12 Writers Who Are Using Google+ in Cool Ways

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When you’re knee-deep in writing, it’s easy to forget the importance of social media — or intentionally avoid it.

However, building your platform is a vital part of becoming a successful author, and social media is a piece of that pie. While most writers are familiar with Facebook and Twitter, many are mystified by Google+. What should you do on this platform?

Check out these 12 writers who use G+ in unique and engaging ways. Take your cues from them to help you build an audience and earn more money from your writing.

1. Chris Guillebeau

Chris has travelled to 193 countries and his feed showcases his world travels, inspiration for his books and the many interviews he’s featured in. He combines the art of being a writer with the practicalities of making a living.

On his feed, you’ll also find updates about the latest events he hosts for writers who like to go against the grain. Follow his posts to for inspiration on tying many interests together under one umbrella.

2. Darren Rowse

Darren’s multiple passions are reflected in his business ventures: most notably Problogger and Digital Photography School. His core passion is writing, so he often shares articles that garner lots of thought-provoking comments. He also publishes lots of images because of his love of photography, which will help inspire you and prompt new ideas.

3. Demian Farnworth

Demian is one of the powerhouse writers behind Copyblogger, so you can guess that his Google+ feed is full of awesome writing advice and links to posts that writers will find helpful.

In addition, he adds some personal flair to his platform by including funny posts such as cat pictures from 100 years ago. Follow his lead by adding a personal or humorous side to your social media posts. Writers need to laugh!

4. Elizabeth S. Craig

Elizabeth is the go-to expert for advice on poetry, mystery writing and character development. Her feed is a great mix of content perfectly tailored for writers who want to be published, along with advice on using music to become more productive and managing your writing time — everything a writer needs to write a great story.

Take a page from her book when considering how to plan a varied and helpful assortment of content.

5. Jane Friedman

An editor, publisher and writing professor, Jane shares sneak peeks of her projects as well as content from other excellent writers. Her community members leave interesting comments on her posts that result in engaging conversations right in her feed. Follow her lead by sharing insightful posts and asking good questions.

6. Jeff Goins

As a bestselling author, Jeff knows it takes more than just being a good writer. You have to be a great speaker, blogger, author and even podcaster.

His feed is full of interesting ideas, links to valuable resources and updates about his podcast that cover all the topics that writers need to succeed. If you’re interested in working with mixed media, follow Jeff’s example.

7. Joanna Penn

Joanna’s feed is wonderfully varied. She shares inspiration for her upcoming novels and blog posts, updates on her published works, and gorgeous book cover images. On top of that, you’ll find interesting links to other authors’ writing; it’s hard not to fall down an internet rabbit hole.

Keep an eye out for her video interviews and podcasts with other authors and online entrepreneurs.

8. Jon Acuff

Jon’s work is all about helping other creatives tell their stories and build their online brands. His G+ feed reflects this, with interesting stories, creative images and quotes that help bloggers find that extra something to spice up their work.

Jon’s writing is also infused with humor, which can come in handy when you need a break from the intense writing process.

9. Jules Taggart

Being an author or writer isn’t just about writing well — although Jules does that too! It’s about building an online community of readers who engage with your story.

As the founder of Amp&Pivot Copywriting, Jules has created multiple online communities that have flourished, many of them based on Google+. Follow her feed to gain valuable insights on writing engaging copy and building a loyal audience.

10. K. M. Weiland

K. M.’s posts are anything but boring. She does a great job of creating curiosity by sharing bright images that draw you in and make you want to click on her links. Follow her example by creating custom images with text that will grab your readers’ attention.

11. Kristi Hines

No matter what kind of writer you are, you need to market your work to ensure it reaches your target audience. Kristi’s feed gives you the resources you need to make this happen, along with tips for using social media, and funny gifs.

Take a cue from her and put more of your unedited self out there, infusing more of your personality into your writing.

12. Tea Silvestre

A writer isn’t just a storyteller — we also have to manage our branding, design and all the technical aspects of blogging. Throughout her feed, Tea offers strategies and support for these crucial areas of your business, as well as links to valuable resources that will help get your writing into the hands of your target audience.

Follow Tea’s example when considering how to best balance your feed with a variety of posts, such as updates on your work, advice for readers, commentary on current events and great resources.

What writers do you follow on Google+, and what do you enjoy about their feeds?

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Carrie Smith is a financial writer on a mission to help creative freelancers with the art of making a living. In May 2013 she quit her accounting job of 10 years to pursue full-time entrepreneurship and blogging.... .

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Comments

  1. Hey Carrie, thanks for this. I blog, and I’m all over Twitter and Facebook, but I thought I was doing something wrong with G+ because the participation is so spotty. I can post something on FB and get a rousing debate going, but the same issue (and 99% of anything else I post) on G+ barely gets a handful of plus ones, let alone shares. So I went over to the G+ profiles of some of the writers you included in your post, and they’re not getting a lot of reaction either. Like Jeff Goins, whose posts are so interesting I’m going to make it a point to check him often, yet almost nobody is reacting. And he has over 8K followers!

    Bottom line, G+ feels like I’m shouting into nothingness. Aside from making the big G machine happy by posting often, and rewarding me (hopefully) with SEO, I have to say it seems kinda pointless. Thoughts? Where am I wrong?
    PS I teach social media for writers so whatever you say will benefit many people.

    • Hi Lynne – thought I’d jump in here with my perspective. You’re right! Interactions on G+ general feeds aren’t where the action is. The best advice I have is to find and participate in the communities (on Facebook we call these groups) and G+ hangouts. Those are where the conversations happen. At least for me. :-)

    • Hi Lynne, this is a great question. Mainly the Google+ feed can be used to show you and your brand are “active” on the social channel. While their other features, like Communities and Hangouts, can foster a more personal approach for writers. The feed may not have a direct affect on conversation, but it can warm-up your readers for other types of interaction. Hope that helps!

  2. Yeah! Thanks for liking what I do on G+. It is fun to say the least. :D

  3. I like the fact that you have included all of these famous people, but I’m still wondering when you were going to include the “cool” factor on how they use Google+? Seems like they’re using it the way everyone else is.

    Would’ve been nice to seen someone like Ronnie Bincer get mentioned, as he uses Google Hangouts on a daily basis.

    • Hate to be a Negative Nellie but I was thinking the exact same thing as Wade. I kept waiting to see something interesting and different in the way these well known folks use G+.

      • Thanks for the feedback, Wade and Sylvia. I hadn’t heard of Ronnie Bincer, but his work looks interesting (and helpful for those curious about integrating more Hangouts into their feeds).

        Heather
        TWL Assistant Editor

  4. Love the list of folks who understand about writing and Google+ but there are so many tools included in the platform that go unmentioned.
    Writers who work in Video interviews, authors who interview other authors, and of course the folks who help us all to move our characters off of the page and into reader’s minds.

    To hear the old “G+ is a ghost town” criticism once again makes me wonder how busy the other social platforms were when they launched. Till you take the time to listen for conversations you find interesting and then engage, of course it is going to be a ghost town. It’s like attending a masked ball and never joining the dance.

    Find a community that encompasses some of your interests, follow people who post interesting information, comment and share, attend Hangouts that interest you and follow the folks who add to the conversation You’ll have interesting conversations quickly.

    • Jean, re the “ghost town” comments, could you glance at my comment above and respond? I haven’t heard from Carrie and you seem knowledgeable. I am curious how Goins, with 8K followers, isn’t getting much discussion. Since I wrote it, his more recent posts have gotten lots of plus ones and some shares, but discussion still falls short. Well, maybe “level of discussion” isn’t a good way to measure whether you’re reaching people, but plus ones are too simple to mean much. Shares – better. Discussion – I think – the true measure. Thoughts?

      • Each social media platform performs in a different way and caters to a different audience. Twitter is all about fast interactions and real-time discussions, while Google+ is geared towards technology wizards (which happens to be a lot of young adult males). So it really depends on who your audience is, and how much commenting they like to do.

  5. Hello Carrie and others,
    I am new to the craft of writing, under 5 years, and recently started investigating freelancing as part-time income and found your article encouraging, informative, and urging blog with purpose and strategy. My weakness has been to be consistent in participating with sites like Good Reads and Library Thing, but am active with a fiction writer group on linked-in. My main reason for commenting is to commend you on the article, introduce myself, and wish you and all well with the writing endeavors occupying your time!
    David Russell

  6. Thanks so much for the shout out! Great company to be grouped with.

  7. Wowzers! Really honored to be included in your list. Thank you, Carrie.

    For those wondering about the “cool factor” of how I’m using G+, I’d say most of my time there is spent in offering Google Hangouts and chatting in communities. The main newsfeeds aren’t where most of the action is (at least for me).

    Would love to see folks show up for my next (FREE) hangout on the topic of Sales Pages and Storytelling: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c6t26a9gjam8ff3fq6pukr9tob0

  8. Thanks for including me in your list! :)

  9. Really great article. I do follow some of these folks on G+ already, so it nice to get a few more to stalk. Couldn’t find a Google Plus Share button on the article though ;)

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