Let’s say you are a blogger who has just written the ultimate post… What next? Well obviously you stand back and admire it, but how to tell the world. Promoting a particular post is a dicey proposition. We’ve already seen the backlash in some quarters of the blogosphere to self promotion. But who is going to be as passionate about your post as you are? Likely no one. So self promoting is fraught with the danger of being derided as a publicity seeking link whore.
The option I could think of was to start a blog author’s book tour. You know how the “real” authors go town to town, for a quick pitch of their hard labor on “Good Morning Boise”. That must be the ugly downside of life as a professional writer. Michele’s Whore Yourself at A Small Victory day was what got me thinking about this initially.
I figured that perhaps I could help promote one blog piece a week by doing a cheesy Today Show style interview with the author (to be posted here with links to your site and post). You would get a chance to promote your work and site. Interviews will be conducted via IM or E-mail. The interview and links will be posted here on Wednesday night or Thursday morning. See Week #1’s interview with Claire here.
How to participate, there are two ways. Monday mornings I will announce that nominations are open in a post here at Wizbang. Put the link in the URL box on the comment screen (don’t put it in the comment section since my comments won’t format it as a hyperlink), and give a summary in the comment. The benefit of this approach is that other readers may click on your name and be taken to the post, whether or not I choose you for the interview. Alternatively, you can send me an E-mail with a link to the article and a summary, but you will not get any free publicity this way.
1) I’ll only consider entries receive via comment to this post (or via E-mail)
on Monday’s (Any time Monday is fine – I’m a late night person). Tuesday noon EST. (Haven’t read all the entrants yet so I’ll extend the deadline a little).
2) I need some way to contact you, so your E-mail address better be listed on your web site, or send it to me separately.
3) Send the “A” list stuff, don’t bother submitting a story about the
color of your boogers furball your cat barfed up (unless it’s a really good story).
4) Authors previously interview are not eligible for the following week’s contest. After 1 week off, you can get back in the hunt.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to regret this, but what the hell This turned out real well in Week 1, so what the hey, Ill try it again…
I will read all of the submitted posts, and pick one for to be my interview subject. To keep my options open in case of schedule conflict I will not pre-announce the winner. Site readers are advised to visit the links in the comments to find fresh quality material! Hopefully some extra traffic will be sent towards contestants.