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Monday, February 6, 2012

Fourth Writers' Platform-Building Campaign

There are so many of us out there. Aspiring authors, bloggers (whether established or beginning), industry peeps, even published authors, all of whom want to build their online platforms. We write insightful posts and articles, actively blog within the blogosphere, take part in challenges, competitions, and contests galore.

We have the passion and the drive to make it, but…we could all do with a bit of support.

So I started thinking. What if we link all these people together? What if we create a way to meet people in a similar position, people who genuinely want to help build our online platform while at the same time building theirs? People who want to pay it forward in the spirit of writerly writerness and blogging beautificity (and see it come back to them in turn).

And so, my Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign was born.

What is the Campaign?

Basically, the Campaign is a way to link those of us in the writing community together with the aim of helping to build our online platforms. The Campaigners are all bloggers in a similar position, who genuinely want to pay it forward, make connections and friends within the writing community, and help build each others' online platforms while at the same time building theirs.

As the Campaign kicks off, you'll have the names and blog addresses of the Campaigners on my List of Campaigners page (above), so you can keep in touch with the other Campaigners. That way you’ll have a list of bloggers in the same position as you, who genuinely want to help you succeed. And you'll be able to meet those who have the most in common with you. You can visit their blogs and other places they haunt, follow along, leave comments galore, and share your highs and lows as you journey through the blogosphere and build your online platform. And they'll be doing the same for you.

If you want to find out a bit more about past Campaigns, check out the info I've included here.

The Team

This year I have a fantastic group of people who've volunteered to help me out with the Campaign. For the Fourth Campaign, the core Campaign Team comprises myself, Michael Offutt, K.T. Hanna, Ozlem Yikici, and Steph Schmidt, and others will be helping us out in other respects too. I'd love it if you could make your way around and follow all these awesome people, and maybe even leave a comment to say thanks for their time and effort. I'll be including all the fabulous volunteers' links in relevant posts as the Campaign progresses.

Key Dates
  • This Fourth Campaign will be a mini-Campaign, and will run from today until Saturday, March 17, 2012.
  • The List of Campaigners will close on Wednesday, February 15th, so make sure you sign up before then.
  • The First Campaigner Challenge will begin on Monday, February 20th and end on Saturday, February 25th.
  • The Second Campaigner Challenge will begin on Monday, March 5th and end on Saturday, March 10th.

Organized Campaign Events

During the Campaign:
  • I'll be running the two Campaigner Challenges I mentioned above.
  • each Friday I'll post a Campaigner Notice-Board, where you can announce blogfests, book launches, things you'd like to share with your other Campaigners, etc etc. You'll need to send me the information in advance, and I've made up a form to make things easier. If you want me to include your details in this Friday's post (February 10th), please fill out this form.
  • there will be lots of Twitter-talk at #writecampaign, so make sure you jump in and take part to meet, get to know, and encourage your fellow Campaigners. 
As this is a mini-Campaign, these are the only organized Campaign events. As always, it's up to you how involved you want to be.

As in the Third Campaign, I'm also asking for people who'd like to volunteer to judge the Campaigner Challenges and/or donate a prize (you can tell me your preference in the form I'll be asking you to fill out below).

How to join?

If you’d like to join the Fourth Campaign, here’s what you’ll need to do:
  1. follow me if you haven't already, so you can check out the Campaigner Notice-Board on Fridays and take part in Campaigner Challenges 
  2. comment on this post, to let the other Campaigners know you’ll be coming on board
  3. blog about the Campaign to help spread the word (include a link to this post and encourage your followers to join)
  4. tweet about the Campaign if you're on Twitter, and include a link to this post. Follow me here if you wish
  5. pop a link to this post on Facebook (if you’re a Facebook fan) and/or on Google Plus if that's your favorite haunt. Or anywhere else you hang out, it's up to you. My links to Facebook, Google Plus, and LinkedIn are on my sidebar if you want to find me there
  6. and fill out this form.
And then?

Once you’ve joined the Campaign:
  1. go to my List of Campaigners page and put your name down for a Campaigner Group (or more than one if you want to get to know more people) 
  2. pop round and introduce yourself to some or all the Campaigners in your Campaigner Group. If you wish, pop round to some or all of the other Campaigners and introduce yourself as well
  3. follow some or all of the Campaigners in your Campaigner Group(s) (and others if you wish). Due to the size of the Campaign, there's no need to follow all Campaigners!!!
  4. put the Campaign badge on your sidebar and link it back to my Writers' Platform-Building Campaign page above
  5. keep an eye out for posts/comments/tweets by other Campaigners (and particularly those in your Campaigner Group) and do your best to comment on as many as you can, as often as you can. Also consider following your fellow Campaigners on Twitter and liking them on Facebook, mentioning their blog posts and re-tweeting their tweets, and otherwise supporting them
  6. get to know your fellow Campaigners at #writecampaign on Twitter
  7. join in my Campaigner Challenges if you wish (you don't have to, of course). They're a great way to get to know other Campaigners and have fun at the same time.
Can't wait to see you all on board!

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Lynda R Young said...

oh wow, it's happening again! How cool! It's such a great campaign.

Hildred said...

Aw, yeah, can't wait to do this! Just wish I didn't have to jet off to work right now so I could blog about it. XD

Yvie Gonya said...

Can't wait to participate again!

Carrie Butler said...

Rach, I'm so flippin' excited! :)

Brooke R. Busse said...

Filling out as much of the form as I can before I go to bed. Will blog about when I get up in the morning, and then submit the form with the URL link. ^^

Rachel Morgan said...

Yay! Another campaign! So totally taking part :-)

dawnall said...

Can't wait to participate again this year. Always great fun.

T.D. McFrost said...
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T.D. McFrost said...

I've been waiting for this since last year! And I even blogged about it last Wednesday!

I can't wait to meet all you really cool people!

alberta ross said...

oh def.in for another campaign - such fun!

Miranda Hardy said...

Looking forward to the challenges.

Alison Miller said...

Awesome! Glad you're doing this again! Thank you!

Komal said...

I can't wait to get involved and meet the other campaigners!

T.B. McKenzie said...

This is exactly what I need to take my mind off work (the bad kind that pays the bills) and exactly what I don't need to take my mind off work (the good kind where I write a sequel to my novel)

Can't wait.

Rek said...

After seeing the platform badge on many of the blogs I follow or on ones I visit infrequently I was tempted to join.

Michelle said...

I'm so excited to participate in my first writers campaign!

Michelle Pickett
www.michelle-pickett.com

Christy Farmer said...

Thanks Rachael for hosting this again! Count me in!

Christy Farmer

www.ChristyFarmer.Wordpress.com

Angela Scott said...

Wonderful! I loved participating before, so here I am, once again.

Let the campaigning fun begin :)

Melissa said...

I'm new to this, but... I'm in! = )

Lola Sharp said...

I'm in!

:)

Margo Kelly said...

YAY! This is such a great opportunity. Thanks for all you do for the writerly community!! Count me in!

meradeth said...

Yay! Super stoked to participate in this again!

Kathleen Doyle said...

Very excited!!

Grumpy Bulldog, Media Mogul said...

I'm in. Huzzah.

Michael Haynes said...

I'm in! Thanks to you and your team for organizing this.

-Michael

Jaye Viner said...

I'm in. This will be my second Campaign.

K.T. Hanna said...

This is going to be so much FUN!

Rebekah Loper said...

HURRAY!! I'm so glad to get to participate in this again, though I wish the mini-campaign was in the fall, because then it wouldn't interfere with NaNo prep. But oh well.

but yay for #writecampaign! :D

Lori M. Lee said...

I am totally on board! :D

KarinaLawrence said...

Ooh this sounds exciting! Always great to meet new people! I'm definitely up for some challenges

Bonnie Rae said...

This will be my second year! Count me in!

Doreen said...

Thank you for hosting this Campaign!! I cannot wait to get home tonight and spread the word!!

Arlee Bird said...

Signed up. Will try to keep up, but with A to Z preps going on I may get sidetracked as I sure you well know how that goes.

Thanks, Rachael


Lee
An A to Z Co-Host
Tossing It Out
Twitter: @AprilA2Z
#atozchallenge

Melanie Stanford said...

I'm on board again- hopefully I do a bit better this time! (Not going to join as many groups!)

Juliemybird said...
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Juliemybird said...

I'm all in! So excited for the abbreviated version. I might be able to handle it a bit better this time. :)

Melodie Wright said...

Yay! Your campaigns are great, Rachel! Unfortunately I'm running an agent contest next week w/ promos so I can't blog about it until later this week. Hope that's okay??

Deniz Bevan said...

Yay! Can't wait for another round of fun. I'll blog about it in my Friday post :-)

kelworthfiles said...

Time to hit the Campaign trail, hooray! (I still miss being a Crusader though.)

Lucy V Morgan said...

Looking forward to joining in again, and to meeting some YA writers this time around :)

alessahinlo said...

I'm totally in!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Definitely joining of course. I'll blog about it tomorrow as today was a blogfest thingy.

Kaylie Austen said...

Hoorah! We're doing it twice. :)

Daniel Noyes said...

Very cool - I'm in!!

Susan Roebuck said...

Hi! Goodness knows where I was last year when your Campaigns were running (on the Dark Side of the Moon probably). I'm here now, though, and I'd love to participate. Just one thing (hope you notice this) - I wrote on my form I'd be happy to help out with the first Campaign. I can't because I'm away then - but I'll help out with the second, no problem!

Alynza Smith said...

I'm in!! Can't wait. :)

A.E. Martin said...

looking forward to it =)

Emily S said...

I'm excited for a new campaign. It's great to have a blogging refresher.

Esther Spurrill-Jones said...

Looking forward to being a part of this. :)

Morgan said...

Ohhh... thanks so much for this... I'm a new blogger myself and want to connect with other people like me trying to have a voice in this business. You rock, Rach!

bridgetstraub.com said...

I just remembered I forgot to comment here. Thanks for doing this. It's awesome!

Kate said...

Cheers for organising this - off to introduce myself to some of the people in my group now :-)

Tia Bach said...

So excited to get back to campaigning! I'm in!

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

This sounds like such a great idea! I'll read more and look forward to hearing more and likely participating

cleemckenzie said...

Wow. This is amazing. One finishes and another one begins!

Lena Corazon said...

Wahoo! I'm in!

Jodi Su said...

Happy to be here again! I'm in! :)

Bess Weatherby said...

So excited!

writesbymoonlight said...

I'm joining the fun too!

Ute Carbone said...

I'm new to this, but it looks like fun! So, count me in.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I'm in. Have heard great things about this. Can't wait to see what's in store!

Louise Wise said...

I joined last the campaign, signed up and began blogging and posting away but then life pooed on me and I had to stop. :(

Hopefully, I'll see it through to the end this time. I want mainly to "meet up" with other chick lit writers. They seem to be lacking!!

Hunter Emkay said...

Count me in, signed up, done. Looking for more thriller / suspense writers on the list.

Claire Hennessy said...

Excellent! I am definitely in and way more prepared this time. Joining your last Campaign after only starting my blog 5 days earlier was a wee bit overwhelming last time! Can't wait. Thanks so much for organizing it again :)

J.C. Martin said...

Missed the last one, not going to miss the boat this time!

Fairview said...

yes I'm joining because I had so much fun the last time

tinadchayes said...

I'm in again. :) This is a great way to network with other writers, and it's fun!

AveryMarsh said...

I'm so in. :)

Vicki Orians said...

Hello all! I will be partaking this year! :)

Siv Maria said...

So happy I found out about this on time.Count me in!

Carrie-Anne said...

I just filled out the form. The requisite blog post I wrote about it has got to be the shortest post by far I've ever written! I'm sure I'll be in a small minority again for writing historical fiction, but it's a great opportunity to network and learn about contests and bloghops.

The Golden Eagle said...

I'm in for the Fourth Campaign. :)

Krista M said...

I got a lot of new followers from this last year! It's a great experience and I had a lot of fun! :)

Can't wait!

Cherie Reich said...

Yay! I'm looking forward to it. :)

Marcy said...

I'm in again. Thanks for sponsoring the campaigns!

SelahJanel said...

Looking forward to this! I'm a newbie but this sounds like so much fun!

Jess said...

I'm so excited!! I'm totally in :)

Megan said...

I had a blast last time! I'm totally in, and looking forward to meeting some more awesome people. ;-)

Christina Farley said...

This sounds awesome! I'm in!

Medeia Sharif said...

I thought the last challenge was great, so I'm signing up again. :)

J said...

I'm so excited! Nice to see you all again, and looking forward to meeting some new friends! :)

MSBjaneB said...

How exciting. I can't wait to read all of these great blogs!

kmckendry said...

Yay! I'm soo excited! :)

fairbetty said...

I'm in, too... even though I have NOOOOO idea what the campaign is/will do for me or what I can offer for the campaign...

Synithia said...

I'm looking forward to it. This will be my first campaign. Can't wait to meet the rest of the campaigners!

Kharisma Rhayne said...

I'm going to try again this year. I didn't do so great with it last year -- maybe this year with the good one ☺

Anne Hale said...

Great idea!! Can't wait to meet everyone!

Elizabeth Twist said...

Really loved meeting all kinds of people during last year's winter campaign. Can't wait for this one.

Vicki said...

Thank you, Rachael! What a great idea. I'm glad to be on board.

digillette said...

I'm totally in! Loved it last time I participated!

Kimberly said...

I'm in!

Wendy A.M. Prosser said...

Great idea. Thanks for doing this!

Jocelyn Rish said...

Really enjoyed the Campaign last fall and looking forward to this one. Although I'm going to join a less insane number of groups this time. :-)

C.M.Brown said...

This will be my first, but I am excited to give it a go!

LadyJai said...

Signed up, again! <3

Sabrina A. Fish said...

I'm a newbie, and looking forward to experiencing my first campaign.

Written Words said...

I think this is the second campaign I will have joined. Last time, it really brought my blog to a wider audience and introduced me to some terrific bloggers.

I've been looking forward to this one for a long time!

Sarah Pearson said...

Signing up right now :-)

Melanie Fowler said...

I will be joining you again! This is going to be awesome!

Adriana said...

I'm so excited to join this. It's my first time around. :)

Tina Moss said...

I can't believe it is that time of year again already. Yay for the campaign!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I just posted my blog post for this. Off to tweet about it.

David P. King said...

Of course I'll take part again. Just signed up. Blogged and tweeted about it. See you for the first challenge!

Beylit said...

And this would be me being a joiner.

Lissa Clouser said...

Looking forward to this again! =) Glad it's a mini this time. It'll be more manageable!

Kevin Hiatt said...

Very cool idea.. found it via a couple of other blogs I follow, figured if they both do it, I've gotta get in here. :)

Honey said...

106 comments! That's amazing:) I'm new to the campaign and I'm really looking forward to participating.

Barbara McDowell said...

I'm joining in again!

Southpaw said...

I'm interested.

Jessica Therrien said...

Yeah! Can't wait. This was such a blast last time. Count me in!

Cortney Pearson said...

Thanks, Rachael! This was so fun last time, I'm excited to join in again! :)

Erin Kane Spock said...

Okay, I think I'm all signed up. Group 18. Woohoo!

Rachele Alpine said...

Yay! I love being a part of this...can't wait to meet some new bloggers! :)

JEFritz said...

I'm here! I'm so glad you decided to run a mini-Campaign. I love these. Looking forward to getting to know everyone.

yikici said...

*hugs back* I've just posted about the campaign; will spread the word again on my next break. :)

Richard Alan said...

Great idea. I'm definitely joining. Thanks @scottbury for the RT that alerted me.

Nancy Thompson said...

Oh goody! I missed this the first time around. Can't wait to get started on this one!!

Anna Mittower said...

I'm in! Can't wait to start connecting! (think I'll be joining more than one group since the sci-fi group is so small.) I'm going to have to be careful not to bite off more than I can chew with this campaign. lol

Sherri said...

I missed the last one and I want in on this one!

Alyssa said...

Can't wait!! Count me in! :)

Regina Lopes said...

What a great idea! Looking forward to being involved!

Jennifer said...

Super sweet! Hope I can help and glad to get in before the deadline this time around.

eastbaywriter.com said...

Looking forward to it!

Gwen said...

So excited!

Andrew said...

Looking forward to the challenge.

prerna pickett said...

woohoo! I can't believe it's already back.

Melissa Sugar said...

I am new to this, but I have been waiting for it since last year. I am totally on board. I am not sure what all I have to do, but I will figure it out. I will post about it on Thursday-I am already committed to a blogfest post for Wed. I am super excited.

Elise Fallson said...

Hi there! I'd love to join, a friend of mine has been talking about this campaign and has me really excited! One quick question, is it possible to follow your blog without using facebook?

Rachael Harrie said...

Hi guys, welcome to you all! It's so wonderful to see so many fabulous people coming on board!!! We've got 139 Campaigners so far, and more to come, yay! Stay tuned on Monday for my Beta Match, to help you find critique partners and beta readers, and my first Campaigner Challenge on Feb 20th. I can't wait. And don't forget to put your name down in groups on my List of Campaigners, and to start making the rounds to meet your fellow Campaigners :)

@Elise, of course. Just click on my "followers" badge on the right side of my blog, where it says "To Infinity and Beyond" :)

Hugs,

Rach

Elise Fallson said...

Thanks Rachael,I'm all signed up thanks to Tia and her post on her blog Depression Cookies!

Neil Vogler said...

I'm in!

Cat said...

I'm in again too. Also, I'll soon contact you about the final donation for the charity eBook/book.

Shay said...

Looks like I will be taking the plunge and joining in. Thanks for hosting this!

Damyanti said...

Shall take the plunge again!





A to Z Challenge April 2012

Twitter: @AprilA2Z
#atozchallenge

akoss said...

I participated in the second one and it was a lot of fun. I can't wait for this one to start.

j. kaary said...

Hey I'm a new follower and excited to participate:)

Jennifer Chase said...

I'm new to the campaign and can't wait to participate!

Alexandra Shostak said...

Awesome! Just heard about this from a friend of mine. Signing up right now :)

Poppy Taylor said...

Fabulous idea! I'm a new follower and would love to take part! :)

Welcome! said...

A little nervous but looking forward to joining the campaign! Now I'm off to sign up :D

Dawn Malone said...

I'm in!

Tere Kirkland said...

I'm the worst at networking and promoting, so hopefully, this'll be good for me. I'll post later this week!

Robert said...

I'll give it a try.

Gillian said...

Hi! Glad you decided to run one in Feb/March. Happy to be on board!

Rebecca Belliston said...

Wow, this sounds great. Thanks for hosting!

Jenna Cooper said...

Awesome! I had a kick with it the last time, I looking forward to this round, too!

C.j. Parmenter said...

Rach, this campaign is made of win. I'm in the process of signing up right now. Thanks to you and your team of volunteers!

Mina Burrows said...

Looking forward to doing this one again, Rach! :)

CLBledsoe said...

Looking forward to getting on board!

Megan said...

This sounds awesome! Thanks for hosting. I hope I can keep up with everything and that this will make me a better blogger... :)

amymarie said...

I've never done something like this before, but it sounds fun, so I signed up! Hope I can keep up!

Candy Lynn Fite said...

*Sniff, sniff* I'll have to skip out on this one. :( On Feb. 20th, the first challenge, I'll be on the operating table having spine surgery. No worries, I have one of the best neuro surgeons on board! I will definitely miss everyone and hope it's a blast!

For anyone contemplating joining in, go for it!!! You won't be disappointed!

You rock, Rach!

Erin Shakespear said...

Sign me up! :)

Lisa Amowitz said...

I'm in!!! trying to join the site, but I think you've got too much traffic!

Eileen Wiedbrauk said...

I like this mini-campaign idea! I'm in :)

Chemist Ken said...

I joined during the last campaign and it was awesome. Made so many new friends. Thanks so much Rachael!

James said...

Hi, I'm joining the campaign. It sounds great.

Claire L. Fishback said...

Looking foward to joining the campaign and meeting new people!

Claire L. Fishback

Jennifer McMurrain said...

I've heard great things about this campaign and look forward to participating this year.

Lori Freeland said...

I'm in! Sounds like a fabulous idea!

jonyangorg said...

And back in! Thanks for organizing again!

http://jonyangorg.blogspot.com/2012/02/wizard-will-see-you-now.html

Stephanie Allen said...

I've never done this before...I'm in! =)

alexia said...

I'm excited! Been meaning to do this all the previous times, and keep missing it. Posting on my blog this weekend!

Misha Gericke said...

I'm a little late out of the starting blocks, but here I am.

:-D

inluvwithwords said...

I've been looking forward to joining again this time around. I'm in!

Ryann said...

This will be my second time on the campaign trail! Woo-Hoo!

Amanda said...

This is my first time joining the campaign. I'm excited to be here!

E. Arroyo said...

Awesome! Thanks for organizing this.

Laurie Dennison said...

I'm excited to be joining, even though I feel a little tardy to the party! I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!

Angeline said...

I'm on board!

sophs said...

Just signed up! :) x

Samantha said...

Yay I'm so excited to do this again!! I just talked about it in my video post :)

Megan said...

This is such a great idea! I'm in!

Ashley Nixon said...

I'm in! Yay!

Anna Waggener said...

So excited to join in this time around!

Nick Hight said...

Awesome! I've been waiting for this :) I'm in.

cbwentworth said...

Hi! I'm new and very excited to join this community! :-)

Jana Denardo said...

I enjoyed this last time. looking forward to it again.

Sara Biren said...

Better late than never -- I'm jumping in!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

I am very excited to be joining in on the 4th Campaign! This sounds like a lot of fun. :)

Roger Eschbacher said...

Hi Rachael! I'm happily participating again.

RaeAnn said...

Hi! Nice to meet y'all. Will be joining you guys in this campaign! I'm a newbie, so guide me!

Treelight said...

I'm very happy that there's a new Campaign!

Sue Ann Bowling said...

I'm going to try. My blog's mixed: Alaska weather, reviews, quotes, a bit of background for my SF novels, science and health posts (I'm a retired scientist) and six sentence Sunday.

Heather Davis said...

I'm in!!!

kvennarad said...

I applaud your efforts. I'm only sorry that I can't become actively involved, due to other commitments. Good luck.

M
__________
Marie Marshall
author/poet/editor
Scotland
http://mairibheag.com
http://kvennarad.wordpress.com

W.Chaser said...

Excellent idea, nervously participating :-)

tracikenworth said...

I'll try!! It sounds exciting and like a great way to get to know other bloggers!!

tracikenworth said...

I'll try!! It sounds exciting and like a great way to get to know other bloggers!!

Susan Francino said...

I've never done this before, but I'm excited to be a part of it!

Laura W. said...

Great!!! I love "meeting" new bloggers!

Sarah F. said...

I'm excited to be a part of this!
~Sarah F.

Erin said...

Count me in!

Rod Tyson said...

Sounds exciting - woot! I'm in ;)

Becky said...

I'm in (for the first time), exciting!

Su said...

Signed up!

S.P. Bowers said...

Count me in!

Christopher S. Ledbetter said...

I'm All In!!! Can't wait to get to know everyone!!

Mythic Scribes said...

Mythic Scribes is on board for this campaign!

SM Robertson said...

Woo! Count me in! :)

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