It’s 14 years old in September, and despite a recent change in hosts that shut the site down for a few days, the popular blog can continue to grow. The World of Words by Elias Tobias has maintained a place in the top million web sites in the world for more than a year, according to Alexa.com, has a high ranking among U.S. sites, and is a top site in Indianapolis, where it is based.
The World of Words by Elias Tobias continues to embrace technology through the years. It has its own FaceBook page, and podcasts of the author reading 26 poems from the Love Notes Collection. Using YouTube, the Elias Tobias Channel has 34 videos, including 12 of “The Poetry Corner,” where Elias Tobias can be seen reading 12 of his favorite poems. Other videos feature photography by Mike Hall, a video for the song “Next Flight” composed by Michael Albright, and a video biography of Elias Tobias.
Children can enjoy two short stories, “Briana’s Secret” in English and “The Peasant Princess” in English, French, Spanish, German and Arabic. A text biography of Elias Tobias is in English and Spanish, and a biography of his wife, Patty, is available in English.
Articles include information about how to get published, how to start a poetry web site, four mini-lessons on how to write poetry, and an article about how to harness the power of words in an electronic age.
There are links to a free fan club, free poetry posters, free downloads of site logos for screen savers, free downloads of photos from the ArtBrushed Photo Gallery, featuring computerized alterations of photos by Mike Hall. There are two sets of 101 Words of Wisdom for those who enjoy quotes on topical subjects. Learn about the unofficial fraternity of friends, Lambda Sigma Chi, and read their posted poems. One brother has a column of his experiences as a youth minister for his church.
Press releases from years past are available along with a posted interview with Elias Tobias. Archives monthly newsletters feature the Poem of the Month. All photos published are in the Freeze Frame Photo Gallery.
The best thing about the poetry web site is the poems, of course. More than 250 poems are in nine books or collections, including Love Notes, Grace and Glory, A Cupful of Words, 100% Fat Free Elias Tobias-brand Poetry, Color My Word, Figments of My reality, Mental Graffiti-Words on the Wall, a French poem collection-Les Aventures du Cow-Boy Cosmic, and a Spanish collection-Palabras de Inspiracion. Finding the poems is easy with the internal search box with cross-referenced files that make keyword searches interesting. All previously published poems are in a linked poetry credits page post.
It is easy to see why so many have discovered The World of Words by Elias Tobias, and there is more to come. Those poets who are part of the International Poetry Link Exchange will be invited to share their work and promote their sites at the same time, while other poets with sites not yet part of the link exchange will be encouraged to participate.