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Share your poetry with piece of mind…the simple truth about copyright.

The information contained below is not legal advice. It is a short and practical interpretation of  United States Code  Title 17 copyright law and does not substitute in any way the professional services of an attorney. 

Years ago I learned that mailing a copy of my original work to myself  was a ‘poor mans copyright’ because it activates copyright protection without having to pay registration to the US Copyright Office. I also learned that original work needs notation of the copyright sign and the author’s name so interested parties can see that the work  is protected.    That bit of copyright education carried me confidently into the world of online social centers, specialty networks, and the opportunity to put my works on display for the world to see.

Browsing various poetry networks, I noticed the posting of original poetic works was small compared to other specialty niches. And when my poetry blog showed up in the top 50 sad poems on Network Blogs I knew there were lots of poets not yet posting.

Suddenly I wanted to tells poets and other artists the simple and important truth about copyrights;  how easy it is to protect your original work from unauthorized use, and to enjoy your exclusive rights as a unique creator.

So I researched the US Copyright Law, read the US Library of Congress and the US Copyright Office websites, visited legal information sites, and read articles on copyright.  As I outlined my understanding of recent copyright law, something became very clear,

 Five Fundamental Truths About Copyrights

 But before you read any further, I want to offer you a direct link to the June 26, 2011 US Library of Congress copyright basics june2011 publication…if you would prefer to read it directly from the federal agency.

1) When you write a poem, you create a unique work of authorship, it is yours. YOU OWN IT.

2) Because you own it, you automatically hold exclusive rights to its reproduction, distribution, public performance, and, you have legal remedies should someone infringe upon those rights.

3) As a proud poet and copyright owner, you can claim your rights and put potential thief’s on notice.   Effective notice looks like this: ©2011kerryldaley and includes three elements:

a. copyright symbol. [use the copyright sign (alt0169) or the word copyright]
b. date the work completed. [year]
c.  name of the copyright holder. [full name; well-known nickname;initials]

4) Copyright infringement that continues despite notification of unauthorized use can end up in court. Recent legislation requires the subject work be certified by the US Copyright Office before taking legal action. US Copyright certification can occur anytime during the life of the copyright.

5) US Copyright Law grants authorship rights and copyright protection to the original author of unique works. Period. Your work is protected even if formal USLOC registration has not occured.  But, if you decide to publish the work and sell copies, registration with the USLOC must occur within three months of the first publishing. This requirement  helps build the USA record of works created and published within its borders.

For poets who are leery of sharing their copyrighted work (yes, it’s already copyrighted), I hope that you are enthusiastic and confident about  your copyright and the protections granted you as the copyright holder. I want you to share your poetry with peace of mind because you know the simple truth about copyrights.

Legalzoom has a good article that explains the difference between copyright and copywrite, and a useful post called ‘Can you trademark “you’re fired!”, and other sayings?

Here are two sites that show how to make the copyright sign in different operating systems: eHow and http://www.copyrightauthority.com

Additionally, http://www.copyrightauthority.com provides a helpful flow chart of the copyright process.

Here is a non-profit site that competes with the US Library of Congress. http://www.myfreecopyright.comis a free digital copyright registration service that provides legitimate public record of ownership and maintains its own national database of copyrighted items. Works submitted to myfreecopyright.com are protected and have been effectively used in court.

Finally, since this post intends to bring poem sharing enthusiasm to poets everywhere, I am including an exciting list of online poetry communities.

Poetry Workshops
www.poetry-express.org
www.zpoems.net

Poetry Networks
http://poetry-network.com
http://writers-network.com
http://outlawpoetry.com

Poetry Forums
www.thepoetsanctuary.net
www.everypoet.org
www.wildpoetryforum.com
http://allpoetry.com

Poet Directories

www.poetswest.com ($10.00 membership fee)
http://www.poetrykit.org/

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Internet Dictionary For Beginners. 
Important first words for building your online presence and experiencing the social network buzz.

 A one page list of common start-up words with hyperlink definitions from www.netlingo.com  and Wikipedia.

Community Invitation: Please use the comment option to suggest more helpful definitions.    

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Quick Reference Guide

For New Entrepreneurs, Bloggers, and Social Networkers

 

Most of these definitions are from: www.netlingo.com/word/
Affiliate marketing
Banners
Blog/Blogger
Brand
Chat room
Cloud
Content
DNS
Domain name ($$)
E-commerce site
E-mail
Host
ISP
Keywords
Link
Network
Niche    (Wikipedia Definition)
PDF
Platform
Post
RSS Feed
Social Bookmarking
Social Networking
Social Media
Tags/Tag Cloud
Web 2.0
Web traffic
Website
Whitepaper (aka freebies) (Wikipedia Definition)
Widget

 

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Free Visitor Counters Help Blogging Efforts – Lessons Learned 5

I’m amazed at the amount of visitors a beginning blogger can reach in a short time with minimal posts and little social bookmarking activity. Imagine the visitor traffic you’ll get when blog post and social networking efforts increase!!!

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My free visitor counters show that:

  • Popular Blog Hosting Platforms Bring Lots of Visitors1962 people visited my combined blogs at WordPress.com and Podbean.com.
  • Increasing my Social Bookmark Activity and Memberships will Increase My Web Traffic!  See Lesson Learned #1   for my best practices on social networking.
  • Poetry is more popular than Pictures. Songs of Love and Dance  is in ‘the top 50 Poetry blogs’ on NetworkBlogs, and has 1 comment and 1 subscriber. [264 all-time visitors]
  • Home, Welcome, and About are Top pages.
  • ‘Public Access USA’ links (Government websites) get clicked more than ‘My Favorite Bloggers’ links.

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Free visitor counters tell a story. . . People visit my site because:

  1. HOST written blog  I use a reputable and popular free website host, WordPress.com. where blogs are automatically recommended to other WordPress bloggers based on topics and tags. [1180 all-time visitors  March 9, 2011 thru May 31, 2011]
  2. HOST – audio blog  I use a popular Audio blog host, Podbean.com, to showcase my vocal ability. [307 all-time visitors  April 15, 2011 thru May 31, 2011] 
  3. SELF PROMOTION PLACEMENT  I have well placed links to my other blogs so visitors can check my entire brand, if they choose.   [ 83 visitors came from within WordPress platform]  / [5 visitors came from Podbean.com]
  4. TWEET EVERYTHING  My posts are automatically Tweeted [13 visitors from Twitter] and Shared on Facebook. [10 visitors from FB]
  5. PUBLIC PROFILE  I have a Gravatar social profile. [81 clicks..source undetermined]
  6. SOCIAL BOOKMARKING  My blogs are on StumbleUpon [4 visitors from SU], Digg,  NetworkBlogs.
  7. BRAND BUILDING  I joined the Seeded Buzz. [8 visitors from SB]

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How do I know these 7 things influence my visitor statistics? 

When I compiled all the visitor data from my Wordpress.com Site Stats, from my Twitter account using TwitterCounter (it’s free), and from my Podbean.com visitor statistics, a distinct trend appeared.

The result showed highest visitor activity in these seven areas with number one and two having the most influence (hits), number three having the next highest influence and so on. 

These free visitor counter tools are a big help because I can use the information to further share my social networking  journey.

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More notable data from my free visitor counters: 

  • Twittercounter:  I have 70 Followers; Follow 400; and have tweeted 110 times as @songbirdgold on Twitter.

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Here are some related blogs as referred by WordPress.com

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Want More Social Network Mind-Boggle and songbirdgold (Kerry L Daley)?

Polling Place: Another brand building experience by Kerry L Daley

Check out my new polling place blog at For the Love of Beaches .

Coming soon to The Social Network Mind-Boggle:

  • My quarterly statistics….I’m amazed.
  • Copyright in a Nutshell…not legal advice.
  • WordPress.com promo…lessons learned.
  • More Freebies…useful .pdf

Keep the comments coming and please, please feel free to offer feedback on The Social Network Mind-Boggle and I’ll try my best to comment too.   

Thank You!

Kerry L. Daley  

songbirdgold  – on Twitter and YouTube

 The Social Network Mind-Boggle –WordPress blog

 Songs of Love & Dance, a poetic work  -Wordpress blog

songbirdgold, –Podbean Audio blog .

Kids Classics-my favorite childhood books.

by Kerry L Daley, in response to seededbuzz member Jane Fordham’s   Seed entitled Memories….books I read as a child.
this article is a seededbuzz Buzz

Favorite Kids Books

What a delightful and welcomed invitation: What childhood books got you through your childhood and early adolescence?

Well, I still have ALL of my childhood books and was happy to take these two off the shelf , dust them off, and display them for this post.

It’s not just the story inside that I cherish but the actual books themselves. The way they smell and feel. The childish pencil marks inside the cover that, although fading, read ‘Kerry Lynn Daley my Best Book’. 

Charlotte’s  Webb, written by E.B. White , illustrated by Garth Williams, copyright 1952 and originally published by Harper & Row.

It’s still being printed 60 years later.

I must have read this book 50 times during my childhood and early adolescent. I could not get enough of the love, sympathy, compassion, and determination that each page brings.  I see now that Charlotte shows the same kind of concern and compassion for Wilbur that I feel for the people of whom I advocate everyday. I am one of those people who ‘always votes for the underdog’ simply because they are the underdog. 

The Doll Of Lilac Valley, written by Cora Cheney and illustrated by Carol Beech, was first published in 1958  by Alfred A Knopf.

It is a delightful story about a little girl who goes to visit relatives for the summer. She takes along her trusted companion, a doll named Kathleen, and during the long bus ride, they get separated.

Oh how I related to loneliness and the pain of separation. The agony of  having to face the world with a great big hole in my heart, missing so deeply those whom I loved and cried for.  I would read the chapters and study the illustrations and feel deep empathy for little Laurie all the while looking forward to the profoundly happy reunion at the end.

These are the books that came to mind as I read Jane’s post. I am grateful for the opportunity to remember and acknowledge why these particular books were my favorites and to share what they meant to me as a child and as an adult.

Here is another buzz on the same topic seed. It’s written by Wealie’s World entitled My Favourite Childrens Books.  Wealie describes her top ten favorite childrens books and provides links to buy them. 

And finally, here are links to related articles as recommended by WordPress.com.

Do you have blogs and articles saved to your favorites because they have something worth mentioning or linking to in your own blog?  

I learned how important content management is when I realized I had tons of favorites, bookmarks, newsletters, and feeds … and no way of  knowing which ones might be useful in upcoming posts.

Not only was my email folder bombarded with subscriptions but my two browsers ‘favorites’ and ‘bookmarks‘ were completely different, with no content management whatsoever except automatic alphebitizing…maybe.

The first thing I did was Import all my bookmarks from one browser into the other.

Then, using my browsers content management abilities, I organized my links into topic based categories.

Now I am able to instantly read and review sites according to the topic I’m writing about making it easier to find blogs and websites with helpful and noteworthy content.

I also organized my email account so that my new subscriptions each have their own file which helps in keeping my Inbox clean.

When an email subscription has a cool article that I might want to use, I go to the articles URL and add it to my favorites.

As to content management websites, I enjoy using Pearls at www.Pearltrees.com which is user-friendly, graphically pleasing, and borderline game like fun.

But the quickest, most efficient, and most probable system for me is good old Internet Explorer organized favorites. 

 Here is a cool site with instructions on how to do content management within your Internet Explorer browser. 

Here is another cool content management site called tidyfavorites.com .

Happy Organizing and Cheers to Content Management!

…………………..Honorable Mentions………………………

 Seeded Buzz:      Wealie    Check out this cool site that’s absolutely full of networking, marketing, blogging, and much more helpful, internet savvy ideas.

 For business promotionBetterflys a network site where you can advertise your service and get real referrals, leads, clients, and customers all for free.

Thanks for reading and please leave a comment, click some stars, subscribe via email, link to your own blog, Like and Share, save to your favorites, etc. etc.

Kerry L Daley, songbirdgold on Twitter.

 http://songbirdgold.wordpress.com  http://songbirdgold.podbean.com

songbirdgold, thats me.

songbirdgold at your service

Lesson Learned #3 – Branding Strategy

Social Networking is about making connections for the purpose of gaining knowledge, sharing knowledge, promoting products & talents, advocating, and more.

When I began my social network experience I learned that I needed a blog or a website to showcase what I have to offer.

I needed to link my blog or site to social network platforms (facebook and twitter) so that my blog entries automatically post to those accounts, and I needed to join some social bookmarking sites to see what others are blogging and selling, etc.

My branding strategy took careful consideration. I decided early on that all my interests and strengths could not be displayed on one blog site because I wanted my readers to choose which of my topics to explore because they were interested, not because it was pushed upon them.  So I created a separate blog for each of my topics.

Less is Best.

This was difficult because what I really want is to make money, which is done by selling a product or service.  But on the internet, products and services are everywhere. The competition is global, literally.

When I look at my motive in terms of money, I deflate quickly because I don’t have a tangible product and even if I did, there is no guarantee I will make enough sales to sing about.

But when I look at it with the intent to share my passions and offer something of value to others I get optimistic.

Internet Entrepreneurs need a branding strategy that  showcases and promotes.  We must build a following, develop a reputation, make friends, share information, do some good for some one, reach out and show ourselves, upstage ourselves with our own abilities.

In my face to face relationships, people want to hear more. There is no reason it can’t happen online with my internet relationships.

So I now have three WordPress blogs.  One that is for sharing useful information ( this one), one that showcases my poetry, and one that is moving in a spiritual and perhaps political direction.

Next, I have a Podbean site in which I display, share, and promote my vocal talent.  Plans for this site include the reading of novels and poetry that have entered the Public Domain. I have a few books and publications from before 1924 plus I’ve researched various sites for more exciting titles.  I want to read them aloud and audio post online for free.

My branding strategy includes:

  • Giving a separate blog site and title to each topic.
  • Creating on each blog a sidebar item promoting and linking to “My Other Sites”.
  • Having one handle or brand name that is all-inclusive: songbirdgold.

Now that I have my branding strategy in place, all the accounts set up, links displayed, widgets working, etc.  I am dealing with my next lesson learned (#4) which is how to stay focused on updating my blogs.

I need a best practice for organizing upcoming blogs and the content that I want to share, like a one page, fill-in style, checklist that includes keywords, links, attributes, quotes, and other noteworthy items.

I belief such a tool will help immensely because it has all the important blog details on one page. All I have to do is start writing without stopping to search articles and other content ideas.

Before closing I want to mention a valuable blog article that I read on SeededBuzz. The writer is Tara Gentile and the article is called ‘the art and business of crafting your online self.   Her article is an inspiration to me and was especially helpful in the drafting of this post. Thank you Tara. Market your blog at SeededBuzz

I hope this post has something usable for you and your online brand building strategy. I would really like to receive feedback so please Leave A Reply or better yet, subscribe to The Social Network Mind-Boggle.

In closing, here are some articles written by WordPress bloggers that offer good information and food for thought on the topic,  brand strategy.


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