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DIY Poetry Publishing Cooperative

July 29, 2005

DIY Pub web ring

Calling all DIY publishers! If you're using the demos on this site (or your own methods) to create a chapbook, zine, or micropress, let's swap links. I'll add you to the DIY resource links in the sidebar. (Comment below or shoot me an email at shanna at shannacompton dot com.)

The (evolving) idea is to use this site as a resource for DIY publishers and the folks who love them. Even when classes are not in session, I will continue to update the site with DIY publishing announcements, related articles, etc. So feel free to send your news this way!

And here are some graphic banners to post on your site with your link (if you like):

These are already uploaded to the Blogger image servers, so feel free to remote link (though you're also welcome to save and upload them to your own servers if you wish). Here's the code. Just replace [ ] brackets with < > brackets:

[a href="http://diypublishing.blogspot.com"][img src="http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/988/248/320/DIYbanner1.png"][/a]

[a href="http://diypublishing.blogspot.com"][img src="http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/988/248/320/DIYbanner2.png"][/a]

[a href="http://diypublishing.blogspot.com"][img src="http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/988/248/320/DIYbanner3.png"][/a]

[a href="http://diypublishing.blogspot.com"][img src="http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/988/248/320/DIYbanner4.png"][/a]


  • Hey Shanna:

    I am a proub micropress myself--20 authors in 20 yeas--all chapbooks.

    Added your link to my home page at:

    It would be great to be added to your resources.

    Gregg G. Brown


    By Blogger Gregg G. Brown, at 7:48 PM  

  • Hi Shanna,
    I'm loosely connected to the whole Ashland poetry crowd and check in on your DIY blog from time to time. I couldn't help but notice that you call your link exchange a web ring.

    Now, this is where I cough and look all shifty eyed and swear I'm not trying to advertise on your site, but in a way, I guess I am.

    A link exchange isn't actually a web ring. I'm currently employed by an web ring company (webring.com). Web rings were created by an Ashland High School student and involve a piece of technology that links sites together in a way that visitors can navigate from one site to another without ever having to return to the original site.

    You have the right idea with the DIY banner, only a web ring banner (navbar) contains navigation code. All someone has to do is to push the "next" button in the banner to move to the next site in the ring. It's an awesome way to connect communities of like sites.

    You should check out webring.com and see if you might be interested in creating a real web ring. If you need help, please feel free to contact me at roguewriterkyle at yahoo dot com.

    By Blogger Kyle Stich, at 3:26 AM  

  • Gregg, you & yr press have been added. Thanks!

    Kyle, yes, I am using the term loosely, much like some of the first cooperative literary sites back when I first became internet-addicted, around 1994-1995. Though they called their structure a web ring, it was really just a page of links to various magazines and literary orgs that had a common theme. I think the shared navbar thing came later. (Wikipedia says the first scripts were developed in London around that time.)

    The linkrolls here are kinds of like navbars, in that the links are designed to open in new windows so that it's easy to navigate between various sites. (I do the same thing with the blogroll on my personal site, which opens as a separate popup and can be used as a sort of hub to surf through 100+ poetry blogs even after a user leaves my main site. (That blogroll actually needs a thorough update, too.)

    One of the main goals with this site and the extensions I've been building at Lulu and Amazon is to keep everything free. So I'm limiting myself to what I can do with a simple Blogger template, which is what most of the micropresses also use. That's in keeping with the DIY ethos. :)

    Blogger itself is one gianormous webring, with "next blog" navbars at the top of each blog, though clicking that here might take you to any other blogspot, not just to a poetry or DIY-related site. That'd be a cool feature for Google to build in--the ability for users to designate other blogspots in a navigable ring. Too bad they didn't add it to the new Beta release.

    By Blogger shanna, at 9:29 AM  

  • Hi Shanna.

    Going to add a DIY banner to our new blog at


    and would love to be added to your links list.



    By Blogger Rope-a-Dope, at 2:59 PM  

  • Shanna,

    This is a very cool blog. I found it through my friend Nate Logan.
    Anyway, I am hoping to make a poetry chapbook sometime this summer, so I will definitely be using this blog as a resource for that. I'm adding a link to my blog.

    By Blogger DB, at 5:40 PM  

  • Hi Shanna,

    I started a site sometime back called 020.COM which is largely about London, however poetry hasn't much been pushed on the site.

    If you wanted to submit some of your best i'd be happy to put them up. It would add something to the site.

    By Blogger Samantha Taylor, at 3:32 PM  

  • Hi Shanna,

    I added you to my blog at www.worldclasspoetryblog.com. I'll add you to my website (www.world-class-poetry.com) later. I publish my own chapbooks and review the books of others. I am considering publishing chapbooks as well and am working on a full-length book, which I may publish on my own. Would appreciate a link back. Thanks!

    By Blogger WorldClassPoet, at 4:44 PM  

  • Hi Shanna,

    Tilt Press is an indie small print press dedicated to publishing chapbooks for emerging poets (individuals who have not yet published a collection of work) I've linked to DIY and would love it if you could link back! Thanks.

    We blog here: www.tiltpress.blogspot.com

    and our "official website" is here:



    By Blogger Tilt Press, at 3:30 PM  

  • Hey Shanna,

    I like what your doing here. I would be happy to add you to my micro-press's links page and use one of your banners.
    It would also be great to be linked from your resources page.

    My website is www.sevencirclepress.com


    By Blogger Seven CirclePress, at 3:16 PM  

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