And it’s worked.
I have nearly 800 followers, between email, Facebook and Twitter.
I read a mind-altering post today from Kristen Lamb’s Blog, “3 Social Media Myths That Can Cripple Our Author Platform.” And then the mind-change happened. Here are the exact words from Kristen’s blog, the ones that reached out and bitch-slapped me:
“Regular people (code for ‘readers’) love being entertained daily in small, manageable, bite-sized pieces. They often read them on their smart phones while in line or on the train or when stuck at an appointment. In fact, this is precisely why blogs are one of the most powerful tools for creating a dedicated readership … The Bloggess (Jenny Lawson) gets THREE MILLION UNIQUE VISITS A MONTH on her blog. She tried to hold a live book event, and her followers crashed Goodreads. Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond) is another favorite. MILLIONS of people follow these blogs. Any guess why? These bloggers (writers)…are you ready for this? These writers…don’t blog about writing.”
But … but … my blog is about writing!
To see if Kristen was really, truly serious about the seriousness of her claims, I headed over to The Bloggess. EVERY post has more than 100 comments. She has more than 200,000 Twitter followers, and the same for Facebook. Oh yes, and her first book was a New York Times Bestseller!
Then I visited Pioneer Woman. Same friggin’ thing. Except she always had AT LEAST 200 comments per post.
Yea, I’d say Kristen Lamb is onto something.
I Need YOUR Help, Now
I’m writing my first novel. It’s fiction, and I want to begin building an audience that will read my book when it eventually publishes. I’m sure you understand.
You’ve all mostly been with me since the beginning of my blog, or at least for most of the past year.
I want to remain as a “Rogue Writer.” But I’m thinking of writing less about writing and media, and more about something everyday readers will enjoy.
I just can’t figure out what.
Here are some past posts I’ve written that were random, and successful:
- Burglars Beware! Why to NEVER Rob a Writer’s Home
- Colon Hydrotherapy in Your Backyard
- Be the Chicken Nugget in a Bag of Vegetables
- My Jewish Cat and the Art of Guilt
- Bananagrams: The New Age of American Consumerism
With that in mind, as a non-writer (just PRETEND) who likes reading blogs, what would you want to hear about … from me? And on the contrary, what do you want me to keep? In other words, what keeps you coming back?
Thank you for your help! A new (exciting) chapter awaits …