Readers Meet Authors And Bloggers – One On One

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These days, when I want to do something and I don’t know how, I generally just wade on in and have a go anyway.  This leads to mistakes and quite often, breakages.  Having wandered through life totally focused on one thing or another, I miss quite a lot of other things going on around me, and often come across so dim that I probably should be embarrassed.  I never am though.  That’s just who I am, and if I give anyone a reason to chuckle at my ineptitude as I barge on forward like a bull in a china shop, that’s alright by me.  I like a good chuckle too.


Now, it occurs to me that as an indie writer, I really want to connect with actual readers of my work.  I want to know what they think, and if they like what I write, I want them to know where to find any tales that I have out there.  Twitter is great for this.  Facebook is great for connecting with other writers, and some groups there are very useful for self promotion.  Self promotion being the whole point of being an independent writer.  If you don’t do it, nobody else will.


I joined Google+ a while ago, but really just went squint for an hour or so, trying to figure out how it all worked.  I’ve ignored it ever since.  Until yesterday it occurred to me that that really is where all the action is.  I’m sure that giant Google trembled a few times as I crashed through, sticking my nose in all over the place, and surprisingly not offending anyone.  Well – at least I wasn’t cursed roundly and told to get out.  There seems to be a really friendly bunch of people out there.  I’ve connected with several new groups there, and generally trawled around to see what was happening.  I loved seeing all the new faces, and the way things pop up all over the place.  I’m pretty sure, that if you’re on Google, you’re going to be a lot more visible.


Communities are very visible, and any related searches could very well lead to new reading friends for me.  That’s my quest, so, I decided to conduct an experiment.  I’ve started a new community there, and called it Readers Meet Authors And Bloggers.  To be truthful, I’ve lost it a few times, and so far it has a membership of one – me.  I’ve also managed to invite myself to view it, which is nice.  I haven’t invited anyone to join it yet, because I really can’t figure out how to do that yet.  I will eventually.  Hopefully without breaking anything.  I will leave it to stew a little, and see what happens.  Of course I’ll invite all of my Twitter and Facebook friends, when I figure out how, as I said.  For the moment, I’ll post the link here for anyone who would like to join and post links to their books, blogs, or anything else, there.


For those writer friends of mine that ask, “Where else can I market my book?”, I tell you now that this untapped resource looks great to my beady eye.  If you haven’t joined up, I really suggest you do.  The site is actually quite easy to operate once you do, and very user friendly.  I have a gmail email account, and experimented with all the Google buttons at the top of the page for the first time.  You can access everything on the web right from there.  News, images, blogs – you name it.  Also, when a G+ notification pops up, you can respond to it right away without opening anything, like you have to with Facebook.  In the new year I will find more ways to attract lots of readers, authors, and bloggers to this community, but in the meantime feel free to head on over.  You can be number two in the group, and ride along on my quest for world domination.  Just kidding about the world domination.  Or am I?




13 thoughts on “Readers Meet Authors And Bloggers – One On One

    Lucy Pireel said:
    December 30, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Jo! I’m number 4. Wheeeheee! Now I just have to figure out how to not muck up things and get myself in G+prison too. Whoop! But I do believe they don’t have a spammer. YAY! We need to get on a mission girlfriend and draw readers and authors/bloggers in. I’ll start by sharing this on my book of faces. hehehe. xoxo


    Kimberly said:
    December 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I want to join, but the link doesn’t work! Meh. I get this weird broken robot drawing with the comment: “URL doesn’t exist at this link. That’s all we know.” Lol! Is there another link, an active one, I can go through in a roundabout way, to join?


      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Hi Kimberly – not cool! Friend me on Google+ jorobinson176 & we’ll go from there. These Google+ communities are brand new – which is good for us, if we can figure out how to get in. LOL! There are also links on my Twitter account @jorobinson176 & my fb page – on the right side of the blog post. Otherwise let me know how to friend you – that might be easier. I’m really a technotool :Dx Will retry the link here:-


    Aurora said:
    December 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I joined and I will share with my friends. Great article by the way.


      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Brilliant Aurora! I know that this is going to be a buzzing community. Bring all your friends, and thank you!x


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    angus48 said:
    December 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Joined at the link you provided.


    angus48 said:
    December 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Reblogged this on Angus48's Blog and commented:
    Absolutely amazing having a friend like Jo. Everyone should.


      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 2, 2013 at 11:44 am

      LOL! You are sweet Angus. Although I’m sure everyone doesn’t want to 😀


    Patrick Jones said:
    January 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Reblogged this on The Linden Chronicles and commented:
    A fantastic new group with great purpose!!


    Patrick Jones said:
    January 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Great article! Sometimes I feel the same way and just hope the computer still works when I browse around new things!!


      jorobinson176 responded:
      January 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Ha haa! Writers break things, but always figure it out. Thanks so much Patrick. 🙂


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