Your challenge for Thursday August 29,2013 is to Create ideas on how to get more readers. For this week any genre is welcome including free verse, narrative, dialogue or any other style that you are comfortable with.
"Read All About It!"
by Heather L Campbell
August 30, 2013
When I first began on Gather I wondered how one did get readers. I was told to make some connections by one of the first two people who were my first connections. I have never forgot either of them and their helping me on the site. I found if I made a comment on someone else's work, they would return a comment on mine. I find this doesn't always happen. Many times I will comment on other peoples articles without expectations of comments back. Often I have read an article and did not know what to say. That is why I like the recommend ability. But sometimes I just read and forget to recommend.
Now I have told people about Gather and some people who were interested I gave them the info so they could join.
I have noticed that Titles can draw people in. I have often wrote a Title and then gave the counter argument against what the Title said. I found out very quickly some people did not bother to read the article...just the title and then would express themselves thinking my article backed up the Title when it clearly didn't. Just because someone leaves a comment does not mean they read the article.
Many times my article asked a question and people would be kind enough to give me their opinion or advice. I have always loved that about our community.
The other day I wrote a response to a prompt about writing about our State. I put a disclaimer at the bottom. My husband was so delighted with it, he gave the link to the article to other people who also thought it was as amusing as he did. I had no idea he did this until he read me the comments they had emailed him about it.
I also noticed that "drama" can pull in readers. On Gather everyone seems to be drawn to drama. My only problem with drama, as a reader is all the commenting.. It can take more time to read all the comments than it did to read the article.
What I have done long before I came to Gather was to give away copies of my poems or packets of selected poems as well as email out my poems. I have encouraged people to share them. Many times I will get an email asking for a poem that they want me to write. I have gotten an email asking for a poem that might bring comfort. During the Gulf War a soldier asked me in an email to write a poem he could use to propose to his future bride. He answered a few questions of mine and was very pleased with the poem I wrote for him. I have written poems for all kinds of reasons for people.
I have no idea how many people have read my poems. But I would venture to guess if they have been passed on, a lot have people have been readers.
I also allowed a charity in 2004 to include 6 of my poems in a book they published to raise funds. The book was spiral bound and cost $10 each. So I imagine those books traveled far and wide as well.
I never really thought about how to increase readers since I first joined Gather.
I would assume if I compiled a book to publish, publishing my poetry would be a way to increase readers.
I'm just happy to write.