It is a well-known concept that the more you read, the better you can become at writing. In terms of the internet, blogs, writing platforms and your own writing, the more that you read may also impact upon the number of people who read what you have written. Exploring people who write about similar topics or share your interests can give you more than ideas – it can give you new readers.
This month, we are thinking about ways in which beginner and indie writers can improve their readership online. This is largely for material available to read for free – promotion of material that your readers will have to pay for is a much more complicated and difficult topic. So far, we have thought about using imagery to encourage and attract readers. Today, let’s think about how much you are reading online.
There are many benefits to reading the writing of others who are in the same or a similar position to you. Some of these are obvious. You can learn from the way that other people write: how to develop your own style, what people are interested in reading, the differences and similarities between their writing and yours. What makes readers tick. Liking and following other writers will give you a chance that they may check out your writing too, but commenting provides a greater chance of real and meaningful interaction. It displays a genuine interest in the other writer – and we all know how appreciated that is!
There are other benefits to reading what others in a similar position have written. The more that you read around, the more likely you are to find someone whose situation is extremely akin to your own. They may be struggling to get published, sharing their own experiences or tips, or just looking out for advice. You might be able to meet writers who have performed publicly and learn from them. Talking to other writers – even if not in a face to face environment – can give you confidence, hints, connections, and new readers interested in your writing.
One of the great benefits of posting online in a thriving community of writers – wherever you choose to do it – is the chance to read and discuss what others have written. Don’t forget to share the love!
This month’s theme is READERS. If you have written something that you would like me to share on this blog that could help new and upcoming writers to reach more readers, then please post a link in the comments or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Readers.