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THE BLOGOSPHERE, 30 June — In the immortal words of Jerry Maguire… no, not those immortal words… the other immortal words of Jerry Maguire,
Help Me, Help You
I’d like to encourage us to help each other.
By sharing links to each other’s posts, we can really get all of our work in front of a lot more eyeballs.
IDK if you’re familiar with Mark Granovetter’s legendary paper The Strength of Weak Ties – The idea is that if you’re looking for something, anything, a job, a date, whatever, that it’s not likely to come from Strong Ties (good friends) but from Weak Ties. Your strong ties tend to all know each other, have the same resource pool, and not bring as much new material in. But your weak ties reach out to a much more vast network with enormous resources. As a diverse group of authors and photographers if we take just a minute to Tweet, Facebook, etc, each other’s posts, we’ll all expose each other to way more eyeballs.
At the bottom of every post you see these familiar icons: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, G+, and of course “Like.” You should totally click these for your own posts, and for your fellow authors posts. I’ve scoured our data and I really can’t find any one big source for the traffic to our work, I see lots and lots of small sources. So every time you Pin your own post, or pin someone else’s, you’re bringing a couple more peeps our way. And if you drop a comment or two, doesn’t have to be long, short encouragement is great too, then just with us we’ll have a vibrant salon. And by bringing in all of our “weak ties” we might really be able to be heard.
If you don’t already have accounts on all those places, you could either just post on the ones you do, or take a few seconds and sign up. Signup tends to be painless, free, and fast. And once you’re logged in it’s just click, click and you’re done.
You all are doing so much beautiful work, but creating the compelling post is only half the job, getting it in front of eyeballs is the other, equally important half. And the great news is that half is really fast and easy,
SO… Help Me, Help You!
I know, I know, now that I made you think about it, you have to hear those other famous words of Jerry Maguire’s.
Of course I’ll help you… here it is…