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 ( 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.


  1. Love this! I'm going over there now, but then I'm leaving town for a week so I may not be as active as I need to be. However, I'll follow her blog and keep up. Thanks for the link!

  2. Welcome to the Crusade! I'm excited to get to know ya!

  3. KarenG: Great. It's a beaut idea..:)

    Megan: Thanks for the welcome fellow crusader. I'd better get over and check out your blog..:)

  4. Hey L'Aussie, great to have you on board the Crusade :) We're having a fantastic time, and have met (and are now actively keeping in contact with) so many wonderful people/Crusaders. Sorry you just missed out on the First Crusader Challenge, one coming soon :)


  5. Rachael, thanks for the welcome and I'll be looking forward to the next challenge..:)

  6. I'll have to plunge into this after my virtual tour and book launch - sound like a great idea!

  7. Yay! Another crusader. Welcome. I'm a new follower of yours and also a crusader.

    I saw on your sidebar that you participated and won last year's NaNo. Congratulations! Are you doing it again this year? I'm doing it for the first time this year.

  8. Hi L'Aussie. I'm in! Thanks for spreading the word.

  9. Alex, that'd be great. Nearly your big day!!!

    Patricia: Hi! I'll pop over and check out your site if I haven't already. Been buzzing round like a mad thing. Yes, I'm doing NaNo again. I'm parisden. If you click on my NaNo badge on my sidebar (the new one) you can buddy up. Looking forward to getting to know you better..:)

    Hi Grandpa! Great! Everyone will love having you on board..:)

  10. Sounds like a crazy awesome idea!!

  11. Hi Denise, nice to have you on board. I love your quote at the top of your blog. I think we have a lot in common or does everyone love chocolate, writing and Paris (probably). I chose Kangaroobee from two of my characters. Does sound a bit Aussie. I've been to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne if that qualifies me to use the name :) See you around, Catherine

  12. kangaroobee: Thanks for popping by..:)

  13. Denise headed over to check it out. Thanks for the heads up, and isn't Grandpa great. He is out there encouraging all of us.

  14. This is a really great idea. I will check this out, would love to participate, as soon as my schedule permits,


  15. Sounds cool. I'll check it out.


  16. That's a fabulous idea! Thanks for telling us about it and spreading the word! I'll hop over to her site forthwith and sign up as a crusader:)

  17. Jane, be great if you joined..:)

    Clarissa: It would be good to have you join us..:)

    Alexandra: Lovely!

  18. I've signed up today and wanted to stop by and say hi!


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