Fiction Bloggers Webring Home Page

Welcome to the Fiction Bloggers Webring, powered by RingSurf. We Fiction Bloggers are an association of bloggers writing blogs having anything to do with fiction. Your blog could be a blog novel, or it can be a blog about your writing process, or a blog to promote a book you’ve just written. If you fit any of these criteria, you can join, regardless if your fiction is literary or genre, horror or romance, science fiction or fantasy, professional fiction or fan fiction.

Click here for a list of active members

Joining takes a few more steps.

Step One: Applying Your Code

First of all, you need to have the webring code in a prominent place in your blog. I have to be firm about this. There are few things more frustrating about surfing through a webring suddenly hitting a dead end. So, as your acceptance into the webring is purely manual (i.e., by me), I need to see your code before you put it in.

Now, RingSurf is not exactly feature rich. It only allowed me to put in one default webring code, and it’s clunky. So, I’ve created this page to give you more options. So, please copy and paste one of the following two codes into an easily accessible page on your website.

This Code:

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<a href=”http://www.bowjamesbow.net/fictionbloggers.shtml”>
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<P><B>Fiction Bloggers</b></p>
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[ <a href=”http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=fictionbloggers;id=***SITE ID***;action=prev5”>Prev 5</a>
| <a href=”http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=fictionbloggers;id=***SITE ID***;action=prev”>Prev</a>
| <a href=”http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=fictionbloggers;id=***SITE ID***;action=next”>Next</a>
| <a href=”http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=fictionbloggers;id=***SITE ID***;action=next5”>Next 5</a>
| <a href=”http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=fictionbloggers;action=rand”>Random</a>
| <a href=”http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=fictionbloggers;action=list”>List</a>
| <a href=”http://www.bowjamesbow.net/fictionbloggers.shtml”>Join</a>
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Produces This Result:

Fiction Bloggers

[ Prev 5 | Prev | Next | Next 5 | Random | List | Join ]

 

This code

<a href=”http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=fictionbloggers;id=***SITE ID***;action=prev”>&lt;&lt;</a> |
<a href=”http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=fictionbloggers;id=***SITE ID***;action=list”>##</a> |
<a href=”http://www.bowjamesbow.net/fictionbloggers.shtml”>Fiction Bloggers</a> |
<a href=”http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=fictionbloggers;id=***SITE ID***;action=next”>&gt;&gt;</a> |
<a href=”http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=fictionbloggers;action=rand”>??</a><br />

Produces This Result:

<<Prev | ##List | Fiction Bloggers | >>Next | ??Rand Ont
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Feel free to choose which code best suits your page, and don’t feel constrained by these two models. You can cut down the ring code further, so long as you at least have a valid “next” and “prev” link.

Step Two: Joining the Webring

To join the webring, follow this link and fill in the fields. This is what the fields mean:

Site Title: Title of your web page.

Site Owner: Your moniker.

EMail Address: Your e-mail. This is how I can contact you to notify you of changes to your web page, or to let you know if there’s a problem with how your website connects with the webring. If you’re leery of supplying this information, you should check out RingSurf’s privacy policy.

Site URL: RingSurf helpfully puts in an “http://” at the beginning of this field, not knowing that a number of people are just going to copy and paste their site URL from the address bar of their website. For the record “http://http://” in this field causes an error — not when you submit your application, but when I review it.

Ring Code URL(optional): If you are going to put your webring code on a different page than your main page, you must put the proper URL here.

Year of Birth: More legal stuff so that Ringsurf can cover their backsides.

Password and Password (verify): This allows you to go back and modify any information you provide regarding your site, while preventing anybody else, save for the webring moderator (me), from making changes without your permission.

Keywords: Short words or phrases which describe what your site is about. Helps the RingSurf search engines find you.

Site Description: What your site is about in your own words.

Once you have entered this information, click on the button marked “Add Your Site to the Ring” and you’re off.

Step Three: Your Ring ID

Once you’ve done step two, you will receive a number. This is your Site ID on the webring, and RingSurf needs this in order to tell where a webring surfer is clicking from so that RingSurf can figure out he or she ends up clicking to. You MUST paste this number into your webring code, over every instance of the phrase “SITE ID”. If you don’t do this, your code is useless.

Step Four: What Follows

I receive a notification that somebody wants to join the ring. It can take me about a week or so for me to log in and check out your website, see that the code is in place, and add you to the list of members, so please be patient. Please note that I periodically go through the membership lists and take down links to sites that have gone defunct, or who lapse in their use of the webring code.

Once you are in, however, you will receive traffic from a diverse collection of fiction-related blogs. I’m as pleased at how well this webring has done in the three years as I am with my other webring. We’ve gathered a large community of a wide range of writers; some professional, some talented amateurs, some original, some fan fiction writers, all dedicated to the craft of writing. It really is a rich collection. So, welcome aboard. I look forward to your own contributions to the community.

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