A Table of Contents

j.m. raymond By j.m. raymond, 5th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A quick and easy way to promote your writing here on Wikinut and elsewhere.

Keeping Your Audience

As authors, we all want an audience. If someone finds one of our online articles, we naturally want them to find--and read--more of them. Sometimes, the user interface does not provide an easy way to see all of the articles written by a single author. Other times, the arrangement of titles is not always grouped by subject or content.

A simple solution to these issues is to create a table of contents, arranged by subject and providing links to your articles on each topic. Not only does this make it easier for your readers to find your articles of interest to them, you also get the added benefit of additional links to your articles for the search engines to find.

Quick Wikinut Link Tutorial

The process for creating your own table of contents here on Wikinut is extremely easy.

Once logged in, do a search for your published pages. With the list in front of you, click on the title to one of your articles.

TIP: I prefer a browser that allows me to open the link in a new tab. On a Windows machine, right click on the link and select open in new tab. On a Macintosh, you can duplicate this behavior by holding down the CTRL key and clicking on the link.

In the new tab, you should see something similar to the image above. I prefer to use the short link, but you could use the full URL if you choose; they both resolve to the same location.

In the article you are writing, start a new section and give it a name such as politics, or poetry. Attach a picture to the category you just created if you wish to.

TIP:It is possible to attach a picture to each article link in your table of contents. Create a new section for each link and instead of typing a title in the section box, hit the space bar several times. The system will tell you if the "title" is too short. Just add a few more spaces.

In the text box for your new section, type the name of your article, highlight that name and click the Link button on the Formatting line, enter or paste the URL. Once the link is in place, do a return and enter your next article title under that category. Or, you can provide an excerpt as a teaser for the article to explain what it discusses or pique your reader's interest.

For a new category, simply start a new section and repeat as above. The final result should look similar to the entries below.

Current Projects

I am currently working on a project I'm calling Inn Situ -- Scenes From a Bar.

In Situ is a Latin phrase that roughly translates to "in the place", or "where it was found". Inn Situ is a look at life in the place of the human condition. It is a collection of tales with a supernatural bent, perhaps a dash of magic and a commonality of location. You can read a preview draft of the first half at my website.

Politics

Declaration of Liberty, 2011
A discussion on the rule of law in America and the current administrations callous attitude toward that founding principle.

Dear Mr. President
A personal letter to President Obama.

Humor / Off Beat

Dying Embers
When passions die.

War of the Worlds (in 250 words)
A new twist on a famous title.

Homonymphomaniacism
Playing with words, just for the fun of it.

SF/Fantasy

A trip to Mars
This is a rather long tale about a first manned mission to Mars.
Vision (part I)
Vision (part II)
Vision (part III)
Vision (part IV)
Vision (part V)
Vision (part VI, conclusion)

No Return
Armageddon--Flash Fiction

Energy

Factors to Consider Before Switching to Solar Power
A brief overview of issues to consider if you're thinking of converting to solar power.

Poetry

For Joshua
Currently, about 1 of every 100 children are diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. This is for my son who is one of them.

Between Chaos and Clutter
Thoughts on setting up a new home after being in the old one for fifteen years.

Forward, or at Least Onward
An oldtimer's look at the Age of Aquarius.

Dark Tales

As Scheduled
Promotions and pay raises aren't always what they're advertised as.

Shades of Home
This is an excerpt from the Inn Situ project mentioned above. Though this tale was crafted before the Inn Situ idea was formed, the tone and dark tides of this one seemed to fit well within the framework for Inn Situ and has since been included at the prompting of others.

Essays on Writing

Tips for Improving Your Online Writing
Suggestions on grammar and formatting to make your online writing stand out from the crowd, and hopefully, increase your revenue.

Older Articles

List of other published articles by J. M. Raymond
Some of the older articles I have published here on Wikinut in various categories.

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Humor, Jm Raymond, Poetry On Wikinut And Elsewhere, Politics

Meet the author

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Satire, humor and fiction are my primary interests, although occasionally, I make forays into the worlds of technology and small business management.
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author avatar Melissa Dawn
6th Jan 2012 (#)

An excellent, excellent read. And I still say men are difficult when ill :-) Happy new year my friend

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author avatar j.m. raymond
6th Jan 2012 (#)

An excellent, excellent read

You are far, far, too kind. Thank you.

I still say men are difficult when ill

Usually I hear that without the "when ill" part.

For those of you who have not yet read it, Mel has a rather humorous piece on a hospital stay at: It's A Guy Thing (part two). Good read if you're looking for a laugh.

And a happy new year back atcha.

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author avatar Buzz
6th Jan 2012 (#)

I'm very pleased to meet you here at Wikinut. Thank you for a very informative article.

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author avatar Denise O
6th Jan 2012 (#)

I have read it and it is a hoot. I think after you have written so many pages, you should chronicle your pages in one article. it seems if you are not promoting the older articles daily, they get very few hits, since they are not displayed on your profile. Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar j.m. raymond
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Nice to meet you, Buzz. And thanks for reading.

Denise, nice to see you. Hope the year is off to a good start so far.

Your "chronicle" idea is excellent. I may have a thought or two on how to implement that, but I need a bit of time to throw it all together.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
5th Feb 2014 (#)

Great advice. I hadn't thought to do it this way. But every "landmark" article -- #10, #25, #50, #75? #100, and other achievement articles -- 1000 nutpoints, 100 followers, whatever -- I would post a "look back" article. I think it has helped some of my links stay in circulation.

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