Without an audience for our works, we create alone, our talents born to die unseen.
Thousands of great blogs appear on the Net every day. Every day new bloggers join the throng vying for attention. How can writers ensure their blog will stand out from the crowd?
The marketers tell you content is king. But hundreds of thousands of blogs have great content. You need something more.
When Nanowrimo. the world famous National Novel Writing Month, started, it had six or seven participants, all friends. Now thousands of writers clear their desks ready for a writing sprint in November. The website and forums buzz with global activity and everyone has heard of Chris Baty and his book No Plot No Problem.
Last year I discovered Nina Amir's Nanofimo--and Tara Lazar's PiBoIdMo. Again both sites started quietly with one of two participants and now are famous through word of mouth for their outstanding content and helpful challenges.
Our own Writers on the Move all have helpful blogs. Joan Y Edwards has created PubSubWeek encouraging writers to submit a new proposal on the third week of each month. Again her support and helpful advice encourages loyal supporters who follow her blog regularly.
Writing Challenges can be free--and most are until they build up a strong following--or supported by donations or run on a paid-for platform when their value is proven.
What would most appeal to you? Why not organise it?
- Choose the challenge.
- Decide on the time frame--will it be week-long? month-long? Annual or one-off?
- Find followers to help the start-up, to write encouraging and/or advisory Web posts.
- Find sponsors to donate gifts and/or edits or reviews/ or whatever would be the ideal gift for your challenge.
- Add a forum to your website to provide a home for participants' tasks and comments.
- Decide whether this will be open or visible only to those who register.
- Advertise your challenge, time and place on FB and Twitter.
- Update your content daily throughout the challenge.
So what if only one person signs up? If your idea is good, it will grow year on year bringing you more fans and followers than you ever anticipated. Start by leaving just one challenging idea in the comments and see who might be interested.
Anne Duguid is a freelance content editor with MuseItUp Publishing and she passes on helpful writing,editing and publishing tips at Slow and Steady Writers