Source: Fine Arts America, Maria Martinez
Hello, Dreamworld! Welcome back for another segment of Become a Blogger Mondays! As you know, I like to share my experiences and advice about what I’ve learned within the blogging realm, thus far. By now, the new bloggers who began on this journey with me are not so new anymore! They have a little bit of experience under their belt and are trying to boost their brand, their reach and their content. I can’t stress enough how important expansion is for your site. A couple of weeks ago I discussed consistency in posting, but once you’ve developed your consistency, it’s time to take it to the next level. Here are some tips on how to SPREAD YOUR WINGS:
1. You don’t just want to tap into your regular following.
It’s extremely imperative that you are dipping into unique pools of visitors, followers, readers, etc. Gaining momentum is all about expanding past that group and making “new” people aware of what you have going on.
2. So how in the heck do you do this? Well, social media will be your new BFF!
Writers, journalists, artists, etc. all have a distinct advantage in 2012. We have the world at our finger tips. Use what resources you can…that’s what I call the “low hanging fruit!”. Don’t be afraid to post your links/articles on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. As you know, word of mouth is POWERFUL!!! So a friend can pass along your site link to their friends and it creates a domino effect and before you know it, there are people you don’t even know reading your stuff.
3. It’s not just a virtual world…get back to the basics.
There’s something to be said about people who still have the ability to speak in-person and network. Sure, social sites are amazing, but be sure that you are still MEETING people and giving that good ol’ firm hand shake. What do I do? I go to events, I volunteer, I work with other bloggers, I sign up for media coverage at events…there’s so many things that you can do to physically be in someone’s presence. I must say, sometimes that can leave more of a lasting impression than just forwarding a link along.
4. Don’t be afraid!
It’s hard to just put yourself out there and share your mind with the world, but don’t let that stop you. Fight past the nerves and be open! What’s the worse that can happen? Someone doesn’t like what you write? So what! You write for you and followers are just a bonus. Be confident and don’t psyche yourself out.
I hope this has helped you on your blogging journey! Feel free to ask any questions and/or add your own tips! Thanks for visiting Danithedreamgirl!