A to Z Challenge ~ “U” useful websites for poets & writers & bloggers

A to Z  Challenge  April  2012

“U”  useful sites
for poets & writers & bloggers

do you ever find yourself  needing a definition or a synonym?  or you want the lyrics to a song?  how about searching for images which you can use in a post?  sometimes i  want to research a certain type of  flower or a fairy tale.  maybe you have a question about how to do something on your blog.  the sites i  go to for these things & more are the types of sites i  have listed in this post.  i would love for  you  to leave a comment to let us know what other sites you use.

below are the sites i have found to be the most useful:
{  in  alphabetical  order }

{ either click on the site name
or copy & paste the URL into your browser }

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BLOGGING HELP & TIPS ~

BLOGGER.com ~  this is the  “help”  site for blogspot.com blogs
http://support.google.com/blogger/?hl=en }

HOW TO MAKE MY BLOG. COM ~  tips & tools for bloggers
{  http://www.howtomakemyblog.com/  }

PROBLOGGER  ~  tips & tools for bloggers
http://www.problogger.net/  }

WORDPRESS.COM  ~  this is the  “help”  site for  wordpress.com blogs
{  http://en.support.wordpress.com/  }

WORDPRESS.ORG   ~  extra help for wordpress.com blogs
{  http://wordpress.org/  }

WORDPRESS.ORG  ~  FREE PLUGINS DIRECTORY  for wordpress.com blogs
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/  }

DICTIONARIES  ~

Dictionary.com ~  dictionary  &  thesaurus
{  http://dictionary.reference.com/  }

Merriam-Webster  ~  dictionary  &  thesaurus
http://www.merriam-webster.com/  }

The Free Dictionary  ~  dictionary,  thesaurus  &  encyclopedia
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/  }

Webster’s  ~  dictionary  &  thesaurus
http://www.webster-dictionary.org/  }

Wiktionary  ~  dictionary  &  thesaurus
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Main_Page  }

FONT  &  PHOTOGRAPH  SPECIAL  EFFECTS  ~

glitter effects for fonts and photos
{ http://glitterboo.com/  }

glowing text with animation options
{  
http://glowtxt.com/  }

gothic fonts
http://pookatoo.com/  }

Shape  collages
{  http://www.shapecollage.com/  }

special  characters  &  fonts  available  in  Windows ~
click on  START,  either go into  ALL PROGRAMS  or  enter into the  SEARCH box ~
CHARACTER MAP

tilt-shift photograph effects 
http://tiltshiftmaker.com/  }

IMAGES  ~

clip art  free use of  a wide selection of  clip art  for  non-commercial use
http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/index.htm  }

deviantArt  {look for “some rights reserved” }
http://www.deviantart.com/ }

flickr.com/creative commons { look for  “some rights reserved” ~ click on that and it will show you which type of  creative commons license }
http://www.flickr.com/cr  eativecommons/

flickr.com LIBRARY OF CONGRESS IMAGES
http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/  }

google.com  IMAGES   { look for  “some rights reserved” }
{  http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi  }

ImageChef  Word Mosaic   { make them yourself }
{ http://www.imagechef.com/ic/word_mosaic/ }

publicdomainpictures.net
http://publicdomainpictures.net }

twitpic.com photographs { look for  “some rights reserved” }
http://twitpic.com/  }

we heart it.com   { look for  “some rights reserved” }
http://weheartit.com/  }

Wikimedia Commons  IMAGES ~  especially artwork
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Images  }

Wikipedia.org   ARTS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Arts  }

WikiPaintings.org
{ http://www.wikipaintings.org/ }

Yahoo.com  IMAGES
http://images.search.yahoo.com/images  }

MISCELLANEOUS  ~

About.com ~  classic literature,  including poetry
{ http://classiclit.about.com/ }

Glossary of  Poetic Terms
{ http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072405228/student_view0/poetic_glossary.html }

goodreads.com ~  poetry
{ http://www.goodreads.com/genres/poetry }

Martha Stewart  ~   recipes,  crafts  and all things “perfect”
http://www.marthastewart.com/  }

mental_floss  ~  trivia,  facts,  miscellaneous information
{  http://www.mentalfloss.com/  }

PoemHunter.com   ~   find poets,  poems,  song lyrics,  quotations  and more
http://www.poemhunter.com/  }

Poetry Glossary at Poets.org
{ http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/17105 }

Wikimedia Commons  ~   free to use media –  images,  sounds,  video
{  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page  }

Wikipedia.org  ~  online  “encyclopedia”
this is where i go to research artists or fairy tales or poets or poetry forms etc.
{  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page  }

Wikisource  ~   Library
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Main_Page   }

POETRY  FORM   Resources  ~

dVerse ~ Poets Pub
{  http://dversepoets.com/category/formforall/  }

imaginary garden with real toads
{  http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/search/label/format%20challenge  }

my heart’s love songs  ~  etheree & more
{  http://haikulovesongs.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/international-poetry-month-april-2012-e-etheree-and-more/  }

One Stop Poetry
http://onestoppoetry.com/poetry-forms  }

POETS.org
http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/197  }

The Teacher’s Guide
http://www.theteachersguide.com/poetrymonth.htm  }

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poetry_form#Forms  }

QUOTES  ~

looking for a quote or  wanting to know who said  it?    search options by quote or author

brainyquote.com ~
{ http://www.brainyquote.com/ }

goodreads.com  ~  popular quotes
{ http://www.goodreads.com/quotes }

Wikiquote.org ~
{ http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Main_Page }

SEARCH  ENGINES ~

Bing
{  http://www.bing.com/#  }

Bing  Images
{  http://www.bing.com/images?FORM=Z9LH  }

Google 
{  https://www.google.com/   }

Google  Images
{  https://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi   }

Google ~  tips for narrowing your search
http://thewritesisters.blogspot.com/2009/06/sunday-sharing-narrowing-your-search.html  }

Yahoo
{  http://www.yahoo.com/  }

Yahoo  Images
http://images.search.yahoo.com/images  }

Search  the  deep  web ~  tips and tools for  more extensive searches
{  http://www.online-college-blog.com/features/100-useful-tips-and-tools-to-research-the-deep-web/   }

SOCIAL MEDIA  ~

Facebook    this is the  “help”  site for  Facebook
{  http://www.facebook.com/help/?ref=pf  }

Pinterest ~   this is the  “help”  site for  Pinterest
{  http://pinterest.com/about/help/  }

Twitter  ~   this is the  “help”  site for  Twitter
{  https://support.twitter.com/  }

i have only mentioned the most popular sites  ~  go  HERE    for  a  comprehensive list
{  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites  }

SONG  LYRICS  &  MUSIC  VIDEOS  ~

search by  artist  or  song title  { there are often discrepancies in the lyrics }

A – Z  Lyrics Universe
{  http://www.azlyrics.com/  }

AllTheLyrics.com
{ http://www.allthelyrics.com/ }

Lyrics.com
http://www.lyrics.com/  }

Songlyrics.com
{  http://www.songlyrics.com/  }

to find songs featured on television shows:
tunefind.com
{ http://www.tunefind.com }

YouTube.com  ~   music  videos
http://www.youtube.com/  }

WRITING  TIPS,  INFO  & FREE SOFTWARE

Fear of  Writing  ~  writing tips
http://fearofwriting.com/blog/  }

How to write a memo  ~  writing tips
{  http://jennifaye.wordpress.com/  }

RHYMEZONE.COM  ~  find  rhymes,  definitions,  synonyms,  antonyms,  homophones  &  more
http://rhymezone.com/  }

VersePerfect FREE  software program from  Softonic.com  ~
the program gives you phrases,  proper nouns and common rhymes for the words you need;  famous quotes that help you finish your poem with speed.  it has the Hyperbolic Thesaurus,  which is a kind of semantic chart;  online dictionaries,  thesaurus suggestions and Wikipedia files are just a click away.  (not all the rhymes suggested are phonetically okay)
{ i have downloaded the program but have not yet used it. }
{  http://verseperfect.en.softonic.com/  }

write to done
{  http://writetodone.com/  }

writing prompt sites  ~  a list of  sites i put together in one post
http://haikulovesongs.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/o-over-here-over-there-places-to-play/  }

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i am participating in ~

NaBloPoMoSoup

8 Comments

Filed under A to Z April Challenge 2012, NaBloPoMo, National Poetry Month, poetry, Post-A-Day2012, Post-A-Week2012

8 responses to “A to Z Challenge ~ “U” useful websites for poets & writers & bloggers

  1. Wow, SP, you rock for putting this all in one place! I am bookmarking this!

  2. Thank you for this very helpful post. I can see myself referring to it from now on.

  3. Great links. Thanks for for sharing. :-)

  4. Hmm. All I can say is “Wow”! What a whole lot of stuff for one post… You must do a lot of research, friend… So nice to meetcha’ ! Best regards to you. Ruby aka Grammy

    • i enjoy the searching process. {smile} and i definitely do research images often. thank you for your visit and comment, Ruby! ♥ it’s nice to meet you.

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