In my travels, I come across a bunch of websites that sound promising and may be good for writers. Why not write about some of them? Fairly recently, I found out about a neat website, The Future of Ink, and its intellectually stimulating subject matter, digital publishing.
What is “The Future of Ink”?
The Future of Ink is, above all, a clever name given to a modern concept that affects everyone using social media today. If you think of a pen that you hold in your hand, you’ll know it has ink. We use pens to write words on paper. We see the paper and the words. W can hold the paper in our hands.
All of us using social media write words a little differently. There is no pen, there is no paper. We use keyboards or touchpads to write words on our smartphones, computers, or other electronic devices. What happens to the ink when we use our phones and computers? It disappears. Hence, the future of ink becomes electronic words, which is really the wave of the future. (E-readers, anyone?) Clever, isn’t it?
California-based Denise Wakeman and Dr. Ellen Britt created The Future of Ink, a website that is incredibly detailed and a fascinating resource for all things relating to digital publishing, with a focus on publication of e-books. They have recently celebrated their 100th blog post by adding an interesting new feature, a monthly video show. Cool. What’s next?
What is the “Digital Online Publishing Intensive”?
I’m sure many more interesting things are on the horizon for The Future of Ink gals. In the meantime, let me tell you briefly about an interesting program they offered earlier this year, a unique online conference, the “Digital Online Publishing Intensive (DPOI).” From March 6 to March 26, 2013, Ellen and Dr. Britt brought in an impressive array of field experts to elaborate on key aspects in e-publishing.
The conference taught people about digital publishing, specifically, how to create, market, and monetize digital content. If that sounds like a mouthful to you, imagine what was spinning around in my head when I was trying to figure out what all of those words meant. Denise and Dr. Britt asked people to identify specific things that they wanted to know about digital content. Heck, I want to know it all. It’s confusing!
What do you Want to Know about Digital Content to Build Your Business?
To answer that question, it is really important to understand what is meant by “digital content” in the first place. This phrase deals with things that are digital or online or in some sort of electronic form that is not written on paper. In other words, if you see a real hardcover book and can flip its pages and feel with your thumb, it’s not an e-book and it is not online.
When a phrase includes the word “content,” the intention is to talk about writing. Not a great expression by any means, but one that is extremely popular. Websites and blogs contain content which is all the stuff that makes a blog or website what it is. It includes blog entries, photos, and uploaded documents (calendars, e-books, or other files in PDF form).
If I want to use digital content, a.k.a. my blog posts, to build my business of freelance writing by selling my writing to an online audience, what specific things do I need to do as a blogger to achieve that goal?
The short answer to their question is really a question about what I should do. I’ve read lots of generic advice, but none of that seems tailored to my position. I am a freelance writer who writes nonfiction how-tos, business profiles, event coverage, and opinions. What do I need to do with the Creative Idea Gal blog to start earning some money from my blog posts?
A Valuable Resource for Writers
I see the Future of Ink as a valuable resource for writers who want to learn how to market, promote, and earn money from their blog posts. Their site isn’t about the nuts and bolts of writing as much as it is about the concept of publishing writing online and getting it seen by online audiences.
Stop by their site and look around. I’m sure you’re going to like it!