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 the topic. 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 blog’s readers become aware of who you are and what you do. Participating in other blogs is a simple, highly effective, and 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 looking for places to find your nature of work.
Blogging For Poetry Writers – 4 Steps To Effective Blog Participation For Writers
GETTING STARTED ON YOUR GOAL
Before you start, you will need a few things to ensure you can maximize 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 recognize you by face, which is very important if you are a writer. Studies have shown that when a person knows your 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 you to upload a picture of yourself for use with the service. Once you upload your photo, you will be given the option to crop it and then save it. After saving it, any blog 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 pages) where the user can learn more about you and what you do.
I 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, enabling you to send them messages in the future. A regular website link will not give you those capabilities, so always use your Facebook page unless you have a specific reason not to.