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6 Benefits of Re-blogging

ReblogThere’s a feature on WordPress.com available to bloggers called the re-blog. Essentially, you can share another blogger’s post with your followers. There are benefits to using this function which help both parties.

What’s a re-blog? When you view a blog, there is often an option to re-blog which means you share part of the post on your own blog. To read the entire post, anyone viewing from your site is directed to the original blogger’s site.

Is it taking credit for someone else’s work? Not in the least. When the blog is posted it shows that it is from the original blogger’s site and only part of the post is displayed. Likewise, when re-blogging you have the option to post a comment. I normally post a comment about why I’m re-blogging and a notice that I am. I always tweet in such a way that there is no confusion that the post is mine – just shared from my site.

HandshakeWhat are the benefits? Here are 6 benefits to re-blogging:

  1. The original blogger receives expanded exposure.
  2. The re-blogger receives additional exposure.
  3. Both bloggers may gain additional followers much like cross-pollinating.
  4. If using the Publicize option, then the blog is shared on social media in a way that further expands the reach and engagement of both the blogger and re-blogger.
  5. The re-blogger is recognized for sharing valuable blog space to promote someone else’s work.
  6. Overall, it’s a great way for the re-blogger to share posts similar to the site topics as a way of sharing more information.

Have you re-blogged recently? Are you willing to share your site by re-blogging? I’d love to hear from you so won’t you leave a question, idea or strategy in the comment section? I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!

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PHS

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Finding Beta-Readers

UnicornAre beta-readers like unicorns – can’t find any? Perhaps my writing circle at a local level is narrow but folks with both willingness and insight are hard to find in some areas. Here are a few ways to recruit readers.

Not familiar with beta-reading? Simply put, these are people who are willing to read your work and provide feedback – they are testing your story for all the problems it has. They are useful to engage when you are a little further along than just a rough draft but maybe not ready for professional, detailed editing. Beta-readers let you know many things about your work that you miss in some way be it slow action, confusion about details or ideas that improve your concept. These readers are like a focus group and they are even more helpful in genre reading. This article provides sensible questions you can use with your beta-readers which can provide you valuable feedback.

Reading GroupBut how do you find these unicorns? Here are several ways to find them:

  • Querying for them: check out #betareaders on Twitter – just post your needs and genre on Twitter with this hashtag and you will likely receive replies. Regular scans of this hashtag may reveal several possible beta-readers.
  • Hire a unicorn tracker! Just kidding
  • Ask for volunteers from your website
  • Read this post from Belinda Pollard with a variety of suggestions.
  • Also, here’s another article from Writing by the Seat of My Pants with another good list at the end.
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Have ever used beta-readers? Do you have suggestions for finding beta-readers? Ever caught a unicorn? I’d love to hear from you so won’t you leave a question, idea or strategy in the comment section? I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!

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Announcement: Blog Digest

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Archer’s Aim has been growing recently and with that in mind I have begun plans to offer a digest at least every two weeks. My intent is to  re-cap recent blogs via email as well as add few tidbits of information about me as an author and where my writing is going. I’m also planning to make special offers on the digest to my readers as well as sneak-peeks to my upcoming novel, The Bow of Destiny. If you are interested there are two ways to receive the digest:

1. Sign-up to follow by email from this site

2. Sign-up to follow by email from my Facebook page on the tab.

This will contain links to my top posts so you can easily access what interests you. Check back for news on when I will begin this endeavor – thought it will likely be next month. Show your interest and subscribe today!

I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today!

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