Celebrate the small things
Friday has come around quickly this week. I must have been having fun. A huge thanks to Vikki at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author for starting this celebration.
We as authors are obsessed with gettting more 'likes' on our author page. We want to increase our exposure and our SEO status (a term I know about, but at this time can't explain). Short of begging all of our friends and family to 'like' us, which they end up not doing for the most part, where do we get 'likes'?
One way I learned about from my friend Zrinka Jelic. When I posted on my FB page that I needed more likes she recommended the World Literary Cafe. Ingenious.
You go to the World Literary Cafe and sign up. No you don't magically get 'likes' after you sign up, contrary to my naive thinking. You have to do work to get those likes. You click on other people's FB pages, like them, and then send a message that you liked them through the WLC and they should share the love (remembering to add your FB author page). It's easy, but tedious.
The bad part is whether they will like you back or not. It is not by force that they do. It would be nice if they reciprocated with the event though. I started out with about 43 likes on my FB page. As of yesterday I had 605. I liked at least 1200 pages (My number on the WLC list is 1285). I joined another 'like' game in the process so I'd even take away 20 of those likes. Either way the amount of likes I gave did not equal the number of likes received.
At the end of the day I have a whole lot more likes than what I started out with. And I found some great authors. I even bought two books from FB author sites and I found about three blogs that I now follow consistently.
Today I am celebrating finishing the WLC list. I started from the bottom and went up. Everyday I liked at least 21- 28 pages (there were a few I chose not to like, but they weren't many). It took a few months, but I'm finally done- with the names above me, now I have to do the ones who joined up after me.
Check out what others on the blog hop are celebrating.