“It’s very easy to quit during the first ten years of writing. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.” Andre Dubus
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Writer's Platform-Building Crusade - what's that you say??
Over at Rach Writes I came across a great concept -The Inaugural Writers’ Platform-Building Crusade (what fun!!!)
Rach had thought about the fact that there are so many of us out there -aspiring writers, beginner bloggers, industry peeps, even published authors, all who want to build their online platforms. We write insightful posts and articles, actively blog within the blogosphere, take part in challenges, competitions, and contests galore.
We have the passion and the drive to make it, but…we could do with a few more followers.
So, Rach (Rachael Harrie) started thinking. What if we link all these people together, she thought? What if we create a way to meet people in a similar position, people who genuinely want to help build our online platform while at the same time building theirs? People who want to pay it forward in the spirit of writerly writerness and blogging beautificity (and see it come back to them in turn)!!!
And here it is…
The Rach Writes… Inaugural Writers’ Platform-Building Crusade.
How cool is that!!!
This is how it works:
Follow along with Rach Writes' site if you don’t already (she wants to build her online platform too of course)
Become a Crusader by leaving a comment to the inaugural post (include your blogging name and a link to your blog)
Write about the Crusade on your blog and link back to that inaugural post
Encourage your followers to come to Rach Writes… and join up (it will help them too!)
Tweet about the Crusade, including a link to this post (http://bit.ly/9kMySK) and #WPBC1. Encourage re-tweets. She's @RachaelHarrie if you want to follow her in the Twitterverse too
Pop it on Facebook if you have a page
Generally, spread the word…
She’ll publish a list of all the Crusaders on Rach Writes..., and will update the list as people join in on future Crusades.
And there it is. You’ll have a list of bloggers in the same position as you, who genuinely want to help you succeed. You can visit their sites, follow along with their blogs, leave comments galore, and share your highs and lows as you journey through the blogosphere and build your online platform. And they'll be doing the same for you.
Rach has got some Crusade Challenges and Blogfests planned, so let’s see how many people we can get onboard and make this an ongoing thing...
Jump on board the Writers' Platform-Building Crusade. Spread the word. Pay it forward. And have fun with your blogging!!!
The first Crusade challenge has just been completed (I missed out on that one!) Currently voting is underway to choose the best post. You can read entries and vote here if you want.