Promoting Your Writing or Poetry Blog

hand holding pen writing The blogosphere is full or talented poets and writers in every genera. Never never a day goes by here at or in the blogopshere at large that I don’t discover another 5 star writing or poetry blog.

Social media and social networks are radically changing the way we attract readers to our blogs.  In and of themselves the largest social networks are creating communities within communities. However, if you are a writer or poet focused on improving your writing, getting published or selling your published work,  then you may wish to locate and join smaller social networks specifically for writers and readers. I dedicated some time to researching this topic and have come up with some sites I would like readers to comment on.

Have you joined any of these sites?

Do you know of any social networks sites for poets and writers that you would recommend?

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If you write poetry become a member of forums and poetry sites in the niche read and comment on other poets’ works and get exposure for your own poetry.

all poetry imageAll Poetry all levels of poets are welcome. The world’s largest, most active, and most supportive poetry community. Publish your poetry on the web and get feedback from poets. Enter many free contests, or run your own. Learn how to be a better poet in free poetry classes. Free, with optional monthly membership.

LULU Poetry is a social network where contests and daily, monthly and yearly voting and cash awards are featured.

Critters Writers Workshop - Critters is an on-line workshop/critique group for serious Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror writers. What that means is… A bunch of writers get together, read each others’ stories and tell the authors how they felt reading their stories.

The ultimate goal of Critters is to help writers improve, not only by having their work dissected by other members, but also by learning to dissect their own work (by, of course, dissecting others). The value of the latter is often overlooked by beginning writers.

Hatrack River Writers’ Workshop - The Official WebSite of Orson Scott Card is a free online forum that includes peer critiques of short stories and novel fragments for writers of science fiction and fantasy. News & Reviews, OSC Library,  Forums, Research Area, Writing Lessons and Writers Workshops.

other worlds imageOther Worlds Writers’ Workshop – The best SF and fantasy genre online writing workshop on the web. Worlds Writers’ Workshop, is a place where serious writers of speculative fiction can polish their skills and learn from each other. Works posted here range from short-shorts to full-length series, from first drafts to finished works in final polishing.Writers will find here Line edits, Story analysis, Story analysis, Technical help, Chat and Discussion. is a site designed for uploading works in progress and completed projects for rating and critique.

  • Free upload to the site of manuscripts, either partial or complete, where our members can rate, review and post comments
  • Self publishing, with the lowest prices available and extraordinary book quality.  Writers have the option to choose NovelMaker as their publisher, with above-standard royalties paid on books purchased in our bookstore, and automatic listing in the online catalog
  • Unique “Agent Search” feature – find the agents looking for the kind of book you are writing.  Order an agent search and you receive a file you can use to perform a mail merge for multiple submissions
  • Community Message Boards where users can join a discussion or create their own discussion topics
  • E-book version of each manuscript and bookstore book (coming soon)
  • Links to other sites that provide useful information for writers
  • Customized “MyPlace” page with your own personal blog, pictures, profile, and more, with links to your manuscripts and bookstore books.

Writers Cafe is an online writing community where writers can post their work, get reviews, befriend other writers, and much more.

  • Post your poetry, short stories, novels, scripts, and screenplays;
  • Get reviews and advice;
  • Enter free writing contests;
  • Join writing groups or start your own;
  • Free online writing courses;
  • Search publishers, literary agents, and literary magazines;
  • Befriend and subscribe to other writers;
  • Discuss writing in the forum;  Save your favorite writing to your own library;
  • Easily share your writing with all your friends.  From your Writer’s Cafe profile page and messaging service  share your work to other social networks through built-in site functions and a  Facebook feed application.

Writing.Com is the online community for writers and readers of all interests and skill levels. Free memberships are available to everyone. Each membership includes an online writing portfolio, numerous writing tools, email services and the chance to meet and bond with fresh creative minds.

Young Writers Online -  a community of young writers, both new and experienced, dedicated to improving our writing. Members have access to:

  • The Community Forum, for general site, literary, and off-topic discussion.
  • The Writing Forum, for submitting writing and critiquing things posted by other members.
  • Plus the chatroom, contests, exercises, and more!

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87 thoughts on “Promoting Your Writing or Poetry Blog

          • Hi again Helena,
            I would be so pleased if you direct other bloggers to my blog.

            I have been here for over 6 years. When I arrived there was one support Staff and one Moderator, one support forum (no sub-forums) and no support documentation, just a single thread of FAQs. The answers provided by myself and other support forum Volunteers eventually made their way into support documentation. has grown a lot since. We Volunteers continue to man the support forums day in and day out providing our knowledge and tips to to those who need them.

            In 2010 founded a Staff blogging tips blog that this blog of mine has had to compete with but my blog is still holding it’s own. Bloggers who post the support forums and receive my help there know where to find my blog and sometimes bloggers I have helped refer other bloggers here as well.

            If you have a question to ask I’ll be happy to either answer it or see to it that someone else does.

          • HI again timethief – i have a question!
            I’m wondering about changing my blog into a website ie something more static (on WP) as i’m not really a blogger and really just want to showcase my work. Do you think that would be better for what i do?
            I also wonder if i’m giving away too many stories and that i might be better showing just one or two sample stories on a website. Any input very welcome! Thanks!

          • @Helena
            I have not forgotten you. I have been thinking about this and visiting your blog too as I do that. I’m so impressed with your 75 word stories. I love the haiku. I like the way you have structured your blog. Regarding giving away stories, I don’t know how to respond as you write very short stories. I think you are doing fine and I don’t have any suggestions to make. However, I do want to wish you all the best blogging can bring.

      • Hi timethief, please excuse me for jumping in here. I’m engaged in a discussion about poetry online and I wonder if it is possible to tell how many poems there are on WordPress? I guess that the number of posts with poetry as a poetry tag would do it. Is it possible for me to find this data (I’ve tried and failed)? – if so how?

        Thank you kindly.

        Best regards, Richard.

  1. Great resources. It’s always great to find any kind of new way to get my writing out there.

  2. Hello, thank you for the great advice!!, I’m a new blogger and trying to learn new things everyday to get better and obviously get more visits to my blog as well. I will definitely bookmark your page. Once again, thanks!!

  3. Hi TT..just wanted to thank you for the various answers and advice you’ve given to some of my questions in the forums over the last few weeks and also to say how impressed I am with your unswerving servitude to wordpress and all the blogger problems and queries that come with’s very admirable :)

    This post is a mighty fine example of that, even if it does point folk away from wordpress but I am fast approaching the point somewhere akin to the post of ‘Anonymous’ above… I WANT to be a published writer, of poetry or novels. I also WANT to win competitions and as such I know I’m going to have to put in a lot of hard work to achieve either but in order to do so. I’m going to have to produce original work so there is no real point in offering them up for online scrutiny and critique. I’m finding it hard enough to come up with a constant flow of quality work for my blog so the other stuff is struggling to get done… a time for decision fast approaches methinks. :)

    On another note..comment response.. I see you responding to every comment on this post and that is understandable given the nature of the post and the conent of many of the comments..but is it good etiquette to respond to every comment that every post gets? I tend not to unless there is a specific question or something that needs expanding on. If it’s just a straightforward ‘I like this poem’ or’Well written’ etc etc then I just accept it as it is and leave it be.. is that wrong of me? I leave lots of comments at various poetry blogs and don’t expect responses in return. Each to their own I suppose..

    Ooops..sorry for such a long comment. Nice post would have done just as well :)

    • Thanks so much for your kind words. Social networking tremendously expands the audience you can connect with. That’s why bloggers must come out from behind the garden wall to connect with others and promote their writing.

      but is it good etiquette to respond to every comment that every post gets? I tend not to unless there is a specific question or something that needs expanding on.

      Either approach is acceptable. I prefer to answer each comment because I want each person who submitted to know I actually read their comment and because my readers are “gold”. They come up with such great comments that expand the conversation and I want to acknowledge that publicly. :)

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and very best wishes to you.

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  6. Hi,
    Reading your post was definitely great, and I’ve had a couple questions answered already. However, I do have some other questions. I started a poetry blog site about two weeks ago, of which I am gradually learning to publicize, and have seen tremendous increase in traffic, from about 40 -50hits per day in the first week, to more than 500hits on average per day recently.

    Firstly, is the number of hits tangible enough for a new poetry blog. Im not sure what to really expect, since this is my first blog, which I started without any prior preparations. A friend who had been blogging since 2007 had told me that on average I should be getting about 7-10 hits per day because that’s what his traffic on a high traffic day. I doubt that now because I achieved more than 5X that range on the first day.

    Secondly, I was planning on adding 2 new unrelated niches to my blog, but im not sure if I should add them as separate pages, or as posts on the homepage. What do you think? would it be confusing having to blog on other areas other than poetry on the same page?

    Thirdly, many of my visitors are not really leaving comments, so Im not sure if its because they dont like the content, or don’t know where to leave them? I realized though that there are more page clicks per referral as opposed to single click visits. so Im not sure what to believe.

    Fourthly, there is much less traffic now on the ‘About Me’ page, because its fashioned to keep me anonymous. Is that a problem?
    Please help.

    I’d expect your reply. Thanks

    • (1) It’s common for new bloggers to think they ought to be able to locate baseline data relating to traffic for related blogs in their own niche. All traffic stats are publicly available from and, if undertaking a comparative analysis is what you are after. I don’t advise wasting your time on that.

      IMHO the numbers your friend shared are not relevant and ought not to be a guideline for you. Please remember that “traffic” is like a tide that ebbs and flows daily. Now and then you get and extraordinarily high tide or and extraordinary low tide. If you have a post that’s stumbled or Dugg or promoted on a social media site or in a social network you may get a tsunami. The after analysis will prove that what you got was primarily an inflow of one hit wonders, who click in to a post or to your front page, and click out again. Be aware that the majority will NOT return. That’s the way of it.

      Bloggers ought to be focused on attracting and retaining “targeted readers”. They use search engines and links on related sites to locate content that they already have an interest in. If the content is engaging and if it peaks their interest they and return to the site and may become commenters. Targeted readers are far more likely to become regular readers/subscribers, to comment, and to recommend your blog to other bloggers in the same niche. That’s why learning basic SEO and applying it, and learning how to assign a minimum of relevent tags is critical to success when it comes to securing regular readers and creating a blog centered community in any niche.

      (2) I recommend that you simply create different blogs for different niches and inter-link them. You can register as many free blogs as you want. Creating a mish-mash on a single blog is not a good idea. It will dilute all the effort you put into branding for the original content (poetry) in the blog. Granted, some very skilled and experienced bloggers have pulled this off with success but in most cases it’s not advisable.

      (3) If you were to invest time and energy into analysing the traffic stats and comparing them to comments on the most authoritative leading blogs in your niche you would find that the number of comments received is very low. It’s not unusual to get only one or two comments for every 800-1000 hits on a post.

      Since the advent of social media like Twitter and social networks like Facebook the number of blog comments received has been decreasing. We are living in a time when information overload is stressing us right out. We lack the time to stop and smell the flowers. It’s far easier to flip off a “good post” tweet, or post a “good post” message to a wall and move on to reading the next tweet, than it is to take the time to think, compose and submit a meaningful comment to a blog post.

      (4) There is no such thing as being “anonymous” on the internet. We all leave digital footprints and we can all be traced by those who have the skills to do so. Moreover, all writers develop detectable weiting styles and one would be naive to assume that others cannot detect who they may be behind whatever pseudonym they use. Choosing to operate under a pseudonym has both pros and cons, and if you truly want to remain unindentified then that takes a lot of effort and restraint when it comes to severly limiting what you share anywhere and everywhere online.

      These posts may be helpful:

      I’m sorry it took so long to approve and answer your comment. I was on vacation and now I’m back I’m swamped. :(
      Best wishes with your blogging :)

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  8. Let’s see if I got the first part correct. My old stories will be fine; even more so that they are ALL posts. I may have confused you; as you seem to think I went the other way. In fact, I saw an increase in traffic, as all my “pages” are now “posts”.

    So the key is:
    1. Continue creating new posts and no more pages.
    2. Don’t worry about old posts that are not doing well. In time, they may become popular.
    3. I’m developing a habit of visiting niche blogs and leaving comments.

    A little thought on “niche marketing”. I had originally thought “locate sites providing encouraging stories.” I had found some but was limited on what I could say. However, I had seen better results when I expanded the market to “Christian” sites, Christian disabilities or just disabilities. On disabilities, I did seek to get specific. I am now finding more places to comment and audience that are opened to what I write. This include a couple of Christian Politic blogs.

    I will be looking forward to seeing how this week progress.

    As for the “titles” of the old posts, I’m guessing I should leave them alone. I’ll just work on better titles for my new stories. Am I getting it, right?

  9. Eh, a number of these stories were originally “pages” and not posts. Now that I converted them to posts, would this affect the view counts?

    Blogs are structured to have fresh content on the front page. The easiest way to slay a blog and/or cripple it so it receives next to no search engine attention, no hits and not backlinks, and cannot achieve authority and a PageRank in it’s niche is to change it to a page based structure and designate a static front page, rather than leaving it as a post based structure with a dynamic front page. See >

    Or, would it be best to retire those non performing stories?

    No. Never ever delete posts and create 404′s (page not found). They have been indexed by search engines and will be available in the SERPs when people use the same terms you used as keywords, categories and tags to look for content on the subject you wrote on.

    It’s important to comprehend that it can take months before you see a significant increase in traffic and that most traffic you receive will be a response to you commenting on other blogs in the same niche – comment, comment, comment. It’s likewise important to know that some posts will draw more attention than others and that what seem to be unpopular posts today can become popular in the future. But most importantly you ought to remain focused on creating high quality original content, promoting each and every post you publish, and commenting commenting, commenting on blogs in the same niche.

  10. Hi Timethief,

    Tomorrow, I’ll be polishing up a new post. I’m trying to limit myself to a few hours of writing; rather than 9am to 9pm type gigs.

    As this thread is about writing, I have a couple of questions. For one thing, I’ve noticed that a few of my posts have little to no pageviews. The same thing can be seen in sitemeter. Eh, a number of these stories were originally “pages” and not posts. Now that I converted them to posts, would this affect the view counts?

    If it doesn’t then would it be worth reposting them or what? A few of them have about >2 hits. A couple aren’t even being counted. I’m wondering if the problem lies in the “Title” used for the story or what? “The Diligent Hand” is receiving about 9 views, today. “The Power of Our Words” has a similar #.

    Or, would it be best to retire those non performing stories?

  11. I’m going to guess that you’re okay with my pointing to you as a positive example. I say this because you haven’t said anything to the contrary. I’m going to take that article down as I know it isn’t ready. I only put it up to see if you were okay with this type of story.

    I’ve a few other things that I’m seeking to crack down on.
    1. Polish the story “Diligenct Hand”
    2. I’m considering using diversifying my example of good diligent writing and blogging. I’m only going to hit on that.
    3. Need to get going on connecting via forums.

    I’ve also had someone claim my domain was up for sale. Strange, I’ve not got any notice and double check via a whois and it’s fine. Heck, the same guy thought I put up a slink to a gay sex site. I think not!

    I confronted him and it turns out that he did a web search and somehow got a site claiming to be and it had the offending link. Sounded phishy. <-Not a typo.

    He went back and the link was gone and claim the Internet gremlin dealt with it. I asked the crew from to double check and no such thing. One lesson is – Routinely check your site so as to make sure all is kosher.

  12. Ack!! That was sloppy on my part. Sorry. Just wanted the title and not the whole sentence.. :(

  13. Your blog is good… I’m a blogger myself but I don’t find myself qualifying for it. I mean to say I write, I love to write and sometimes I do but i don’t get much of attention. I have two blogs running on WP.

    the first one gets 40 hits an average, that’s fine becuz its a professional/technical blog, the second one is my personal, personal in the sense that I write whatever I feel like writing, it is sometime good but nonetheless there is no traffic there.

    can you help/suggest anything about it.

    I would like to categorize myself as a love/fantasy writer.

    • When you begin blogging it’s important to focus on creating high quality content. Increasing traffic is the natural consequence of relationship building. Visit other blog in the same niche, read posts & leave meaningful comments in order to build relationships with other bloggers.

      IMHO there is no single best way to get traffic. Any advice I give is dependent upon what the blogger has already done. But it may be helpful to review the questions I ask:

      (1) Is your blog structured and optimized in a reader and search engine friendly manner?

      (2) In blogging content is king, hence, it’s the draw to your site. Have you created pillar posts (flagship content) that has timeless value and brings back readers again and again?

      (3) Do you write well and publish regularly. Keeping your blog updated with fresh and informative content will maintain reader interest.

      (4) Do you deep link to your earlier posts in your recent posts and use correct anchor text to do so?

      (5) In blogging, content is king and promotion is queen. Have you joined Twitter and social networks and promoted your posts in them after publishing them?

      (6) Do you encourage your blog readers to comment?

      (7) Do you reply to every comment?

      (8) Do you link to your reader’s related blogs and keep your blogroll updated?

      (9) Do you comment, comment, comment on other blog in the same niche?

      (10) Do you subscribe to the feeds of related blogs?

      (11) Do you backlink to posts published by faithful readers in your posts wherever possible?

      If you wish you can read and act on the information found in my posts in this category

  14. Man, I see you offering good advice any time I look up the WordPress help forums; I visited your site out of curiosity, thinking I should compliment your good work, then I came across a post that exactly addresses something I’d always meant to look up – a good writers’ community. I’ll certainly check out AllPoetry and maybe a couple of others.

    I am doubly helped; thank you.

    P.S. You have a very professional manner – did you cultivate this purely from working at home or did you get schooled in some workplace, maybe as a journalist or PR agent?

    P.P.S Damn, I didn’t know WordPress owned the content! Schoolboy error! What about a rough draft that one refines elsewhere? I suppose that’s where it gets tangled and technical.

    • @G
      It’s great to get positive feedback on this post. Best wishes with your joining AllPoetry and any other groups as well. I hope you connect and expand your audience.

      I was not schooled on the job to answer forum questions. I simply watched and listened and posted when I had the correct answers. :)

      IMHO digital technology has provided software tools which make it easy to copy, edit, reblog, remix and publish anything that is available in digital form, and the only way to put an end to content theft is to shut down the net. That is not going to happen. What we are left with is copyright laws that are now so far out of touch with reality that they urgently need reforming to make them relevant to our circumstances.

      The TOS states:
      ” By submitting Content to Automattic for inclusion on your Website, you grant Automattic a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your blog. ”

  15. I’m one of these aspiring writers, and though I wish I could claim to be in this five star category, I’m not so arrogant. Anyhow, I’m just wondering about this whole writing bit; from what I’ve heard, posting something online in essence cuts chances of having it published someday to nil. Is this true? Or can I actually post something I’ve written online without fear of it coming back to bite? I feel the way people must feel when their boss discovers embarrassing pictures of them on their facebook haha

    • I have a friend who is a Naturopath. She plans to publish a book. Well, her lawyer advised her to stop posting any content to her blog that she intended to include into the book as there could be copyright issues if she did so. According to him the whole copyright law is far behind the development of the web and the fact that blogging platforms do claim “ownership” of blog contents in one way or another.

      “Or can I actually post something I’ve written online without fear of it coming back to bite?”

      No. Please note that we are never anonymous online and use of a pseudonym does not provide anonymity. We all leave digital breadcrumb trails that can be followed and we can be identified if we are not extremely cautious. Please read this post and then read ALL the information at the links provided.

      • I thought as much; thanks for clearing that up for me. Ah, and here was me, just beginning to enjoy that little spark of anonymity too…. Alas.

        • I thought it was important to clear that up. There is not such thing as anonymity on the web and I wish that truth would be made known to all.

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  17. Hi,
    And thank you for so much great information about blogging. I have three blogs, two are new and one I have had for almost a year. It is still are to figure out how to get more followers, more traffic, and understanding all the vocabulary that comes with blogging. It seems that if I read more of your posts, I just might get there.
    One of my new blogs is about poetry. I plan on posting one of my poems every week. I have been writing poetry for 20 years and have never shared it.
    How do you know someone won’t copy or steal your poems?
    Thanks for your time.

  18. Great roundup, and glad to see you take on a subject near and dear to my heart: the use of blogging to improve one’s writing and writing habits. I would just recommend the addition of three weekly poetry prompt sites, Big Tent Poetry, We Write Poems, and Writer’s Island. (You can find links to the latter two sites in the Big Tent sidebar. Don’t want this comment to get flagged as spam.)

    • @Dave
      If I had been bright I would have contacted both you and Anne before I published but the thought didn’t occur to me. Thanks for your contribution.

  19. TiTi ….

    This is a very helpful post …I used to write poetry, and read at various bookstores and coffee houses, but I’ve not written in years. It might be worth it for me to visit the sites you’ve linked to …thank you for that.
    I want to mention, and I apologize if it is inappropriate to do so here, if that is the case you can either disapprove my comment or edit it. There is a young poet on wordpress who lives in Hong Kong …her name is Iris Zhang She is a very talented kid …I’ve been trying to get her noticed …however she doesn’t reply to comments left on her blog, nor does she comment on other blogs …to her own detriment ….perhaps some of your readers could pay her a visit ….She’s very young, but her poetry is for more mature than her years ….

    Again I apologize if my comment is out of line here TiTi ….

    Wishing you happiness, health, and continued success!


    • @grasshopper
      You’re not out of line and if your aver are I’ll be emailing you to give you what for … lol :D Lack of comment responses and not leaving comments is pretty much a traffic killer as you know but best wishes to your young poet friend.

  20. You always have great help and advice. But. On this topic I have strong opinions. Virtually all online writers communities are fairly useless. I know this because I’ve tried most of them.

    Think about it. No successful author is going to spend their time there. No agent is going to troll through all the writing on the web in search of clients. The only thing you get are other unpublished people whining about how bad a writer Dan Brown is and repeating the stuff they’ve read in Nathan Bransford’s blog. Unpublished authors are not professional editors (or writers) and therefore any advice they give you is just their opinion. Of course this is just my opinion, but your time is better spent going to conferences and building a real network.

    • Wow! I hear you loud and clear. I appreciate your honesty and I’m glad you have shared your experience and advice. If you have some advice to offer on effective networking at conferences and the like please don’t hesitate to share it too.

  21. Roses are red,
    Violets are blue;
    The bestest advice
    always cometh from you!

    There now– you’ve inspired me to write a poem. Thanks as always, TT, for some very helpful info.

    Cheers, Mark : )

  22. People interested in writing books and articles for young people (picture books, easy readers, chapter books, middle grade books, and young adult books) should look into joining the Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators at Their forum, for members only, is exceptionally helpful for beginners.

    Another forum open to all writers for young people is the one run by children’s author Verla Kay. It is exceptionally supportive and well-moderated.

    Another online forum for writers in all creative areas is the Absolute Write Water Cooler,

  23. This is just what I had needed.
    No words to express my gratitude, I do write poetry and was looking for “tips” on some exposure and learning- I have it all here..
    ..was wondering how to get a titiavatar- yours is a cool one..


    • Hi Olivia,
      I’m glad this is useful to you. Best wishes with your poetry. My avatar was made from a photo. It’s not from a site online. Glad you like it too. :)

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