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Friday, January 21, 2011

Crusade heads-up...

Well, we've hit the ground running in the new year, and the time is rapidly approaching for my Second Writers' Platform-Building Crusade to kick off. For those who haven't heard of the Crusade, check it out here and here.

Basically, the Crusade is a way to link aspiring writers, beginner bloggers, industry people, and published authors together with the aim of helping to build our online platforms.

The Crusaders are all bloggers in a similar position, who genuinely want to pay it forward, make connections and friends within the writing community, and help build each others' online platforms while at the same time building theirs.
 
 

Last year (my First Crusade) we had 55 Crusaders, many of whom have become great blogging friends. We saw our followers skyrocket and the comments on our posts increase, and had fun taking part in the Crusade Challenges as well (kartofflepuffer anyone???).

I'll be calling the Crusade on Friday, February 4, 2011 (US time), and will be posting a form for you to complete if you want to join (original Crusaders will need to complete the form too, so I know whether you want in or not). I'm designating Fridays on Rach Writes... as my official Crusade day, so Crusaders can keep an eye out for Crusader Challenge posts and Crusade Biz(ness).

I'm going to try giving the Crusade a set time-frame, 3 months at this stage, though I know a number of Crusaders keep on with the Crusade even after my official organization ends. Join in early if possible so you get the most out of it. I'll call additional Crusades later in the year if interest remains high.

I'll be dividing Crusaders into sub-groups this time, so you can connect with those in your own genre as well as with other Crusaders. It will also make commenting and supporting fellow Crusader's blogs more manageable.

A number of you have said you want to take part, so keep an eye out for my post to join. Can't wait to see you on board!

38 comments:

Elena Solodow said...

Sounds cool. I'll keep an eye out.

Elisabeth said...

If there's room for non-fiction writers, Rachael, I'd be interested in joining the crusade from Australia.

Laura Pauling said...

Sounds like a great idea! Though, I'm not quite sure how it works. :) I'll keep an eye out.

kar_took said...

I'll definitley be back on board with the Crusade next month. I'll be on the lookout for the sign up form.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Love it that you're going to do it according to genre. Great idea!

Megan K. Bickel said...

Oh, I like the genre idea! Ready to take up the cause again! : )

Hart Johnson said...

Ha! Thanks for the heads up! I will watch for it!

Len said...

Hi Rache...I hope you don't mind if I post a link of this on my blog so my followers who don't know about it will be aware of it?

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Will need a few days for the current post then will post link for the Crusaders! I will watch out for it! :)

Christopher said...

Sounds like an interesting event, look forward to learning more.

Jess said...

Awesome! Sounds like such a great way to make connections. Can't wait to hear more about it :)

N. R. Williams said...

I've seen this before, but due to the amount of work I had to get done I didn't join. We will see how much time I have in Feb.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Devin Bond said...

Can't wait to hear more about it and learn more about it. This sounds super interesting.

Melissa Gill said...

That sounds great Rachel. Thanks.

Margo Berendsen said...

YAY! Looking forward it! Making sub-groups by genre is great idea.

Catherine Johnson said...

Superb! I've been thinking for a while now it would be great if that list you have has everyone's genres on it, but that would take forever to create.

L.A. Colvin said...

I'm sooo IN.

gideon 86 said...

I came up for air .... I needed a break from editing. It sounds wonderful, I can't wait to sign up! I missed the last one.


Have a great weekend.

Michael

Su said...

Yay! Can't wait! Now I have to go figure out what my genre is...

Tessa Quin said...

Double yay! Let me know if there's anything I can help with.

Pk Hrezo said...

Sounds great! I'll be back Feb 4th! :)

Amie Kaufman said...

Posting by sub-group or genre would be fantastic! I'm all in again, but being able to hook up particularly with people who write MG would be brilliant!

Janet Johnson said...

You are so organized! I really like the idea of sub-groups. :)

Abby Minard said...

Ooh, sounds like fun! I'll keep my eyes peeled.

Wendy aka Quillfeather said...

What a wonderful idea!

Hey, thanks for following my blog. I really appreciate it :)

Lola Sharp said...

It was such a wonderful idea and experience (the first crusade). I encourage everyone to join in your next crusade. :)
I agree with Janet, you ARE uber organized. Thanks for doing this.

Hugs,
Lola

Len said...

Hi Rachael. I've just done a post about this on my blog today. I'm looking forward to it.

Theresa Milstein said...

Hi. I just came over from Len's blog. What a great idea. I'll remember the date because it's when I announce the winners to my blog contest.

Stephen Tremp said...

I'm looking forward to the event. I'll be checking in for more details. Have a great wwekend.

L'Aussie said...

You're a little honey Rach, to undertake this again especially since you've just moved house. I hope we can have a great support community of bloggers. It's true that many of us have continued supporting those we had a rapport with during the Crusade.

Looking forward to it!

Denise :)

projectfraeya said...

Looking forward to it ^_^

Rachel Morgan said...

I really like the idea of sub-groups by genre. Sounds great!

Thanks for organising another a crusade, I know it must be quite a lot of work on your part. We crusader-bloggers really appreciate it!

Have a cupcake :-)

Clarissa Draper said...

I want to join! I can't wait. I'll be looking out for that post.

Ann Best said...

Thanks so much for commenting on my post this morning. This crusade sounds awesome. It DOES sound like a lot of work, as Rachel Morgan mentioned above, but it also sounds like a great way for all of us to meet some more great writers/bloggers. It's wonderful of you to do this. I'll keep my eye open for the post.
Ann Best, Author

Bess Weatherby said...

Wow. What a great idea. I love blog-fests, and this sounds like a super-mega-time-jacked-up one. I've put it in my calendar to sign up, and start February 4th!

The best bloggers are the ones that not only keep great blogs, but also seek to connect others. Keep up the great work!

~ Bess

Catherine Ensley said...

Very cool. I'll be signing up.

Ann said...

I popped over from Len's blog. This sounds wonderful. I would love to join. Must make a note of the date. Thank you!

Rachael Harrie said...

Hey All, thanks so much for your comments. It's lovely to see all the interest :)

Can't wait for the Crusade to start!

Rach

The Survival Mama said...

Fantastic idea!!

If we can all help each other out, we can redefine Platform into what works best for us, drives sales, and gets books to our readers!!

The Survival Mama

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