From Writer’s Digest–Day 31 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Leave a Comment (on the Writer’s Digest blog)

This was mine: “Hmm. Well, I’d say I have a slightly better handle on the author platform thing. I’m still a long way away from feeling like I’m any good at it. I definitely got some good notions from this, though. Setting a calendar/plan for each month with tasks for daily platform development is good is probably one of the biggest helps–that and just having the push to do it! I’m not a big fan of social media for a couple of reasons (everybody is trying to sell something all the time!), including how much time it takes away from real life if people let it get away from them. I think having this plan with a few simple tasks helps, though, to let me avoid getting sucked in while still making some movement on this.  Anyhow, them’s my thoughts! 😉 Thanks for the challenge!”

Feedback Sign (writing responses)

Feedback Sign (writing responses–image by Stuart Miles)


From Writer’s Digest–Day 27 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Get Social

Well, this I can do!  I’ll get on the NaNoWriMo Chicago page and make a few comments.  People always have fun and interesting or useful things to say there, and often I can find a topic to engage in otherwise as well.  I haven’t been that active on there, but this year I’ve already been trying to engage a little more.  I think I’ll also pop and twitter and retweet a few things…  I’ll even try to connect with some of the new followers on this blog.  Thanks, guys!

How do you get social for your author platform?

Get Social (by stockimages)

Get Social (by stockimages)

From Writer’s Digest–Day 26 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Make a Task List

Ooh, continuing on in the challenge past the month!  I get to create a list for the month of November, with tasks for platform building to continue.  Then, in there, include a day to create the plan for December…  I’m creating this in calendar form and putting here.

Author Platform Calendar November 2015

Author Platform Calendar November 2015

From Writer’s Digest–Day 25 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Pitch a Guest Post for Another Blog

Well, I gotta put this off until December as well.  Kind of bummed to now have a fourth that I’m postponing, but I’d rather post-pone than not do them at all.  And I think this will be a good one to do a few times when I make the time for it.  Today, however, I need to focus on editing.

Pitch (by vectorolie)

Pitch (by vectorolie)

From Writer’s Digest–Day 24 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Write a Blog Post

Easy enough.  And done!

Okay, okay.  I’ll aim for something a bit more significant than that.  In a separate post.  I’ll craft it, tweak using the SEO tips from yesterday, add proper tags and categories, a picture that relates…all those things that I’m supposed to do to get this blog seen when people search for writing blogs.

Blogging Tools (by Stuart Miles)

Blogging Tools (by Stuart Miles)

From Writer’s Digest–Days 22 & 23 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Day 22:

Make 3 New Connections

I’ve actually been doing about this every day since he had us start following others on twitter, etc.  I do not, basically, however, ever just add people on facebook.  I only do that on twitter.  Less personal information is on twitter than facebook.

Day 23:

Think SEO

Love/hate this assignment.  I love it because I suck at this and don’t know the best approaches (and I know this single assignment nowhere near makes up for my lack in this area), and hate it because, well…I suck at it.  I also hate that restricted feeling of using the “right” words in order to be found.  That feels limiting to me.  But, I’ll eventually get over that.  Maybe.

  1. Make a list of keywords you want your website or blog to be known for. writing, novels, biographical fiction, fiction, writing tips, writing fun, The Four Jays, Drop Dead Daisy, For the Love of Music series, Nobody’s Girl.  That’s about all I can think of right now.
  2. Compare your website or blog’s current content to your keywords. Hmm.  Some days, I think I do okay with this, but don’t necessarily actually think this through at all.  Like, at all at all.  I occasionally drop in the title of my books or say something about writing using the word “writing,” but, yeah.  That’s about it.  Clearly, gotta do better on this one.  WRITING. 😉
  3. Evaluate your current approach to making your content super SEO-friendly. Checking his notes and tips.  I’m not sure where to even start on this.  Will think about his offerings and come back to this soon…  (Tips offered by Robert Lee Brewer, the guy challenging us this month, below.)
    • Pick a main keyword (or phrase) for each page. If you’re wondering, the main keyword for this page is “Think SEO.” Once you pick one, here’s how you handle your post:
    • Include the keyword in the URL. You’ll notice that the URL for this post has “think-seo” in it.
    • Place an image with the keyword as the title of the image file. I actually didn’t do this for this post, but it does actually help. A lot. Separate words in your keyword phrase with underscores.
    • Include the keyword in the title of your post. The closer to the beginning of the title the better; look at this post for reference.
    • Include the keyword early in the actual post–preferably in bold or as a header. Look at this post for reference.
  4. Research keywords for your next post. Hmm.  Well, that’s not too hard.  I can do that.  Sure.  I can do that.  And it’s not even that scary.
“Seo Process” by fantasista

“Seo Process” by fantasista