Today marked the opening of registration for Rachael Harrie’s Third Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign, an event I’ve been looking forward to for a few months. I first ran across a description of the previous Campaigns (which were then called “Crusades”) when I was Googling for info about techniques for building a platform as a writer.
Rachael is an Australian writer and blogger who has taken paying it forward to a mind-boggling level with this recurring project. The gist of it is that she opens registration for the Campaign on her own blog for a week, during which hordes of writers (like myself) pour in and are grouped according to various criteria – genre, age group of audience, location.
We then begin getting acquainted with our fellow campaigners by following and commenting on each other’s blogs and following each other on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and so forth. There will also be challenges (which involve everyone posting to their blogs and reading what others have posted) which will be judged and for which actual prizes will be awarded.
Sound like a lot of work? It is! I’ve already spent several hours today just trying to read a few people’s blogs and respond to comments on my own, tracking some of them on Facebook, and so forth. But I think the experience will yield rich rewards. I strongly suspect that lasting relationships can be forged through this process, and it’s always interesting to get to know other writers, who are invariably quirky and often charming and engaging.
What about you? Couldn’t you use a few more networking pals for your platform? Do you have another method of garnering followers and friends? What’s your favorite way to network?