I started a Google+ community a while ago called Readers Meet Authors and Bloggers. The aim was to promote interaction between bloggers (who aren’t always authors), and readers who had other passions to promote (photography, art, cooking, knitting, animals, personal healing, funnies – you name it), but still loved to read. Probably due to my own fault – I’ve had a whacky and seriously stressful couple of years – I’ve neglected it, and community moderators have lost interest and stopped going there. My fault, but still a viable community.
These days it’s become pretty much an “Oy Buy My Book” spammy kind of place. I still believe that it has potential though, and with three thousand, five hundred odd members, I think that it has the potential to be a good place to market as well as interact with other writers in the future. Rules need to be put in place though, and proper content (not just links to blogs and books) needs to be regularly posted.
In the beginning anthologies were planned, joint book promo functions, read for review opportunities, and allsorts were envisioned. Unfortunately I dropped the ball with too much else going on.
The community is still growing all the time, with newbies often posting and trying to start an interesting conversation or put a marketing idea out there, but these are all lost in the white noise of the promos. In a last ditch attempt to get back to the original vision for the community, I’d like to invite any of you guys who’d like to try and make a fresh start with it as community moderators.
I reckon with the current membership we’d need about five people who were prepared to actively control the site on a regular basis, as well as come up with ideas for marketing Indie books, art, photography or any sort of craft, and having a bit of fun while helping each other. With a couple of thousand people already there, I think that this might be something that could benefit all of us. Remember that Google rules – it’s much more powerful than Amazon or any other site, and it streams your content to strangers. As far as SEO goes – Google rules. Even if you haven’t been active there – or haven’t even joined yet – and would like to start – don’t be shy to step forward for this. We need talent and we’ll talk you through the steps of signing up if you have something to contribute.
It’s a very casual community, and posting personal funny pics or memes should be encouraged as well as posting our daily blogs and so on. Often poets post their work on the wall – anything not linked and posted straight on the wall automatically gets G+ SEO points.
Would any of you be willing to jump in on this one, and see if we could mould it into something helpful, and maybe conducive to selling more books? It would be awesome to have some group leaders who are not writers, but other artists – painters – photographers – inspiring people – craft people – just people. Moderators would pretty much have carte blanche with ideas and input. Check it out on Readers Meet Authors and Bloggers, and let me know what you think.