There are plenty of opportunities online for writers to take advantage of. Some of these are prompts, such as word or sentence prompts; some are challenges, such as timed writing challenges; and some offer us a chance to get outside of our regular comfort zones. The latter are great chances to engage with new readers – and maybe discover a new favourite subject to write about in the process!
This month, we are thinking about how writers can capture the attention of new (and maintain the attention of their current) readers online. So far, we have thought about our use of images, how much we ourselves are reading, and linking to or reblogging others to share our writing interests and inspiration. Today, let’s think about expanding our writing into other, perhaps unexplored, areas.
You may have seen blogs that are searching for guest bloggers. The fact that I started guest blogging is one of the reasons why I’m still blogging today: it helped me to gain confidence that people enjoyed what I was writing, and it also proved to me how regularly I could write. Some blogs ask for writing tips or articles on writing. If you haven’t seen any blogs like this, then you might have spotted blogs that allow you to submit your writing. There are plenty of them out there, and it’s another great way to help share other people’s writing, as well as to expand your readership. But, if you’re willing to work on your writing skills and delve into other areas, then there are even more chances available for you.
Whether it’s journalism, bibliographies, reviews, or something else, there’s a blog (or website) out there waiting for you to submit to them. If it takes a little practice for you to get something you’re happy enough to submit, then there’s nothing odd about that – just think back to the first poem or story you ever wrote and how far you’ve come since then! Furthermore, writing about something that’s a little bit out of your comfort zone can promote your writing to an entirely new audience, one that you may never have encountered through your own blog.
There is a great feeling about seeing your writing featured on another blog or website. There are people who, should they like your writing style or share an interest with you, may visit your blog to see what else you have written.
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.