I’m going to make a huge assumption here and that is that you are hoping that your writing will eventually pay off in some way and that you aren’t doing this just for the love of writing. I could be wrong but writing for the sake of writing, without any sort of recognition of ‘success’ (whatever that may mean to you) will eventually pale alongside the need to do other things that are considered more important.
Without recognition of some description it could become just another tick on the to-do list of life which ends up at the bottom of the heap because of all the other things that are on that self-same to-do list as well.
Recognition of course comes in many forms and every one of us different – it’s the great thing about the writing community, it’s so diverse and is one of the reasons I love it so much. It may be that recognition for you is having your book printed as a gift for family and friends, it may be that it’s available for sale in the local book shop, it may be that you crave that best-seller or even the status that comes with being an expert in your chosen field. Whatever recognition (and success) means to you is a vital part of who you are and I’d love you to write it big and large all over the social web.
Now, to the main part of the post and the thing I’d love you to try …..
I’ve visited many blogs over the recent months of writers who are all trying to get their voice heard above the chatter that goes on and I’ve been struck by how often I can’t find the information I’m looking for – I have to try every which way to get to find them in other places. I scroll down side bars, read about pages and even go searching across multiple sections of the site and even then I struggle to find the key pieces of information which you must include:
- Your name
- Your pitch
- Your social accounts
- Your contact details
- Your books listed simply with links to buy them …..
This doesn’t apply to all author websites and blogs of course and it could be that you are not looking for this sort of recognition or success. But surely if you are blogging at least part of the reason you are doing it is to be ‘seen’ and to be ‘visible’ so please can you help me, and other readers out, and let us help you out too.
When I go to a blog post I really enjoy I want to share it on Twitter or Facebook perhaps, sometimes even on LinkedIn. I want to acknowledge the skill and time it has taken to craft and create this piece for other people to read. I can just click a ‘share’ button but then you may never know I’d shared it for you, so I look for your Twitter handle, your LinkedIn account or your Facebook Page just to add in to the status update I’m writing – so go on please make it easy for me :-)
Now, yesterday I asked if anyone on LinkedIn would like to share their profile with me so we can connect, you can add a comment there if you’d like to LinkedIn For Authors and Writers – Part 1 and here I’d like to find out if you have a Twitter handle I have yet to follow or a Facebook Page I’d love to ‘like’. Just drop them in and I’ll come along and find you and then I can introduce you to the people in my network too.