Platforming and Blogs
We’re all hearing that if we want to be successful authors, we need a platform. A platform means having an ‘audience.’ Without readers and an audience it is difficult to sell books. You can platform by becoming a speaker, starting a blog, and networking with others of similar interests on Facebook and twitter. It is the way of the future. Sometimes I find it distracting.
Sometimes when I’m platforming, I feel that that is time I am not actually writing.
Except on my blog. That’s because I actually get to write pieces, essays, poems etc while I’m blogging. I get to read the writings of other writers, and have other writers read me. Sometimes they even ’like’ my posts. And thrill of thrills, when they leave a comment. Ah… contentment. (I know its corny, but you can’t deny a comment now and then makes your day!) Blogging gives you feedback, and I’m finding it an important tool to discover who I am.
Then I discovered I could Publicize my writings on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc and found a good way to Platform was at the press of a button! The Publicize Button.
WordPress is a step up from the other platforms because you are actually doing your trade which is writing, if you’re a writer. I’ve heard several authors kept WordPress, but dropped some of their other platforms, finding that too many platforms proved to be a distraction. (True story, and I read this on a couple of blogs!)
Signing off, (just for a little bit) to try to work a little on that novel I’ve been working on since forever!