My blog did not truly come alive on WordPress until I managed to settle myself within a group of like-minded writers, who helped it (and me) to grow. We followed each other, took the time to read, like, and comment on each other’s posts, and felt the confidence of being in a friendly, engaging community of people with similar interests. This encouraged me to keep going when running my blog became difficult – but how can you create your own community of writers to support your blog?
This month has been about using WordPress as a tool for writers. We have thought a lot about using WordPress to our advantage, and why some of its features are beneficial to us. Take a look back through the posts, if you wish:
- Setting up your blog
- Your blog posts
- Tagging your posts
- The blog/life balance
Now, let’s think about how we can meet other writers on WordPress. This is one of the major reasons why I believe WordPress is a brilliant blogging platform for writers. As a host, WordPress boosts bloggers’ creativity and connections through such features as the Daily Post and Blogging U. These do not only provide you with a topic or topics to write about, because lots of people share their responses in the comment section or link back to the original post, which helps to encourage other writers to visit their site. This is something you, as a writer, can use, either by visiting other blogs and checking them out, or by creating your own response and sharing it in the comments. Ideally, I find that a combination of both is the best way to meet other writers via this method.
Another quick way to mingle with other writers is to join in with popular prompts and challenges. Often, when you add your writing to these, you will get the chance to add your post to a list of the others with Inlinkz – so that all of the relevant responses to the prompt are in one, easily accessible location. The benefit of this is not having to scour through comment sections or your reader to find someone who does what you do, and enjoys what you do. All of those links will take you to writing blogs, or to a blogger who often dabbles in writing on their blog. It’s a fast way to engage with other writers and immerse yourself in their community!
Additionally, don’t forget to take advantage of blogs that offer meet and greet or blogger’s pools – when you see one, head over there and introduce yourself, then check out the other bloggers to meet more writers!
This month’s theme is WORDPRESS. If you have written something that you would like me to share on this blog that focuses on the benefits to writers of using WordPress, then please post a link in the comments or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: WordPress.