I. Choosing Your Space
Choosing the space in which you write is just as important as the content you produce. We are talking about the space in which you choose to publish your work and in what manner. As a Writer Online for 4 years, I never really had a plan for how I wanted my work to be published, and writing a book never really came to mind. I didn’t really have a purpose for blogging other than to get my thoughts down on paper.
I am writing this post, because I’m at the point, where I want to start consolidating all my written works online, and compose a book. It should’ve been an easy process, the book has already been written online, but in pieces. My biggest problem, is figuring out what’s important and what to trash, what to keep, and what to re-publish, without having to start from scratch, and work with what I’ve got.
Working With What You’ve Got – Use Your Notepad First
There’s no easy way around it, but some re-typing will have to be done in order to consolidate all my written works online. Especially since using apps like Over App and Quotes Creator to write some of my most treasured pieces about life, love, and lessons I’ve learned along the way. These apps are great writing tools, but when it comes to drafting your finished product, it’s always best to start with a word pad of some sort and then copy paste your finished product into the app, for publishing. This is one step I skipped, and now sorely regret having done so.
Save Everything – Why I Love Screenshots
The risk you take by writing directly into a Social Media platform, without having saved a notepad version or word document version, can be devastating if lost when inputting or during the final publishing process. We have all had this happen, where we write something down on Social Media and hit the Publish Button and nothing shows up, that’s why I love screen shots. Whenever I write something of value, I’m afraid of losing I take a screen shot, sometimes that screen shot is re-published online on my Twitter, for easy reading for my audience without having to click thru a bunch of links to five different websites to get to my original post. I’m exaggerating here, but its nice to just have the whole post in one tweet for archiving purposes, that was its saved in two different locations, in two different formats, in three spaces, my phone, my twitter, and the original site of posting (i.e. Facebook, Tumblr, or now Wordpress).
It’s Okay to Have More Than One Blog
Isn’t that a little much, you say. To have a Weebly, Tumblr, Wordpress, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Account, all dedicated to your Blog posts, why not just publish posts on one. For one reason, there exists a different type of following on Social Media Platform. Some you may be popular on, and others you may not generate the same amount of Followers. It all depends on your finished product.
II. Choosing a Social Media Platform to Publish On – 7 Key Factors to Consider
Things you should consider when choosing a Social Media Platform to publish on are: (1) How many Followers Do You Have (2) Have You Done Research on Popular Hashtags to Use (3) How Big is Your Audience on this Particular Platform (4) Does Your Audience Want a Finished Product? (5) How Successful Are The Usage of Links on This Blogging Platform and How Many Clicks Per Link Are You Able to Obtain (6) Does this Social Media Platform Offer the Kind of Analytics Useful for the Type of Posts You Plan to Post and (7) How Often Do You Blog on this Particular Platform.
Why is this important? Well it’s not as important when it comes to the content you produce, if you produce really professional work online, then the number of followers you have doesn’t really matter. Especially if you are posting links to blog posts on your website, and hashtagging them (filing them) within newsfeeds on a particular blogging platform. Meaning the content you produce is always more important than the number of followers you have, and just because you write a lot online, and produce a lot of content you think is exciting, without (1) links and (2) hashtags its hard to get followers. Why its so important when producing your finished product online that you jam pack each post with links and hashtags, to show (1) dedication (2) commitment (3) hardwork (4) thoughtfulness of your audiences needs (5) display options for your reader to read further and (6) awareness of the limited time your audience has, and direct them from within, of where to go for more information about your post and where to go to get more information about you, and the topic you are currently writing on (i.e. noticed via hastag you attach to your post). This is not only how you get a following, but is also how you maintain your audiences attention and keep them coming back for more.
Why is this important? Do you know how to use a hashtag? What is a hashtag? According to Google, a hashtag is: “(on social media sites such as Twitter) a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) and used to identify messages on a specific topic.” For instance, if you are blogging fashion, popular hashtags on Twitter, can be researched via Google, some apps even provide for lists of popular hashtags to use, such as for Instagram, to help you hashtag into those niches online and get more followers. Plus the more familiar you are with a Hashtag, the more you understand what is expected of you on the hashtag based upon what is being published and popular on the hashtag’s top listings.
Fashion Blogging I thought was huge on Twitter, but not until I got to Tumblr. Tumblr is like the Fashion Blogging Capital of Fashion Blogging online. Where you build your following based upon hashtags and account listings provided by Tumblr, of like accounts to any account you like or follow. This is a service done for you, to locate more blogs similar to the blogs you have already chosen, and soon enough you will see the difference between those experienced, rookies, and those who produce the most unique content on Tumblr’s blogging platform. For example, on Tumblr, I blogged a mix of re-blogged Street Style looks and looks from Polyvore I either picked myself or produced myself via the app (styling outfits) and was noticed by Sassique. That is because Polyvore as an App automatically hashtags the outfits you re-blog to Tumblr. Which I was seldomly doing so on my own as a re-blogger, hashtagging the individual photos to be found under my posting name on Tumblr. I think that is how I got noticed. It wasn’t until I started using Polyvore, that Sassique noticed me, and asked if I would be willing to be a Style Curator for their Website, which I happily accepted. Check me out on Sassique.com/mymollydoll. (Reference to: mymollydoll.tumblr.com).
It is important to not only know what to post, but how to post it on each particular blogging platform. On Facebook, for example, they prefer a finished product, although there is no word count, the publishing tools available for you cater to posting links which get automatically translated and turn into a pretty little box for you, based upon the link from which social media platform you are posting from (i.e. Twitter, Wordpress, Tumblr, Pinterest, Polyvore, or any Website for that matter). If there’s a link, many if not all Social Media Platforms now provide you with a Box, to compliment your post to another Social Media Platform, this adds for a great display, at no additional expense for you while working, just cut paste link and hashtag, and a box will appear. Simple enough. You can even create automated settings per platform, that post links to your other Social Media Accounts, with the click of one entry on one platform, it gets automatically posted to your other accounts. This is very new, and exciting, however sometimes manually posting is preferred, especially when it comes to hashtagging which can get lost along the way if not pre-considered in your initial post at the title and beginning hashtagging words, so when re-blogged they get hashtagged on the other platforms. (That’s what I do).
This is where knowledge and usage of Analytics comes into play. Many if not all Social Media Platforms, offer Analytics Services to you nowadays. And if not, you can always sign your Website up for Google Analytics as a separate service. In addition, many Website Building Platforms, like Weebly, now offer Apps and Plugins to grow your Audience and to Add Memberships to Your Website if you choose to create your own Business Network etc. one day. For even grander dreams to build a Social Network for your Website you can try free platforms such as Spruz and Yooco, two which I have been experimenting with lately, just to see what services they have to offer, if I consider creating some kind of a Fashion and Quotes Blogging Network one day for my Following on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and beyond. [See: http://mymollydoll.spruz.com/ or http://mymollydoll.yooco.org/myaccount.html]. Right now I’m trying to create a space to consolidate all my written works online, to be found in one space (like a Gravatar) but on a Social Networking Site, and create an Official Meetup for the Organization I Founded #BloggingCampaign – that is separate from other Social Media Platforms, in a more private space for those participating in my Entertainment Campaign Against Gun Violence (I also Volunteer for MomDemand and will be attending a Brady Campaign Meeting this December). --- All in all, these are things to consider –not only must you keep your audience in mind while writing and producing content, but you must also grow your audience, and thankfully today we have tools (i.e. Apps on Weebly for example) for doing so to help promote your blog for you, so that you can grow your following, and reach your audience, and maximize your potential.
The Best Analytics Services (in my opinion) are offered on Twitter and Facebook, you can even select to boost posts if you are working from a “Page” on Facebook. And on Twitter you can “Promote” your Tweets, as a separate service if you sign up for Analytics, and choose to pay for option, services, in which you can promote part of your blog or the entire blog, upon search on Google or appear listed among the top blogs within your newsfeeds and on the sides. This is great for Businesses, looking to promote their services online, short on time, and with limited capacity for keeping up with Tweets everyday, can really maximize their efforts with these tools, posting fewer posts, but as promoted via thru paid for services reach a greater number of people within their targeted audience. –Not everyone can take a bunch of Selfies like me on the #SelfieCity App to maintain a 90K+ Following per hashtag, but there are other more professional ways for maintaining a following, for the cause or business idea you wish to promote online.
Depending on how often you Blog on a particular platform will determine the type of posts your audience will expect of you, and the type of posts you should produce for your audience. For example, on Facebook it is preferred that you post links to Blogs on other Social Media platforms, rather than writing directly within the “Thought” Box provided by Facebook. At first I was insulted when this option was brought to my attention, to write on Tumblr or another space and blog from there, and just send a link. But in the end I learned a lot about re-blogging through this process. On Twitter, it’s more about efficiency. I used to write only posts, and post quotes and earned up to 1,000 followers in one month! That was January 2016. I was so excited, and proud. Now what? Efficiency, and saving your work product as we discussed earlier, because there is a word count, if you have something to say, that will not fit, you can always write on Tumblr (easy to use, neat, easy to understand) or Weebly (harder because you need a computer –via app is challenging not as neat or clearly understandable) and re-blog the link to Twitter, just make sure to include hashtagged words in the beginning writing on your post so that when it appears on Twitter its already hashtagged via their automated services (depending on what blogging platform you use, doesn’t matter, all hashtagged words must appear in the title of your document, in order to get re-blogged to Twitter hashtagging via the automated service).
III. Archiving Your Work for Later Re-Publishing
There are several ways to maintain records of your work online. For Twitter, I would just scroll, and save PDF printouts of my Twitter Newsfeed, because I like the way its displayed and wanted to maintain that look and feel for my archived work, so when I go back and re-read through my old work its like looking at a Twitter Newsfeed. But that’s doing more work than required. Thankfully, Twitter offers a service through which they will send you a copy of your Archive in an Excel Spreadsheet to your Email Inbox, if you request for your archive, under the settings tab, there exists that option. –For Facebook, I would say the best way to archive is to put hashtags on all your work, so that you can later go back and search your hashtags for the written works on that topic, hashtags on Facebook are like putting your work into a filing folder. Because Facebook separates your work and your friends work from public works, you are able to more readily see and have available your recent posts to that hashtag, which you can choose to in a timely manner to show/hide, i.e. make public or choose the “only me” option to hide. I highly suggest not to delete, unless you are so paranoid, that you want no one else to see what you have written, then in that case I just take a screen shot and hit the delete option. Similarly, Tumblr separates your work from public work, and if you hashtag all your work, can create your own searchable database based upon your archives of the work you’ve selected and saved from the other newsfeeds on your own newsfeed via re-blogging and optionally displayed likes.
However, the best way to save your work, if you are using the various publishing apps out there, i.e. Quotes Creator, Twitter, Over App, and other Free Book Blogging Apps –is to save your original work, original drafts in a saveable space such as in a Word documents, using a Computer (I know few of us use Computers these days) or on your Notepad in your Phone (if you’re Phone based Blogger like me –which I relied heavily on screen shots and my Notepad to archive my work as I go, and even email myself copies of some of my most important pieces, for personal reasons, so I know if I cant find it online, I will still be able to find it in my private spaces offline).
So what prompted me to just start writing online on Twitter, without saving any of my work but by PDFs. Computer loss. Because my Computer was stolen while blogging online, and two Computers have since been wiped out, it was important for me to keep writing and not go into shock. That is what kept me so strong throughout this whole process of blossoming into a blogger. I mean I’m not Orthodox Jewish, but I’m Jewish and come from a very conservative family. So Blogging is not considered a respectable Profession to maintain, given my educational background in Law. But since I did not finish Law School, I have a little bit of a rough edge on my record, and even got a DUI after they refused to honor my petition to re-enroll that Spring after spending two weeks in DC soul searching, that had me mass mailing the US Supreme Court and complaining about my Law School, who didn’t let me back in after I left after the first day of class, and took two weeks off in DC to attend the Inauguration, which I later found out I was invited to via Invitation I saved in a pile of mail that was received to my Hotel Room I never opened until I got home in LA. I even handwrote (with some typing) a 200 page book, in the middle of a Bipolar episode, panicking and paranoid. Beginning from Childhood to Adulthood, like a loose-lipped Biography about me written for with direction by my Outpatient Rehab I attended in Boulder, CO for Cocaine Addiction back in Spring 2007. I have not published that Book but to the US Supreme Court, because (1) it was too personal (2) could be easily misunderstood and (3) was written in a state of hysteria and anger (paranoid anger) which is not useful for re-blogging –not to me and not to my audience or to anyone who was mentioned within (all in a positive light as it relates to why I was paranoid then, and how I became paranoid, which made sense to me at the time, but now looking back if I were to re-read it would not make as much sense to me know, how I know I was experiencing mental illness, which I have suffered from continuously off and on since Cocaine Addiction in College –hearing voices). Punching my head, well that only started while dating my Ex Aaron Brown, for reasons I don’t want to get into now, but obviously, not helpful, nor considerate of a known pre-exisiting condition, I feel like he was not ready to take on a relationship with someone with disability, and my condition only worsened as a result of dating someone long distance who lived in Yorba Linda.
I hope this article helps you on your journey as a Blogger online, or helps you better understand the blogging process from the bloggers perspective, and why its so important to save the work that you produce online, and to make sure you use your notepads in your phones, or any like App, and also utilize all the Social Media Platform options you have available to you for re-blogging, archiving, and building your audience, you never know, you may one day want to write a book, and saving is the first step to begin the book writing process. Mines in pieces, but I hope that one day the finished product is as impressive as the following and works generated with a few simple finished products thus far.