BE A FRIEND
Saturday Kristen Lamb came to the Ozarks and our group, the Ozarks Writers League (OWL) was privileged to share her expertise. I’ve been a fan of Kristen’s blog since I began the quest to learn about establishing a platform online. What she says about social media and being a friend, supporter, entertainer and all around good guy makes a lot of sense. We all hate spam and when we as writers begin to beg everyone we come in contact with, then we are guilty of spam as well.
As a writer, of course I want people to read my books. But her approach to reaching that goal is that we make friends first. That we offer assistance to those visiting our blogs and our Face Book page and Twitter.
So here I am, blogging on Word Press, where rather than write blogs about how to write, I’m changing over to offering, if not advice since that’s what us old broads usually hand out, at least hints and clues where readers can find all sorts of information. Kristen says pick a subject that we’re interested in and share some things about it that folks might want to know.
We had lunch with Kristen, and she is so enthusiastic we all caught the bug. Her mantra, We Are Not Alone (WANA) made me feel good right down to my toes. Her idea is that we as humans began by gathering in villages in which we supported each other.
As it turns out, this blog is still addressed to writers, which I wish to broaden soon, but I felt the need to praise Kristen and her efforts to bring us as writers together.
However, when I think of it, writers are only a small segment of people who can benefit by this idea. Suppose everyone began to support each other in such a way. We might gather in groups of artists, quilters, bikers, survivors, runners, whatever we might be and form that village of support that tells each of us, we are not alone.
I’ll probably putter around for a while, figuring out this approach to writing to a much wider audience than just my writer friends, so be patient and I hope you come back to check me out or even subscribe to my meager attempts to entertain, inform and inspire my readers.
That’s quite an idea you have there, Kristen. And thanks for sharing it with all of us at OWL and your vast reading audience.