The pressure on writers to create daily content is huge. If you read many of the articles dedicated to making money from blogging, they all say the same thing. To earn, you need to produce regular content. Daily content, is the suggestion. Not many writers talk about this content needing to be quality content, though. Sure you will make money from all content, but will you make enough? You have one chance to make a first impression and this is never more true than when it concerns writing. If a reader’s first introduction to your work is not a quality piece, will they come back and read more? Ask yourself that question as a reader. If you read an article from a new writer, that is littered with grammatical mistakes and has no real content, would you read more of their work? For this reason, as a writing coach, I have to encourage my writers to write quality content. You should, of course, publish regularly, but this does not need to be daily. Find a routine that you can stick to and work with that. Do not feel pressurised to write every day if you have nothing to say. As a writer, there should be three questions you ask yourself, whenever you sit down and publish a piece of work.
There are several ways to get attention, writing. I have written many times about these in my writing publication. There are also three tricks that most seasoned writers find underhand. Putting links to your articles in the comments – this is by far the worse. What makes you think that you can use the success … Continue reading How Not to Get Attention Writing
The reason that I enjoy being part of the writing community is the lack of trolling. Sure there are trolls, but statistically, these are few and far between. I may have been lucky in my writing, but I find that I rarely get negative responses from people. Writers seem to have a respect for each other, that stops them acting cruelly. When you put yourself on the internet though, you should expect some criticism. I am not advocating that this is right, but negative criticism is part of the job, you have to learn to work with. Since becoming a blogger I have received one outright troll response to an article. That doesn’t mean I haven’t received any negative comments, because I have.
As professionals we can’t sit and think, I want new readers if we are not prepared to discover new writers. Last week I read a comment on one of my Facebook groups that asked: How do we increase our readership if all the groups are filled with the same people? It is a brilliant question. Within the groups I belong, the same group of names are always there. Not that this is a bad thing as I love the writers I interact with, in these groups. But, how do we get new people to see our work, especially as Medium is not great at pushing articles forward?
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.