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How Bloggers Can Help Each Other

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A few years ago I created a website, Huria Search, to showcase and highlight the websites of Black content providers, including magazines, newspapers, major websites, and bookstores.

In April of this year, I added a database of Black bloggers (http://huria.org/blogs/). Today there are 195 blogs in the database. I personally added about 75% of the blogs. Basically, I went to every blog roll and best blog ranking I could find, and added the blogs that were still online and active.

I’ve read content from all of the blogs. Several blogs are well designed, have great content, enjoy a large audience, and are doing well financially. However, all the blogs can benefit from more readers and revenue.

I feel we should, and can, do more to support each other.

I have both a personal and collective interest in seeing this happen; I have maintained this blog for over a decade, and understand the challenges bloggers, especially those just starting out, face attracting readers. From a collective perspective, I know many good writers who no longer blog, because they were unable to attract readers or effectively monetize their blogs. Without their contributions, the Web does reflect the richness of our culture and is a less interesting place. In fact, looking at the list today, I see we have already lost a few blogs since April.

Some bloggers are migrating to Facebook, but the creativity and unique design of a Blog are simply impossible on a Facebook page. Of course there are also the issues of revenue, privacy, control and even ownership to contend with.

I see no indication the difficulty in attracting readers and generating revenue on a blog will change, in our favor, unless we take action to reverse it. My list of blogs can help readers discover the blogs in the database, but again I think we can do more to help each other.
I don’t pretend to have solutions, but I think if we figure out ways to collectively leverage our blogs, we can all benefit. Before search engines we used webrings, while that may not be a great solution in 2015, it may be better than what we are doing now.

I’m appealing to you for ideas to help all of us in our effort to attract more readers to our blogs. If you have any ideas please consider emailing me at troy@aalbc.com, replying in the comments section below, or better still by sharing your thoughts on a conversation I just started on my discussion forum.

You may add additional blogs to our database by using this form.

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Troy Johnson,
Founder Huria.org

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Marc Lacy Releases Curse of the Whiskey House

Curse of The Whiskey House made AALBC.com Best Sellers List for May/June 2015!

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Curse of the Whiskey House

The highly anticipated fiction-thriller novel, the first book of a trilogy (Whiskey House Trilogy), has arrived! Curse of the Whiskey House may be ordered at marclacy.com or via amazon.com. For more information, please email AVO Publishing, LLC.

Description
Curse of The Whiskey House is the first book of the Whiskey House Trilogy. It is a page turner of the ages that reads quickly and easily. Curse of The Whiskey House is not for the faint of heart, spiritually weak, or closed minded. This book is gripping, chilling, controversial, action-packed, heated, scary, graphic, and bold. Curse of The Whiskey House is a fiction thriller tale (with a hint of paranormality) that incorporates VERY REAL societal issues. The elephant in the room is exposed ten times over in this book. If you are churched/unchurched, a believer/non-believer, married/single, or traditional/nontraditional, and a MATURE READER, this book will have “something” that will catch your attention.

Curse of The Whiskey House is guaranteed to challenge you to open your eyes, and take a good look at yourself, and your surroundings. Once you finish reading it, you will NOT be the same person you once were (whether that is good or bad).

“Do you dare challenge yourself and brave the wrath between the pages of Curse of the Whiskey House? Hmmm. Consider yourself warned.” – Marc Lacy, Author

Synopsis
Jesus once saved Lazarus, but some wonder if the City of Lazarus is beyond saving. This historic Bible Belt homestead located in Hawthorne County, Alabama has a population of 45,000 and is nationally renowned for its fine whiskey. Lazarus, a lively city that was once a resting spot for the Buffalo Soldiers, has a lot of heritage, history, and religion. Maybe too much of each.

The Hawthorne County Whiskey Stop, the city’s most profitable tourist attraction, gets thousands of customers per year from in and out of town. But the Hawthorne County Whiskey House, its counterpart, is anything but good and sacred. Just ask the beloved Mayor of Lazarus, Samuel Justice, who has enough skeletons in the closet to fill the local cemetery. The level of treachery and mayhem spawned within the whiskey house is uncharted despite the fact that Reverend Jackson Jones, the pastor of the Central Baptist Church, owns it.

Many believe that a lot of spirits are uneasy and that a curse lingers around Lazarus and Hawthorne County because of the crass circumstances that surround the whiskey house. There’s an old saying around Lazarus, Once you enter the whiskey house, if you should ever come out, your life goes south. There is also an eerie prophecy tied to the whiskey house that no one wants to acknowledge; they keep quiet about it hoping it will just disappear. Detective Brock Taylor is the only hope in saving Lazarus from total destruction. But will he be able to extinguish the curse and bring happiness back to the lives that have been maimed by the misgivings at the whiskey house? Or will he be another victim of the devastating curse? This time, even Jesus may not want anything to do with Lazarus…

news-marcMarc Lacy
Huntsville’s own Marc Lacy, a graduate of Alabama A&M University, is a nationally renowned, award winning poet/author and a lecturer. He has performed all over the country at many national literary events and spoken word venues. Marc is also a seasoned freelance and fiction writer as well as a blogger for The Man-Ologist Blogs. Along with writing and performance, Marc utilizes his wordsmith talent and poetic flair as he facilitates lectures, conducts workshops, and delivers motivational speeches concerning writing, communication, and self-development. Additionally, Lacy is a cast member of the new hit webisode, The Men’s Room. Marc credits his faith in God and love of family for providing the energy he needs to succeed. More 

Over the years, I’ve seen Marc in action in various venues across the country. He is best described as a renaissance man. He is an accomplished athlete and a scholar. He is an entrepreneur, a DJ, a poet, and a talented novelist. He is tall, handsome, hardworking, and just a really decent man. (firstname, fallback=Reader), check out Marc’s latest novel, Curse of the Whiskey House and let me know what you think. Maybe I can use your quote on our Marc Lacy profile page.

Peace,
Troy Johnson
Founder & Webmaster,
AALBC.com

NAACP Image Award Winner, Tony Rose pens, “America the Black Point of View”

An Autobiographical History Book by,
NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literature, Tony Rose

“An American Masterpiece …. savagely written and beautifully told.”
www.theblackpointofview.comwww.ambersbooks.com

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“I come from a place that is so invisible that you can hardly see me. Yet, I am despised, hated and feared more than anyone or anything… I live in the underbelly of America and I am poor and have nothing. I am a Black man… and I am invisible, until someone kills me…

This book is essentially a children’s story. A story of millions of children locked away in the segregated, red-lined ghettos and housing projects of America. I found out early on that this was not going to be an easy book to write. I wanted to write an autobiography about… the horrific murderers, pimps, gangsters, rapists, child abusers and thieves that I grew up with… [but] I soon realized that I could not write about me as an African-American… without writing about White America.

I also wanted to write about what it was like for a child… in the real ghetto, the projects… where, contrary to how poor Black people are always depicted, there was no God, no church on Sundays, and no singing in the choir.” —Excerpted from the Introduction

Whitter Housing ProjectsAmerica The Black Point of View: An Investigation and Study of The White People of America and Western Europe and The Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy – The 1950’s and 1960’s – From the Projects to NAACP Image Award Winner, Volume One (Amber Books, 2015), Is the story of tens of millions of African American children locked away, in the segregated, redlined ghettos, and housing projects of America. It is the story of children living in horrific environments, with bad parents, in bad schools, where death rides hard and is known by everybody.

In this investigation and study of the white people of western Europe and America, Tony Rose takes you on an autobiographical and historic journey of great beauty and even greater horror.
The journey takes you all the way to the terrifying, vicious and savagely honest, invisible black ghetto world of a child, and then teenager, growing up in the housing projects of the 1950’s and 1960’s… More

“An alternately poignant and powerful autobiography that is as much a riveting overcoming-the-odds memoir as it is a searing indictment of the United States as a racist society. A must read.”
—Kam Williams, Syndicated Book Reviewer Read the Full Review ▶

Listen an Interview of Tony Rose with Joe Madison, “The Black Eagle” on SiriusXM

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Tony Rose, was born in Roxbury, (Boston) Massachusetts and raised in the Whittier Street Housing Projects. He is an NAACP Image Award Winner, the Publisher and CEO of Amber Communications Group, Inc., the nation’s largest African American Publisher of Self-Help Books and Music Biographies.

He is the editor of numerous books and the co-writer of the national bestseller, Is Modeling For You? The Handbook and Guide For The Young Aspiring Black Model, written with Yvonne Rose, and has penned the critically acclaimed, international best-seller, Before the Legend: The Rise of New Kids On The Block and A Guy Named Maurice Starr, The Early Years.

He has written, compiled, edited and published, the award winning, international best-seller, African American History In The United States of America—An Anthology—From Africa To President Barack Obama, Volume One, a Top Ten Best African American Book and has recently written the critically acclaimed, America the Black Point of View – An Investigation and Study of the White People of America and Western Europe & The Autobiography of an American Ghetto Boy—The 1950’s and 1960’s—From the Projects to NAACP Image Award Winner, Volume One.

Amber Books BannerVisit www.amberbooks.com for Amber and Colossus Books Catalogs
Order all books online and wherever books are sold. Retail customers, bookstores, libraries, wholesalers and distributors email your purchase orders to amberbk@aol.com.

Contact:
Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO
Amber Communications Group, Inc.,
1334 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 5-D67, Phoenix, AZ 85048
602-743-7211
amberbk@aol.com

Editors Note:
Tony Rose has indeed been a force in the publishing industry for almost two decades. He has remained successful and profitable in an environment that is increasing challenging to independent businesses. His success helps fuel the success of countless others writers and businesses, including AALBC.com.

Peace,
Troy Johnson
Founder & Webmaster,
AALBC.com

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