Not too long ago, a blogger (and also aspiring author) whose work I admire told me that she was having difficulty figuring out how to follow my self-hosted WordPress.org blog from her WordPress.com blog. My feeling is that she wanted to receive my blog posts directly in her email box — just as she can from any other WordPress.com site — or maybe she even wanted to follow my site on her WordPress Reader.
I just employed these steps to see if I could help my fellow WordPress.com blogger follow LivinginCyn.com more conveniently. I’m not a techie person, so I can tell you that this is EASY.
Never Fear, An Easy to Use Link is Here! And the process is as easy as 1-2-3!
- Visit this link (which will take you to the WordPress.com Reader manager), and enter the URL (www.livingincyn.com) of the website you wish to follow.
- Click on the little follow cross on the right, so that it can turn into a green checkmark and appear with the word “following”. At this point, if the website has a site icon (or gravatar) associated with it, that image will appear.
- Click on the little arrow immediately to the left of the site icon, so that it points downward. A mini-menu will appear with options to toggle On or Off, the ability to have new posts/ comments emailed to you. You will even be able to decide whether you want new posts delivered to you Daily, Weekly or Monthly.
Why does this matter to you as an author?
Whether you’re an author with books under her belt, or an aspiring author, still working on your first novel or non-fiction work, it’s never too early to build an author platform. One of many ways to do that is by engaging with other authors, as well as with other bloggers, in general. This includes writing blog posts, looking out for other authors and readers on social media, following them and engaging in conversation.
My Tactical Tuesday column is designed for authors and writers to implement easy, strategic marketing tactics to help them grow their author platform. If you’re an author and you have a question, a thought, or a suggestion, leave your comment below, or follow me on Twitter @cynthiatluna with the hashtag #TacticalTues! See you soon!