Building Connections on Persona Paper
Connections online are just as important as networking is in the physical world, and are really two words that have the same meaning in the context of becoming known and knowing. With the exception of celebrities and other famous people, each of us is but a single entity in the sea that is the worldwide web.
Why Do We Want to Become Known?
In general, we write to communicate ideas, recollections, thoughts and more. That communication can only happen when there is someone -- or many -- who read what we have written. Having more connections or a wider network increases the chances that someone will read what we've written and may even return to read more in the future.
Having others read our work is a satisfying feeling. That satisfaction increases with the size of our readership, and in forums such as Persona Paper, interaction in the form of comments can create a compelling force to do more of the same.
How Do We Become Known on Persona Paper?
If you've never written on a platform such as the one here at Persona Paper, you may be wondering how you can attract community members to your posts. The old adage, "To have a friend, you must be a friend first," comes to mind.
Newcomers and veteran writers alike should peruse the "Member List" found in the top left column under "Browse" at the top of the page. You may find others there that you already know, to whom you can connect by going to that person's Profile page and clicking "Connect" in the upper right hand corner. From that point forward, that D person's posts will show up in your Activity list. Do this with as many or as few members as you choose.
An alternative method is to check out the Home page for recent posts, reading those that pique your interest. Leave a comment on the posts you've read, if you have something to add or ask. Valid comments of 30 or more characters earn YOU a coin each time you make one. Here again, if you find someone's writing that interests you, go to his/her Profile page and "Connect."
Won't People Find My Writing All on Their Own?
I don't want to burst any bubbles of hope here, but should Homer or Shakespeare live in our times, they would have to do the same thing as you and me: Reach out to others to build a readership.
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