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Thank you Raimey!
I used to dread blogging more than any other aspect as a writer.
Do I sound ridiculous or fake?
What if I’m boring?
How do I pick and choose topics of interest?
Tweeting was another story for me. Short statements of who I was seemed less daunting, and I loved the interaction piece. I could heart things. I could post a really great quote and the author who’d said it might find it and respond back to me.
Today, I’m reflecting on what is currently working for me regarding my marketing platform, and why I don’t dislike blogging quite so much. I spent months and even years on my blog with little interaction. Today, I’m feeling different about it.
- Blog what you like.
- What inspires you? Funny quotes? Quick tips? The most important thing I’ve learned is to be you and to post for you no matter the platform. When I started blogging, I dreaded sharing my thoughts from my life with the world. Now, I’ve found a balance between my life and my topics of interest.
- Network with those you want to reach. For me, I don’t want to write solely for writers. My tagline I use is: Author, writer, dreamer. I maintain a dreamy Cloud Nine Girl Facebook page on the importance of waking up every morning and giving your best to live your dreams. I try to post 2 to 3 times a day. It’s a huge effort, but the interaction is worth it for me. I do also really appreciate my writing groups. Being a writer can feel sort of lonely, and I’m grateful to Author Anna Simpson for joining the IWSG group so I could find them too. Without the IWSG group, I might not be feeling the momentum I do to succeed. I’ve met some really great friends in the group and I’m thankful.
- Visit and like fellow followers media efforts. Share their posts. Comment. I try to like everything I can relate to. Also along those lines, I try to reach out to blogs of different interests. Simply Ulna, Anja Ge, Maverick on the Move, are a few blogs I enjoy.
- Guest post with others when the opportunity strikes. This tip came from an article I found on a google search called the blogging wizard. The author also mentioned the importance of Triberr and I admit, I’ve never heard of it but I plan to explore it this month and will let you know how it goes next time.
- Promote others just as you hope they will promote you. When I have time, I’ve seen a technique on twitter work out pretty well, where you retweet a tweet and add your own comment and tags. It’s probably my favorite new twitter promotion tip and I also enjoy leaving comments to others when I can. When I post a tweet in a hashtag, I try to like others in the hashtag and forward a few of theirs along too.
- Frequency of posting. I recently went to a Writer’s Digest workshop in Kansas City and a speaker mentioned blogging once a month was enough. It wasn’t for me. The more I blogged, the more people visited my site. Maybe it was the combined efforts of twitter and blogging, and even though it was incredibly tough for me to maintain three posts a week, it really worked to reach a greater range of individuals. My topics also wove together my love for writing and my desire to inspire people with guest interviews on those real hero individuals who have inspired me. I can’t keep up with three blogs a week now, but I did enjoy jumping around other’s blogs and posts and commenting back.
I think the best success comes from the heart. I try to walk in the shoes of what I hope and want to achieve. I research a great deal, read a great deal, and try my best every day to do what I can to help promote others, and to not beat myself up if I can’t do more.