NaNoWriNO Day 23
Topic: Writing and radio
My time on WordPress almost never came to be. When I first started posting my ramblings for the entire internet to see, I was writing for another website. I spent four years there, and through a series of dramatic events, I left. I saw the writing on the wall well before my departure, and started this blog so I would have a place to put my stuff.
After I left, others started leaving for similar reasons to mine. We decided we needed a new home where writers could network and chat and post their stuff and support each other in their writing endeavors.
Expats Post was born.
This is a very meaningful project for me. When I first started writing, I didn’t believe I was a real writer. I didn’t think people would take you seriously if you used cuss words, or talked about your bowel movements.
My beginning pieces on the old site sucked donkey balls, but the other writers were still encouraging. They told me what they liked, and didn’t troll me hardcore even though they totally could have. This gave me the confidence to continue sharing all of the noise going on in my head.
I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for these people, I wouldn’t have continued writing for anyone other than myself. I would have had a collection of very funny diaries. Community, in my opinion, is a very important part of a writer’s journey.
Now many of these same people are on Expats Post. We’ve had some new writers come into the fold, and I love having them there too. It’s a big, wacky family that keeps growing.
If any of you have thought about adding your work to another site for more exposure, I’d like to recommend giving EP a try. Here are some facts about the site:
- You retain all the rights to your work. This means you can repost it anywhere you choose to.
- Built in WordPress so there won’t be a learning curve on how to post there.
- Categories on the site include, but are not limited to: Creative, Entertainment, Health, Music, Politics, Poetry, Tech.
- You WILL get page views on your posts.
- We have an Expats Poetry spin-off for poets who want to read and network with other poets.
- We have an Expats Art spin-off for artists who want another place to post their creations. It’s very similar to an online portfolio, only it links back to your own site.
To give you some perspective, I’ve posted 12 articles there, and I have 110,000+ page views. All I did was post them to my social networks when they first came out. Like I said, you will get page views.
Take a look around the various places you can find us:
If any of you are interested in joining the site, let me know. We’re still working out the occasional kink, but it’s pretty much ready to go.
Oh! One more thing…
We have a Blog Talk Radio program, and today I’ll be on the show talking about social media for the indie writer. If you can’t make it, I’ll be linking to the podcast on my Facebook and Twitter accounts over the next couple of days.
Here is the link for that. It starts at 3PM Pacific Standard Time. It’s 30 minutes long with an additional 15 minute recorded segment after we go off the air. If you want to talk in the chat room, I believe you’ll need to register first.
UPDATE: Listen to the show here.
Okay, that’s all for now kiddies. I hope all of you Americans had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday, and for those of you who live in other parts of the world, I hope you had a great…Thursday.
Thanks to Bill Friday for inviting me on to the show. He seems to think I know some stuff that people might be interested in listening to.