Last week Elana Johsnon gave awesome tips on how to keep your life but still be interactive on the web. After all we’re all in this together, looking to network for mulitple reasons. She teaches you that with 15-30 extra minutes you can utilize your time wisely.
Roni Loren taught us last week that there are four types of bloggers. She goes as far to explain the pro’s an cons and I have to say, personally, I think she’s right on.
I’m here to talk about networking as well. It’s been a big topic that’s raided my inbox and not enough people know where to start.
I’m asked – how do you get your followers? How do you make time? I’m so frustated I don’t even know where to start.
I find that there are several who give up before they even start.
DON’T. GIVE. UP.
Isn’t that what we’re always told when it pertains to writing? If you haven’t given up on writing then you shouldn’t give up on blogging. We’re all a team, a happy family, one who supports and carries you when needed.
So you want to create a platform, get your book out there, SELL, SELL, SELL. Well you’re not going to do that with a blog that reaches no one. You have to work towards it.
How did I get followers? I became friends with them. I emailed them, commented, tweeted, etc. We interacted with one another, formed a connection. It’s not solely about selling books, it’s about buliding a relationship.
How do I get blog ideas? The blogging world is a beautiful place. There are so many ideas forming it’s bound to leave you with a fresh bucket of ideas. I have a post-it board at home. Wheneve I’m intrigued by a topic I jot it down. It’s perfect because when I have an off day the post-it board is filled with little seeds to get me going again.
How do I start? Write. Who are you? Why are you blogging? What are you hoping to gain from this journey? The more people know about you, the more they’ll want to learn.
The point is to connect. Make a relationship. Don’t consider this a business venture. Consider this a friendship, a place where we’re all looking to learn about one another and support each other. If you’re wanting to sell books, you need to know who your market is.. the only way to do that is to share things about yourself and learn about your newfound friendships.
How do you blog? What made you start?