A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to become part of a virtual blog tour through Tasha Turner Coaching. Of course, I jumped at the chance; my little independent author’s brain screamed at me that this would be a great opportunity for a little blatant self-promotion. While this is definitely the case, a second benefit is the opportunity to meet and learn about other writers. Without the effort of people like Tasha, how would I ever get the chance to get to know a forward-thinking great guy like Doug Simpson? Have a read and get to know him yourself.
An Alternative Blog
In January of 2010 I began writing, and offering for publication, articles created by using the archived readings of the legendary American mystic, Edgar Cayce. Progress was slow, for a while, but I eventually located spirituality websites and magazines that were willing to showcase my efforts. Less than two-and-a-half years later I now have had published twenty-two different Edgar Cayce related articles in seven different countries, for a grand total of 139 times. I’m really not bragging, but developing a point. You cannot read any of my articles on my website at http://dousimp.mnsi.net!
As my slow early success began to escalate, I decided I needed a website to showcase my articles. Somehow, for some reason, the notion came to me that all of these websites and magazines had been nice enough to publish my articles, so I should not be publishing my articles on my website in competition with them, so I didn’t. Right from the day my website was birthed, I started directing visitors to my site to the websites and the magazines where my articles could be read, increasing the traffic to their websites. An additional factor was not in the original plan, but this system I adopted where I sent my visitors to the actual publication sites eventually resulted in some other websites seeking me out to ask if they too could publish my articles. I guess we could say that good deeds return good deeds? The system seems as simple as rolling a snowball down a hill – it just grows and grows and grows into an avalanche.
Until recently, I never considered having a blog because I never considered that I had much of interest to say to the world, but I somewhat reluctantly created one anyway. So, now what do I have to say that is not published somewhere else and visitors would be interested in reading? Not much! So, I adopted the same policy with my blog that I used with my website – use my blog to send visitors to where my writing can be read, and go out and find some more interesting writers to contribute to my blog. Maybe I will even join a blog tour! Visit me at http://doug-simpson-author.blogspot.com/.
© Doug Simpson 2012
Doug Simpson is a retired high school teacher who has turned his talents to writing. His first novel, a spiritual mystery titled Soul Awakening, was published in the United States in October of 2011, by Book Locker. Check it out at http://booklocker.com/books/5754.html. It is available in print and eBook format through most book stores around the world. His magazine and website articles have been published in 2010 to 2012 in Australia, Canada, France, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His articles can be accessed through his website athttp://dousimp.mnsi.net.