As many of my regular readers are aware, I recently sent a manuscript out to betas and I’ve been thinking a lot about the next steps to take, both in my writing and in my attempts to build a platform and brand.
For a while now, I’ve been amassing a list of agents to query but what I’m really struggling with right now, is traffic. I read a post the other day from a blog reviewing their statistics and the changes which influenced them. One thing they noted increased traffic was commenting on other blogs. I will admit, when I actively search out blogs and comment, it does increase my traffic a little.
From a back door perspective, I love WordPress. It is easy to create content and moderate interactions. However, compared to some other social media platforms, I feel that WordPress is not as network friendly. I struggle to find new blogs I actively want to follow. I recently set up an instagram account in an attempt to generate more interest in my brand and this website. I think to an extent, it is working but instagram’s new we’ll-show-you-what-we-think-you-want-to-see algorithm is probably not helping.
Speaking of brand, the other thing I’ve been considering is a change of name. A(melia). E. Browne is a pseudonym, one I came up with when I was about twelve. The standard advice, obviously, is not to change your pseudonym. Personally, I don’t think it fits either my personality, my vision for my writing brand nor the genre I write in. As a name, it doesn’t stand out. It doesn’t grab your attention. If I was browsing a shelf in a bookstore and saw Browne written on the spine, I’d probably pass it by.
What methods do you use to increase traffic? Do you find it easy to network through WordPress? Have you ever changed the name you write under?
I’d love to hear from you. 🙂