Thursday, March 6, 2008

Spread the Word!

Okay, it's finally come, the day that I've been dreading and yet almost eagerly anticipating at the same time. Today is the day that I ask for your help. I've been working on this blog for a while now, but all in all it's still quite new. I've tried my best to provide valuable content that might help other writers and aspiring writers alike. I love creative writing so it's been a lot of fun!
I've visited quite a few very interesting blogs and I've met some wonderfully talented people along the way, some have even dropped by to visit. I really appreciate that!
So, what's so dreadful about this post? I suppose it has something to do with admitting that I can't do this alone. And the part that I was eagerly anticipating? There is actually a handful of people that will actually read this post, that means we have a good starting point. How painful would this be if no one was visiting at all? I shudder at the thought.
Sure, I can keep posting, keep coming up with new things to write about, and I can do my best to make it interesting and worth your time... but I'm also spending a lot of time trying to get people to drop in and take a look at everything I've been working on. So here it is, if you've enjoyed my posts, found solace in my words of encouragement, or even been entertained by my writing exercise prompts, please spread the word. Recommend this site to any of your friends who enjoy writing. If you have a blog and would like to discuss link exchanges, please let me know! If you are looking to add more content to your site and have a specific topic you would like me to guest blog for you just send me an email!
One person who's been a continual inspiration to me and, with exception of my wonderful wife, probably my biggest fan is Kat at Poetikat's Invisible Keepsakes. She's taught me a lot about the blogging world in these past few weeks.
If you are just starting out with your blog, I highly suggest that you create an account at www.technorati.com, once you do that make sure you add me to your favorites (The green and white Favorites icon in the navigation pane and at the bottom of the page) and drop me an email, I'll do the same for you as well. This will increase your blog score and eventually drive more traffic to your site.
Another thing you can do is check out the Blogrush widget I have on the navigation pane(From the Blogosphere) . If you have at least 15 posts on your blog you should click the link at the bottom to sign up. This will syndicate your future posts and they'll show up in the widget box on other blogs around the world! It's actually a very neat utility and very simple to set up. What do I get if you sign up from my blog? A little extra syndication credits. Every time someone visits your blog you'll get a credit, and since I referred you I'll get a credit too. It isn't a money making scheme, it's a traffic generating tool and it's absolutely free. There's a spectacular video available on the site that explains the whole process. (Or, if you have some time, check out this great review by Andy Beard! -Opens in new window-)

If you have any other ideas please be sure to either drop me an email or leave a comment. I would love to hear from you!

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5 comments:

Vicki Fourie said...

I agree that it feels quite painful when it seems people don't read your blogs...! Actually, you know people read your blogs, but it's highly APPRECIATED when they leave a comment. As a writer, one always want to know what people think...writers are mightingly curious little people.

I've taken a plan of action as well. From this week on I've made a resolution to leave a comment at EVERY blog I read, whether I have something to say or not. I also expose my own blog by inviting that person to come and visit. So far, it's working!

Vicki
vickifourie.blogspot.com

Brady Frost said...

Thanks Vicki!
When you post a comment on my blog you should use your Google/Blogger identity, this will allow people to click on your name and it will take them to your blogspot blog.
Also, I just want to mention for anyone thinking about having me guest blog for them, I'd definitely post a link to the post on your blog here so anyone interested in reading what I've written would also visit your blog. So it works both ways.

haleyhughes said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment. I've enjoyed exploring your blog and plan to stop by again.

Do try out EntreCard. Visits to my blog have gone up a lot since I joined a few weeks ago. The concept is similar to dropping a business card every time you visit another EntreCard site. You get credit for dropping the card, and then can use the credits to place your card on someone else's blog for a day. So, you're driving traffic to your blog from other EntreCard users, plus anyone who sees your card displayed on a site. It takes some work on your part, but it does generate new, regular readers. From what I have heard, bloggers who are starting out with low traffic numbers find it the most rewarding. EntreCard credits can also be exchanged for other services, such as graphic design.

Brady Frost said...

Thanks haley! I like how I can follow the cards people have left for me back to their sites from the dashboard. This actually saves me a lot of time manually searching for like-blogs to visit! I'm really enjoying the concept so far. Thanks!

Vicki Fourie said...

Brady, thanks for telling me how to put a link on my name that leads to my blog. I had no idea how to do that. Now I no longer know nothing! :-) Thanks.

Vicki