Last night, I did something that some would consider wild and crazy, and others would consider normal. And about an hour ago, I received the results of my wild and crazy action.
Oh. You want to know what I did? First you need some background.
In Media, we're reading The Church and New Media by Brandon Vogt as supplemental material. The book includes 11 chapters written by well-known and emerging Catholic bloggers, tweeters, and others involved in "new media". Chapter 4 is by Mark Shea, a convert and Catholic author. I was reading through his chapter, which is all about starting a blog and how to attract readers, and I came across this: "The very nature of the Internet is interactivity. When planing my blog, I decided from the get-go to both exploit the connections I had and to make now ones with brashness. So I emailed writers and bloggers I either knew or whose work I liked and said, 'Hey! I've started a blog! Could you tell your readers?' There's no need to be shy about that. The worst that can happen is that the blogger or writer will ignore you. The best (and much more common thing) that can happen is that the blogger you contact will stick a link up (as is my custom) announcing 'New Blog!' [...] I have a number of readers who send me links to stuff they've written and who link stuff I write [...]"
By now, you probably have an idea of what I did. Yup, I emailed Mr. Shea and asked him if he could advertise my blog on his blog. And just now, I received this email back from him: "Hi Allison! Good work. You give me hope! I will plug your blog on Tuesday, 11/22! Mark".
THANK YOU MR. SHEA!!!! *pardon me. I got excited*
Anyhow, I'm in the process of writing two new posts.... one serious and one a bit more, well, amusing. :) Keep an eye out!
And please go look at Mark Shea's blog!!