Blog Tip Series: More than One Account

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Hi! How are you doing today?

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As I mentioned in my other post, I’ve been MIA because I was working on contest entries and submissions for Writing.com. Also, last week was insanely busy! Needless to say, I’m glad it’s over.

And, I just realized this blog is going to be a year old next month. Honestly, I can’t believe so much has changed in a year. It was around this time last year that I wanted to leave Wattpad behind for good, but I didn’t know what to do. Luckily, someone told me about WordPress and advised I create a website here. Ya know, sometimes I do miss the old writing site I was on because it was easier to meet other writers (sad, I know), but overall, I still prefer WordPress. It’s nice to write the stories I want without dealing with annoying rules and popularity contests.

Anyway, today’s post isn’t about my blog anniversary, it’s about more blogging tips!

Today’s blogging tip may be a strange one, but it’s something I feel is important. To summarize the tip, it’s “Have more than one Account.” To explain further, I feel many writers have their main base for all their work. Now, that may work for some writers, but I feel it’s important to expand your platform online. For example, if you stick to one website, then you are missing out on other followers and readers.

Let’s say you only have your WordPress blog – that’s all you use. You get a few followers and some readers, but it’s only other users on WordPress, which limits you. If you want to capture potential readers outside of WordPress, then YOU, as the writer or blogger, need to do the work. Remember, we want people to read our content, so we have to search for them. Yes, I know it sucks, and it adds more work, but that’s part of an Author Platform.

We can’t stay in one place and think people will come to us because it doesn’t work like that. If you compare “real life” to the “online world,” then writers in real life essentially do the same thing. They go to writer’s conferences, library events and even ask local bookstores to stock their stories. Hell, I know one writer got popular on Wattpad because they were PMing other users (just readers), to check out their stories.

So, throughout those different avenues, they are finding readers for their work. And when they do that, best believe they are mentioning their website and any blogs they have. So if you do decide to expand outside of WordPress, mention your blog. That way, you’ll bring more readers to you. On my many different websites, I will tell readers about my blog. In the future, I plan to use Instagram to expand myself, and hopefully, grow my blog. Personally, I’ve tried to use Twitter, but I don’t like Twitting every day. Also, I’ve noticed some writers on Twitter are so desperate for readers, they’ll follow a bunch of people and then unfollow them. That’s actually a pet peeve of mine.

However, don’t let my experiences discourage you. If you want to find more readers for your blog, then step outside, and find new places to expand your content. ^__^ After all, finding more readers is like this:

Adventure

(taken from https://giphy.com)

What websites do you use to find readers, and have you enjoyed the experiences there?

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20 thoughts on “Blog Tip Series: More than One Account

  1. I’ve found that Instagram is quite beneficial to me, but it takes an unhealthy amount of work, especially with the new algorithm. Plus, they make it pretty difficult and undesirable to follow any links outside of ig’s app.

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  2. I mean I use twitter and now facebook, but I must say that twitter, though at first I thought was great there are some things that annoy me about it. Such as people following and then unfollowing just so they can try and ‘con’ you into following them. I’m very picky about who I follow back though, their content actually has to be good and entertaining. The thing I find is that I want all my content to be new across every platform I use but sometimes it’s hard to think of all that in one day. However I agree that writers need to branch out, after all people have to have a reason for visiting that one site and amongst millions of others, yours needs to stand out or you as a writer need to feel approachable etc. 🙂 Great post as always! ❤

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    • Yeah, that’s my biggest issue with Twitter, too. I don’t like the follow and then unfollowing. I used to post new contest across every platform, but I found it hard to keep up with all my sites. After a while, I just gave up. However, I do agree that we need to make our content stand out.

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  3. I am all over the place: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+… There are more, I am sure of it, but those are the platforms that I use regularly to reach out to people.

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      • I automate posts, make sure I use wordpresses Publicize ability to share my blog posts on my different accounts… I share things while browsing my feeds, save posts to a special Pinterest board. I rarely tweet, to be honest. It isn’t my preferred method. Of you look at the different platforms and consider what they can do for you and how they can play a role in your daily life, it makes it easier. I use Pinterest as an inspiration board for each of my projects, and have a link to my blog on my profile, which creates a bit of a buzz. Instagram is all about my daily life, sharing snippets of feelings and projects. Facebook is a common meeting ground for anyone who is interested in my work. Everytthing gets shared there. ❤ some days it gets overwhelming, but seriously, automated posts and shares to as many platforms as possible is the way to go.

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  4. I’m all over the place, but I love Twitter the best. I don’t exactly use it to connect with readers but with other writers. That’s how I’ve met some of the writers I never would have by simply browsing websites.

    Twitter and Facebook are a lot better in terms of distributing links. On Instagram there’s only one place to do so and even at that you have to mention it in your post that the viewers have to go to your profile to get the link. With Facebook​ and Twitter the links are right there and immediate.

    Hopefully I’ll be trying out Pinterest, YouTube and Tumblr soon. I already use Google+ but it’s to attend to writing group assignments.

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    • Hmm, how did you meet other writers on Twitter?

      I haven’t used Instagram that much, but I’m hoping to soon. Oh, what are you going to do on YouTube? I wanted to make a YouTube channel for my writing, but it’s a work in progress.

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      • Many profiles run chats from time to time using hashtags. Eg #amwriting #amediting #aminquiring #WIP etc.

        Yes, I’m planning on getting into YouTube sometime in September. From what I’ve checked it’s a lot of work so I don’t want to jump into things. I want to vlog (blogs in video format) about wiring mostly.

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  5. In theory I agree that writers need to use different platforms…but unfortunately, I just can’t manage it. I found that I spread myself too thin and I didn’t have enough time left to do any writing. 😦

    I’ve had to make a decision to just focus on writing and getting published in the right places, then all I can do is cross my fingers and hope for the best. Having said that, I always reply to the readers who take the time to email me and contact me on Twitter, because I think the regular readers are the most important thing.

    I know I would probably do a lot better if I had the time to dedicate to social media and other platforms, but my day job takes up most of my time, so it’s not really an option.

    I guess the right readers will either find me or they won’t!

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  6. Great advice, Aka. I can’t argue that. I think I’m experiencing some heart palpitations, nausea, perhaps a headache…Oh, I see what’s happening here. I’m having a panic attack. I’m going to file this under “Things I need to do, but first I’ll do everything I possibly can to avoid.” But in all seriousness, I contemplate what forms of social media and which websites might help me. (I recently started an account on Writing.com through some advice I took from you, but I’m moving at a snail’s pace on there. I’m still undecided about it and how much time I’m willing to commit to it, or even how I want to use it.) It just takes me a long time to talk myself into trying different ones. I’m afraid of spreading myself too thin, so I try to make sure it’s something I can commit myself to and hopefully not at the cost of my writing or editing. So, yeah, not making a lot of progress in this area yet, but this is a reminder that I need to work on it.

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