Happy Saturday, OMmies!

Welcome to the weekend and our latest effort to bring enhanced information about your articles to the forefront. We are asking that everyone begin placing a brief abstract/description on each article. This will help provide added insight, a snapshot if you will, about your piece. Keywords, of course, would be very helpful, but we do not want to just see a list of words. Reduce your message down to a few important sentences, please. The editors will be prompting everyone to provide these as we review, since we know it will take time for us all to [remember to] include it.

All the editors ask that if you see comments from them asking for revisions that you respond promptly. It is best to write directly to the editor and let them know to find your changes. This way, we are not left wondering or having to follow up only to find things have "been done." 

Newer members (and you know who you are--), I have been leaving many messages about embedded links. OMTimes articles are not paid endorsements. Members come on board with the understanding that any articles we do CAN have references but they must be aboveboard. No hidden links to some scheme or other outside company. If you are promoting your own website or business, it can be done in a tactful way. This is why we ask for bio paragraphs where readers can find out more. 

Speaking of bios, remember your BIO paragraphs - we are seeing quite a few without them. If you want your audience to get in touch, be sure to include your website, please! 

If you are doing a linked reference, kindly mark it as such below your work. They do not have to be footnoted.

We also want to remind everyone we are writing ahead for the spring season, so rebirth/renewal are usually strong topics. Many people are getting their planting and garden supplies, so looking toward the growing season, earth, and greater light are good focus areas.

If you have been providing steady content we appreciate your diligence and hope that you continue to enlighten us, since we all benefit from experiencing you. If you are new, we are happy to have you aboard (the more, the merrier!) and please let us know if you have any submission questions.

Sending fond Valentine's Day wishes for this week to all of our LOVEly contributors!  Thank you for being part of the OMTimes community! 

Enjoy your weekend and the week ahead. ~ Blessings! 

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Hi, Kathy! I hate to be so dense, but I find I'm really having trouble discerning what to put in an abstract1 I clearly is not part of my article, but is an attempt to summarize the article. Mine end up feeling short and pretty useless! Can you help me understand? Perhaps by clarifying these questions:

  • what is the purpose of the abstract?
  • Who uses the abstract? (audience) and how.... (I guess that is back to purpose)

Anyway, every time I finish an article and go to write the abstract, I dog-paddle in a sea of confusion, so any clarity you can provide would help!



Hi, Tess - the purpose of the abstract is as stated in the discussion piece. They provide a brief snapshot of what your article is about; a summary; and they are used to direct the audience in a snippet of audio or other media to want to read more. 

If it helps you to write an outline, then simply take those main points and condense it into a readable summary. You may choose to paraphrase, or focus on the main idea. Or, an alternate would be (and it all depends on how your inspiration comes to you), looking at the notes you might jot down as you are becoming inspired to write.

If you were an attorney, it could be your opening or closing statement. It does not have to follow the article exactly, but give us your summation in about an 80-word paragraph...as best you can.

Hope this helps! ~ Blessings! 

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