unique platform created entirely by me. Although I would use coding ideas devised by others and modify them to suit the interest of this website, The Literary Board would be an original creation and not a program created by others that I simply installed. The methods used would also provide the coding platform for the Blogs members post to this website.

Similarities Between Web Development, Writing, and Reading
As I taught myself computer programming and web development, I acquired the tools needed to implement my ideas. I also soon realized that there are similarities between teaching oneself web development, writing a book, and finding a good book to read.

Teaching Oneself Computer Programming is Stressful
When someone teaches themselves web development, they must sift through large amounts of information in order to locate the truth. As I began the process of teaching myself PHP, I purchased a book from which I expected to learn the programming language. However, as I began to read the book, I discovered that it was not effective in properly teaching anyone PHP. The author’s teaching process was unclear, lacked the details needed to properly teach anyone the programming language, and other reviewers confirmed the book was worthless. I then realized that I needed to find another PHP book to learn from.

In order for me to properly learn PHP, I needed to find another book on PHP. That book was PHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made Easy, which was very effective in helping me learn PHP. I then used the coding knowledge that I acquired and begin working on this website. But as I built this website and sought to lay the foundation for The Literary Board, I realized that I needed to learn more sophisticated aspects of PHP, along with other web development languages such as JavaScript, jQuery, and AJAX. This is where the similarities became apparent.

As I began to delve into complicated areas of computer programming, I soon realized how difficult the task would be. There are many people on the Internet willing to offer advice on how to program, but as I discovered with the books I had purchased, not everyone is a good teacher. I read numerous web pages and watched many YouTube videos, and found very few helpful. Many of the people who wrote those pages and filmed those videos either spoke too fast to understand, did not sufficiently explain how they did what they were doing, or the instruction they provided was not what I needed.

The process of sifting through large amounts of information to find what I needed was a very intensive task. It consumed a lot of time and led to a lot of frustration. But in order to succeed, I was required to preservere until I found what I wanted. Both writers and readers experience the same stresses.

Being a Writer is Not an Easy Task
While gathering intelligence on the literary industry so that I can properly operate this website, I regularly peruse other discussion forums. After sifting through the large amounts of spam posts by eager writers, I sometimes come upon posts where writers need help writing. They have either started a story and are experiencing writer’s block, or are new to writing and do not know where to start. These writers seek advice from more experienced writers, and hope that the advice and suggestions they receive will be helpful. However, they face the same problems that a developing computer programmer experiences: sifting through a lot of information to determine what advice is legitimate, and what is not.

If an author is interested in producing a book that is believable, they must ensure that what they say is accurate. But even the greatest writers must conduct research. Authors may be the God’s of the universe in the stories they create, but they do not know everything. They must therefore ensure that they conduct the proper research so that what they say is aligned as closely as possible to reality, or that it is at least convincing to the reader.

As writers conduct the necessary research for their books, they will encounter a lot of valid information, but also much more misinformation. In the pre-Internet era, people conducting research were more likely to find more valid sources of information than they are now. They would conduct the majority of their research in libraries using encyclopedias, edited books, and scholarly articles. However, in the Internet era, anyone can post their opinion on the World Wide Web, and the Internet has become a megaphone for the village idiot. People lacking expertise are able to voice their opinion to a worldwide audience, and influence others. Others will take what they say and spread it as true, even if it is false. Such information seems to be more abundant than facts, and spreads quicker than the truth. Writers, like web developers, must spend a lot of time filtering through misinformation in order to secure factual information they can use in their books.

Finding Good Books to Read
Not all books that are written are worthwhile. Some are terrible, while others are very good. There is the saying that one should never judge a book by its cover, because the appearance of the cover ultimately says very little about how interesting the contents of the book will be to a reader. Many books are read because of reviews written about them and recommendations given by people whose opinions are respected by readers. However, finding a good book to read can still be an arduous task.

People who enjoy reading do not want to waste their time reading books that are boring, implausible, or full of falsehoods. They have an understanding of the types of topics and issues they like reading about, and they seek out books that contain such material. But the books they choose can lead to disappointment if they turn out to be less interesting than they expected. I experienced that when I tried reading a book that many view as one of the greatest pieces of literature, The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, which I found too boring to finish. I’ll possibly try reading it again one day. There have also been times when I felt as if I had wasted my money on books that had been reviewed well but I found to be lacking in quality.

Millions of books are in existence and available for people to borrow and purchase to read. However, fewer books are of a quality that many readers will find interesting. This reality connects reading with writing and web development. In these three endeavors, one must search through vast amounts of information, resources, and books to seek out what they want. Achieving satisfaction requires a very detail-oriented person who knows what they want, and possesses the discipline needed to continue pursuing their goal. The similarities that unite the three activities are the primary reasons for this website and its features. It exists to bring different people with similar interests together so they can help each other by sharing ideas, networking, and expressing themselves.


The Literary Board and Literary Blogs are for You to Help Yourself
Since there are similarities in how web developers, writers, and readers operate, it is only natural that they should interact for the benefit of all. As a web developer, I created this website to bring them together. Specifically, The Literary Board was created as a forum where writers, readers, and literary professionals can interact and share ideas that all will find beneficial. And with regular participation from members who use the features on TheLiteraryNet.com, members have shared ideas and knowledge that other have found useful.

Wisdom Posted to The Literary Board
When I was a child in school, some teachers said there was no such thing as a stupid question. The inherent message in this belief is that people should be receptive to legitimate questions that can benefit others. Even though one person may ask the question, others who are listening may learn something they do not already know. Questions have been posted to The Literary Board, and the responses contain knowledge that can benefit people operating in the literary realm.

One of the first topics posted to The Literary Board was one I created, Becoming a Published Writer. I asked what challenges the writers of the board experienced. Members that included J.S. Danielle, Aimee Wilshire, and Steve Mizera shared their experiences. The topic and responses can prove helpful because writers might be able to help others avoid the pitfalls of writing, so that others may experience success much easier.

Sharon Coady spoke of Finding Beta Readers. She and JD Lovil, talked about how helpful beta readers can be to the quality of a writer’s work. Charles W Jones joined the discussion and offered to be a beta reader, which shows how discussions on The Literary Board can lead to connections forming between people providing services that compliment each other’s needs.

Independent Expression and Teaching through Blogs
The Blogs feature of this website gives members the opportunity to freely express themselves on topics in the realm of literature. Some have also spoken about issues that are unrelated to literature. Regardless, blogging can serve as a way for members to boost their stature and promote their work, which can help enhance their literary careers. Additionally, blogs can be educational to others as members discuss issues they encounter while operating within the literary industry.

Some authors who are members of this website have written books about specific societal problems. They have written blogs to both promote their books as a way to expose the problem, so the problems can gain more exposure and be addressed. Jeron McCall posted blogs about his book, The Making of a Gangster and the scourge of gangbanging in America. Although the Crips and Bloods began in Los Angeles in the 1970s, they have spread throughout the country and kids continue to join these gangs, resulting directly and indirectly in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. His overall message is that gangbanging has been destructive, and kids need to see it for what it is and not seek to become a part of the gangbanging lifestyle. Another member who has profiled a societal issues is Steve Mizera. He has a passion for speaking out against the sexual abuse of children. He posted a blog, Trust, in which he talks about the physical and sexual abuse he experienced as a child, his growing into adulthood and becoming an abuser who served time in prison, and his redemption and critique of the government’s efforts to prevent sexual abuse and his suggestions on improvements. His book, How To Abolish Child Sexual Abuse, represents his effort to help protect children. He feels that in order to combat sexual abuse, the government must work with abusers to devise better ways to combat child abuse, and that adults in general, including parents, must do a better job of protecting children. Jeron McCall and Steve Mizera show how members of this website who are authors can use the blog feature to promote their books while seeking to raise awareness for causes they believe in.

Other members have used blogs as a way to promote their literary services.Tracy Kauffman is one of the first members to have posted a blog in which she spoke about her literary interests and the copy editing, coaching, marketing, and publishing services she provides. Many websites charge people to promote their business, but as Tracy Kauffman’s blog shows, the features of this website can be used so that people can promote their literary business for free. We never charge members anything!

Blogs can also be written to review books. JD Lovil posted an example of this when he posted Review of Deluge, Edited by Allen Taylor. In his posting, he offers a critique of Deluge that included his opinion of the book, along with commentary on its contents. Reviews can be helpful to readers who are looking for good books to read, especially if they are unsure about buying a book. This serves as another example of how members of this website can use blogs to promote their books and gain support for causes represented in the books, make others aware of the literary services they provide, and offer reviews of books to gain support for books they enjoy.

Engage with other Literary Enthusiasts and Enjoy
Many members of The Literary Net have actively participated in its operations to improve the user experience for all. And although their involvement has helped this website grow, there is still a lot of room for more growth. That will occur when more of the world’s citizens who are interested in literature become aware of this website, and register accounts. The silent members of this website who have accounts but do not participate must log in and interact more, and members who are active participants should continue their regular involvement. Everyone’s input is needed to make this website better.

This website is based on user participation. The more literary aficionados and enthusiasts participate and use the features on this website, the better it gets. This provides an incentive for people to be active on this website. It can help them promote their literary career, regardless of their interest in the field, and provide opportunities for them to learn and teach others. The aforementioned Literary Board and Blog posts provide examples of this.

The members who have been mentioned in this post have used this website to their advantage, and brought more attention to themselves and their literary interests than they would otherwise have received. Many others have also done that, but unfortunately I could not include them because this Behind the Scenes post would have been unending. Regardless, there is still a lot of room for this website to grow. We provide this website and all of its features for FREE, whereas our competitors charge people and provide less.

This website will remain free! The Literary Net exists so that its members and literary enthusiasts can use it to benefit their literary careers, and we invite newcomers to join and help make it better. This website is only as good as the content created by its members. We want you to help make this website one of the premier social networks on the Internet, and the primary source for people who are interested in literature.



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