I am more than pleased with our first month of "Good News Wednesday!" We have consistently had close to 20 articles and seeds per week. The only week we were under 20 was the week I didn't write, so I guess I will take the blame for that one! For everyone who has contributed to the effort by writing or seeding articles, thank you! For those of you who are supporting the effort by reading, commenting and voting, thank you as well! For those of you who have no clue what I am talking about, here is a link to the first kick off article explaining what we are trying to do.
Some have asked in comments why we haven't made it a group. The main reason is that I didn't want it to be restrictive. I wanted people to feel that they could participate without joining a group first. Everyone belongs! All you have to do is tag your article or seed "good-news-wednesday." It is so much simpler than forming and joining a group. This started as a spontaneous, informal effort between a few friends who just wanted to read a few more positive articles, it should remain as such. Besides, how many of you belong to groups that you no longer remember why you even joined? Let's keep it simple! Just tag it!
You can find all of the articles that have been tagged by clicking on the tag at the top of the article or by doing a search for the tag. But, did you also know that you can watch-list "good-news-wednesday"? When you pull up the page listing all of the articles by one of the methods above, just click on the green watch button. This will put it on your watch-list so that you can see when a new tagged article has been published.
Tagging is also a very efficient way of keeping track of your other articles. Say I wrote a short story that I wanted to share with someone, but I had no clue exactly when I wrote it. I would simply go to my column and look at my tags and click on fiction. It would bring up all of the articles that I had tagged "fiction." In this case I have 10 short-stories that I have written and published here on Newsvine. I can find them all in one spot and I don't have to remember when I published. I just have to remember the tag. You can also do watch-lists on specific tags for issues that you may be interested in. Say for example, "Autism." Just do a search using the tag "Autism." It will bring up all of the articles and seeds on the topic. Then just click on "watch" and it will be saved to your watch-list. Then any new articles tagged "autism" will show up on your watch-list.
Last week on Thursday, Rottlady wrote an article entitled "Rottlady's Hints for Newviners" She is continuing this week with a new "how-to" article to further educate us. And I do mean us because I picked up a few things as well last week. If anyone has any questions about anything Newsvine related that is confusing, please don't hesitate to ask. We may not know the answers, but usually know where to find them.
So hey! Gimme some good News!