This spring, I posted a picture of my bright-green mousepad, which implores writers to “Let Your Story Grow.”
It makes me happy every time I use my computer. And it’s a great reminder that it’s OK to leave the laundry for later!
I’m excited to announce that Caron Reeder, businesswoman extraordinaire of Green Imaginations, has donated a mousepad for me to give away.
Today there are two ways to enter the contest, and you’re welcome to do both. I’ll use Random.org to choose a winner on the morning of Monday, June 27, probably around 6 a.m. West Coast time. You’re welcome to leave more than two comments if a conversation gets rolling, but I’m only going to count the first two as contest entries. If Random.org picks your third or fourth comment, for instance, I’ll try for another number. I’ll post the results in the comments here on Monday. So here we go.
I’ve been thinking a lot about blog readership. My regular readers and comment-leavers have turned this space into a vibrant community, which has been one of my main goals since I started blogging last November. (Thank you, guys! You’re the best! And our discussions have totally strengthened my writing muscle.)
But I want to keep growing this community, and I could use some advice about how to do that. When folks find my blog for the first time, they stick around and read a lot of the other posts. But how do I get writers here in the first place? One thought would be to join Facebook and Twitter, but so far I’ve resisted due to time constraints.
Here’s my question, which is actually a few questions, so feel free to pick and choose which one to answer: What has worked for you to attract more readers to your blog? If you have the same idea as someone else, go ahead and leave that response, or tell me what didn’t work, or explain how posting on Facebook and/or Twitter has affected your readership.
Here’s the extra credit option. To continue fostering this sense of community and togetherness, if you post a piece on your blog linking to somebody else’s blog or website during this contest period (today through early Monday morning), I’ll count that as another contest entry. You can either ping this post or, if you’d rather, leave a comment with your blog name and the blog you’re promoting. You don’t have to mention this contest as your reason for linking to your chosen site–just send some traffic to a blogger you admire and let me know you’ve done so.
I think it’s so important to promote other writers, which is the main goal behind my Seven Questions interview series. I feel the same way about letting others know about books I love. (Speaking of which, I stayed up until 2 a.m. finishing Jane Smiley’s brilliant American epic, “A Thousand Acres,” last night.)
Remember to enter the giveaway before Monday morning, and I’ll announce the results here in the comments. Oh, and if you aren’t the lucky winner, but you want a mousepad for yourself or to give to one of your writerly friends, you can order one here.