Monday is my normal day to post here, but I’m holding out ‘til Wednesday so I can participate in Alex Cavanaugh’s.Insecure Writers Support Group. Today I just wanted to go over a few brief items.
First off, did anyone catch Rachelle Gardner’s post today About Author Platform? If not, I suggest you go check it out. Then take a gander at those benchmark statistics for Facebook and blog followers and visits. Yikes! Really? We should shoot for 500 Facebook fans and 15,000 monthly pageviews to our blogs? Well, that all sounds good, and I’d certainly love to have those stats, but they seem a tad unrealistic for the majority of writers who blog, most of whom are still unpublished. I’m jumping for joy to have 700 pageviews a month. And maybe someday, when I am agented and on the road to being published, I will have an author page on Facebook, but right now I’m keeping my friends limited to around 125 or so. Personally, I can’t manage much more than that and I won’t simply collect friends for the benefit of …well, collecting friends. That seems a bit insincere to me. All right, you can clearly see the insecure writer in me, huh?
Anyway, moving on…Alex Cavanaugh, along with Matthew MacNish at QQQE, have a new blogfest called the Pay It Forward Blogfest scheduled for October 14th. This blogfest is designed to help introduce us to the many other bloggers out there. Here’s how Alex and Matthew describe it:
“We want this to be an easy post that allows you to meet and follow as many other bloggers as you can. In your post, we would like you to please list, describe, and link to three blogs that you enjoy reading, but that you suspect may fly under the radar of a lot of other bloggers. Or they can be famous blogs, as long as they're awesome.
But don't stop there! Certainly visit and follow all the blogs that are featured in people's posts the day of the blogfest, but those don't have to be the only blogs you visit. You can visit everyone who enters in on the fun, and signs up on the linky list. In the interest of time you don't even have to leave comment. You can just follow, and come back another time.”
So go to either Matthew or Alex’s blogs linked above and sign up on the Linky List to get your blog listed in the blogfest then participate on October 14th. This should be another good one!Lastly, I would love to thank all of my followers who commented on my post last week about blogging vs. writing vs. life. It seems I really struck a chord common among writers who blog. I know it’s helped me just to know I am not alone and that others feel the exact same way. Well, that’s it for today. I’ll be back on Wednesday with a post for Alex Cavanaugh’s.Insecure Writers Support Group