Monday, October 3, 2011

Bloggers Connecting with Bloggers

One of the big challenges for published writers is promotion. Recently I stumbled across a few interesting... um, events? activities? maybe I'll just say "things happening on the web."

Rachael Harrie, blogging at "Rach Writes...", is running her third Writers' Platform-Building Campaign, which she says  is "a way to link writers, aspiring authors, beginner bloggers, industry people, and published authors together with the aim of helping to build our online platforms." People sign up for different groups based on genre and connect with others in their group. She also has a yahoo group and fun Challenges to help people get to know each other.

That led me to Alex J. Cavanaugh and the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! This is a "blog hop" where over 100 people have signed up. On the first Wednesday of each month, we all post on the same topic (in this case, writing insecurities) and try to visit a dozen of the other blogs.

I must admit, I'm still trying to figure out how these things work. And, as with all forms of social networking, I suspect that people who join with the goal of getting others to buy their books will be disappointed. But perhaps I'll get to know some more writers. Those connections can sometimes lead to business opportunities down the road, but in the short term, it's more important to focus on enjoying the community of writers.

Here's the list of "blog hoppers" so far (if you are interested in joining, please visit the Insecure Writers Support Group page for full details first):

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