Rachael Harries’s Platform Building Campaign, where authors and bloggers at all stages, beginner to pro, come together to have fun and build their online platform. Check out her site for more details. In my opinion, she’s a visionary for starting this.
Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers’ Support Group. IWSG is open to all writers, whether your self-esteem is shaky or solid. Share your insecurities or simply support others. Alex is a social media ninja and you can learn a lot from him.
Many writers have signed up to participate in one or both groups. However, I wonder how many have done so with focused intent. When I first started blogging, my goal was to establish an online presence for agents and editors. After nabbing an ever-elusive unicorn, a.k.a. agent (who found me online by the way), I needed to reexamine my purpose in blogging and define my objective if I ventured into Twitterverse.
Proceeding with blind excitement would not have been an efficient use of my time or the way to maximize the benefits in participating. Learned that lesson the hard way when I first started this blog. So, before signing up for either group or hopping on the tweeting bandwagon last week, I carved out a definitive purpose that would guide my actions.
If you're going to invest time and energy, consider doing it for the long haul. That way when the campaign is over and beyond the one day a month meeting of IWSG, you will have an ongoing partnership of friends that you can rely on and in turn can depend on you.
For those who have signed up for Rachael’s campaign, the IWSG, or that actively tweet, please share. What is your purpose? What do you hope to gain in the long run through participating? There are no wrong answers.