Almost everyone these days knows what a BLOG is. You can’t surf the Internet for too long before you run into a blog regardless of what the topic is. Blogging is a two sided relationship; one that exists between the owner of the blog and the readers of the blog. As a writer, YOUR GOAL IS TO PARTICIPATE in other blogs so that the readers of the blog become aware of who you are and what it is that you do. Participating in other blogs is a simple, highly effective and totally free way to find real prospects on the Internet. Blogging For Poetry Writers – 4 Steps To Effective Blog Participation For Writers will outline a few simple ways to find new followers, fans, and potential patrons, along with ways to dramatically increase your exposure to people who are looking for places to find your nature of work.
GETTING STARTED ON YOUR GOAL
Before you get started, you will need a few things to make sure that you are able to make the most of your participation. Those things, in order are:
- A Gravatar – a gravatar, also called an avatar, is an image that follows you from site to site and always appears beside your name when you post comments on a blog. Your gravatar allows people to start to recognize you by face, which is very important if you are a writer. Studies have shown that when a person knows you by face, they feel connected to you and this is precisely what you want if you are trying to gain more exposure. Gravatars are free and only require that you have a picture of yourself to upload for use with the service. Once you upload your picture, you will be given the option to crop it and then save it. After saving it, any blog that you comment on that supports gravatars will show your face next to your comments. Get started with your gravatar by going to: Gravatar.com.
- A Destination – most of the time, when you comment on a blog, the blog owner will allow you to place a link back to a destination of your choice. For writers, this will usually be a link to your Facebook page or another site (your weblog or other social media page) where the user can learn more about you and what it is that you do.
I do want to stress that in almost EVERY case, you will want to use your Facebook page because it will allow them to friend request you or ‘Like’ your page which in turn allows you to send them messages in the future. Using a regular website link will not give you those capabilities so make sure you always use your Facebook page unless you have a very specific reason not to.