Looking to increase your online presence? Grow your group of followers? Expand your audience beyond this TwoWritingTeachers crowd? I have just the advice for you- PUT DOG IN THE TITLE.
I wasn’t particularly looking to do any of those things. But last year I wrote one post that started it; a genuine small moment where I was walking past a woman and dog. I was struck with the discipline of the dog and the clear, close relationship between them. The dog remained sitting on the cold sidewalk, motionless, glued to her eyes, not moving a muscle in reaction, as I passed them. I did my best to describe what I saw and posted it. I titled it “Good Dog.” I guess I had learned about tagging by then and must have tagged the post with “dog”, maybe “dog training.”
Well, since then I keep acquiring new followers! I look at the email notifying me and I don’t recognize the name. That is because they are not us, dear TWT friends. They are dog lovers.
Do I get new followers lured in by my tags for “school?” “ Virtual education?” “Child development?” Even “nature” or “grandchildren?” No, never.
So… if you happen to be looking to increase your online presence as they say, and grow your followers- use those tags and be sure there is a DOG in there somewhere.
And gosh, I’m afraid to see what you might unleash (ha ha) if you ever, ever, have the nerve to use the word— PUPPY.