Recently we launched a new D/s writing project: Tell Me About. We have been really pleased with the response to it but I have had some feedback from people who have not been clear about how to take part. For this reason, and the fact that it can be beneficial to your own blog to take part in some of the many memes and prompts which are around, I decided to post again about the why, the what and the how to take part.
I think I said in my previous post launching the project that my reason for starting it was to try to have a collective resource for people who were looking for information about Dominance and submission. I also wanted to draw in some of the bloggers out there who I know are blogging about D/s but don’t usually take part in the many regular writing prompts, and explain what could be in it for you.
Essentially, taking part in these projects where you write and post on your own blog, but then link it to a central collection, will bring visitors to your site. It will also help to raise your profile on google which will drive further traffic your way. It took me a while to work this out. I was blogging away for two and half years before I realised that there were communities of other bloggers out there. For some reason, I has missed this. I used to see the badges occasionally at the bottom of posts, but didn’t know what they meant. Because I never clicked on them, it took me a long time to work it out.
The projects are run regularly and have a repetitive feature or theme to them. For example Tell Me About is always about an aspect of Dominance and submission. The focus will change each time, but it will always be within those parameters and will always take place the same time. The topic will be launched in a blog post, for us this is at 12pm on a Sunday, and will run for almost 2 weeks, until 12pm on the Saturday.
During this time, you write your post and then go to the linkup party on the relevant meme site and add your post to the collection. People will then click from the link party to your site to read your post. We also ask that you add a badge, with a link to the party, at the end of your post, so that people can come from your post back to the link party to see else is writing on the topic. I have used Tell Me About as the example, but there are loads of great memes for you to participate in, some of which are listed at the end of this post and also on the sidebar of the Tell Me About site.
Most of the memes and projects will have a ‘badge’ which you should use to show that your post is part of the collection. The badge will be found on the site which is hosting the meme and usually they will provide a bunch of html code which can simply be pasted to your post.
You can paste the html code in by switching to Text mode while you are writing your post. Add it wherever you want the badge to show – usually this is at the end of your post.
As soon as you switch back to Visual mode, the badge should appear in your post.
Please note that for those using blogger and not wordpress, I am reliably informed that the default mode for writing is Compose, so to add the badge you will need to switch to Html mode.
It can also be helpful to add some text to explain what the badge is there for. For example, click here to see who else is telling us about (insert the topic) this week. If you are on social media then it also helps to use the relevant tag so that you link to social media, for example #TellMeAbout. You can add this here:
Once you have published your post on your own site, you then go to the site hosting the meme and add your post to the link party there.
Once you have added your own post to a meme, it is also really nice if you can not only read, but support others who also take part. You can do this by commenting, which also helps you as your link is left on their site, or if you don’t want to comment then you could tweet their post, or do a sharing post which highlights the ones you have most enjoyed. This all helps to build a sense of community and will mean that more people find their way to your blog.