We are all here because we want to connect with as many readers and writers as possible. There may be different reasons behind this desire, but, whether for simple feedback or to gain massive exposure, we need to find the best ways for other people to notice us and take the time to read our writing.
This month, we are discussing how writers can connect with other people online. So far, we have examined the benefits of having a writing blog, talking about using social media to expand your readership, and thought about other writing websites that provide an additional platform for writers to showcase their work. Today, our subject is guest blogging.
Guest blogging is the act of writing something that will be featured (chiefly) on somebody else’s blog. It may be something that you are asked to produce or something that you submit to their blog. Hopefully, the other blog will be able to feature a short bio about you, or at the very least provide their readers with a link to your blog so that their readers are given the opportunity to read more of your writing.
You may wonder why I think guest blogging is such a great idea. Well, I will explain more about that at the end of the month, but for now let’s think about exposure. When you post something on your own blog, your followers will be able to see that post in their reader. When you guest post for another blog, however, their followers will see the post with your name on it, and their readers may decide to check out your blog and follow you. Even if the other blog does not have an enormous amount of followers, they are unlikely to have the same followers as you, and so you can quickly expose your writing to a large number of people why may never have seen it before.
There are lots of blogs that allow guest posts. Some ask people to submit stories or poems (you should submit, submit, submit like there’s no tomorrow); some are looking for posts to reblog; and some (like this blog) offer you a chance to submit writing tips. There are many opportunities to be featured on other blogs so that you can connect with more people and expand the number of websites where your writing can be found.
This month’s theme is CONNECTIONS. If you have written something that you would like me to share on this blog on the theme of connecting with other writers online, then please post a link in the comments or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Connections.