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Create If Writing

Create If Writing is a weekly podcast for writers and bloggers dealing with authentic platform growth. Kirsten Oliphant interviews experts to find out how they are building email lists, connecting through Twitter, and using Facebook groups. These practical episodes are balanced out with inspirational interviews from successful writers and bloggers who have made it big and want to share the struggles, the creative process, and tips for reaching your goals whether you are an author publishing books or creating an online presence through blogging.
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Now displaying: October, 2017
Oct 31, 2017

Learn how to leverage one-time paid collaborations into more long-term partnerships and relationships. 

Snag my new book for more! http://createifwriting.com/cc

Oct 25, 2017

Single or double opt-in? Now you have a choice with MailChimp!

That sounds great...except that your existing forms will be affected. Here is what you need to know about the two kinds of opt-ins and how you should update your forms before October 31, 2017. 

For more: http://createifwriting.com/chimpdates

Also! My book, Creative Collaborations, is ready for pre-order! Get yours here: http://createifwriting.com/cc 

Oct 23, 2017

Want to form lasting and lucrative connections? 

You need to start winding up LONG before the pitch! Learn ways to connect with influencers that set the groundwork for a successful pitch to collaborate. 

You can now order my book, Creative Collaborations! Head to https://createifwriting.com/cc to get your copy!

Oct 17, 2017

My book, Creative Collaborations, is just a few weeks away from release! In another episode on collaborations, I'm talking about bad pitches. 

To kick off a collab, you'll have to pitch. We often think of pitching like a sales pitch, but really pitching is a wider category. It refers to the ask-- asking people about a potential partnership.

So how do you pitch well? 

Let's start by bad pitches. With examples. You ready? 

Oct 10, 2017

In this episode I'm starting a week series leading up to the launch of my book, Creative Collaborations: How to Form Lasting and Lucrative Partnerships without Being Smarmy. 

Today it's all about connecting with people: where? How? 

I've got two surprising (maybe?) places to find people. 

Listen up to find out!

Oct 2, 2017

This is the conclusion of my series on Why Isn't My Audience Growing? Today it's all about what to do when you feel stuck. We'll get a little more woo woo into the mindset, inspiration, and encouragement. To see all the posts, you can can check this page: How to Grow Your Audience and Platform.

When you are trying to grow your audience, you are going to hit bumps and plateaus. To be honest, I'm not sure which is worse.

Bumps are when something might not work the way you hoped it did, like a Facebook ad that flopped or a webinar that no one registered for. It stinks!

Plateaus are when you go on for long periods with very little forward motion. You might grow a little here and there, but nothing consistent or worth writing home about. This also stinks!

You might even feel like you are learning and applying strategies and following best practices with no results. Maybe you followed this whole series (catch up HERE if you haven't!) and still feel like nothing is happening. Your growth is stagnant. THIS POST IS FOR YOU!

Listen to Episode 111 - What to Do When You Feel Stuck in Your Growth

 

Subscribe via Apple Podcasts (the artist formerly known as iTunes) or you can check out the Create If Writing Playlist on YouTube. You can also listen right here on the blog on the podcast page with a player like the one right above. 

Troubleshooting When You Feel Stuck in Your Growth

You May Not Be Creating the Right Content

While I feel strongly that we should all create the things we feel passionate about, this does NOT mean you will grow an audience. Your content may not be interesting to outside readers. You need to consider writing for other people, not just yourself. Unless you just want to write an online diary. Which is totally fine! Just know that if you are writing only for YOU, it may be hard to grow an audience.

You also may be struggling with your writing VOICE. I don't feel like people talk enough about this, but it's hugely important. Your writing voice is how you come across to other people. It's a mix of your tone and the personality and can even get as specific as whether or not you use emojis or ALL CAPS when writing.

If you don't have a writing voice (think: your writing is pretty vanilla and could be written by any person on the planet or be included in a textbook) OR if you are writing with a voice that doesn't jive with the audience you're trying to reach, you may get stuck.

You May Not Be Clear on Your Audience

When you are creating content, you need to ask yourself if you are meeting the needs of your ideal audience and speaking in their language. If you have a disconnect with the kind of audience you want to reach, you will get stuck.

Consider surveying your people you already have. I remember the big shock of finding out that the majority of my audience loves written courses...when I've been creating video courses. Doh.

You May Not Be Promoting Your Work Enough (or in the Right Ways)

I go back and forth on how I feel about automation and scheduling. I want to be live as much as possible on platforms that are social. But I also have over 300 posts (probably way more) between my two blogs. If I am not actively promoting that content, few people see it. (Except those that come from evergreen search traffic like Pinterest and from SEO.) 

If you don't promote your posts (or bake in really great SEO), you will struggle to grow your audience. You have to do work to promote. People won't just find you.

Sometimes we think of promotion in a bad way, like self promotion, as in self-centered-ness. It isn't. I mean, yes, some people cross that line. But I know YOU won't. Right? :)

Encouragement When You Feel Stuck in Your Growth

Another big reason that you may feel stuck in your growth is that you are stuck in your mindset.

Growth is hard. It's hard for all of us. It isn't just hard for the newbies. It's hard for the people who have full-time businesses. We all have to keep working. We all still have goals. You hit one, then you make another. No one has ever ARRIVED.

I mean this to be encouraging! Not discouraging. I mean to say that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

I struggle with growth! Still! Always! Sometimes I see results and I love what I do. Other times, I feel stuck and feel like I'm going in circles or stuck on a plateau.

Two Truths about Growth: 

Growth Begets Growth - When you hit certain milestones (especially public ones where people can see your following or growth), growth becomes easier. I felt like it took forever to get to 1000 Twitter followers. Now I'm over 6k and felt like I tried WAY less hard to get the next 5000. This probably has some to do with social proof (people see a higher number and think you must be worth following) and may also have some to do with you hitting your stride with that platform and how you use it.

Passion Begets Passion - People can FEEL it when you are passionate. It comes across in your videos through your face, in your voice in your podcast, and in your writing itself. Embrace what you love because it may be much easier to do the work! It will be a joy, not just work. EVEN if you still struggle with growth. You may need to take a class and learn. You may need to step back. Find what it takes to tap into your passion!

 


Need some growth??

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DON'T BUY IT IF YOU'RE OVERWHELMED WITH LEARNING! Only if you need tools to help you move to the next step or get you out of a funk. :)

This week's featured patron is Kate Johnston, an author and a story coach who helps writers kick their writing dreams into reality through inspiration, hard work, and a little bit of ferocity. She knew she wanted to be a professional writer when she was 8 years old and wrote a story about a good wolf. (I totally wrote a book about a good wolf when I was 8!) You can find Kate's book, Writer Unterrupted on Amazon!

Want to get featured? Check out my Patreon page, where you can support the show for as little as $4 a month. 

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