Make the time to show a writer some love. Interaction with writers is such an important part of growing a following on Medium. There are several ways to support your fellow writers on Medium. I am good at all of them except one. Commenting on people’s posts. I get so engrossed in the excellent content from all of you, I want to read more and more. So eager am I to click on the next story, I don’t comment half as much as I should. So first let me say, I’m sorry. Fellow writers your work is amazing I should comment more. For those new, to Medium there are so many ways you can show a writer love.
How to tag writers, appropriately. Tagging other writers in posts is an important way to help build your writing community. However, overusing it can be as negative for your engagement as positive. Tagging another writer will mean they will be notified of your post. Many will then interact and read your post, a good way to increase views. How to tag For those of you who don’t know, tagging writers is easy on Medium. As you type put the @ sign and then type the writer’s name. You can then click on the name, as it appears in the drop-down menu.
Children who play the system and ridiculous rules are only half of the story Five years ago, I was a foster parent. It is a part of my life, I have never shared through my writing before. This week though I sat down to write a short story and had to draw on some of my experiences. It took me back and made me reflect on the five years, I spent bringing up other people’s children. If you asked me now if I would do it again my answer would be no. If I could go back ten years, would I convince the younger me to embark on the profession? Sadly, my answer would still be no. These are my personal experiences, everyone’s journey is different. I am not advocating becoming a foster parent, as much as I am not trying to put anyone off. There are many positives to being a foster parent.
The advice to ignore and the advice to follow. I have read all the articles on tips and tricks to increase your followers. None of them has worked. I now ignore them completely. I have already broken one of the golden rules. So how do you improve your writing experience and gain followers? Break the Rules
It is dishonest and gets you nowhere. Why do you follow people on Medium? Is it so they follow you back? Is it because you like their work? Is it because they are your friend. On all social media, I follow for three main reasons. I like the writer’s voice. I enjoy their work and gain insight from reading their views. They have reached out to me and I value them as a friend. Not all, have I met in person, but still, I value their involvement in my life. I’m looking to build a community and interact with like-minded people. This works on other social media. I don’t use it on Medium. I never follow, unfollow.
The process I follow, when editing my articles. Editing is a difficult part of writing, but an essential one. It is the part of writing I dislike the most. My advice to writers publishing a large piece of work, such as a novel, is to hire a professional. Months of working on one piece of work can do strange things to your mind. Words you read are what you think should be there, not what is there. Hiring a second person helps overcome this. It may cost a little extra, but the gain in the long term with increased sales makes it worth it. I edited my first children’s book and there are mistakes. I should have hired an editor, but funds were tight. For my second novel, I have learnt from my mistakes. I will be hiring an editor. To hire an editor for every post you write, would be slow and expensive. For blogging, we need to rely on our skills. Once you have written your post, let it sit for a day or two. Here is my five step process.
My new writing space has inspired me to write more. What does your writing space look like? Ronald Dahl wrote in a shed at the bottom of the garden. https://www.roalddahl.com/blog/2017/may/inside-roald-dahls-writing-hut As much as I enjoy listening to other writer’s journeys, I love nosing in their writing spaces. A New Writing Space As some may know, we are … Continue reading Re-ignite Your Passion in Writing with New Beginnings