Monday, March 28, 2016

The IWSG: Bringing Me New Friends Since 2014

It can be tough to find readers in the general blogosphere. There's no list of categories that will take you directly to the blogs most likely to interest you. 



There's no guarantee that when you comment a blog, the person will comment back.



There is, however, a place you can go. A large community of bloggers where you can find your own clique. Like high school.



The day I found the IWSG was only the beginning. The members of IWSG support each other, cheer each other on, and celebrate each other's accomplishments. I'm talking all about it over on Christine Rains' blog. Head on over and check it out...





51 comments:

  1. That's so awesome to hear! That' why I started the group.

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    1. Glad you did! You've created an amazing thing.

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  2. Like you, I've found IWSG to be a great community - truly supportive and kind hearted.

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    1. There are so many great members out there--many of whom are commenting today!

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  3. I still haven't looked at the site, but am considering doing so.

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    1. It's great. All you do is add your name and post on the first Wednesday of the month about your insecurities. If you want more readers, go through the list and comment a few blogs every month and some will comment back.

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  4. So excited to have you on my blog today! :)

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  5. Yeah, IWSG is a great community. Stumbled on the group last year or so through Quanie's blog. And lurked around for awhile until I finally signed up. Best thing I've ever done.

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    1. :-) I have to say this is probably the best comment I've read in a long time. It made my day!

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  6. My blog reading is scattered. However, I found many through thoughtful comments I have read on other people's blogs. It is hard to get a handle on good blogs. Plus people write then stop with an occasional post so you are off to find others. Then some write too damn much and you skip over because it is too intense or dribbling. Anyway, I have signed up for IWSG and should check it out more often.

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    1. I try to break my text up with photos, but I got that from the marketing firms I've written for. Visual content is the hot thing right now, mostly because the human attention span has shrunk over the past 16 years. When I see any online content that involves long, rambling paragraph after long, rambling paragraph, I skim. I just don't have the patience to read through all of it. Short paragraphs, preferrably with pictures somehow interwoven, will always win for most people.

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  7. I've just decided to start participating in ISWG! I comment on a lot of those posts already, so why not join in the fun? =)

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    1. That's what happened to me. I noticed I was commenting so many of them, I may as well join in!

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  8. Great promo for the IWSG. :)

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    1. Thanks! We were trying to find something unique for me to guest blog about, since I've covered just about everything else in my other guest blogs recently.

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  9. I love reading all the IWSG posts...amazing to see how everyone has the same thoughts and worries!

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    1. There have definitely been months where I've read several posts about the same basic insecurities. I've pointed it out because I feel there's comfort in knowing others are going through the same thing.

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  10. What a great guest post Stephanie. You rock.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  11. So cool! It is hard to find awesome blogs and bloggers.

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    1. I agree...hard to find people who share our interests.

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  12. This is great news! Always looking to meet new friends and share ideas. Thanks for the post! Hugs...RO

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  13. Slipping on my flip flops and hopping over there now! :)

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    1. Well, it IS spring, so flip flop time!

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  14. This is so very true and immensely helpful. The A to Z connects people too

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  15. The IWSG has been fantastic for me as well. I'm so glad I found them.

    However, not everyone returns visits and comments. A good 80% do, though, and you quickly discover who doesn't.

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    1. 80%? I've found closer to 10%...but it could be that they don't like my blog. I will often go through and comment as many as I can on the linky but if they don't comment back, I won't read again...I almost always end up with only one or two that continue reading for more than a week after doing that.

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  16. IWSG is one of the best writing (and support) places I've found to date. Alex sure knew what he was doing ;-)
    Meeting good folks like you is an added bonus, of course!

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  17. Love that first poster. Demotivators are so much fun.

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  18. It's great how people from all over the world are connected!

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  19. I lovve IWSG for the writers it connected me with and the support.

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  20. Great Advice for all Writer's!!!!! I love the IWSG!!!

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  21. I see you have a great support group and it's very important to feel connected. Together you're stronger.
    Have a great week Stephanie.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  22. You're so right. This was a perfect way to connect with others and discover new ideas. 2016 is my 4th year. I'm still terrified because I don't want to fumble the ball. :-)

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  23. The IWSG has been great for me. I'm rather shy and everyone's been so nice. Wonderful friends and great posts. I've learned a lot.

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  24. I love being part of IWSG. I'll check out the link.

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  26. The blogging community is so vast and overwhelming, but it is great to find a group that is supportive and accepting. I'm glad I joined the IWSG!

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  27. Oh thank you for putting this on my radar, Stephanie. I didn't know of its existence!

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  28. I've been amazed how helpful writers are to each other and IWSG is a wonderful group.

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  29. Hello fellow Minion,

    Just here to wish you well for the A-Z. So true! about there not being any guarantees who will return comments/visits. I follow the ISWG posts loosely, and am looking forward the their antho - know some of the bloggers who've contributed to it.

    Nilanjana,
    Madly-in-Verse

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  30. Great post over on Christine's blog! And IWSG really is amazing!

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  31. I'm very grateful I found the group as well. It can be lonely out here. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  32. Thank you for this information plus for the tips I've read in your comment section. It's always good meeting up with other like-minded people who really want to help one another out. I'll check the link out shortly. Right now I'm going to finish checking you out. Hmmmm did that sound weird?

    Linda
    HTTPS://talesfromthecabbagepatch.wordpress.com

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  33. Wow, thanks for the info. I am going to check it out. I have a few blogs I read on a regular basis now but I have such a hard time finding blogs that I can count on.

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  34. I've heard about IWSG and see posts but didn't actually know what it was. Thanks for explaining :-) It is a great feeling to develop friendships on line and they are just as real as the ones in our "real" lives. Happy Writing!

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  35. I've met some wonderful bloggers and writers on IWSG. Certainly, not everyone I've ever left a comment with has visited me back but I'm grateful for those who do take the time to check in with me.

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