For the past month, I’ve been shamelessly whoring myself around other WordPress sites, offering to write a guest post or (ego in check), provide an author interview.
Self-publishing a novel with aspirations of it finding an audience outside the Reid family necessitates a need to bang my own publicity drum. I’m no Tolstoy but I do believe that if I can’t better, then I can certainly get close to matching some of the self-published titles that I’ve read; titles considered ‘successful’.
Turns out it’s a lot harder to get a guest post gig than I expected.
I remember when I first started blogging two years ago. There seemed to be a tighter network in the blogging community – reblogging and advertising of guest posts was common place, even encouraged.
Now, I’m finding fewer opportunities.
Is it because bloggers are measuring their success on the number of likes they have? – figures that can be easily manipulated? (example – yesterday I received a like, and a generic two word comment on my latest post. Digging into the source, I saw a poorly constructed blog, riddled with typing errors but HEAVING with likes. Later that day, reading my own feed, I saw the same commenter dropping the ‘Nice Post’ comment and smiley face into several other blogs, requesting a view back. WTF?! Is that how people measure success now?)
I enjoy merging communities, exposing people to new ideas or experiences that they might not have heard of before. Introducing well written content to a wider audience. Funny, educational, entertaining – it doesn’t matter, as long as the person has been thoughtful and clearly taken the time to craft it.
I decided to create my little interview series #Reid2Write to introduce interesting voices that I had admired from afar, and bring their original insights to my tribe of followers.
In the last post, I decried my inability to sort the wheat from the chaff and find compelling content through my WordPress reader. Following that, I received some new recommendations for blogs to follow – blogs that might not ordinarily have appeared on my reader but which, now I’m eager to follow considering the source of the recommendation – an excellent blogger I respect (thanks Tric!).
Many of us operate in our own little blog bubble. Let’s be honest, given the choice, most of us would like more blog readers. The important thing, in my opinion, is to reclaim the ideals of what WordPress, and to a greater extent, social networks stood for. Networking. Not, writing a blog post on Prince minutes after he dies to capitalise on that trend. Not, randomly liking posts based on the fact a borrowed image was cute, yet the person hasn’t glanced at the content.
With that being said, I’m happy to open my blog doors should anyone be interested in writing a blog post. Likewise, I’d be happy to write one in return or offer something else (whether it be advice about SEO best practice – I used to work for Hubspot; finding freelance opportunities or some tips on self publishing).
While Facebook is a lost cause – all shred of genuine interaction and connection long since eroded – I still harbour hope for the blogging community, but the way things are going, the ‘noise’ is making it harder to concentrate.
The WordPress Community Pool in its current format is a lost cause in my opinion. What newbies must think when they log in for the first time, I really don’t know. Bumped to Page 4 because of self promoters who are poised to pounce when the post is announced.
They pitch their shiny blog at the base of the hill in full view of the others who stumble into camp, nervous and uncertain of directions. Some of those new entrants aren’t heard, the noise from those who have camped asking for feedback (again) while our newbies shuffle through and try to find a habitable piece of turf on the fringes where they can assess their landscape, usually alone.
Genuine engagement, collaborating and sharing good blog sites can help streamline our blogging experience and effectively manage the time of those who are passionate about writing.
If anyone has an interest in writing a guest blog on my site (about any topic), or if you would be interested in my writing an original post (again any topic), please leave a comment and I’d be happy to collaborate, provided your intentions are genuine.
Together we can reach new audiences. Besides, it could be kinda fun. 🙂